Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Decision To Homeschool


Well, it has been hard and stressful...but through prayer and talking with my husband...we have decided...for sure...to give homeschooling a try. M is almost done with Kindergarten at her school...and then starting this summer/fall...I will be officially homeschooling her. I will also start X with some stuff...actually I already have. We do a couple workbooks...and I don't push him. However, he seems to really enjoy doing it. We don't do it every day....but just work on it here and there. He is 4...so I am not pushing anything too hard. I will get a curriculum to get him started on too once I get M's figured out.

Figuring out what curriculum and books I want is going to be hard. I am hoping to find places with great prices..even on used books. I am on the lookout for pre-K, Kgarten and 1st grade materials....any suggestions? I am nervous, excited, and scared all at once! I pray this is the best thing for our children! I just want the absolute best for them.

So....all you homeschooling mamas out there....I could use advice, ideas, suggestions etc!!! Please just nothing too negatively based...I don't want to freak myself out before I have really started!! LOL

OH~ and I was at my friend, Tori's house last night and she has this really cool chalkboard hanging in her kitchen. I told her how much I loved it...and she told me how she made it!!! She took an old window and spray painted it (2 coats) with black chalkboard paint!!! It is sooo great and I am so TOTALLY going to do that!!! When I do...I will be sure to take pics and post about it!

I hope you are all having a fantastic week and thank you all for the wonderful comments you always send my way. You each put a smile on my face!!! Happy Wednesday!!! xoxo

15 comments:

  1. Well, good luck with your decision. I guess making the decision was probably the hardest part, huh? I give you a lot of credit for making such a difficult but important decision. I did not homeschool, my kids were just too smart, they tested way off the charts, and I could not keep up with them at too early an age, but I like the idea of controling what goes in their brains!!! I hope it all works out for you.

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  2. Katy,

    Aren't you glad the decision part is over with? Now you get to be overwhelmed with curriculum choices! lol!

    As far as used places, there are probably lots out there. Just search the web. If you know what you're looking for, I've had alot of luck with buying and selling on Vegsource. They have a homeschooling part to their website with a For Sale or Want to Buy forum broken down in categories like Pre-K - 2nd, 3-6, 7-12, Misc. You might want to check it out sometime.

    Good luck on your next step. I don't think you'll be disappointed. It's been a blessing to our family. Give it a full year....adjust....then you'll begin to fall into a routine and style that works for your family.

    Blessings and and have a great Wednesday!
    Tammy

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  3. Hey,katy!I am so happy you made the decision to homeschool!!I`ll be praying for you!!My very good friend homeschools and also has a blog.Sorry I don`t haqve the direct link but if you go onto my blog under blogs I visit you can click on hers.My Cup Runneth Over is the name.She is part of the homeschool bloggers so that might be something to check out as well.Also www.myblessedhome.blogspot.com
    is a good blog.She homeschools three children and is a great one to learn from.I hope I have been helpful and not too overwhelming!!Blessings!!

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  4. I think it's great that your giving it a try, you will never know till you do! I too am a jelly maker, doesn't homemade just taste so much better? Glad you enjoyed it! I love the new background, it's my favorite so far!

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  5. I am so glad you are going to home school!! I know you will be so blessed doing it!! Just take it one step at a time and enjoy the journey!!! Be Blessed my friend!!~Wendy

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  6. Congratulations on your new journey! You and your children will get so much out of homeschooling, I'm sure. I know the hard part will be deciding books and curriculum. I went into a school supply a few months ago to look at school books. Kellon is signed up for preschool this coming up year but if gas prices still go up...then he might just have to stay home with me. The preschool is 20-25 miles away. :( But anyways, I was overwhelmed where to start in that store! I'm sure you will get a lot of great advice from other homeschool moms and the forum.

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  7. Oh wow, good luck with the homeschooling!!! I bet you will do a fantastic job!

    I can think of several blogging moms that homeschool, you'll have a large support group!

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  8. Katy- I'm so glad you all have finally reached a decision on this! I know God will guide you through the whole process, and that you and your family will be blessed!

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  9. Blessings on your new adventure!

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  10. How exciting Katy! Homeschooling has been a life changing wonderful experience for us and I know the Lord will just bless your family as you follow His guidance.

    I really loved Abeka for my older two children. Bible based and very orderly for those of us that need the structure. Once you get their catalog, you can search for the different books on eBay and save lots of money.

    For Colton, I used a beautiful program called My Father's World. It is complete and required a little more preparation on Mom's part, but it so lovely, so scriptural and easily adapted. I used the K program for preschool and then used it again for Kindergarten.

    Love the idea for a chalkboard. I've heard of some Mom's painting an entire wall in the chalkboard paint. I love that idea and my incoporate myself for this next school year.

    Wishing you all the best of God's blessings as you begin this wonderful journey with your family,
    Lea

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  11. Oh praise God for this wonderful new adventure. I pray you always will homeschool. :)

    Advice: Hmmm, you know me, I am always ready to share that. So, my advice is to 'relax' and enjoy your children. Don't get wrapped up in we 'have' to to this or that and meet deadlines. Keep it as natural and as part of life and fun as you can. :) Don't be nervous, just remember that it is a 'process'. For you, your husband and your children.

    Read a lot of good, wholesome, moral books.

    My favorite 'readers' were the Pathway reading books. They are published by the Amish. They are the sweetest, most wholesome, moral, phonetic stories. I never required chapter work, just enjoy reading. They have them from kindergarten through 8th grade. Available from some friends of ours, the Deffinbaugh family, at www.timberdoodle.com

    Of course, if you end up purchasing curriculum from Christian Book Distributors, I am asking that you remember to use their link from my web site,
    http://www.abundantlivingandgift.com :)

    Read a ton of history. It is SO interesting. Just simply read. :)

    Figure out (over time) what your kids are interested in and help them and let them (allow them time to) pursue their area of interests.

    'Remember' that the 'essentials' are the three R's; reading, writing and arithmetic. So, if that is all you get done sometimes, don't fret. That's all that will really matter in the end. :)

    And last, keep it all simple, and relax, relax, relax. Have fun, have fun, have fun. :)

    I read about the sad events with the Chapman family. I have never heard of them, but will be praying.

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  12. Oh yes Katy, I forgot to mention. We LOVE Abeka history and science books. I only sometimes required chapter questions to be answered and then sometimes only every other one. The comprehension checks can be pretty useful though.

    If I had it to do over again, I would use Learning Language Arts through literature.

    If I had it to do over again, I would try Math U See, especially with younger children.

    We have for the most part always used Saxon math, but I feel that Saxon math is far too much work for ages younger than 4th or 5th grade. It is a stellar program for older ages though.

    Your kids will learn SO much just going through life with you and your husband. Things you will do and conversations you will have that are really important would not take place if your children were out of the home several hours per day.

    Many prayers and blessings Katy!!! :)

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  13. Katy,

    I will look through my homeschooling stuff I am done with and let you know what I have that you could have for free. I will let you know and then you can research them, it you are interested I will send them to you!

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  14. I think I will be among the not so common, but we have been using www.k12.com for 2 years now and have really enjoyed it. It is a publicly funded curriculum and so we work out of Minnesota Virtual Accadamy. Although we had decided to homeschool before we had kids, we hadn't ever thought about what curriculum we wanted to use. I don't feel that I have to have Christian curriculum to instill values that we can still instill outside of the specific curriculum we used. Pluses to this curriculum: it is free since the state pays for it, free computer, free help if I need it and really boxes and boxes of curriculm and teaching information and manipulatives. Ultimately though, for me and my simpleness (I am not a researcher type personality) I didn't have it in me to wade through all the curriculm and come up with a teaching plan. K12 has the teaching instructions online and then also provides all the information in paper form. So, each day I log onto the computer and it tells me what I should teach. The nice thing is that I can still do my own thing at my own pace. So, even though it gives you a blueprint, if I want to block teach, that is by all means okay. So it works for me. I think a friend figured it out and she thought that each year we get a couple of thousand dollars worth of curriculm. I realized that even 200-500 a year was going to be pricey for us, so I am thankful that the Lord showed this option to us. For me and the kind of person I am, I know I couldn't have succeeded without this help. What is gret is that the Lord will show you what will work best for you and your family and I know you will enjoy this process. I think that one of the greatest things I have ever done is homeschool my daughter. I can't wait to have that special time with my middle son as he starts Kindergarten next year.

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  15. Congratulations, Katy! I can't wait to read all about it (as I plan to homeschool mine).

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Warmly, Katy