For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Monday, January 30, 2012

How Does This Homeschooling Thing Actually Work? Fitting it all Together

Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

So here we are at the last week of The Virtual Curriculum Fair hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts and Minds. This week we are invited to share how we fit everything all together.

I think, according to my readings, very few of us homeschoolers actually fit it all together. We certainly do our best though.

So, what do we do?

For us, at our house, we try to keep focussed on the goal, and I mean the end goal. We want to raise children who love the Lord and who love learning. We want to equip them to be life-long learners and thinkers.

So to this end we:
  • Try to do some degree of classical study, grammar, and english studies
  • Try to make sure they get educated properly in Math
  • Enlarge their world and critical thinking through the studies of the humanities
  • We make sure they get spiritually fed and theologically educated.
  • We try to have good examples before them

I want to make it clear that I use the word TRY because this is not always consistent or to the degree we want, but we strive, and most of all rely on the certainty and belief that the Lord already knows what their future holds. We are instruments in The Master's hands and he is the one that empowers us and performs his plans despite and through our failures.

This year has been rather interesting and different than my previous 2 years of homeschooling, partly due to my being part of the TOS crew, and it has been a bit unsettling for me. But, praise God, before the year started the Lord had opened my eyes to these truths and they are carrying me through. My kids's are in God's hand, their path is already set before them, and I need to submit to Him first of all, and then strive to do what he has called me to do, i.e teach them and be examples to them.

As for schedule, I am working on that one. Every year I set one up but it does not last 3/4 of the year. I am still on the learning curve on that one.

Lastly I want to say that we are fist of all a family and try, as much as we can, to enjoy each other, play together and have fun together.

 Make sure to check how other homeschoolers "fit it all together":

 Weekly Homeschooling Schedule by Julie @ HighHill Homeschool

 Virtual Curriculum Fair: Week 5: The Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all Together by Leah @ The Courtney Six Homeschool

 Our Schedule's Working! by Eunora @ All Things NoriLynn

 Homeschooling: How do I do it all? by Debbie @ Debbie's Digest

 Virtual Curriculum Fair--- Wrap-up Angie @ Petra School

 Virtual Curriculum Fair: 5 Ways to Use an iPad in Your Homeschool by Pam @ Everyday Snapshots

A Peek Into Our School Day by Melissa @ Grace Christian Homeschool

 A Day in the Life... by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun

 Homeschool and Life: How we get it done by Jen @ Forever, For Always, No Matter What

 Homeschooling at My House by Jessica @ Modest Mama

 Getting a Grip on Things by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

 Making Home School a part of LIFE by Cindy @ For One Another

 Now Where's That Pencil Again? by Beth @ Ozark Ramblings

 Something About Homeschooling I Really Didn't See Coming by Letha @ justpitchingmytent

 Curriculum, Kids, and a Frazzled Homeschool Mama leads to Controlled Chaos! by Laura O from AK @ Day by Day in Our World

 The Virtual Curriculum Fair – Nuts and Bolts by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset

 Staying on Top of Everything by Brenda Emmett @ Garden of Learning

 How Does This Homeschooling Thing Actually Work? Fitting it all Together by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory

 Nuts & Bolts: Pulling it all together by Christa Darr @ Fairfield Corner Academy


Susan said...

Someone reminded me today that when we strive too much for perfection, we are, in a sense, denying our humanity. As home educators, we are faced with our humanity in every moment of every day, but I think this can strengthen our our faith in God and our bonds with our family. All we can do is the best we can through God's graces.

Thank you for joining the Virtual Curriculum Fair, I've enjoyed reading your posts. ;0)

Knittycat said...

This sounds great! And yeah, if you get the scheduling down, please let me know as I have yet to myself LOL.
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