At long last, I stopped debating on whether homeschooling was a good idea or not and finally decided to try. I know my heart's desire was to do this, no questions asked, but my concern was finding the time to do it! Particularly given HOW I like to do things... thoroughly! Sometimes painfully thoroughly! After some research and consulting with other respectable home-schooling families, we decided on Sonlight which is a Christian-based curriculum. And with Ethan being quite advanced for his age, we were comfortable combining Ethan and Anika in the kindergarten program.
We are now five weeks in and I have had to double check and make sure I did in fact, buy the kindergarten curriculum! We have covered numbers, alphabet, word families, continents, and now in science, we have covered weather, cloud formations, how air moves (both hot and cold) and two of the three main rock formations: igneous and sedimentary.
Duane has walked in from the fields on occasion, has glanced up at the white board and has shaken his head saying "The kids are going to be smarter than me by next week!"
I have to admit, I am LOVING this! What a difference it makes to KNOW what the kids are learning and to make reference to it in everyday life. It makes the whole day a learning experience, and fun. I can't believe how much I am learning right along with them! The trouble is not staying up too late by myself learning more about these topics because I become so fascinated by them.
But the best part is starting our day off with our bible stories. The kids get small white boards and they draw key parts of the story as I read it to them. Ethan particularly loves the story of Jacob and Esau because he loves drawing red hair all over Esau! He also loves Jacob's dream with the ladder up to heaven because the ladder looks just like one at a firehall.
Sivana, having just turned two, has to be right in there with her own little white board and she randomly stands up on her chair and proclaims "I DID it!" Too cute!
Although I ache for some "me" time and the opportunity to write, I have to smile in appreciation for the fact that while I cannot write as I long to, my true heart's desire is being fulfilled... to be a mom and a teacher. If it wasn't for Antoinette's help, I don't think I could have tackled this so we thank God daily for her presence in our lives and her adamant support in the values of homeschooling.
I hope to at least have a chance to write a quick update on everyone in the family and post their beautiful fall pictures. All in good time, right? All in good time.