Starting a Homeschooling Journal: Entry 1

May 24, 2013
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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…..

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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…

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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…

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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!

3 Responses to Starting a Homeschooling Journal: Entry 1

  1. Tina
    May 30, 2013 at 12:04 am

    What an exciting year for you! I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

  2. May 24, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Hi Beth,

    Good to see you writing again (although I have no idea how you are managing it!). I got another short post through from you on my reader with something about remembering to laugh when you want to cry. I can so relate! This post (and the short one) was a real encouragement to me. There are many days when I cry, BUT God is good and He is faithful and He is growing me (and you) in our own faith because it sure can be hard to see what we are hoping for.

    I look forward to reading your journal (instead of writing mine!;oP ).

    In Him

    Meredith
    BTW, I only have 8 (yr 11 – 2yo toddler (who has been walking/running since 8mths – I know you know early walkers are crazy).

    • BethTN
      May 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Thank you….

      I wasn’t finished with the other short post and evidently had my settings set to publish when I hit save. I just lost half of another post i was working on…so i am trying to laugh at my inability to blog using a tablet…. haha..

      Hopefully, i can get the kinks worked out!!