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#BloggingAtoZchallenge – F is for

F

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.

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#BloggingAtoZ – “E” is for…..

E

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.

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#BloggingAtoZChallenge – “D” is for….

D

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.

Posted in 2017 Blogging A to Z Challenge, family, Homeschooling

#BloggingAtoZChallenge “C” is for….

C

 

Well, it has taken several days for me to get back to my Blogging A to Z Challenge, but here is my post for “C”.  “C” is for children, choices, curriculum, conventions and chaos.  Obviously, since we are a homeschooling family, our children play a major role in our lives.  We do not have to send them to school, so they are pretty much around 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 365 days out of the year.  I must say I like it this way.  I do not just love my children because I am their mother, but I genuinely like them.  As they are now 14-years-old and up, conversations provide entertainment as well as information.  One never knows what might come up in the course of our conversations.

“C” is also for choices.  I love having the freedom and flexibility to pick curriculum that interests them and works for their learning style, while taking into account my teaching style.  I try to allow my children to make choices for their subjects and sometimes the curriculum we use.  However, there are times when I find it necessary to take over and make the decisions for them.  This remains true especially when Dad find something he feels our children need to do or learn.

I love the variety of curriculum and instructions types available to our family.  But more importantly, I love attending Homeschool Conventions so we can physically see the curriculum in person.  Since we turn these conventions into mini-vacations, it makes it fun for the entire family to go.  When our children were younger, they attended the Children’s Conventions.  As our oldest grew up and matured out of the Children’s Conventions, we allowed him to volunteer at the conventions.  Now that they are all teenagers with one twenty-some thrown in the mix, we allow them to chose what they do.  Cell phones allow us to monitor where they are and what they are doing.  Texting allows us to inform them when they need to meet us somewhere.  So it is a win-win for everyone.  Of course, our daughter is required to stay with one of her older brothers or one of us for my peace of mind.

Chaos invariably reigns as we try to pack up and leave the conventions.  With luggage for seven, pillows, blankets, typically some sleeping bags, a cooler plus all the things we purchased at the conventions loading the van can become interesting.  Fortunately, my husband and oldest son are able to handle this beautifully.

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