Wednesday, July 31, 2013

First Day of Kindergarten (Homeschooling)!

As most of you know, if you've been reading the blog for any length of time, my husband and I have chosen to homeschool our children.  We have prayed and thought and prayed and thought some more.  Each time we come to the same conclusion that we feel we have been called to homeschool.  This is a very personal decision for each family and in no way do I feel that everyone should make the same decision as we have.  

For us, it's mainly about a Biblical worldview.  We want our children to learn the basic 3 R's (reading, writing, 'rithmatic), but we want them grounded in the Bible.  I taught in the public school system for a few years and have done a lot of research into Common Core Curriculum and other issues currently found within the public school system and we just don't feel comfortable sending them to be taught by such a government controlled secular curriculum.  There are lots of pros and cons to homeschooling.  It's not easy, that's for sure.  But, we love that we can read the Bible, pray & that all of our lessons of the day tie into our Bible story!  The flexible schedule is awesome too!  We can have school while it's hot (right now) and then take breaks when the weather is nice later.

My oldest daughter is starting Kindergarten.  We finished up Pre-K with her in April.  I have chosen curriculum from Heart of Dakota: "Little Hearts for His Glory."  It took me a long time to make a final decision, but I am so happy we ended up buying this one!  It is so Bible centered.  Everything--from history, to science, to music and even handwriting are all based on scripture!  Everything ties in together to show us a biblical worldview instead of just studying the Bible in addition to the regular old secular subjects.  This particular curriculum is also very customizable.  You can use whatever phonics, math, etc that you prefer.  I just went ahead with their suggestions, but if you have another reading curriculum that you absolutely love you will be able to use it along with the Heart of Dakota guide with no problems!  

One other thing I love about this curriculum is that it is completely planned out!  I just open up the guide and they tell me exactly what to say, what page numbers in each book, what supplies I need, etc!  This is perfect for a busy mommy of three like me!  Of course I can tweak it if needed, but for the most part I love having it planned for me!

I am so excited for this school year.  It makes me happy to be able to teach my child basic math & reading skills while at the same time focusing on beginning and growing a relationship with Christ!  I pray that this school year will not only help my daughter learn and grow, but that it will help us as a family to continue to strengthen our relationships with each other and in Jesus Christ.  

Do you homeschool?  What curriculum(s) do you use for your family?  What grades are you teaching?  Feel free to comment below!  I'd love to meet some fellow homeschoolers!

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  1. I just read your post and I am a choosing to homeschool as well. I am currently a public school Spanish teacher and I feel the exact same way as you! I have taken a part-time job and I am going to teach my 5 year old and 3 year old this year. We are starting a little late (Last week in August) so that I can really prep and find the right curriculum for our family!! I hope that you have a great school year!! Thank you for your post!!!

    1. Hi Karmen! Thanks for your comment! I hope you have a wonderful time with your homeschooling adventure!