The concept of the one-room schoolhouse must, as a necessity, be a reality in our home. This year we are homeschooling a 1st grader and a pre-k kid, while trying to keep a busy and quick learning almost 2-year-old. Well, we are homeschooling in between nursing the baby and dealing with tantrums and naps and meals (and, and, and). And there are days that go incredibly well and days where nothing happens of seeming importance.
These are the days when I have to take the long view of the education of our children.
I take a deep breath (or a fresh cup of coffee) and remind myself we have a LOT of days in which to educate and train our little ones. I also remind myself that the older two, for better or worse, are test cases. Hopefully, I have much more figured out once the younger two are walking through the stages we are going through today with the older. I think: “We can make mistakes. We can take breaks. We will have another chance to do these things.”
I have a case of serious Disney FEVER!! I don’t really know what has come over me in the last few weeks, but I just cannot stop thinking about and planning for the ultimate family vacation to Disney World. The only problem:
We have to wait over a YEAR before we get to GO!!
Currently our girls are the perfect ages for a trip (6 and 4), but our little guy (almost 18 months) is still figuring out the walking thing. But the big obstacle is the baby in my tummy! So, we are shooting to take a big family trip to the World in September of 2018 – when baby is about a year old and the kids are all mobile (for the most part).
I have heard through my research that Disney believes it takes the average family 3 years to plan and save for a trip to Walt Disney World. So, I figure I am not too early in the process. Even though it does feel like this is WAY too early to be thinking of a vacation!
When we started homeschooling at the beginning of this school year, I had no idea what lay ahead of us. I had plans, yes. But there was no way to see what lay ahead. I compared it to looking out over an abyss and trying to determine what would happen.
But one day, we just began. We jumped into the homeschool thing. And we have had a BLAST!
My inadequacies with teaching are still abundantly clear, but we have discovered ways to get knowledge into our 5-year-old’s brain in vast quantities through memorization while still having lots of fun. We work our homeschool program around the Classical Conversations curriculum and it has been such a wonderful fit for her.3
One of the most interesting things CC teaches kids is memorization of basic math facts. A typical Classical Conversations year includes learning new information about history, science, English, and Latin. But every year, no matter what else is on the agenda, the math facts kids are exposed to are the same.
We have been slowly working our way through John chapter 1, using a modified inductive study method. We focus on asking lots of questions and reviewing the information a LOT! In the short time we have been working through John, we have learned much of the content. For more information and to discover how we walked through the first part of John, check out the previous post in this series.
Our girls have been in Awana this year and have absolutely loved it. W is a Cubbie, learning short Bible verses every week with the help of a rockstar leader. And G is a Spark, having a blast each week, playing games and learning about Jesus! All the leaders for the Awana program we go to demonstrate a dedication and love for these kids and the Lord every week. We are so thankful for them!
We were working on making some holiday gifts in the kitchen the other day and I had a flash of inspiration. We made the most amazing Christmas “Candy” and I was thinking about who we could give it to. (If I don’t give it away, I will eat it all!) And I had a sudden inspiration for a super simple Awana leader thank you gift.