I have been homeschooling our daughters for almost 5 years now. We first began this journey with our oldest daughter. As the time came nearer and nearer for her to begin Pre-K, my husband and I had many conversations about homeschooling. While we both believed this was the choice we felt led to make, he felt it was the right thing to do while I was---well---scared! I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do it. Doesn't that take patience? I'm not sure I have that.
We decided that pre-k would be our "trial" year and we would revisit it after that. I'm so grateful and thankful to say that after that first year there was no question in my mind as to whether we would continue. I fell in love with spending those days with my girls--teaching them and training them with a bibilical worldview and enjoying the flexible schedule. There are so many positives to homeschooling that I have fallen in love with. Do I still lack the patience needed? YES! That's why I have Jesus. He provides everything I need, every day. I can't do this on my own....no one could. But, I am so thankful that HE entrusted me to be these girls' mama and I'm happy that I can stay at home and teach them.
We use a mix of different curriculums, but here's a short run down of what we've done so far.
Pre-K--I used Confessions of a Homeschooler Letter of the Week program with my oldest and when it came time for my middle, I used My Father's World Kindergarten as a pre-K (or K4) program.
Kindergarten--Heart of Dakota Little Hearts for His Glory. I use this curriculum as is with one exception. We use Math-U-See instead of Singapore. We LOVE Heart of Dakota....more of that later.
1st--Heart of Dakota Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory and Math-U-See (Finished Little Hearts at the beginning of the year before starting Beyond)
2nd--Heart of Dakota Bigger Hearts for His Glory and Math-U-See (Finished Beyond at the begginning of the year before starting Bigger).....note: Because the next program of HOD is a big step up, I have spread the three guides (Little Hearts, Beyond and Bigger) into 4 years.
3rd--Heart of Dakota Bigger Hearts for His Glory and Math-U-See. We will finish Bigger this year and be ready to dive into Preparing Hearts for His Glory (also Heart of Dakota) for 4th grade.
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