A huge pet peeve of mine is when homeschooling parents encounter parents who say they can’t homescool or couldn’t imagine spending all day. While, these types of comments are common, what I find some homeschooling parents berate working parents.
While I believe homeschooling could be (and should be) an option for every family, it’s doable IF the parent believes they are up for it. However, to make snide remarks about working parents using brick and mortar schools or daycares to “justify” working so they won’t feel guilty for working because they “choose” to.
I cannot stress enough, working parents are the only ones with the ability to assess their family’s needs. Do I think public schools are acceptable? Not in this day and age. However, that is my opinion. I also don’t care for public charter schools that offer stipends. To me, it’s the same public education, with a bit more freedom, but parents are essentially bribed by the stipends to follow the rules by the district. Yet, it works for many families; just not mine.
I work choose to homeschool, while working full-time, because I believe that’s what’s best for MY family. We complete new lessons at night, ‘homework’ is completed during the day. We utilize weekends for completing assignments; if need be. We also have our field trips on the weekend or I may take off a day here and there to attend special field events not offered on the weekends.
Here’s an idea: whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a working one, you do what is best for your family. You decide if you can live on one or two incomes. Your values are not necessarily the same as someone else’s. Every famly is unique. Please be careful painting everyone with the same brush; esp. when they differ with your beliefs. Homeschooling is challenging enough. Last I knew, none of us were God, so save your judgement and perhaps offer support instead of criticism.
As a homeschooling mom, picking out the right curriculum can be challenging. Getting reviews from other homeschoolers is a blessing. It’s one thing to be able to see samples, but actual reviews are even better! Had to share this review. In case you’re wondering (like I was), this is gender neutral. ~Lynn
When our family first began homeschooling, I found myself overwhelmed by the wealth of information available. I was undecided regarding personal goals for our children or which method of homeschooling was best. Through prayer and my husband’s leading, we determined there were three goals we were seeking for our children. We wanted them to read […]
My daughter has a love of painting. She sometimes paints pictures but she paints a lot of abstract pieces. I found a really good deal on canvas and some acrylic paints and she’s having a blast letting her creativity flow.
My personal favorite.
To be honest, her preferred medium is watercolor paints, and I continue to buy them for her, but she is learning to use a variety of paints and seeing how they work with her creations.
Sometimes her paintings are “unique” but some I just fall in love with immediately. I have never been a big art person, but my appreciation for what someone can create is growing. We have a small collection of her artwork lining various walls and doorways in our home. She’s even had an offer to buy one of her pieces.
I am incredibly proud of my lil miss. She isn’t afraid to show people her work. She is having fun but also learning a variety of skills. Sometimes, she will paint just to paint. Other times, I’ll assign something for school. Regardless of the reason she paints, I truly hope she continues to develop her art; wherever it may lead her.
School may be winding down, but we still had time to get in another creative, clay creation. I stopped off at the store to get a few new pens and my daughter HAD to have some clay. Who am I to crush her creativity? So we purchased more clay. We normally go through a couple tubs a year.
My daughter loves using her imagination to create. Normally, painting is her primary form of art, but I encourage her to explore and play with different mediums. I was pretty impressed with her two clay creations. She made a couch; complete with pillows. Her other piece..hmm…not sure what to call it. It reminds me of something you’d see in a city park or something. Regardless…it’s cute.
My daughter used some newly acquired, glitter glue, to give some color to her arches piece. I like the simplistic look she chose and the contrast of the colored sections to the original clay.
My daughter is very much looking forward to next Friday; when her 6th year of school officially ends. As a homeschooling mom, while she gets to enjoy a couple months off from academics, I am not so lucky.
Ok, it’s not that bad. Today, I began my curriculum search. I’m a “book geek”. I enjoy reviewing the different options and what might suit my daughter best. I typically order from one Christian site. I add everything I want to my cart, then compare the books on Ebay and Amazon. After all, no need to overspend, right?
When all is said and done, I’ll typically spend between $200-$300 for all her school books. It may seem like a lot to some, however, when you factor in the public “school list” of all the supplies they ask the parents to provide, school shopping, etc., I definitely save more by homeschooling.
I’ve already purchased her spelling and first set of math booklets (they are workbooks that the student moves through at their pace). I selected her science, grammar and language art books today. We will finish the second half of her history at the start of 7th grade and then I’ll figure out what we will do for the rest of the year. There are so many options. I have 8th grade history already selected. If you homeschool, I highly recommend Notgrass for history.
I have to purchase her books early, so I can start reviewing them and planning out the upcoming lessons. I know many parents like to take each day as it comes, but I am a working mom, so planning out the coursework helps me accomplish her studies and my work.
I am grateful and blessed to be able to home educate. With all my medical issues that we faced this year, my daughter would have missed a lot of school. I was able to teach from my hospital bed and while I was recovering. I am so glad we returned to homeschooling. I know we were led to do this. It has brought us closer together and we’re constantly reinforcing our faith through her lessons.
Many of you know my daughter is homeschooled. An area we focus on, besides core classes, is life skills. It’s so important for a child to know how to take care of him/herself. One area, that I truly enjoy teaching my daughter is cooking and baking. She may not take initiative in cleaning her room or showering (what is with tweens???), but cooking and baking are becoming her thing. She doesn’t even realize she’s reinforcing fractions, reading and science concepts.
Having worked in the hospitality industry most of my life, I am constantly taking pictures of my culinary creations. My lil miss has picked up on this and now takes pictures of her creations.
Yesterday, I saw she posted a pic of green whipped cream that she was beating by hand. I called her and let her know, she’d need to beat it a lot more. Even I use the Kitchen Aid mixer for whipped cream; but to each their own.
I asked why she was making homemade whipped cream. Without missing a beat, she replied, “to go with my bundt cake”. Her inner artist comes out to play, especially, while baking. Her homemade biscuits, that she made earlier in the week, received sprinkles. I kid you not. They were very colorful.
She then informed me that cake was gluten-free. I was surprised, but happy. She really wants to make sure I can eat what she makes. I normally always cheat to taste everything she makes.
I get home to see her bundt cake in a baking dish. I let her know that wasn’t a bundt cake. She said, “I couldn’t find the pan.” I showed her where it was and then tried a little piece of the cake. It was SOOOOOOO good! I noticed it was slightly pink and had a little crunch, here and there. I asked her about it. Of course…should have known….SPRINKLES!!! She cracks me up. She puts her own spin on everything she makes.
It turns out the Betty Crocker bundt cake recipe can be made gluten-free just by substituting the regular flour with gluten-free flour. I prefer to use Pamela’s Artisan blend as my gluten-free flour of choice. The results are amazing and you’d never know it was gluten-free.
My daughter may not realize it yet, but she’s creating her own memories that she will pass down to her children one day. My future grandchildren will get a kick out of hearing how colorful their mom’s baking used to be. I’m so proud of the thoughtful, independent, capable, young woman she is becoming.
Last night I attended a parents’ forum for the Christian youth group my daughter goes to. While, we don’t attend the church the group is held at, all are welcome. Most of the parents know each other from church, but several introduced themselves to the “newbie” (aka me).
I enjoyed hearing about what my daughter and the other kids were learning about. There was a discussion on how we can communicate with our children and keep them in the faith. I even learned about a Bible app that can connect us, but also we can pick topics to read and discuss. I was excited! I now what we will be using for our Bible study next year in our homeschool. My daughter knew of the app, but chose not to tell me as she knew I would use it for our school.
Our forum ended right when they were doing the evening meal (they feed the kids dinner each week). It was nice to sit back and watch my daughter and her friends chatting, while eating together. I was also able to observe other kids and their parents.
We listened to the weekly message and then one of the leaders and three of the students played and sang worship songs (that anyone could join in on).
I take pride in being actively involved in my tween’s life. I have access to her email, review her phone regularly, am on her Bible app, and her Instagram account (set up to show off her artwork). I monitor what little social media I allow her to have. She knows this and it’s not an issue. I am proud I know the parents and kids she hangs around with. I know they are positive influences and I don’t need to worry when she is around them.
The youth group is a weekly, two-hour blessing that I am grateful my daughter can be a part of. That is her time with other kids who follow Christ. Such a positive, safe and wonderful place for tweens and teens to get together.