Homeschool Happenings

I thought it would be fun to participate in the Homeschool Open House being sponsored by Less of Me-More of Him (http://homeschoolblogger.com/tiany) Stop by and see all the people participating. This will be a great 2 weeks. Forgive me for not getting mine up and running right on the first - but I am new to this blogging thing and I have had a little difficulty in getting it all figured out. So here we go:) --



LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF:




I am a Mom to four children. I am a second generation homeschooler. We have always be able to have the privilege to home educate our children. I have been homeschooling for 10 years now. I have one child in high school, two in elementary grades and one special needs preschooler. (This should be an interesting year!:) To make things a little more interesting: we are in the process of adopting again and it looks like we could be getting a placement here soon - So I am very aware that this is shaping up to be a full and very educational year for our entire family -- how ever many that may be:)! I love to homeschool - and am so thankful for the opportunity.


SCHOOL CURRICULUM:



For most of our homeschooling years we have used ABEKA curriculum. We have done it both ways - parent taught and video taught. For the Jr High age and High School grades I LOVE the video as it helps me to feel that they are getting some of the things I may be unsure on how to teach them. I will be parent teaching my Third grader and also doing some preschool work with my youngest for this school year.


Preparing for the first day of school (2005-2006 school year)



The girls staring Bible in school.
James participating with his class on video.Zak playing at his desk during school time.

OUR SCHOOL SCHEDULE:



I LOVE a schedule. I love making schedules out and posting them. Our family functions best on a detailed schedule. I am a Pastor's wife and have responsibilities with different church ministries. My children all take piano lessons. My girls take violin lessons and our youngest son has autism. I know that we would not be able to do everything that needs to be done without a schedule. I am POSITIVE that we would not be able to be even thinking of adopting again if it was not for our schedule.


I have always been a detailed person. To some extent, we have always been on some sort of schedule. However, several years ago I did come across the Maxwell's web page http://titus2.com/ . I have found valuable information that has helped me implement schedules that really work in our family. My schedule is one of my best friends!! Here is a picture of our control board. On the board with have the schedule posted for each day of the week. Each child has a color and each half hour there is listed what is on the schedule for that time.


My day starts at 5 am when I have to give Zak his first dose of medication for the day. I start my coffee and then go up and give him his medicine. He always goes back to sleep and I come down to a quiet house and a hot cup of coffee. I am able to enjoy time in the Word with the Lord and pray. I also take some time to plan out the day if I need to. I try to go on a walk with my oldest daughter around 6:00. When we get home she makes breakfast and I shower and get around for the day. The others are getting up at 7am. They do their "Sunshine chores", get ready for the day and get their rooms cleaned. We eat breakfast as a family at 7:30. After breakfast we have morning chores for about an hour. (If you are interested in a post on chores and homeschooling let me know.) We head down to school at 8:30. We take an hour for a lunch break at 11:30. Our school day for the younger ones gets done around 2:00 pm when they start their music practice. My oldest gets done with her work around 3p.m.


During the school day each one of my kids has a "Mom and Me" time. This is time for just the two of us to go over school work, take speed tests, and give homework assignments. The kids love their time alone with me. This also allows me to be knowledgeable on the school work of the children participating in video school. Then I feel like I am able to help them. and catch things they are struggling with that perhaps could get missed without my attention.


HOMESCHOOL TIPS:

The Maxwell's site that I mentioned earlier is packed with information for the homeschooling family. I would highly recommend ANYTHING that they have on their site.

I know the issue of socialization is a big topic around the concept of homeschooling. I believe one of the best places for my children to learn to socialize is in the home. My children must FIRST learn to be a friend to the people God has placed around them. (Perhaps I should post on this subject of socialization. You can let me know if you are interested.) With that said however, our family is NOT isolated from social contact. We make sure as a family that we are around other people and ministering to those with whom we come in contact. The goal of our family in this area of socialization is not to find friends for our children, but rather raise our children to minister, and be a friend to those with whom they come in contact. OK: enough on that hobby horse!




We make sure that our children are dressed and ready for school. My children do not sit around the table in their pajama's doing school work. I believe in order to have the BEST environment for learning the children must be dressed and ready to sit and learn. I believe that this tells my children that what they are doing is important. I have found that their mental attitude tends to be better if they have prepared for their school day and start ready to learn.


Well, that's about it. I am about ready to start the new school year this year. We plan on starting on the August 20. I will post pictures of the school room when we get in all ready for this year. The kids are SO excited. I am getting there too! Happy homeschooling everyone.


16 comments:

andijean said...

"The goal of our family in this area of socialization is not to find friends for our children, but rather raise our children to minister, and be a friend to those with whom they come in contact."

That says it all! Wonderful post - thank you for sharing!

~Andrea

Homeschooling6 said...

Schedules are something I really need to stick to. I can make them but I'm always scared of them ;)

You are doing a great job & I love how organized you are.
Blessings,
Linda<><

Tiany said...

Thank you for participating in “Homeschool Open House 2007”! I have had such fun putting it together but reading about your homeschools has been such fun and the real blessing!!! Thanks for the peek into your homeschool! Great post and i loved all the pics too!

Hugs & Blessings,
Tiany
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/tiany

Chrissy said...

What a lovely family! I enjoyed reading about your homeschooling. I like the way you have the videos set up.

Training Hearts said...

I made it!!!

Thank you for sharing your homeschooling. It's so nice to "see" others and how they do things.

I love gleaning info from others.
~Tamara
www.TrainingHearts.com

PS...I'm not sure what your beliefs are but on my blog, I offer a Training Hearts Award if you want to check it out!

HsKubes said...

I have enjoyed visiting your homeschool and reading your thoughts. I am always excited to see second generation homeschoolers! How wonderful!
Thank you for visiting our homeschool open house and thank you for your kind, encouraging words regarding our service in the military. Your words were a blessing to me. My husband is serving in Iraq (just as your husband's brother) and, yes, it is quite a challenge but I am thankful I am able to be a helpmeet to my husband as he serves.

Have a blessed Lord's Day tomorrow.
~ Christina

Isaiah5513 said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog. YES! on whether you would post something about your feelings on socialization. I believe God means for us to bless those around us. What an awesome perspective.
~C

The Lloyd Family said...

I loved your post ..... let's see what you have to say about chores and socialization. I would love to hear it.

~Vickie

~Tr@cy~ said...

Thanks for visiting my homeschool blog! Yea for A Beka! I pray you have a great year. We are excited to say the least. The only thing holding us back is that we are going out of town with our church youth group this coming Wednesday through Saturday. My original state date was also August 20th, but dd got so excited... she's only done one full day, but at least she's ahead! :) I could sure learn from your scheduling skill... I will be looking into the Maxwell site and staying in touch throughout the year! God bless!

Heather said...

Thank you for inviting us into your open house, and for stopping by mine. Your schedule and organization are inspiring.
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/joyfulchaos

Heather said...

I love how structured you are, and done with so much grace. I bet your kids love to be homeschooled. Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing yours.

Heather

Katie said...

Thanks for sharing your homeschool with us! I am a schedule person too, I just don't function without a schedule! I really like the color scheme schedule you have set up, that is really nice! Thanks for stopping be my blog!

Jenn4Him said...

I really enjoyed your open house. I have considered using the Abeka DVDs. The demo DVD looks like such fun. My kids liked it. Thanks for coming by by open house.

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Hi Jane!

I'm glad I had a chance to drop by your blog today and learn more about you and your homeschool! Thanks for the great pictures, BTW I love scheduling and lists too and can't get enough of them!

Many blessings...

bubbebobbie said...

Thank you so much for inviting me in. I love the set up you have for your classroom. The curtain is very creaive.
because of Jesus, Bobie

Sonya said...

Thanks for sharing! I loved learning about your family!