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.