Every year, I make changes and adjustments in our homeschool. Sometimes it’s ‘where’ we learn. But most of the time, it’s how we are learning and what we are using. I think it’s that way in every home that educates their children. We tweak, change and make adjustments.
These changes began last year at Real Refreshment and Teach Them Diligently Conference. This year, while attending the Real Refreshment Retreat and The Teach Them Diligently events in Spartanburg and Nashville, God really hit me hard in the heart and made me REALLY ask – why my children need an education and what a God-Centered education looks like.
So, what do those changes look like in a home that has decided to quit homeschooling for an education and truly seeking the hearts of the children for Christ.
- I have established learning centers all over the house. I can’t wait to share these with you over the next few weeks.
- Prayer and weekly meetings with my husband. We did this a few years ago, but our schedules became too chaotic last year – honestly, we just stopped doing them. This year, they are back on the calendar. Dad will sit and review the children’s work each week. Afterwards, he and I will pray and he will help me make decisions for the week to come.
- I will write an overall schedule for the children to follow and they will be responsible for making that happen. (I.E. – I will not own their hours – they will and will be expected to meet their daily goals)
- We have completely changed math. This year, we are really mixing it up with Video Text, Right Start Math, Ray’s and Life of Fred. (no, I have not gone insane by integrating MORE math. But, we have the learning centers now – this directly relates to those and helping the children find what works best for them).
- I am learning with the children this year. I have selected some books I will read and some additional subjects I want to learn. I’m taking that ‘lead by example’ thought process very serious.
- I am in the process of pulling families together to start a family integrated homeschool co-op at our church. I have no idea how this is going to look or work yet, but it is something God has placed on my heart and I am really excited about it
- Handiwork. This year, the children will select a new craft or life skill each month (or until they are ready to begin something new). I’m so thankful for this reminder by my friend Cindy to do this. It helped inspire two of our learning centers – I am really excited (and a little nervous) about this.
- In addition to math, we have changed history. We have loved our past history curriculums – this year, I want something that is hands on and a little easier to integrate while not being as time-consuming, which takes me to number 9…
- We will not be reading a lot of extra living books for history this year. We are starting back at creation and my husband and I have decided that rather than working through greek mythology, we are going to have the children read really good books that will help grow their hearts for God. So, our read alouds and individual reading books will be from Lamplighter Publishing and YWAM.
- We did not go on field trips last year. This year, my husband and I have decided to dedicating two days per month to field trips.
As with any list of things I desire to do, changes I make – I always know that God’s plan may look different than mine. So, I share this list of changes, knowing full well – that it will change.
What are you changing in your homeschool this year?