I have been a homeschooling my children since the very beginning. I have been stretched and challenged in the past many years and have had to learn how to adapt our home education efforts and goals to accommodate our large family. Far from perfect– it is a imperfect work in progress. When I am tempted to become swayed and overwhelmed with the thoughts that I am not able to give my children a “proper” education, all I have to do is go talk to my older children who are finishing up highschool and realize a proper education is not proper because it is confined to a 4 wall school room 8 hours a day. It is a proper education if the end results in a child who can not only read and write and make change but a child who has developed a love for learning and continues to grow and expand into the man or woman God has called them to be. There are a lot of other details in between like being productive members of society ect. ect. but it encourages me to know simple diligence, fervent prayer, proper perspective and imperfect follow through goes a long way in home educating our children. Believe it or not, homeschoolers can actually learn math and be properly socialized without help from the Department of Education.
This coming year is a special and unique year because we will embark on another journey of home educating 9 children at one time in every other grade from preschool through 12th grade…with my 10th baby on my hip. Oh, how I love a challenge with much complexity! So while I play the part of preschool teacher, kindergarten teacher, elementary school teacher, middle school teacher and high school teacher this year, I plan on blogging the adventure in a series of journal entries so I can remember these wild and crazy years when I am old.
Here is what I have going on:
A baby… I start planning the 2013-2014 school year with a newborn baby. My saving grace is that he, so far, is very content and laid back and won’t be walking for at least another 8 months. Have baby carrier…can teach. More on homeschooling while pregnant or homeschooling with a baby later…..
A stubborn almost 3 year old. Homeschool preschool starts for her only because it requires structure to maintain control of her. Starting preschool activities with her will help me be able to school the others. Having a 3 year old running amuck would be disastrous. More on homeschooling with toddlers later…
Then I have Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 8th grade, 10th grade and 12th grade. More on homeschooling multiple grade levels later…
I have some ideas I am working on for implementing an effective homeschooling system that can successfully teach multiple levels at one time. Juggling the baby, the toddler and crowd is daunting at times….especially since they want to eat every day…. but I find that making a plan helps me get the ball rolling in the right direction. Part 1 is getting my home organized. It’s normal not to be able to see the laundry room floor, right???
Today, we start redoing our disorganized office room into a functional school room. Time to paint!