Homeschooling Journey: Week 2

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Well, last week we officially completed week two of our new homeschooling adventure.  Let me just say it was much easier than the first week though we are wholeheartedly trying to establish our own routine and schedules.  I thrive on structure and routine so this is a must in our homeschool but I do allow room for flexibility of course.  I don’t want to be too hard but I don’t want to be too lenient either.  There just has to be some sort of balance or this momma will go crazy nuts and turn into a bear ROOOOAAARRR! Hahaha.  Just thought I would throw that in there if any of you out there can relate.

This past week was also exciting for us as we got to experience the “Not Back to School picnic over at Trinity Church in Livonia on Wednesday, September 7th.  Though it was a very dreary and rainy day many homeschooling families still came out and took advantage of the resources that were made available.  We didn’t get to meet new families like we wanted to because of the rain but that’s okay, more events to come I am sure.

Friday morning began the Palaestra adventure.  My oldest daughter (8) is taking Fashion Design and my middle daughter (5) is taking a class called “Brain Games” which is a math and language arts supplement.  The girls had a blast and look forward to the weeks ahead.  I met quite a few new families and a few I have already met through Ward Homeschool Fellowship.  I got the awesome opportunity to chat with seasoned and veteran homeschooling moms.  This helped me so very much and the main words of advice I received, (and these same words may help you as well), is “get to know your children first.”  “Even if it takes a few weeks just really get to know your kids.”  “Don’t worry about curriculum as of yet.”  This made so much sense to me and words that I most definitely have taken to heart.  Though we already started our curriculum, I do plan on setting a side special times throughout each  day just to get to know my children in a different light so to speak.

I would love to hear how your homeschooling journey has been.  In the weeks ahead I not only will be talking about our experiences but I will also share recipe ideas for kids, projects, etc.  Please feel free to share with me your ideas as well.   Homeschooling families need each other!

~Happy Homeschooling!