It started out with what I thought were poor choices of curriculum, some which were salvaged because they did provide some new takes on things. Others....well....we just won't go there next year. We switched History programs 3 times this year....and I have a 9th grader.....with a Transcript to create. I was stressing so hard over the hours. Making sure he had 'enough' to gain a credit for his courses. Wondering why I decided to change things up so much this year. I confess--I am pretty new at this. This is our third year. But then God.....gently reminded me that even though I hadn't checked off what I thought was adequate or needed done, we had in fact completed the 'required' hours. The kids had learned in spite of the schedule--honestly? They excelled! My 5 year old daughter took off reading! She was doing Math worksheets with her older brother. She was writing letters to people and making signs. She was sounding the words out and even though they weren't spelled 'right', they WERE phonetically right anyway. She began copying pictures and words out of her new Bible. She was reading her Bible during Bible time with us.
My three, just turned four, year old daughter was writing her name and tracing letters and numbers very well. She knew her colors, shapes, could count past twenty, count by 10's, and recognized most of her letters. She had rhyming words down pat and could even recognize beginning letter sounds and matching correct and incorrect pictures.
My older two, 9th and 6th grade, were learning by leaps and bounds too. Fractions, once an archenemy of my 12 year old, was becoming manageable. Grammar, another area of struggle, seemed to be improving. And reading? Oh, mercy, I CANNOT keep that boy in books. He will read 200 pages in less than a day if you will let him...and narrate each one to perfection. The oldest? He began to research things for fun-looking for videos, etc. No major formal writing program this year, but when given an open prompt to write about Passover, he, actually both of them, turned in a beautiful paper!
They were learning in leaps and bounds in other areas. We have been spending the year in the New Testament and working on Church History and some martyrs. The oldest was digging deep. WAY deep. They began to implement things we had discussed-having a servant's heart for people. They began helping with breakfast, lunch and 'extra' chores. They were volunteering OFTEN in the church-especially with the children. My 12 year old hopes to one day be a youth minister, which we have HIS youth minister to thank-what an amazing mentor and example for him. He also picked up quickly on the acoustic guitar.They LOVE to cook! More life skills followed this year-doing laundry, starting a car, jump starting a car, watching dad/learning to change the brakes, and many more things. Who says school is purely academic? These boys are growing into men.
I have always claimed this verse for my homeschool, and have prayed it over my children for many years:
Isaiah 54:13~ All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. (NKJV)
This year? I was seeing it come to fruition. We have been knocked off our feet this year. Literally. TONS of sickness--this mama has been hit hard this winter, not to mention the kiddos. We were in the ER twice in one week with two different kids; one went by ambulance for a horrible croup attack (story here). Then, two deaths within two weeks in my family--500 miles away (stories here and here).
Today, my eldest and I were 'plotting' out a path for the remainder of his high school years. We have also been looking into college majors and different schools. I trust that whatever the Lord has planned for him, he will accomplish. After all this kid has been through, he is a strong kid. (story starts here). If it isn't college, God knows. If it is college, God will provide. I am still a little skittish about letting him go, but if it is one thing we have tried to instill into him, it is that whatever happens with his condition, we want him to live a 'normal' life. God has been so good to ensure that, so why am I still struggling that He will take care of our homeschool as well? After all, we named our school Cornerstone Home Academy because we want Jesus to be the cornerstone of not only our school, but our lives. Here is the verses we use:
Ephesians 2:20-22: having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (NKJV)
I have no need to fear--He who called me is faithful, and He will do it. (1 Thess. 5:24).
Some pictures from our year:
|Reading!! By herself!!|
|Learning happens together here! Watching and tracking the election results as they come in!|
|Local field trip on Natchez Trace|
|Homemade bubbles--the whole gang gets in on the fun!|
|Home Ec! Making breakfast!|
|We love field trips! This time to Jackson, TN|
|Making homemade laundry powder!|
|Learning to wash dishes..and play in the bubbles!|
|Making homemade butter|
|Learning to fold their own laundry|
|Testing for Vitamin C|
|Observing blood smears under the microscope|
|Rays of Hope Drama recital|
|A trip to Charlotte, NC to see the Passages Bible Exhibit, and stopped in at the Proverbs 31 Ministries Office to visit!|
|My 5 year old is now reading my books!|
How many of you are in year end evaluations of your homeschool? Have you looked back and seen blessings that you didn't realize were happening at the time?
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