Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful time off and are ready for the new year. Hard to believe 2016 is here already.

We are getting ourselves ready to get back into the swing of things. I will admit, the first week back is hard for me to get into. I do like having a schedule though (a flexible schedule that is.) I love the Holidays, but at the same time things are a bit chaotic. So, getting back to a schedule, especially bedtime, is really nice. 

Since my first posts gave you some background, I figured now I should tell you what we try to do on a daily basis and what classes we strive to do. 

The very first thing we do everyday is devotions, praise songs and prayer. That is extremely important to us and get us in a good frame of mind for the rest of our day. 

WH then does independent reading while I work on basic math and reading with LH and WYH. They are 5 and 6 so we are mostly focusing math and reading, but we also do some science and history.

After LH, WYH and I are done with their lessons they do some online lessons using Reading Eggs and Mathseeds.

That’s when WH and I use Life of Fred for Language Arts and Math. We LOVE Life of Fred (LOF.) 

History, Science and geography we all study together and do not have any set curriculum. We let the boys choose what or where they want to study and go with that. They love being a part of the decision making.

We also teach them life skills on a daily basis. They help help us build things, garden, trouble shoot etc. They have chores to do around the house. We try to teach them to have a good attitude about chores, but I admit that one is difficult. There are many many more areas that we teach them, but to list them all would be impossible and probably boring for you. Lol. We do take field trips and participate in a local homeschool archery program. We strive to have learning happening all the time.

Well, it is about time for us to get started so I better get off here. Please feel free to share our blog with anyone you think might like to here about our homeschool journey. Also, Please share any ideas you may have in the comments. We are always looking for good ideas to add to our school and I’m sure others are too. I hope you have a great day and here’s to the New Year!! 🎉

Online Public School Expirience

Hello there everyone!  I hope you are doing well. I’m going to finish up sharing about our personal experience with online public school.  Starting Monday I will finally begin telling you about our transition from online to true homeschooling.

I do want to make sure I make it clear that all of WH’s teachers were very nice. We had an issue with one, but it was resolved with a simple email. I could tell his teachers did care about their students.

One thing that I really started to notice was the focus on all the state mandated testing. I couldn’t believe how much pressure the teachers seemed to be under to get their students to perform at a certain level.  I know that has been everywhere, I was just seeing it personally for the first time. It seemed like the kids were always practicing for the tests or studying for it. There was less and less actual learning happening. WH was getting more frustrated and was having a lot more trouble focusing on his classes because of this. He was bored too. He LOVES learning, but it didn’t seem like learning anymore. It was more like an institute that you had to walk, talk and sit one way and no other way was accepted.

WH does not learn math in the “traditional” way. He has his own way of figuring it out and he takes his time and gets it right. That was no longer ok. He had to do it there way or it was marked wrong even with the correct answer. He also came to hate writing. I know you have to write in school, but they pushed him so far he absolutely hated it. I could tell he was unhappy and honestly I was too. I hated it when I had to make him learn spelling words for a test or use flash cards and try to get him to be fast at multiplication. That’s not the way he learns. It caused him so much stress that he would cry. After I finally surrendered to God and said, Ok ok, I’ll do it your way. Things turned around like you wouldn’t believe.  I’ll admit, he still doesn’t like to write a lot, but it’s getting better.

I pray you all have a safe and wonderful New Year!  I’ll back Monday!  If you enjoy my little blog you can follow me by clicking on the follow buttons below. Also, please let me know if you have any homeschool questions or if you are struggling and would like some prayer support…..or even if your not struggling and would like prayer support. You can email me at huntshappyhomeschool@gmail.com if you aren’t comfortable leaving a comment below.

Good Morning!

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Well, day 2 of our new adventure in blogging. I have to thank all of you that read my first blog I truly appreciate the comments and support.

Ok, to continue from yesterday. Like I said, WH had started homeschooling in an online public school.  I thought it would be so easy. I would just make sure he was in his classes on time, he would do his assignments and that would be it. Kindergarten and first grade were….ok. No real homework and we were done by noon. He did hate all the coloring though.  Then second grade hit, still not terrible, but assignments got longer, classes got longer with only a few minutes in between. He was usually finished by 1:30-2:00. That was not what I was hoping, but I still said to myself, it was ok.  All the this time, I knew this was not the kind of homeschool God wanted us to have, but I was still insecure in my abilities to teach. So third grade came around and HOLY CRAP!  It was terrible!  WH hated it. Classes were about the same length, but more and more homework. He had extra classes to practice getting ready for all the testing. The testing stressed him out so bad he would cry before taking them. We had to take him to the school’s office for the tests where other kids took it with him. He liked seeing the other kids, but he was always the last kid done. He was only last because I had always taught him to take his time and do his best. It still upset him though….no one likes being last. He had to take the tests twice a year and the results did not make any sense at all. They were absolutely no reflection of his knowledge or capabilities.  What’s crazy is they had to take these extra classes to prepare for these tests and they didn’t even help him do well on them. WH was in school until 2:30-3:00 and had homework on top of it. By the end of that year he went from and A in math to a D. He loved math, so what the heck!  After the second set of these “tests” we had had enough. We prayed and decided to give God’s way a try the next year. All I can say is Wow, what a difference!  It’s amazing what can happen when you finally listen to God and stop trying to do things your own way.
Gonna stop for today, I think I have written enough anyway. My house is still a mess and I really want to get it cleaned up before our company comes over on Thursday for New Years Eve.

Tomorrow I will tell you more about our online public school experience.

I also want to let you know, that I will be writing in my blog Monday – Friday.  Weekends I am going to stay off to be with my family. If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them. Have a wonderful day!

Wow!

I can’t believe it!  My first post has 42 views already, I have met a fellow blogger from Australia…… and I have no idea what I am doing! Lol. I guess I’m doing something right. Hahaha!  I want to thank Notes from a Home Educator  for being willing to answer my questions and help me out.

I am excited about getting going and seeing who I have the pleasure of meeting.  See ya tomorrow!

Howdy

Hey there, my name is Mandy. My husband and I homeschool our three boys ages 5, 6 and 10. I wanted to create this blog to connect and share with other homeschooling families around the world. To be there to encourage others in times of difficulty or frustration and to share all the good times, accomplishments and fun.

We started out with our oldest son, who we will call WH, in an online public school from kindergarten through third grade. I knew this is not what God had wanted, but I was fearful and I did not have the faith or confidence that I was “good enough” to teach my child. I was afraid I would just screw up and mess up my kid. Well, after four years of online school, which was extremely stressful for both my son and I, we decided to go the route God had wanted us to in the first place. We pulled him out of the online school at the end of his third grade year and I prayed and prayed for the confidence and knowledge to teach WH. I read a few books that I thought might help me and boy did God use them to help give me the courage and self esteem to do this. The main books that helped me were “Simply Homeschool” and “Called Home” both written by Karen Debeus. God really spoke to me through these books. That summer, after talking with WH, I casually worked out a plan for our year and I was actually done rather quickly. I didn’t make some big day by day lesson plan, that would totally stress me out. Instead, I just wrote down our school rules, our flexible schedule and what books we were going to try to get through that year. I tell you what, making God the head of our homeschool has made it so much better there aren’t words to describe it. Don’t get me wrong, we still have bad days, but the majority are good and we have fun. When WH was attending the online school, we had tears almost everyday. He hated the spelling words and test. We would study the words for the test, which caused a lot of frustration, and the next week he couldn’t spell most of them. He was good at math, but they moved so fast he would get confused and trying to memorize the multiplication facts was a nightmare.

Oh, I forgot to tell you. Sorry if my grammar is not perfect. That was my worst subject in school and I obviously am still not great at it. That doesn’t stop me from teaching WH though. We learn together. Sometimes I skip around in what I am saying too, soo, if you are confused by what I am trying to say……well, I’m sorry. Lol

I have a lot more to say, but I think I will stop for now. We are on Christmas break and my house is a mess, so I better get myself up and going. Please feel free to send me questions or to reblog. I truly hope I can help encourage others with this blog. Have a great day and remember everyday is a gift from God.