It’s been a long time since I last post and I am trying to get back into the swing of things…but I’m back!!
Here’s a small recap…
Early this year, we decided to home school our five children. This decision was based on our experience with our youngest child in preschool. You can refer to that post for the details. Anyway, we are entering into our 12th week of homeschooling and to say the least, it has been challenging yet rewarding! Our the next few posts, I will break down each child’s curriculum and experience.
Today, we will get a quick look at Rylee’s curriculum. We decided K12 was a good fit for Rylee. K12 is an online public school using Texas curriculum and expectations. Honestly, the program is little more advanced than your average brick and mortar institution but Rylee is handling it like a champ! The first few weeks was a learning curve, but we finally understand the structure and expectations of the program. Rylee is our only online learner and I know she loves the idea of being the only one in the house to do this program. Rylee’s lessons are all self-paced but being her learning coach, I like to keep up with the teachers and lesson plans given. Lessons are emailed in 3 week sections and Rylee has the ability to stay ahead of her work. I am still trying to get use to her teachers because some of them are always late sending required work and assignments which makes it difficult to stay ahead because we are almost always an assignment behind. Other than that, Rylee is maintaining her grades and received A’s and B’s this past quarter!! Go Rylee!!! If you have any questions about K12, you can refer to their website or leave a comment below!
Also you can click on the video and get an idea of what Rylee’s curriculum is all about!!
Welcome to my blog!! I haven’t been very active this year and it’s for a really important reason!
I am officially homeschooling my children. I’ve been fighting this for over 10 years and circumstances has brought us to the very important choice to home school our children.
I am very appreciative of the teachers that helped make learning fun and I am quite grateful for the experiences (good and bad) that help make my decision easier. But it was very hard to remove my comfort zone… public education.
After obtaining my degree in Education, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to change lives and mold great citizens. For over a year and a half, I’ve been hearing “Be the Change” and I was certain I knew what that entails. Not until recently, I was faced with situations that can easily be taken care of at home or for that matter would have never occurred. As a mom, my first reaction is to protect my children from outside influences, to guard their “gates”. I became offended by the remarks and excuses educators gave when it came to my children. Comments like, “Your child has become very distracted and uninterested in class. Their grades are amazing but I’m feeling that their lack of interest would do more harm than good.” This comment I have been hearing all year!! I would hate that my A students would be labeled as interested and possibly an issue for future educators.
We are big on education and to know that this simple comment can make or break my children in the future wasn’t a risk I wanted to take.
Although I kept receiving calls and emails and my uninterested children, my parenting and home life was questioned but I still tried to pursue teaching. Twice I’ve attempted to pass my certification and both times was unsuccessful. I truly believe this was my way out. My husband sat down with me and he made things clear for me. He said, obviously teaching in the public school isn’t for you, this is our chance to home school our own children. Then, it clicked, to be the change, it must start at home! I cried! To make things even more emotional, the first day home after I resigned from co-teaching at a public school, my youngest walked up to me (not knowing what I was thinking about) said, “I’m important too. I need you too!”
I dropped my insecurities about failing the certification (and to me failing at life) and started my research in home schooling again.
Then… the questions began to fill in my head….
“Will I have the patience for this?! I mean that 5 kids at all different levels in education!!”
“Am I being selfish for wanting my time alone during the day?”
“Can I do this?!”
“I think I will give up easily! Public education will eventually become my backup plan!”
Then it dawned on me… Patience for MY kids?! Are you serious!? I was willing to teaching 24 kids at a time with different learning styles and levels but I can’t teach my own FIVE children?!
There’s always time for myself if I’m willing to make time! YES I can do this and I will!!! I became my biggest discouragement! I refuse to fail!
My children need me and I will do this!! So the decision was made! So my kids will be home schooled!
BEST DECISION EVER!!
I’m a month in at home schooling and NO it is not easy and YES it will get better!! I am constantly changing my lesson planning and even trying out higher grade levels for my children. I know how easily bored children can become so the great outdoors and trips to the library make teaching and learning fun for all of us. Right now, I’m home schooling my youngest three. The oldest girls will begin this summer!
Home schooling is convenient and we can get a lot done in a short time. Vacations can be whenever we feel like it and no one will ever be absent! I am grateful for the opportunity to teach my children and I look forward to all they will do!
Be the change starts at home! I am the change my family needed and it begins with a “yes”. Yes I am willing to do what it takes to make my children successful. Yes I am willing to give them opportunity to explore and be kids! They deserve that much!
Stay tuned for more home schooling updates and curriculum suggestions!!
Being a mom and wife, things don’t always go the way we planned. Life happens, right?
Well, with that said, do you recall my post in August about my plans to organize my children’s clothes each school week? Well, It worked for 2 days! Yup, you read right! Not 2 weeks… TWO DAYS! I hung up my children’s clothes (Monday thru Friday) and after day 2, they didn’t like what they picked out! All of my planning went down the with the rest of my failed ideas! All of the prepping wasn’t all a bust, I lay out their clothes daily after school. They chose what they wanted to wear the next day and set it out for the next morning. No fuss, right? WRONG!!
There are still some days where my son or my 2nd oldest daughter would change their minds 15 minutes before the bus arrived. But, like an experienced mom in the attitude department, I just wake them 15 minutes earlier just in case! LOL
Life sends us curved balls all of the time, but when you know the game, it is not so bad to deal with! Well, I’m signing off! I have kids clothes to fold! LOL
What are some of your failed back to school ideas? We all have been there! Please share below or on my Facebook blog pageÂ https://www.facebook.com/hisproverbs1822
Yup! it’s that time again!! Checking off supply lists, early registration, buying more clothes… it’s almost a love/hate time of the year as a parent!
LOVE- your children won’t raid thee kitchen in the middle of the day. No fighting or unnecessary spills.
HATE- you have to get the kids in the habit of going to bed even though the sun is still shining… and you have to buy school supplies and clothes again.
I can only imagine how it feels to be a teacher this time of year! (I’ll know soon enough though)
Well, with the busyness of the new school year, moms have to step up their organization and time management game! Mine this year is set waaaayyyyy high! Now that I have FOUR children going to school this year, I need to manage my time wisely. This means having a plan for their clothes all week long!
My plan is to wash and prep my kids clothes during my wash day (Thursday). I will iron and hang up all (labeled) outfits for each day of the week. (ClickÂ sample to view.)
I’ll do a part two to show you my actual weekly clothing set up! Stay tuned!!!!
Until then, what are some ways you are preparing for Back to School?