As I have mentioned before, we homeschool year-round. Though, that was not how I intended our school year to be.
Many years ago, when my oldest was just 3-years-old, I started my “homeschool journey”. That is when I started to think seriously about homeschooling my children.
That is when I looked into the legal side of it, found Barb Shelton, and discovered HSLDA. I also had older sisters who were homeschooling and I went to them for advice.
I had this romantic notion of how our homeschool would look. The perfect schedule, the perfect curriculum, the perfect children, the perfect… you get the point – everything would be perfect.
Best Homeschool Resources
Shepherding a Child’s HeartThe Shaping of a Christian Family: How My Parents Nurtured My FaithBe Still My Soul: Reflections on Living the Christian LifeTeaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable PeaceThe Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on HomeschoolingHabits: The Mother’s Secret to Success (Charlotte Mason Topics) (Volume 1)
Our (not-so) Perfect Homeschool
Ha! Our schedule looked something like this the first several years: do school books 4 days a week for 3-6 months (dependant on what comes next–>), stop for about 3 months while mom has pregnancy sickness (lots of educational -or not- movies get watched during this time), do school books 4 days a week for about 5-6 months, stop for about 1 month while mom recuperates from having baby, repeat. lol.
So, as you can see, we have worked around pregnancies and newborns, not-to-mention bad days because of medical/special needs. But, it has worked.
I think the “secret” to this success is, that my kids have simply been supplied with the proper tools, attitude, & atmosphere to love learning. They do not always enjoy doing schoolbooks, but understand the value in learning and knowing the satisfaction in learning something new.
Bottom line is, I don’t have to be an expert in childhood education, I don’t need a teaching degree, I don’t need to be “the perfect homeschool mom” (is there such thing??!)… I simply need to water and nurture, gently prune and cultivate the love of learning in my children, starting with the seeds of the Fruits of the Spirit.