Skip to main content

Our Home School Days--Getting Started

This semester has been full and fun! The first 6 weeks of our home school adventure extended me to my max. Because we hadn't planned on this schooling avenue, I had not prepared. This left me spending my evenings researching curriculum, planning the next days activities, as well as looking long-term ahead in the year to make sure all the state requirements for Kindergarten were included. I have a handful of close friends who homeschool and who span a variety of styles and curriculum. I wasn't drawn to the "boxed sets" of curriculum for this year. For one thing, we were already several weeks into the school year when we began, I didn't want to have to "catch-up" or recover ground she'd already learned. Already established in a daily Bible lesson and application activity, I didn't want to abandon that to go along with a boxed set nor add another lesson to our day. Plus, I figured Kindergarten is a good year to experiment. She had already mastered about 80% of the objectives for the year. My mom had given me a great set of weekly readers a few years ago that we dug into this past summer, so there was little left to purchase. The structure of our day and how much ground to cover at a time were the biggest question marks when I began.
Once I decided upon "Circle Time", I structured the rest around that. From polling others, I expected Kindergarten to be a half-day, with about 1.5 hrs of hands-on by me.
We enrolled the girls in children's choir and AWANAs on Wed. nights at church. Besides the obvious benefits of worship and scripture memorization, these activities provided them with a social outlet, a big group choir experience + performance, and field-day like games in the gym. It also gave me 2.5 hours once a week to plan and prepare, which is so helpful. Having that time to myself to really concentrate was much more fruitful than trying to do it after the kids were in bed, by which time, my brain is usually turned to mush. Here's what typical Monday looks like:

Tuesdays and Thursdays are about the same, with the addition that Thursday afternoon is "chore day" at our house. Each child has age appropriate chores (this is not part of home-school, but just life in our family) which of course for the little ones takes longer to accomplish than if I just did it all myself, but I feel it's good for them to start participating and learning responsibility now and eventually they'll be better at it. Big sister already cleans their bathroom all by herself, and that actually IS a huge help!

After Circle Time, we set up lessons at the kitchen table. Kindergarten has lessons every day. Pre-school has lessons 2-3 days a week. And Bubba...well I don't make him sit there. More times than not, he'll soak up the time to have all the toys in the house to himself, but occasionally he gets envious of their big girl activities and wants to scribble with a crayon or try the glue, or as pictured here, complain that he doesn't get to use a marker.
Once we settled into this routine, the kids--all 3 of them--and myself really started to thrive.

Popular posts from this blog

Top 10 Reasons Why People Don't Read the Bible

I've spent 15+ years in ministry, and I've noticed a problem:
people who say they believe the Bible haven't actually read it, and people who don't believe the Bible don't want to read it. My response to both groups is this: YOU ARE MISSING OUT! Why? Because the Bible is the best proven source for life-changing joy and peace. And since it's misquoted and misrepresented all the time, you need to actually read it yourself in order to know if you do/don't agree with it or do/don't want to read it.

When I mention this, it usually surfaces at least one of these 10 barriers that prevent folks from completing it. Do you relate to any of these?



10 Reasons Most People Don't Read the Bible, Refuted 1. I'm not religious. The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. Jesus has been hailed by secular sources as the most influential person to ever walk on the earth. Most people, even those who don't worship God, agree that Jesus was a good person with a …

Essential Christian Book List

There are impressive blog posts with images and links and amazon store commissions. This ain't one of those posts. My list doesn't contain the most recent pop culture Christian trends. Instead it's simple, dependable, filled with classics--some new, some old, and some perhaps forgotten.

*Note: I'm not calling anything a "must-read" except for the Bible. It's on a list all its own. It's the absolute most essential collection of written words ever, and if you need convincing, please read my previous post about it. 
These books help in your journey to better understanding the Bible, the Gospel, and your identity as a child of God:Study Bible (ESV/NLT/NIV/CSB)Reason for God, Tim KellerFaith is Not a Feeling, Ney BaileyThe Normal Christian Life, Watchman NeeMaster Plan of Evangelism, Robert ColemanMore Than a Carpenter, Josh McDowellThe 3D Gospel, Jayson GeorgesVictory Over the Darkness, Neil T. AndersonWith, Skye JethaniThe Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis Yo…

Life After Summer Mission

(originally published 2013, updated 2018)
If what started out as the hardest summer of your life
-working the longest hours you've ever worked,
-being stretched physically, emotionally, and spiritually,
-relying on God to make it to the end of the week (much less 5 or 10 weeks),
-wondering how you were gonna live happily for that long with all these new people...

If you thought all of that was challenging, you had no idea that the biggest challenge came at the end-

-after God had pushed you through to the other side:
where the work seemed tiring but in a rewarding way,
where the schedule stretched you thin, but you now know yourself and God better because of carving out time for Him,
where you stepped into scary situations and saw God show up in ways only He can,
where you now know once strangers soul to soul, backwards, forwards and sideways, and you love them anyways,
where you experienced that they love YOU in spite of every flaw you possess,
and that saying goodbye to mission …