Archive | August, 2012

Learning to do hard things

31 Aug

I can’t believe we’re already in week 3 with Classical Conversations! It has been A-MAZ-ING!! Our first week was VERY challenging for both me and Jeremiah but we pushed it through with prayer and lots of breaks! We have gotten so close in the 3 weeks that we’ve been schooling.  Along with, of course, some frustrations! 🙂  The Classical way of learning almost seemed too difficult to him.  Public school didn’t give him a challenge the way CC’s does which is forcing him to use his brain in ways he isn’t used to.  We’ve had lots of pretty deep talks about raising his bar high and putting his all into EVERYTHING he does, especially school.  I read an awesome book called, Do Hard Things by Josh & Brett Harris.  Their teenage, twin brothers challenging other teenagers to raise their standards high &  even though you’re young you can still challenge yourself to do hard things.  In Science Jeremiah had to  write a paper on Protista. He had to find 2 resources from the library, put that info on a fused outline, type or write his research and draw a picture of it. Then he had to put all of that info on a note card BUT he could only have 3 words per sentence and unlimited pictures! But the challenge for him was having to stand in front of his class and do an oral presentation on his research using that note card! That was hard for him to do but he did it!    He did awesome by the way! He has to do a paper every week.  Last week was on Fungi and this week is on Wild Flowers.  He’s also had 2 weeks to learn how to draw the US (w/o tracing), draw in all the states, label each state with capitals and label all the rivers and features. Now he’s doing the same thing but with Canada. By the end of the year he’ll be able to draw the whole world! These are just 2 of the subjects he’s learning. I asked him the other day how he’s liking CC’s and he said he loves it! I’m so glad he loves it because so do I!  Not only is he learning Latin, geography, science etc, but he’s also learning to do hard things!

Jordyn & Josh start home school Sept 5th. Jordyn is so excited….I’m not too sure about Josh….He’s something else!

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”  Colossians 3:23

Two more days….

13 Aug

Since May, we have been gearing up for this week…Jeremiah’s 1st day with Classical Conversations! We are all SO EXCITED! Last Monday & Tuesday nights from 6-10 I was at an equipping. Jeremiah’s tutor was “equipping” us for her Challenge A class that he will be part of this year. Each night I left with mixed emotions…fear and excitement! It was great! There is so much that he (WE) will be learning, from Latin to being able to draw & labeling the whole world. Honestly, I struggled with the thought of Homeschooling my children. I really didn’t think I was “qualified” for it. But I also knew that public school was out of the question! The more I talked to other moms who homeschool and with lots of prayer, of course, I realized that I AM qualified. I was reminded that God will equip me to teach my kids with this quote: “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” Also, Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” That is so true in a lot of areas, but it’s especially true for homeschooling our children. So if you’re reading this and are considering homeschooling or maybe you’re struggling with it, just remember….God Will equip you!!! Get connected with a good co-op or with other moms who share the same vision as you and stay accountable!! I get all of that and more with CC’s, that is what I love about it!
It’s hard to believe that after working & planning so hard all summer that our 1st day of CC’s is this Wednesday!! I’ll be posting things periodically, so be on the look out!
Please pray for us as we begin our Homeschool journey!