Saturday, September 27, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Oh, how I dread seeing that in print! How I long for more summer…but I will say this month, this very transitional month has been very lovely indeed, peaceful, and beautiful. The September air is so fresh and fragrant, and how I love to be out in nature with my children. The beginning of our home school venture, 19 years ago, began with a Charlotte Mason bend to it, and that has never left us. I believe children do best with plenty of out doors, exploring and exercise, authentic literature whenever possible and true education, (versus trendy), classical education integrated fully with the teachings of Christianity. I have found that wonderful blend of Charlotte Mason, true education and classicism with Mother of Divine Grace. It is brilliant and provides a quality classical education in the home, as well as accountability and an accredited transcript. Even more excellence: Modg has their own chapter of the National Honor Society for which one of my children is eligible with his 4.0 GPA. We are very excited about The Pope Leo XIII chapter of NHS. It’s wonderful how home school study programs just keep getting better and better.
And so today as we bid farewell to Summer, we also celebrate my father in law’s 92nd birthday! Such longevity, good health and out-living his 8 siblings. The German heritage and tenacity is certainly persistent in this fellow. I have always found him to be such a hearty example in both mind, body and soul. My husband’s family and ancestors are incredible people and I’m so glad to have married into such an excellent clan. They are an enormous family, extremely prolific and absolutely all related….from here in the Midwest to California, they are one in the same.
Also, keep me in your prayers this Monday,as I do things I need to do, and my son with anxiety must endure. I pray for his strength and a real miracle that he will stand strong against the anxiety issues he faces, and be courageous and reserved, calm and at peace, that the power of the Holy Spirit and love of Christ will warm and comfort him, and the evil one will not overcome him whatsoever. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
And so here we are approximately thee weeks into our home school, and our co-op. I made an edit on my Friday Daybook post, as I forgot to include a few important classes the children participate in at our local co-op this year.
First, I want to thank the fine mothers who volunteer to share their talents and know-how for such courses.
My youngest son is delighting in taking American Sign Language with a real specialist in it. Two actually. They are doing such a great job of teaching two groups of K-3rd, and 4-6th.
This son is also taking an earth Science course, right now covering atmosphere (weather systems); and has learned so much already.
I somehow forgot to add our oldest son’s ACT Test Prep course to my Friday Daybook ramblings also. The mother leading this is such an expert in ACT prep. Her older daughters did AMAZING on the ACT tests, and this mom is using her favorite resource for success for the students and I’m thrilled my son is able to take this class. I just thought of this course as my son was doing the homework for it, and I was grading it. I thought how marvelous it is he is doing this and how the instruction will benefit him so much. I know he can do excellently, IF his anxiety doesn’t get in the way. It likely won’t take place until fall of the next school year. So we have time. Thus far, in home school this son has done very well indeed; an A on his first geometry test,(Euclidean geometry – not just any geometry); A on first Latin test, A on first religion essay….he’s off to a great start!
His little brother is quick behind on……A on his first Saxon Math test!..and A on his first science test.
After home schooling for 19 years, it doesn’t get more exciting than this! It’s really exhilarating (and down right nerdy, eh?) to enjoy and marvel in every detail of their learning. One is reading Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and one is reading the authentic Iliad, Homer….it thrills my heart with deep satisfaction that they are learning in deep layers and thriving. After all, this is all I do raising our children and teaching them….our life is all about education in this home.
God bless you with a beautiful home school year!
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Friday, September 05, 2014
On this lovely feast day of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa), we find ourselves nearing the end of two weeks of home school. It has been a rush, to say to the least, but sweet as sweet can be. I am very grateful for the freedom in this country to keep my children home and educate them in the manner we as parents see suitable; especially as I see the world around us suffering from violence and hatred and war, and huge groups of Christians displaced as refugees. May our own Mother Teresa intercede before the throne of God for peace and healing to these nations.
So, yes, our home school is moving along – we had our first co-op day yesterday and it was very nice indeed. I have the privilege of teaching two beautiful twin girls guitar this year (picking up where their former teacher left off). They are seniors, entirely home schooled and their mother wished for them to continue with their guitar this year before heading off to colleges. All I can do is make them rock stars, or country maybe :) Ha ha…I am terrible at music theory anymore, especially since my eye sight is so bad, so I’m teaching them every strum and pick on the planet, tips and tricks and many many new pop songs, gospel songs, traditional and seasonal.
So, our actual courses are looking like this:
Sophomore Son’s line-up:
Religion 10 (Sacraments & Apologetics)
Ancient History & Geography with integrated Ancient Literature
Physical Science (BJU high school text, through home school co-op)
Natural History (Science)
Mod Design 1 (programming with Java – on line course)
ACT Test Prep (through our co-op)
FIFTH GRADE son
Religion 5 (Faith & Life: Credo)
Learning Language Arts through Literature (Purple Book) this is great for this son as it is encouraging him to read literature.
Science 4-6th, also at our Co-op
American Sign Language (Co-op)
US History & Geography (& Literature)
We have a full year indeed, but this is all I do. Educate my children, help at our church educating the children, consult to other families educating their children and participate in our local home school co-op for the sake of educating the children. Yes, this is all I do!
God bless you with all you need today!