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Our Homeschooling Journey (Part 1)

I wanted to take a break from talking about marriage (not that it’s not important, but some of you readers may enjoy this post).

How do you educate your child? Do you send them to public school? Do you send them to a private school? Did you hire a tutor to teach them? Do you teach them at home?

Home School or Public School?

There are so many different ways to educate children. I am among the blessed who get to teach my children at home. Thankfully, we have a little extra in our budget to allow me to stay home and educate my children myself.

Now, I want the readers to know that I am not anti-public school. I understand that not everyone had the patience, time, or desire to educate their children at home. IT’S OK. You have to do what’s best for your situation.

I started researching our options for homeschooling two years ago. I had pulled our oldest from his preschool program because I have training, education, and experience in preschool and because it was cheaper for me to teach him at home. He was so excited to start doing school at home. He could do his work and have a flexible enough schedule that suited his energy and attention level.

Why We Home school…

I guess I should touch on why we decided to home school our kids. My biggest deal breaker was that I have a very energetic and very distracted child. He has not been diagnosed with anything, but I don’t see him sitting still during circle time or an activity that would require him to sit still. Also, being a religious person, I strongly felt that it is my responsibility to educate my child. Since I was blessed with being able to stay home, that was a nobrainer. I have heard horror stories about common core, and that wasn’t helping my case. Lastly, teaching sex education to a kindergartner as “safe touches” and “no one should touch you in your private parts” wasn’t appealing either. Again, I am not anti-public school, I prefer to educate my children myself.

It was really me making the decision and kind of making Joel go with it whether he liked it or not. (Note to self: Don’t do that. Openly discuss any decision you make regarding your child’s education). He was very skeptical at first and I don’t blame him. He has warmed up to the idea since then and has seen the progress that our 5-year-old is making.

Explaining Home School to Your Child

Then he started asking about his friends from preschool. This was a little tricky at first, but he quickly understood that we could schedule playdates and he could visit with his friends outside of school time. He was thrilled! I openly communicated with my son that he would be able to see his friends even though they didn’t go to school together anymore. He understood and was content with that.

Research and Choosing Curriculum

Anyway, I researched the guidelines for my state for homeschooling and what was expected of me to teach my child. I then started looking for local homeschooling groups to get involved in so I could ask questions and soak up all the information I could.

I had come across a newspaper article from my hometown newspaper about a homeschooling program called “Classical Conversations”. The article was very interesting and informational. So, when I saw an email that came through one of the homeschooling groups, I jumped at the opportunity to learn more. I set up a meeting to learn more.

I was blown away by the curriculum. It was Bible-based, full of truth, and repetition. I knew that this was the curriculum I wanted to use with my soon-to-be 5-year-old. I signed us up and anxiously awaited our supplies to come in the mail. I think I was more excited to start than my 5-year-old was.

It took me twelve weeks to figure out what schedule and learning methods worked the best. That’s the beauty of homeschooling. That’s the beauty of “Classical Conversations” or “CC”. This curriculum is broken down into three different programs, “Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge” and also three different cycles. “Foundations” is for children K-4th grade, “Essentials” is for 5th grade-8th grade, and “Challenge” is the high school program. How it works is you do one cycle per year, so year 1- cycle 1, year 2- cycle 2, year 3-cycle 3. Then you start over again.

Now, I’m still new and learning about the program, but I love the music that incorporates what the children are learning. It helps them retain and remember the information they are learning. It also has a Bible passage that you work on for the year as well as a timeline that is the same throughout all three cycles.

That’s all for now, I will be posting updates as we travel this homeschooling journey.

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