Meet My “Students”

I began my homeschooling journey at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year, and have gone through a lot of trial and error. I have learned what works and what doesn’t work for each of my children.  I have learned what works and what doesn’t work for my sanity.

Before I write my first post, I thought I would introduce you to my students.
Meet my students

Cheyla, my beautiful, smart, witty, snarky, silly, outgoing, compassionate, -and tall- almost 15 year old likes reading (unless it assigned), playing her guitar, “fangirling”, and going to the mall.

She has been homeschooled since the 3rd grade (before that she attended private school).

She was a volunteer for Good News Club at the elementary school nearest our home for two years, and was a missionary for Christian Youth in Action. Though not still actively involved with CYIA, she still volunteers when they could use her help.
She volunteered at a coffee café at a local church for 1 year.

She was a teen helper at MOPs for 2 years, and Bloom for 1.
She currently cleans a church once a week and babysits on demand.

She attends youth group at a local church once a week.

Right now (as of Sept. 28th, 2015)Cheyla is using:

The Bible
Learning Language Arts through Literature –The Gold (British) Literature book.
Ray’s Higher Arithmetics
Creation Geology 9th-12th grade (we are unapologetically Christian, and believe in the Biblical Creation Account)
The Mystery of History
Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees 9th-12th (for Economics)
Whatever Happened to Justice? (for Civics)
Instant Immersion Spanish

Michael, my handsome, intelligent, goofy, witty, punny, compassionate, mischievous 12 year old likes reading, playing Call of Duty and Minecraft, watching gamers on YouTube –because he wants to one day be a gamer on YouTube-, learning about web and game design, talking about video games, the videos about video games, and his ideas for video games and/or mods he wants to write, and having nerf wars with his siblings and the other children in the neighborhood.

Michael likes to read his lessons (as well as assigned reading and free reading) on the couch curled up with our yellow lab, Brandy.

Michael does not like to write, but is an amazing story-teller.

Michael is attending youth group for the first time this year, and loves it.

Last year Michael created an HTML website from scratch. (It is a “gaming” site, though not live yet, he has links to his favorite YouTubers, and set it up to look similar to how he wants it when he starts making gaming videos himself).

Michael is a thinker and his brain is always going. (He often distracts himself with his own random thoughts)
Michael has been homeschooled since the 1st grade (he attended private school for Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Right now (as of Sept. 28th, 2015) Michael is using:

The Bible
Language Arts Through Literature (the Green Book)
Ray’s Practical Arithmetic
Creation Geology (4th-8th grade)
SKrafty Geology (Skrafty is a Minecraft server with different homeschool classes, some can be used with specific curriculum, some are standalone classes)
Wyoming State History (Lapbook,*but we are doing it as a lapbook/notebook hybrid*)
Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees 5th-8th
The Money Mystery
Learn to Draw (he wants to work his way up to graphic design so he can illustrate the video games he wants to write)
When I Grow Up I Want to be a Video Game Designer –unit study
Learning to Draw (he wants to eventually get to graphic design, so he can illustrate the video games he wants to write)

Michael's Shelf
Joshua, my handsome, lovable, bright, funny, witty, sweet, adorable 9 year old likes trucks, heavy equipment, basketball, video games (his favorite right now is Farming Simulator), watching YouTube videos to learn more about his favorite video games.

Right now Joshua wants to be a farmer. He likes to tell me about different equipment used on farms, and knows what they are, what they do, which attachments are best, etc… He is even learning the differences between different makes and models of various implements and equipment.

Joshua enjoys cooking, and has some of his own kitchen tools (measuring cups, measuring spoons, and pancake flipper).

Joshua has never been to school outside the home (unless you count Vacation Bible School ? )

Joshua likes to practice basketball when he is done with his school day.

Right now (as of Sept. 28th, 2015) Joshua is using:

McGuffey Readers
Harvey’s Grammars
The Blue Back Speller and New England Primer
Ray’s Primary Arithmetic
When I Grow Up I Want to be a Farmer –unit study
A Taste of the Farm unit Study
(Literature: Charlotte’s Web, Farmer Boy)
Creation Geology K-3rd
SKrafty Geology
Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees (K-6th)
What Ever Happened to Penny Candy?
Books from home and the library pertaining to the various subjects/unit studies (For example we read different books on the Constitution and James Madison on Constitution Day –September 17th-.)

(New unit studies and literature will replace the farming ones. Since they are interest based, they will be determined when the farming unit studies are completed. Different Subjects are doubled up because unit studies contain material for multiple subjects)

Josh and Rachael's shelf

Rachael, my beautiful, clever, compassionate, bubbly, silly, imaginative, entrepreneurial almost 7 year old Whovian, likes loves Doctor Who and prefers to listen to the books (while coloring) and lessons we read as well as do her school work in her “TARDIS” (a time machine she makes with her lemonade stand and blankets).

She prefers to color pages that pertain to the story we are reading.

Rachael wants to own a store one day and in the meantime runs a lucrative (Doctor Who themed) lemonade stand in the summer.

Rachael loves striking up conversations with just about anybody, and if she finds out someone she is talking to is a Whovian, she could talk all day.

Rachael loves to spin, twirl, dance, hop, and jump pretty much everywhere she goes, and is an amazing hula-hooper.

Rachael has never been to school outside the home.

Right now (as of Sept. 28th, 2015)  Rachael is using

McGuffey Readers
Harvey’s Grammars
The Blue Back Speller and New England Primer
Ray’s Primary Arithmetic
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Farmer unit study
A Taste of the Farm unit Study
(Literature: Charlotte’s Web, Farmer Boy)
Creation Geology K-3rd
SKrafty History with Doctor Who and Minecraft
Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees (K-6th)
What Ever Happened to Penny Candy?
Books from home and the library pertaining to the various subjects/unit studies (For example we read different books on the Constitution and James Madison on Constitution Day –September 17th-.)

(New unit studies and literature will replace the farming ones. Since they are interest based, they will be determined when the farming unit studies are completed. Different Subjects are doubled up because unit studies contain material for multiple subjects)

Rachael and Joshua do most of their subjects together, but on their individual levels. As they become more independent in their school work, they will do less together.

In Conclusion

 

I look forward to “blogging” about our homeschooling journey.

I hope you can feel encouraged as I share our success and struggles.

Mainly, I want to help you not feel alone. I want to help you to not feel ashamed when it feels like nothing is going as planned, and you don’t feel like you can share your struggles or frustration with anyone for fear of judgment and criticism.

Homeschooling isn’t all bliss all the time… You and your children are individuals; Individuals who get tired, individuals who sometimes don’t feel well; individuals who have bad days…

But I am telling you that Every. Single. Moment. Is worth it.

You will never regret spending your children’s childhoods with them, learning with them, watching them learn, and watching them grow.

Be encouraged, the journey has bumps, twists, turns, forks, and dead ends, but the lasting memories are what the journey is about.

 

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