Monday, August 26, 2013

Our Home School Year

Today we officially started our second year of home schooling! It actually went really well, although I didn't even attempt to try and make a schedule for this week. Hopefully in a few weeks I'll have a better idea about what will work for us, and then maybe I can make a more specific schedule for school time.

Last year was really busy, and I spent most of it stressed out and just plain overwhelmed. There is a ton of information out there when it comes to homeschooling, and since it was all foreign territory to me I didn't really enjoy my first year of home schooling like I had hoped. I was pretty lost about what I was suppose to be doing.

So after many conversations between Erik and I, and much prayer, we decided that for this year we wouldn't be doing classical conversations. I really love the program, but just felt like we needed a break. Also having two kids in the program as opposed to one, plus paying for childcare really wasn't in our budget, so we are going to just focus on being home.

This year we are using My Fathers World kindergarten for Miss Anna(but we plan on taking it really slow with her, since she just turned 5 a few days ago) And My Father's World first grade for Jack.  I really wanted a curriculum that would tell me what to do every day, and I'm so thankful that's what My Father's World does. I will also be using Story of the World for history a couple times a week mainly for Jack, but I'm hoping to have Anna sit in on it too. In the mornings after breakfast and chores, we will have a circle time where we go over the calendar, ABC's, and  the memory verse we are working on. I will also use this time to read aloud to everyone from the same book. I'm hoping to read some about different missionaries(from this series), some of James Mayhew's books about different artists, and hopefully some chapter books like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Charlotte's Web. Everyone seemed to really enjoy circle time last year, so I hope to be able to keep that up this year.

I also plan on having the kids listen to the classical conversations cycle 2 cd at different times during the week(along with Steve Green and songs for saplings!) And I plan on doing different projects that correlate with classical conversations(I LOVE using this blog for ideas!)

I still feel very strongly that kids learn best through playing and reading, so I plan on giving them plenty of time during the day to do both of those things. One of the beauties of home schooling is that formal school can be done in just a few hours.

This year school and our daily schedule will look a little different than it has before, but I'm really looking forward to this new season of life.


  1. Yay! How encouraging to read your home schooling day! Even though we have decided to wait for kindergarten until next year it still gives me some great ideas for organizing our preschool days :)

    1. Thanks, Jess!! Yeah I'm pretty sure our kindergarten for Anna is going to be a lot like preschool this year, but we'll see how it goes. I just want her to enjoy it, and if that means taking our time with it then that's what we'll do!

  2. I hope you all have a great year! I'm not even really researching homeschooling that much yet, but when I do look around online, it's SO easy to get overwhelmed with all the homeschooling stuff available!

    1. Thanks, Kelly! I know, I think I just need to settle in my mind that this is what we are using for this year, and not worry about what others are using! :)

  3. I was just thinking about you and your family and wondering if you had started school yet! Wish we could catch up sometime in person:) We are doing a 2/3 day Kindergarten with Mya this year. Probably similar to what you are doing with Anna. Love reading your blog to see how everyone is!

    1. It's great to hear from you again, Krystle! I miss hanging out! I would love to hear what you are doing with Mya too, our kids are growing up way too fast! :)


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