Homeschoolers Unite!

July 24, 2009 at 10:05 am | Posted in homeschool | Leave a comment
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It’s almost August… whew! Time is flying by and soon it will be time to begin another school year. This year Emma will be in the 3rd grade and Gracie will be in kindergarten. Last year I attempted to homeschool the girls and made it through the first quarter before deciding to send Em back to her private school for the year. I was hugely, sorely, grumpily pregnant with Judah, and it was just too much. I continued using the homeschool materials for Gracie, but since she was still just 4 years old, I didn’t feel the need to do gung-ho-every-day school with her.

Reasons to Homeschool
This year we will be new to Hilo when the school year begins. We prayed about sending the girls to one of the Christian schools there, but felt the Lord leading us to homeschool instead. I know it will be an easier adjustment to our new life there, and I hope it will enable us to spend as much family time as possible with my husband (who, aside from his day job as a business lender, will be coaching varsity football, basketball and track!). If you are interested in learning more about the biblical reasons to homeschool, there is a great article on the Homeschool Legal Defense Association website that provides scripture references and a biblical context in which to base this very important decision! You can read it here.

Choosing Curriculum
I’m very familiar with the Christian school curriculum from A Beka Books (I taught in a Christian preschool for 4 years using their K4 material), and they have an awesome homeschool component. I’ll be using exclusively A Beka kindergarten curriculum for Gracie, and for all subjects except math for Emma. I’ve been reading up on Saxon Math and have decided to use their 3rd grade material for Emma. My mom actually encouraged me to use it first; she taught in public school using Saxon and really liked it. 
For parents with no teaching experience, purchasing the parent guides will be very helpful. A Beka’s parent guides provide day-by-day lesson plans for the entire year! They are extremely easy to follow, and you can begin altering their suggestions as you become more comfortable with the curriculum and tailor the instruction to meet your child’s individual needs. 
Other Homeschool Resources

Sonlight: Christian Homeschool Curriculum
Heart of Wisdom Publishing: Homeschool Helps




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