Celebrate the Everyday


Why Celebrate the Everyday? I always start my day by repeating to myself Psalm 118:24- "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." It's a reminder that even in the midst of the mundane and on the hardest of days, there is always something to celebrate, always something to be grateful for! Join me as I document our family's journey of homeschooling our son.

Judgement and Failure

I think those are two things I am most fearful of.

I would love to say that I am a person completely secure in who I am. For the most part that is true but living in a fallen world where people have differing opinions is not always easy. We've shared our decision for Zach with close friends and family. The encouragement, support, and love has been overwhelming but I would living with my head in the sand if I honestly thought everyone we come in contact with will offer the same. While the thought of facing the judgement of others causes me to have numerous knots in my stomach I know without a doubt that we are making the best decision for Zachary and most importantly one that we feel God has called us to.

I also struggle with the thought....what if we fail??? I always try to remember to counter that thought with.....what if we don't??? How amazing would THAT be! My faith in God is paramount here. There is a popular saying "If He brings you to it...He will bring you through it". Well, God has most definitely brought us to it so I have to trust that he will carry me during the days when I feel overwhelmed, not smart enough, frustrated, etc. I hope and pray that the awesome, and phenomenal days will far outweigh everything else.

Curriculum Choices

I've done a LOT of research and talked with a lot of other homeschool parents. For our first year we have decided to use.

Language Arts-

We also are going to work through an elective health course a couple days per week.

An Introduction

Homeschooling.....never in a million years did I ever think we would be heading down this path with our 9 year old son. My opinion of those that chose to homeschool their children and of homeschooling in general was never truly negative. "To each their own" I would say. It was something I respected but my husband and I never planned on choosing it for our family. Never say never because God sure had other plans for us!
Many different reasons have lead us to make the decision to school Zachary at home. One of our main reasons is we want more quality time with our son. A 7-hour school day plus after school time filled with homework is heartbreaking. He's missing out on so much of LIFE!
I am in no way bashing the public school system. Zachary's school is a good school with a lot of great qualities but he has struggled greatly this year with focusing in class, time management, and organization. Zach is a gifted student and has thus far excelled greatly in academics however his current problems are affecting his love of learning and are crushing his spirit. We feel he would succeed better in a 1-on-1 environment then in a class of 27. Of course, we have numerous reasons but those are just a couple of the main ones.
The deeper we dive into this journey and the harder we pray the more peace we feel. As I start to plan his 4th grade year and learn about all the exciting opportunities that are in our community the more excited I get! Art programs, Broadway shows at the Wharton, Lego Robotics groups, sports, YMCA gym and swim, enrichment days with tons of other homeschool kids, a botany group with other homeschool boys, the list goes on and on!
I certainly am not imagining it's all going to be gum drops and rainbows. It will be hard work but we feel we can't NOT try. Please pray for our family in the next year. I cannot wait to see what God has planned!