Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Homeschool Makeover and some great reads!

Josiah and I read this book together this afternoon. It's a pretty easy read for a seven year old but if I take turns reading with him, it makes it more fun and he picks up on my voice inflections, then mimics. Love that! So I read a page and he read a page and so on. This was a great book and I plan on checking out every Dick-King Smith book I can get my hands on!

For the last few weeks, even in the midst of moving, I have been praying about a "Homeschooling makeover" and I believe the Lord has answered. Next year is going to be totally different and I am so excited! We are going all out "Charlotte Mason" style and I could not be happier. This fits me and because it fits me, my kids will be much more fulfilled. I am also switching Math curriculum. Maybe Saxon, maybe A Beka. I love A Beka Math. If you are considering Homeschool or feel like you need some Homeschooling encouragement, check this book out. My friend Rachel bought it for me a few weeks ago and I read it within a couple of days. In my two years of Homeschooling, this book has encouraged me more than any other thing I have read.

This next book I have had for a few years and read it the Summer before Josiah and I bgena the Kinfergarten Journey. Some of it I really enjoyed and it helped tear down all those ideas of Homeschooling being like Public School. It is NOT. It is not meant to be and every single time I feel like a big lump of Homeschool failure is when I have tried to model our days based on my own memories of school days or what I think school days should be. This book will bring joy to your spirit and even make you wish for simpler times. It is truly disturbing to me the way our society has wired this new genertaion to be so geared to media. I have contributed to that as well. I can honestly say that I wish I never would have bought a Nintendo DS for Josiah for Christmas. Call me overboard, that's okay. I am! :)  I am slowly working my kids out of this mindset and I believe the Lord moved us to a new location for me to see and hear a new vision. Thank you Lord for that! So on my nightstand again is this treasure of a book. It now resonates with me in a brand new way. Finally I feel like I am connecting to Homeschool in a way I never thought was possible. I truly feel refreshed. Now if I can just find a group of Homeschoolers to mingle with, smocks or no smocks, that would be incredible! A place where me and my four children will fit in sounds good to me. Praying I find that for next year.

Thank you Lord for answering my "Homeschool funk" prayer. I am sure in years to come I will have many more "Homeschool funks" but I am confident He will answer.


Jules said...

I have never read "The Spiritual Power of a Mother" but now that you have recommended it, I will! Thanks so much! I have "A Charlotte Mason Companion" and I read it almost daily. I keep it close by, always, for reference! It is so easy to feel like a failure when you choose to home school because so many "voices" try to knock you down and say it isn't possible. Thanks for sharing this and I will be praying that you find a WONDERFUL group of homeschoolers, soon!!


Kelly Ann said...

If God moves us to Cambodia, I am totally calling you about homeschooling. I will need all the help I can get!

Jules said...

Also, I wanted to recommend two great books that I really love and read over and over again! Sally Clarkson is the author and she is just so inspiring! I feel like a stronger, more confident, capable mother after I read her books! Here are the titles, just in case you want to check them out:

The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

and her blog is: wholeheart.typepad.com/itakejoy/

Just wanted to pass those along to you!

Wendy said...

I've never heard of "The Spiritual Power of a Mother" book. I will have to look into that. Thanks for this post! I've been in that funk lately!!

I love Charlotte Mason!

When we move next month we're not going to get cable hooked up. I am SOO excited about this. It will be good for everyone.

Wendy said...

BTW, I really loved the book "Homeschooling w/a Meek and Quiet Spirit." I have revisited it so many times.

Amanda said...

Jules, I love that blog!!!

Kelly said...

OK, first of all- I miss you:-) Since you aren't on facebook (which I totally understand- I am bored with it, but I miss chatting with you there!) I just miss you...and keeping up with all that is going on for you. Still praying for you.
Anyway, enough whining from me!

I have to say that I read the Charlotte Mason book about 2-3 years ago and have been frantic to homeschool that way with the girls. They are still in Christian school, but I LOVE that book and the CM style of learning- in fact it is one reason I wanted to move to more land, so the girls could explore and enjoy nature.
I really want the other book you mentioned, and will look for it today. I am praying for God to lead us regarding school, in fact I just wrote that exact prayer down in my journal, and would treasure your prayers for me in this. SO much is going on in our life right now, and I feel God making big things for us, but I need clear direction from Him.
In fact, I feel like your post is part of an answered prayer... love you friend! Sorry this is so "all over the place", but it matches my thoughts:-)