Blogging A to Z Challenge – “L” is for….

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I am back with another entry in my blogging a to z series.  The letter for this post is “L”, which stands for Love, Learning, and Listening.

I love having my children around during the day.  I love the freedom and flexibility that comes with homeschooling.  We can spend time on things that actually interest the children in addition to the required subjects.  I want my children to love learning (even if they do not love every single subject.

Second, “L” is for learning.  I want my children to become engrossed with learning.  I want them to seek to gain knowledge and find things that interest them.  We can use methods of teaching and researching that interests them and involves them in the learning process.

Third, “L” is for listening.  I want our children to become active listeners.  So we use things like audiobooks to help them focus their ears on what they are hearing.  Also, I want them to recognize the importance of listening as well as being able to talk in a coherent manner.

So what does “L” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

Bloggin A to Z – “K” is for …..

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Today I am continuing my blogging a to z journey.  The letter for this post is “K”, which is for kindness and kingdoms.

One of our main goals in homeschooling our children is to raise them to be kind to others.   By homeschooling, we are able to volunteer in a variety of situations.  So my children have the opportunity to get along with all types of people in all different age groups.  We want them to recognize how important it is to be courtesy and friendly to everyone.

Another thing “k” stands for is the kingdom of God.  We want our children to serve God and advance His Kingdom.  We spend time in His Word daily.  We are able to control what they read, see and do.  We love seeing our children seek after His Will for their lives.

So what does “K” stand for in your mind?  I would love to hear from you.

Blogging A to Z – “J” is for…

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So after another brief hiatus, I am back with my blogging a to z homeschooling challenge.  The letter is “J”, which for me stands for Jacob and Joseph – two of the reasons I love homeschooling and joy.

Our oldest son is about to turn 21 years old, and I can not figure out where the time has gone.  Jacob is the reason our family began homeschooling.  He was placed in a classroom with a teacher who did not care for our child in the least.  With only two fifth grade classes in the school, we did not have any options there.  Transferring him would mean transferring all of our children, which was not an option either.  Private school was an even more unreachable possibility due to finances.  So homeschooling became our choice.  Jacob began to love his siblings again versus the typical anti-sibling feelings of his friends.  He also developed an incredible bond with his baby sister, who was 4 at the time this homeschooling journey began, that continues to this day.  I have watched him excel in AWANAS, scouts (making the rank of Eagle Scout in 2012), and a heart for service that includes plans to become a Youth Pastor.  Homeschooling definitely helped this child in many ways.

Next, “J” is for Joseph, our second son.  This child began his homeschooling journey as he began the third grade, a year after we began homeschooling our oldest.  Joseph was one of those children who for the most part was a pleasure to teach.  He quickly decided he wanted to do the same things as his brother – this included receiving his rank of Eagle Scout the same day as his older brother (even though they are two years apart.  Joseph brings a lot of happiness to our home.

Finally, “J” is for the joy that comes from homeschooling.  I find great joy in being with my children each day.  I find joy in the ties that are between our four children.  Don’t get me wrong, they all have their moments, but let someone else mess with one of them and the other three will have their back.  Also, there is joy in knowing we don’t have to follow a traditional school calendar.  Instead, we tend to homeschool during the summer when it is too hot to be outside and can enjoy days off when the temperature is more pleasant.  Since we moved to Texas in 2016, this is definitely a plus.

So what does “J” bring to mind for you.  I would love to hear from you.

#BloggingAtoZchallenge – “H” is for

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So even though I fell behind with April’s Blogging A to Z challenge, I have decided to persevere and finish – even if it is at my own pace.  So the letter for today is “H”.  “H” for me is for hearts, helpful, and hard work.

First, homeschooling allows us to keep our childrens’ hearts close to ours.  We get to spend time with them and see the wonderful people they are becoming.

We also get to be helpful.  We can serve in our communities for organizations such as our Army Reserve unit’s Family Readiness group, programs at the Salvation Army and other things that come up in our community.

“H” is also for hard work.  It takes hard work and dedication to keep all of our children on track and to find curriculum choices that satisfy them.

So what does “H” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

#BloggingAtoZchallenge – F is for

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So here is another installment in my #BloggingAtoZchallenge.  The letter is “F”, which for me represents family, freedom, flexibility, faith and fascination.

First, “F” represents family.  Our family is a lot closer than we were before homeschooling. My children enjoy spending time with each other and with us, their parents.  Before we began homeschooling our oldest son was in the fifth grade and 10 years old.  His friends preferred avoiding their own family at all costs it appeared; so they certainly did not want to be around our family either.  Within about a month of beginning to homeschool, our oldest was becoming closer to his siblings – and especially his 4-year-old sister.  It was an amazing transformation to watch.

Second, “f” is for freedom.  We have the freedom to decide what curriculum to use.  We also decide how often certain subjects need to be done.  We can change curriculum when we see it absolutely is not working.  If the day is too beautiful to stay inside or we just need a “mental health” day, I have the freedom to change the calendar.  If we want to take off and go somewhere, we can.  We can take a vacation when public school students are still in session.  So ultimately, homeschooling provides all kinds of freedom.

We also have flexibility.  We have the flexibility to set our start and end times based on our family’s own preferences or even a specific child’s preferences. If one of the children want to do a week’s worth of a particular subject in one day, he or she can do that.  We also have the flexibility to decide when a child has mastered a particular concept.

Next, “f’ is for faith.  In everything we do, everywhere we go and everything we study, our faith provides a key component in what we do.  Our children know what we believe and have the ability to ask questions to see our faith put into practice.  We pick textbooks that illustrate our faith and values.

Finally, when our children find something that fascinates them, they can choose to study that subject until they find out what they wanted to know.  If something they read about fascinates them, we can choose to build a unit study about it.  Also, the children have some flexibility to pick textbooks that capture their interest, imagination, or otherwise inspire them to complete the subject.

So what comes to mind for you when you see the letter “F”?  I would love to hear from you.

#BloggingAtoZ – “E” is for…..

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Well, I am back today with another entry for my #BloggingAtoZ challenge – even if it is several days late.  Being a homeschooling family, “E” for me represents enthusiasm, energy,  excitement, and eagerness.

Some days our children show great enthusiasm for what they are studying that day.  They also show enthusiasm when I schedule something special for them to do.  They show enthusiasm when they get to do something they picked out for themselves also.

“E” is also for energy.  My children exhibit an unbelievable amount of energy.  They love spending time with each other.  The limits of their imaginations show no bounds.  They truly are amazing at what they can do and how long they can do it for.

“E” is also for excitement – like the year Dad had to go to one of the resort hotels at Universal Studios and we traveled with him.  Sometimes excitement comes in the smallest forms, such as doing their homeschool lessons in a different location or by my decision to change the daily requirements once in a while.  It also comes from getting to tell someone what they have learned – especially if it is something unusual.

“E” is also for eagerness.  They show eagerness to complete something so they can move onto something else that interests them more.  They show eagerness for learning about something they chose personally.  They also show eagerness to share what they are learning with others.  They also show eagerness to lend a hand and volunteer in various capacities.

So what does “E” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

#BloggingAtoZChallenge – “D” is for….

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Here is the next post for my #BloggingAtoZchallenge.  “D” is for determination, dreams, and direction.  I have determination to see my children suceed.  For the most part my children are determined to find things they love to do in the future.  They have determination also at times however to not do what is expected of them.  But those are the times, my determination they will do what is required must become more.

“D” is also for dreams.  My children have dreams for their future. They also have times where they dream about what they wish they could do now.  We have dreams of vacations and trips we would like to take in the future. One of those dreams right now is to see the Grand Canyon before we leave Texas.  After all, we may never be this close again.

“D: is also for direction.  We all need God to direct and guide our paths.  He has provided us with gifts and talents that we must use to bring glory to Him.  My daughter, for example has incredible skill at drawing.

Our oldest son has knowledge that his direction in life is becoming a Youth pastor.  Our second son knows what direction he would like to take, but still is on the journey.  Our youngest son is still trying to figure out what direction he wants his life to take.  But I know God has plans fo r them all.  They just need to seek His guidance for directions on getting there.