I am finding more and more added benefits to homeschooling!! I am so thankful for those that have gone before me in this journey for encouragement and sharing their experiences. What I love is that not one of us do the same thing, and isn't that how our kids were made, each unique individuals! I recently finished reading Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson and currently reviewing Everything You Want to Know About Homeschooling by Kerry Beck, both of these I would recommend especially if you are brand new to homeschooling, thinking about homeschooling or have been doing it for a few years. After reading these books, I am learning our family tends to be more Charlotte Mason and Classical learning style. Reading the benefits I don't understand why there are not more people homeschooling, however homeschooling has grown tremendously these last few years and I do think it will continue to increase. (http://www.parents.com/blogs/homeschool-den/2013/09/09/homeschool-den/new-govt-study-shows-an-increase-in-homeschooling/) Though I understand not everyone is able to do it, but so thankful we choose this way to educate our children!
I love that we start our homeschooling day out getting in the Word, reading classics and poetry, and learning from living books verse standard text books and they are exposed to real life learning verses an artificial learning experience. Plus we really use our time wisely and have plenty of time to play and be creative in our learning. Since each child is different and has different interests, we can focus on what the child is interested in, slow down if needed or skip through something that they already know.
Well after the fun and scary weekend we had a nice quiet week was in order. So yes, we had a great 4th of July time with friends. So thankful for the Crum's having us over, along with two other families, one family which they had just met at our house the night we did fireworks, one of the reasons I love them!! But before we got there we experienced a scary situation, our washing machine (yes washing machine and mind you only a couple years old!) almost started on fire, so thankful I decided to go to the laundry room, I opened the door and found a room full of smoke, I yelled for my husband, got the kids out of the house and said should I call the fire department. Well after a little looking around, we figured it was the washing machine, which I haven't liked since the day we got it, darn electronic stuff they put on them now a days would occasionally not work right, so I would have to restart a load. Well this time, it decided to fry up. So after getting a new washer, which is old style, I am very happy and yes got my house aired out, thanks to my diffusers, a little purification and lemon essential oil! So lesson for you all, just buy the basic washer you don't need that extra stuff, unfortunately though not many companies make them anymore. So yes, a nice quiet week was in store, we enjoyed a family golf outing, supper with friends, crafting, and a library event this week. The rest of the week was also spent doing a little organizing and resting, yes a nap!! Sometimes you just need a quiet week, after a busy week to restore! Well at least I do!
Pics of the week:
|Aidan and I enjoying the golf cart!|
|Good use for golf ball baskets!|
|Passed out, too much fun earlier!|
|My 4th of July cuties!!|
|Fun times at library show!|