Homeschool

I. Homeschooling Posts

I have been homeschooling for the past 3yrs. It has already been quite a journey. This path has certainly not been the easiest for me, but there have also been some AWESOME moments!

Below is a list of some of my posts about homeschooling and motherhood:

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Today at HomeScholars

Science Museum W/ Friends

Our Visit To The Zoo

It’s All About The Princess

Museum Trip

Gallops and Goals

Sarah’s Baptism…Sun. 6/28/09

Latest Happenings

Yay, It’s Friday!

Memories…

Educational Quotes

I’m Thanking The Lord

They’re Growing Up

3 Yrs. of Homeschooling (2 yr. blogoversary)

The Learning Never Stops

More or Less…Wordless Wed.

Wrong Assumptions About Homeschooling

Photos from Classical Conversations

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So It Begins…

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Help With Homeschooling

Homeschooling Stuff…

Yard-work and Homeschooling?!

How It All Started…

Technology, Tracking, and Treasure–(It’s Wild!)

Homeschooling “Q and A”

Homeschooling Questions…

Thursday Thirteen

Why, Oh Why, Would You Do That?

A Homeschooling Monday

I Thank Him…

Motherhood–How Delightfully Confusing

Homeschooling Must Go On…

Cute Comments From Kerry

My Little Boy’s Reading!

It’s Been 2 Years Now…

Phonics, Photos, and Fun

Went to the Marbles Museum

Still “Cracking” the Kid’s Code

Home Sweet Home

Our Learning Lair

A Good Day…

Homeschooling Highlights

Calling Homeschooling Moms…

Jesus’ Bible Story Club

Oops…

National Homeschooling News…

Back To Homeschool Week

If I Had Only Known…

To Everything There Is A Season…

NC Home Schools

Sarah’s Science Lesson

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II.Why Homeschool?

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**Note–see also–Julie’s post here.

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III. Homeschooling Info.

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Are you being called to homeschool? If so, please check out the following resources:

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HomeScholars Academy

Classical Conversations

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NCHE-North Carolinians for Home Education

919-790-1100

-the statewide organization that provides services to NC homeschoolers

-see “downloads” for:

–Home Education in North Carolina

–Getting Started in North Carolina

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DNPE-Dept. of Non-Public Education

919-733-4276

-this is where you list your homeschool to become a private school under the laws of NC

-“Notice of Intent” Form available to print-click on ‘homeschool requirements’

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JCHE-Johnston County Home Educators

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Teaching Home Magazine

-great getting started articles…

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Homeschooling Today Magazine

-Gail Felker’s 8-step recipe for homeschooling success

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Home Education Magazine

-Getting Started article

-Information & Resource guide

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IV. Back To Homeschool Week

Week2

Monday, August 6—What led to your decision to homeschool?
Why do you do what you do? What brought you to homeschooling? What factors played a part in your decision?

Tuesday, August 7—How do you homeschool?
Scheduling, classical education, unschooling, getting the kids to help with chores, how to be “mom” and “teacher” at the same time, special needs, teaching an advanced child, how to teach the tough subjects, teaching high school, teaching with babies and preschoolers in the house, budgeting for homeschool supplies, notebooking, etc., etc., etc…

Wednesday, August 8—Getting out there…
Extra-curricular activities, community involvement, volunteering, sports teams, music lessons, making sure your kids have opportunities to be social, co-ops, etc., etc., etc…

Thursday, August 9—If I had only known…
What have you learned on your homeschooling journey? What would you/did you change? This is an opportunity to encourage others who are just starting out or who are struggling with issues that seem unsolvable. It is also a perfect opportunity to tell us about one of those days made you want to throw in the towel. A funny story? Perfect!

Friday, August 10—Curriculum
What curriculum do you use? Where do you buy it? Have you found a “gem” that you must share with others? Was something in particular a complete failure for you and your kids?

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**My Comments:

What led to your decision to home school?–After working in the school system for 5 years and after talking with a couple of homeschool moms, I felt God “tugging at my heart.” Before long, my husband and I both knew that God was calling us to be a homeschooling family. Once we accepted this “call,” homeschooling was no longer just an option, but instead had become the option for us.

How We Homeschool?–I’m not an expert–we’ve just completed 1 year. However, I know that God has been giving me more discernment each day as to how to make homeschooling a success for our family. I also consult with many other homeschool moms who’ve got more than a decade of experience! I try to glean all I can from other moms and from various homeschool resources (click here for more information).

The main point that comes to mind is priorities. If I don’t first make my time with God and the study of His Word the priority, my best homeschooling efforts will be in vain. I will not have the right attitude and motivation, and I will not be properly equipped for the job at hand. If I attempt to start a day of school with the wrong attitude, I might as well throw all the schedules and lesson plans out the window!

I have also realized that I must make homeschooling the next priority–not housework, phone calls, chores, errands, etc. (Not to say that I am no longer concerned with the running of our home, of course). However, if I am serious about homeschooling, I can’t let it “take a back seat” to everything else that comes along every day, or we will never get anything done! I have found that we just need a general time frame–a basic schedule with a little flexibility–just not too much! We’re still working on balance!

I’ve also experienced some difficulty with teaching Sarah, while Kerry, my younger child does everything he can to interrupt, distract, etc. I have found that sometimes it’s just better to wait until I have him immersed in something or taking a nap to do the bulk of actual teaching. Any suggestions from others for keeping younger ones occupied, and at times actually involved, are more than welcome!!

Getting Out There-Our local county home school group really helps with “getting out there.” There are so many activities, sports, clubs, field trips, etc. in which one can participate. I have been so very thankful for this group. Of course, we’ve only been officially home schooling for one year, so our kids will be participating in more and more activities as they get older. However, they have an Early Homeschoolers group for pre-schoolers, and both kids were able to go on several field trips last year. Also, Sarah was old enough to join the 4-H club and play homeschool T-ball. Both kids also participated in the Talent Showcase and the home school Field Day.

This fall, Sarah will be playing soccer with our town league. She’ll also be in home school P.E.

Of course, we have plenty of church youth activities to choose from also. The kids will probably get more involved with those activities as they get older too.

However, I do want to be careful about not getting ourselves “over-committed” and involved with too many activities! Here again, I am constantly praying about finding the right balance for our family.

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**For more of my posts from Back to Homeschool Week, see also Blogging Projects.

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