Year one of our homeschooling journey has come to an end. As I expected, it was a tough and busy year. Oh so busy! No wonder I completed a whopping 8 blog entries and not the 30 I had hoped.
About halfway through the year we started feeling the effects of suddenly becoming a one income household. We dramatically changed our lifestyle, and it wasn’t easy since we had always been a two income family.
Once we got a little routine going, we decided I would go back to work, but only part time hours. I’m now working from home 95% of the time which is wonderful. The awesome people I work for understand that we are now a homeschool family and have given me the option to work around our school schedule. I don’t know how long this will work for them and for our family, but in the meantime we are oh so grateful.
The only way we can accomplish both work and school is to keep a tight schedule. I know a great majority of homeschoolers don’t like to limit themselves to schedules, however I am a scheduler, and it’s always worked great for our family. We now school between 9am and 2:30pm.
We’ve learned a lot this year, and not just academically. We’ve learned how to be a family again. Spending most of our time together at home has taught us a lot about each other. I really believe our kids are better friends than they once were.
The kids also have more time to pursue other interests: baking, writing, sewing and sketching. Three of the girls found out they love basketball and that they’re very good at it, now that they’ve had the opportunity to learn the necessary skills. Our four oldest kids wrote their very own novels this year, and most importantly despite all the whining and complaining at the beginning of the year, all six kids are honestly grateful we took the plunge into homeschooling this year.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Deuteronomy 6:6 & 7