Monday, August 9, 2010

Homeschooling

Yes, that is correct. We are homeschooling this year! This has been a huge decision for us, one that has been bathed in prayer, research, worry, panic and even fear. One that has involved much change of heart, mind, and priorities. There are a multitude of reasons that have led us to this decision, but suffice to say, we are hoping to recapture a love of learning, enthusiasm about school, and cultivate a natural curiosity that was almost lost last year in regular school.
After two months of searching, we settled on our philosophy (classical with a little Charlotte Mason) and ordered our curriculum. Here is what Briggs is doing:


Singapore Math
Spelling Wisdom
Rod and Staff Grammar
Apologia Science- Astronomy
Tapestry of Grace for History, Literature, Art, and Writing
plus other reading of "great books," poetry memorization, and Bible.

After three days, I can say that it is going well! I have a preschool curriculum for letters and numbers that I am doing with Max and so far, even he is enjoying school. We made a coconut tree and he gets to put a letter on it each week after we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I'm trying to use lots of positive reinforcement to keep him motivated and interested.

We had a mostly unused room and I was able to convert it into a school room. It took two weeks of cleaning out, painting, and decorating to get it ready for school. Briggs said he didn't want to see the finished room until the first day of school because he wanted to be "amazed!" In the end, they could not stand the suspense.

The room went from this:




Actually, this is after it had been massively cleaned out. Thankfully, there are no pictures of all the junk that was in there before!


To this:





(I have to figure out how to remove the stenciled leaves off of the table without having to redo the whole shebang)














Batman also likes to hang out and read Bob Books in there.



I took pictures of the boys on the first day of school to commemorate this special day. Can you tell they are excited?








I am still working part time, so to make everything work, I need to be super organized and ready for each day. This means some very early mornings and late nights, but I am committed to making it work.. Time will tell how this will all work out, but I know that this is what God has called our family to do and He will see us through it.

7 comments:

The Taylors said...

Love, love, love every bit of it. Way to go mom. And yes, God will equip those He calls. =o) So excited for you guys.

The Hairstons said...

God is going to do great things through you and those precious boys! I'm so happy for you!!! Love the room, by the way!

edie said...

Those boys are just ADORABLE. And I love that you can have a dedicated place for school. We lost ours when we moved and I miss it. Bless you Leslie in your new adventure!
hugs,
edie

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

Yay!!! Looks FANTASTIC!

Wanting What I Have said...

Hip, hip hooray!!! I am so excited for you. The room is amazing! PLEASE, come help me! You clearly have an eye for this! We begin next Thursday...I am excited, terrified, paranoid, and struggling not to worry about what everyone else (read that - family, mentors, friends) thinks.

Praying for you! Please, share more!

Trawick Family said...

So glad to hear that the 1st few days have gone well! I had no doubt that you would be a great teacher!! The room looks wonderful! :)

Anonymous said...

so excited for you! Will starts K5 next week at First Pres; but Kirk really wants to homeschool Will in 1st grade! We are praying about it! I love researching Charlotte Mason stuff!! Love your school room too!

Kathleen Holland