Saturday, September 12, 2009

We're Gonna Homeschool!!!

So if you read my last entry you know that I had been doing a lot of praying about homeschooling our children. I approached the older kids' mom several hours after I wrote the last post and she said she would think about it. Honestly, I didn't think anything else would ever be said about it. Well after talking about things for several weeks and sending her numerous online resources, statistics, etc., she told me tonight, We won't ever know until we try!" Praise the Lord! I am beside myself with excitement of getting to educate my children. However, that excitement has quickly been replaced with anxiety, doubt, and tons of other emotions as we have planned to let the kids finish this semester and begin homeschooling in January.
So now I need your help! I have been looking at several websites the last few months and it is really overwhelming. I know I have to turn in my intent form to the superintendent, but really, what next? I have a few cirriculum options that I am looking at and have actually been doing some preparing the last several weeks because I had this nagging feeling (thanks God) that I was DEFINITELY going to be homeschooling the kids. Well now I know I am and now more than ever I am doubting myself. I know that God has told us that we are supposed to do this so I know He will give me what I am supposed to do, but finances are VERY limited so we can't just go out and buy a full set of cirriculum for 3 kids. That would be really, really expensive from what I have seen. So I'm looking and have found a few free lessons that look really interesting that I think the kids will do well with that I'm going to try but I want to do a mixture of hands on and book stuff. Ok so I'm beginning to ramble a lot so I'll back off for now....but in the meantime.......HELP!!!! :) and thanks!


  1. Wow, you are much braver than I would be to post it all out there! I've homeschooled for 11 yrs & it's the hardest thing I've ever done.

    I do have two suggestions. First, find a local support group. They will be a wealth of information & will help you know where to go in your area for free or almost free things. Second, at least look at We're members but it's not cheap. Even if you don't join, their website has information on everything from getting started & choosing curriculum to high school transcripts, college admissions & choosing a career. They've been a huge help now that we're homeschooling high school. HTH Jen

  2. You are brave! And you CAN do it!! Have you ever read Lisa Welchel's book So You're Thinking about Homeschooling? It's a wonderful "day in the life of..." book. Sometimes it helps to remember that there's not one right way. You just try hard, teach out of love, and do what works for your family.

    Curriculum: first, remember to use the library! I get all of my Shakespeare kid readers, etc from nearby libraries.

    Second, when you decide on what you want, check eBay and Amazon. Actually, FIRST you should put an email out to the homeschool group asking if anyone has one to sell.

    I remember SO WELL the jittery nervousness when we decided to homeschool. I still get that feeling sometimes. Just pray, take deep breaths, and let God give you wisdom and strength and patience day by day! :-)

    You can do it!!


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