Homeschooling Life

by GfG · 3 comments

I was a public school deaf education teacher before we had children.  I thought homeschoolers were weirdos.  Then I had my first baby (HB).  Then, with HB  nine weeks old, we got Daniel.  Then we became one of the weirdos.

Now I’m partial to weirdos.    ;-)

We have tons and tons of reasons for why we homeschool.  We have even more blessings from doing so.

It’s not always easy.  It’s not always fun.  Truly,  I’ve found that anything really worth doing is never easy and never always fun.

I am happy to answer any questions you might have about homeschooling.  If I can’t answer your question, I’ll find you someone who can.  Just ask: gratefulforgrace(at)hotmail(dot)com

Here are a some posts I’ve written about homeschooling that will get you started:

Homeschooling: Can You Do It? (A Recipe for a Homeschooling Mother)

Homeschooling: Is it for You?

A Bit of How our journey started (Memorial Stones: Homeschooling)

Homeschooling: The Best Advice I was Ever Given

Just Starting to Homeschool (tips for starting… no matter when you do)


Ten Steps in Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum

Do You Pause Your Schedule When You Should

Educational Options in Texas

Why We Have Our Kids Learn an Instrument

Why do Narration?

Why a Four Day School Week?

The Picturesque Homeschooling Family

 

You can also type  “homeschooling” in the search box to see plenty of posts where I talk about homeschooling and how it plays out in our life.  Educational.  Moving.  Silly.  All of it.

Some subtopics for my homeschooling posts are the following:

Field Trips,  Curric Talk,  Homeschooling in General, New to Homeschooling, Crafts/Projects/Activities, and What We’re Learning. Search those for specific posts on the topic.

And because people always ask… click here for a list of the curriculum we have used or are using now.

Also, here are my curric reviews:

Apologia Science

Visual World Geography

iPad Apps for School

Tapestry of Grace

Sonlight

BiblioPlan

Let me say again (as I said in my post on The Best Advice I Was Ever Given): a curriculum is great only if it works for and with you.  It must be a match to your educational philosophy AND your personality AND your life.  Seriously.

And just in case you don’t click on any of the other posts… know this, I believe if you really want to homeschool, you can!  Don’t talk yourself out of it.  There is lots and lots of support on the web, if you can’t find it in real life.  I’d be happy to be your first cheerleader.  ;-)

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Cheryl Walker November 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Hi Mindy,
Just found your blog through your choir email. Looks great, and something I’d love to read!
Thanks for sharing,
Cheryl Walker

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Cheryl Buckwalter June 27, 2013 at 6:50 am

Hi Mindy,

I found you through a post you replied to on the Biblioplan forum. I love your blog – it’s very encouraging and inspiring! I also used to teach in public school. I’ve had to ‘unschool’ myself to home school. LOL! I love that you know sign language! My oldest and I want to learn it. She’s studied some for a year already and hope to get involved some how in the deaf community here and learn more.

I’m wondering if I can pick your brain a bit… I’m ALMOST certain that I’ll be switching from Charlotte Mason Help to Biblioplan this year… SIGH! It’s such a hard decision! My oldest of 3 is dd14 and starting gr. 9 so I want to start the right ‘path’ for her high school years. She wants to go to university but no career chosen yet.

I read you’ve home schooled for 13 years… so I’m guessing you’ve graduated a child or two? If so, did they choose to go to college? I want to be sure that Biblioplan will prepare my child for college and have all needed for getting into college. More importantly though, I want them to have great character, be able to think for themselves, and be sold out for Jesus.

My other options are Sonlight or My Father’s World. My other kids are a dd 12 and ds age 8. I just don’t want to spend hours on lesson preparation anymore… which is what I’ve done the last 3 years since the curriculum I’ve used has no teachers guide. We just moved to Guam and I want to enjoy it with my kids (rather than plan while they hike and swim :) – but also be responsible and help them get the best education possible.

Have you finished a year of Biblioplan now? Do you still like it?
Any thoughts or advice?

Thanks!!!
Cheryl :)

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GfG June 27, 2013 at 9:34 am

Dear Cheryl,

Thank you for the kind words about the blog.

Ok, I just finished 14 years, but we has a foster son we homeschooled first, so I haven’t graduated a child yet. I will have a senior this coming year.

I think BiblioPlan is fab for college prep.

I have not used Sonlight for high school, but core 7 and down did not have enough fact focus (as compared to reading a historical fiction and not checking for retention) for me. BP does for sure (if you get the Cool Histories, which I think is a must for high school). Also, SL did not have a Biblical worldview focus for the 7 years I used it. That may have changed, so ask them.

Check out my reviews on Sonlight and BiblioPlan. Then ask more if you like. I’m happy to help. :)

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