Monday, February 22, 2010

Getting Smarter with Homeschooling

I can't believe this, but we only have nine weeks left of our first year homeschooling!

By early May, I will have a FOURTH grader, a SECOND grader, and a KINDERGARTENER!!! Holy cow!

Since re-enrollment paperwork has already arrived for the school Joe and Cayna were in this year, I started really thinking and praying about next year. First of all, it's significant in itself that we are planning to continue this for another year! But that comes with a truckload of decisions, the main one being what curriculum and materials we will use for next year.

I have liked the stuff we used this year. But "liked" is different from being in love with it. And, as I consider other options, I have realized that I've grown in confidence over the past year. I'm leaning toward choosing a curriculum company that is just that - a company - not a school. No accreditation, no formal record-keeping, no consultant. But I've proved that I can stay on task (yes, I was worried about getting too "laid back" about the kids' work - but it hasn't been a problem), so I think I might do fine without the accountability I was willing to pay for this past year. And I have gained enough insight into my kids' dispositions and learning styles (and needs) that I can wisely "pick and choose" a few things from different publishers/curriculum companies.

So there you have it. Not only have I witnessed my children's learning - but my own as well! Bring it on, 2010-2011 school year! (My-oh-my!)


littlecbsmom said...

That is great Teri! I love that you are feeling more confident! I went through that too when I moved here and went out on "my own"! I have to say that I am LOVING it! I feel like I have more freedom to truly custom to my kids and our life and I now understand the difference between "school at home" and homeschooling! Good luck to you! I'm thrilled that it is going so well for all of you!

I wish we lived closer:)

Beth said...

That is very good news for you. I'm glad you have become so confident in your year as a home-school mom. It's amazing what we learn about ourselves and our children when we are around them 24hours a day.

I just read the last 5 or so posts of your blog, I've enjoyed catching up but I still think talking on the phone is a better way to catch up =)

Home Sweet Home said...

Sounds like you have a lot to be proud of. I am so glad it is going so well.

Muddlin' Mother said...

What! I don't have your email address handy - could you get the F5 cream under your health insurance? It only cost me $35 for a generic brand - I think you should give it another shot! I don't want to be the only one with blisters!

Rachel said...

I'm so glad to hear you're feeling so confident! It's a good feeling, isn't it?

heather said...

Have I already mentioned how much I enjoy this blog: ? It has a wealth of information for Home Schooling moms. Not that I am one but I like to keep tabs on all you crazy mamas! :)