Friday, September 12, 2008

BFS: Plop , Plop , Fizz, Fizz

Here is the Assignment from Blogger Friend School for this week: This would be a good week to tell about your worst struggles with a lifestyle of homeschooling.  Tell about something you’ve struggled with and how God’s mercies gave us the strength to get past it.  Also, share any curriculum/homeschool methods that have been a relief to you, i.e., a particular Teacher’s Manual or Homeschooling method that’s been easier for your family.  Talk about how you felt when the burden was lifted and Oh, What a Relief it is!

As I was thinking about this all week, and spending time with the boys I realized the hardest part of the homeschool lifestyle is basically realizing that what I wanted in life and the path that I thought would be my life path is not what God had in mind for me. I know it sounds cliche' but it really is as simple as that. Realizing that being a mother and teaching my boys is where I an suppose to be has been the biggest blessing.  Of course it isn't all peaches and cream with two boys ages 3 and almost 6, life is a challenge in general so I can't blame the daily trials on homeschooling actually I think homeschooling has made the daily trials easier. Cameron (the oldest) is NOT a morning person and if we had sent him to school (public or private) the battles in the morning would be ugly (or worse.) so in that respect homeschooling is actually a blessing.

Now, curriculm is a new thing as this is our first year homeschooling. I have been blessed with a complete set of Morteson Math manipulatives and have been using them with Math-U-See (they are the same colors) worksheets from the MUS website. I am looking for a good used set of Math_U-See Primer and Alpha or even the old series( foundations I think is the name). Also not to sound sales like, but my experiences with Cindy Rushton's virtual seminars have been a blessing to our homeschool. Realizing that the outside world is our textbook and living books can be a great lesson has given me the courage to continue when others tell me I shouldn't.


  1. Thank you for sharing your struggles. They are some of the same feelings that I have felt and I'm sure that many other homeschool moms feel. I also have a child that is NOT morning (neither am I really :)

    BFS Teacher

  2. I think I have an old MUS first level. Let me check and I will sell it for cheap plus shipping. I have it unbound so it can go in sheet protectors and a 3 ring book. Anyhoo-I am listening to CR right her weekend seminar....

  3. Ok, I have the TE of the Foundations...has: warm-up exercises, TE notes, and tests, with the kid's pages downsized with answers...all you'd have to do is write up the kid's page ahead of time or enlarge on a copier, then white out answers and re-copy. It's yours for 12ppd (it is pretty binder or sheet protectors tho...loose leaf). Email me at if you want it. I take paypal or mo. I cannot find your email addy on your blog.