Books, Children, Faith, Homeschooling

This Is How We Do It

August 22, 2011

I’m sitting here with icy fingers, nervously anticipating the start of school on Monday. Listening to the Civil Wars and trying to figure out weather we should do Latin every day, or on Mondays and Wedensdays, or just Tuesdays and Thursdays. And math. How often should we tackle math- I’m leaning towards daily, as often as possible.

I have to file notification of Intent this week and that signals that this is fo-RE-UHL.  We are doing this wild thing called Homeschooling again this year and I am equal parts excited and anxious. It makes me think of leaping off the side of the pool, body stiff and pulled tight into a ‘cannonball’, the water hits cold and fast and the splash at first is spectacular, but the waves settle and the temperature warms on wet skin and you find your groove, and  after the initial shock, you find yourself bobbing comfortably in it all.

Is that how it is for you?

The School room has been cleaned, the crayon that made it’s mark on table tops last year, all freshly magic-erasered off, and papers filed and books catalogued and sorted. This is how we do it

The kids are excited and anxious as well, they will miss their constant free-time, but will thrive in the routine of hitting the books, they always do. They are eager to crack the binding on so many great new books this year, and I am eager to as well. Literature is life. Oh, how I love books!

We are using Sonlight again this year, and I am relieved that the schedule (except for Latin, and Math) is already written out for me. *Whew!* Can we have a moment of silence for how happy I am that I do NOT have to make lesson plans…….

Amen. Seriously. What a blessing their ginormous instructors manual is to me.


Counting on to my 1000 Gifts……

524. School room ready!

525. Great music. How it fills my soul and carries me through the hard tasks

526. A great run after a terrible week of training struggles, the presence of God with me with each foot-fall.

527. Praying friends! The blessing of others praying for me.

528. The way you, God, work out the details, you string it all into a beautiful one-of-a-kind strand of pearls…

529. My Husband. My Love. The way he gives and gives to us….

530. Another year of life! Birthdays!

531. Family. Always family

532. Answered prayers and goodness yet to come…

533. German Chocolate cake. oooh yes.

534. You. The sweet souls who take the time to read my drivel. Words cannot express my gratitude for the comments I receive.

535. Rambunctious boys and energetic little girls-  trying to tame the craziness

536. Carrie.

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  • Reply carrie August 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    You are so sweet.  love you!

    • Reply Anonymous August 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      Love you, my friend!  Can NOT wait to see you! 😉 and run our little legs off in September.  Woot!

  • Reply Jill August 22, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    So exciting to start another year of school!  I admire your desire and ability to add “teacher” to your parenting resume 🙂  May God bless you with wisdom and patience, and bless your children with open hearts and minds.  And have fun!

    • Reply Anonymous August 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Jill~ It’s an exciting time. Thanks for your blessings and prayers! I hope you and your girls and little guy have a great school year too! You will get lots of one-on-one with Tyler 😉

  • Reply Rambling Heather August 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    We used Sonlight for tow years and loved it!!  I actually debated jumping back in this year but I get so stressed and confused when trying to figure out what to get/do for three kids in different years.  We should talk about this sometime.  Do you order multiple kits or make one year work for all your little’s?  Our favorite read alouds came from Sonlight.

    • Reply Anonymous August 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      Ooh, Heather, I didn’t know you had used Sonlight too! I love their program and this year, we actually ordered 2nd grade and my two boys are doing it together, though my 5 year old is doing some 1st grade level writing/grammar/reading and math. They are basically doing science, literature, latin, geography/history together, but separate math grammar and reading. Today is day 2 and so far, so good, though we have much more still to cover before the day is done!

  • Reply Barbie August 23, 2011 at 5:42 am

    I admire your homeschool space.  I work full-time, but am homeschooling two of my kids this year.  It will be a challenge.  I’ve already had melt downs with my 6th grader.  You are truly blessed!

    • Reply Anonymous August 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Barbie~ I would never say that it is easy. We have had and Do have our share of meltdowns here too. God definitely uses homeschooling to teach me patience. 😉 I will pray for your adventures in homeschooling this year, you can do it, but HIS strength 😉

  • Reply Luke Holzmann August 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Here’s to another fantastic year of homeschooling [smile].


    • Reply Anonymous August 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks, Luke! I am already loving this 2nd grade curriculum. So much good stuff packed in there!!! 😉 Blessings, brother.

  • Reply Photographing Mom August 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    God’s blessings on your year from another Sonlight Mom. 🙂

    • Reply Anonymous August 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you! And the same to you! How many years have you been using Sonlight?

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