Homeschooling through High School

 

 

Our twin boys will be turning 14 next month, we’ve started our journey Homeschooling through high school a few semesters early! God has sure blessed us with very strong boys.  That saying is ever so true ” If you think God gave you kids to show you that you’re good at Parenting, think again, because Parenting is really designed to show you your weakness”.  So here I am present in my weakness and not even fully aware of all of them.  You can see the effects first hand of your weakness’s in yourself, by your children emulating those behaviors.  I guarantee the best way to teach is by doing, words do matter, but without action they’re meaningless. We don’t say we care for someone then not show them. Talk is cheap if you don’t follow through and relationships are all about follow through. I believe at the end of each day that I will be guilty of  sins of omission, then the sin I actually commit.  That is where things get messy, love is messy, caring is messy and my first 8 weeks of Homeschooling High School have been messy.  As my relationship with our sons continues to grow we’ll find ourselves laughing most days but in the grit of our success, we will have messy days. (Lets talk about success in a whole other post)   Let me talk about the messes in homeschooling and how I’ve learned I can work with it and learn from it.  The messes can be classified as sin in our lives and also our behavior, personalities and bad habits. We can in fact live with grace and walk by faith each day, we can try our best to walk in the spirit if only we have the tools in doing so.  Here I will walk myself through what might help me and where my biggest messes are right now.

  • Time:  I value my time (and my families time)  a lot more than in my younger years. I take heed to the verse, Psalms 90:12 – So teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom. The first and foremost thing I hold onto in our homeschooling, is time. Time to be together, time to learn about God through nature, time to read our bibles. Time for us and our children to learn about deep rooted and meaningful relationships( love) with not only each other but with God. God is a relational spirit being equipped to meet our needs  and burdens, he wants a relationship with each of us. He wants us to cultivate a relationship with him to help with our relationships with each other. This building of a good relationship requires your time, this requires you to set aside time to be with God, time to read his word and to pray. Please don’t think I’ve become good at this, this is exactly why I will come to the messes of discouragement, discomfort, sometimes even sorrow. It is easy to say we love God but we need to show it, We need to act like what our heart is seeking. Unfortunately, my walk with God has always shown how sinful I am, how my flesh is weak. Deep down my spirit wants to be obedient to all I know is true but I fail time and time again. I’m grateful that God is a merciful God and I know that  I’m saved by grace through the faith in Jesus Christ. Some days are so messy in Homeschooling, that you have no choice but to just live in that grace, and most of the time this is where I reside. I encourage you to make the time for your children to see you live in this grace. The days you feel like giving up on homeschooling, your marriage, the passions on the shelf, that relationship that you invested time into, the endless amount of chores and the managing of your homes. Remember what Christ did for you (all of us) on the cross. Remember in all your planning that God’s grace is sufficient. Some days will be very blessed and some days will remind you, that heaven is your only home.   2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

  • Messes for not managing your time.
  • Feeling of Failure and Regret
  • Constantly thinking you are behind! (You are)
  • Frustration and Anger within yourself and your children
  • Discouragement
  • Fear, not only do you fear the future, you fear yesterdays messes continuing on
  • All can be looked at as stronghold of the enemy, stay vigilante, less you be deceived
  • Giving no time to God, putting other things before God,(cleaning, cooking academics,people and the list goes on) Your time with God ( your children’s time with God) should be first on the list and the one thing,  we don’t skip in our daily long lists of to do’s. ( My friend recently told me of a Mom who guards her morning Bible time with her children, like a bear who guards its cubs, guard your Bible time like a Mamma bear) “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.”
  • Thinking your High School students are grown enough to manage themselves! ( Their not, they need constant guidance and supervision)  Apply this to every kid, you only have so much time to try to make an impression on their hearts! (Proverbs 9:10 |The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding).
  • Never getting to enjoy the things you love
  • Making no time to develop new skills
  • Giving time to people who waste it( Please learn the warning signs of this, I need to write a whole post on this)
  • Social Media ( Oh I’m guilty) and internet surfing (reserve a time cap for all of this)
  •  Managing your time wisely (Fruit & Peace)
  • Realizing you need to ask God for help in this weakness (God I need help, no guys I really do need so much help in this!)
  • Execution of a plan, feeling accomplished of the goal or plan( Like finish that math curriculum this year, finish reading the Bible front to back this year)
  • Satisfaction of sticking to your decision ( I’m going to read 6 Chapters of my Bible everyday, I’m going to exercise 3 days a week, I’m going to cook 5 healthy meals from scratch a week, I’m going to bake with the kids once a week, ect)
  • Don’t waver like the ocean, get your feet on solid ground and stand ( James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed)
  • Give yourself grace and start small (Its not all or nothing, its something, start with a few goals in mind)
  • Plan ahead, dinners, cleaning, cooking curriculum, Ect… Get yourself a game plan and stick to it (Again start small, progress not perfection)
  • The joy of the Lord
  • growth
  • Peace Matthew 11:30 |For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
  • Learning to say no ( somethings are going to have to wait)
  • Disciplining your children in the Lord
  • Fruit doesn’t come over night, You must have patience and you must trust the Lord to do the work and not rely solely upon yourself.
  • God is faithful, he wants us to remain faithful, Don’t give up, his mercy is new every morning

While managing our households is a big task (especially us bigger families) I must learn a system that works for me. I’m not going to be able to do what everyone else does. I have to find what works for us and in this I’ve learned from trial and error. The managing of my home changes frequently, because I still struggle trying to juggle it all, this is also stemming from not managing my time wisely.  Sickness and other things will arise in our daily lives, that’s why we have to plan according to what works best with each of our families. I would love for you to share your tips in managing your home and home school! I’m working on weekly planners for my kids and I. I’ve uploaded the documents to this post. The student planners are changing quit a bit right now but it gives you the idea of how I’m trying to manage our time better. I haven’t figured out how to add chores,eating and maybe a little fun into to all their schedules! This week I’ve switched over from an individual checklist they work from, to a printed calendar for the week.  I’ve learned in lesson planning that planning half the year or even the full year with curriculum doesn’t work for us.  I do count the weeks and see how long it will take us to complete a book. You will notice on the weekly Calendar the days are blank under the subjects, each child writes down what lesson they finished.

Weekly homework schedule_keynan

Weekly homework scheduleayden

 

High School Biology

Mrs. Christi has been helping me teach our boys for 5 years! Here are the boys studying at coop and inspecting their science experiments for the week. Molding on bread is sure fun under a microscope!

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