School’s Out for Summer!

We’ve just completed another fabulous homeschooling year. I now have an 8th grader and a 6th grader on my hands. I’m so proud of these two!

Benjamin – 8th grader / Yeva – 6th grader

People sometimes ask me if it is hard to homeschool kids who have special needs.  My answer to anyone out there wondering is that it is no more difficult than homeschooling any other kid.  You plan, you prepare, you create lessons that work, and you deal with each day as it comes.

Benjamin and Yeva have both done very well.  Each year we seem to have new struggles because as children grow the challenges change, but we make it through just fine.

The Lord sees to it that we have just what we need right when we need it.

Our Homeschooling has Changed

I used to think that I needed tons of room to homeschool my kids. In fact, when I first started homeschooling them (our eighth year is now coming to an end), I had an entire classroom going. There were multiple shelves, desk-like tables, bulletin boards, a chalkboard and a whiteboard, and all kinds of bright decorative things.  But times have changed.  I’ve changed.  The way we homeschool has changed.

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How we Homeschool

I’m always interested in how others homeschool, so today I thought I would start showing you how we go about things.  This is my eighth year of homeschooling.  I started when Benjamin was in kindergarten; he is now in seventh grade.  Both kids had short experiences in public school, but we learned quickly that public school just wasn’t the path we were meant to take.

I started out with a very traditional homeschooling method and that has worked well, but as the kids get older I find we are moving more and more to an unschooling approach in regards to science and history.  Unschooling is basically a child led approach to learning.  It is interest driven rather than book driven.  I may not have the exact definition here, but that is pretty much the gist of what we do in those areas.

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Remember the Days

Do you remember when blogs used to be encouraging and motivational?  Do you remember when they were fun and you’d enjoy clicking on your favorite links to see what your bloggy friends were up to?

I remember those days.  I miss them.

I especially miss them in the homeschool world.  It was nice being able to visit with online friends and hear about their days or be encouraged that they were having the same struggles I was having.  Nowadays, I click on a homeschool blog and I’m immediately bombarded by overwhelming amounts of advertising, annoying pop up subscription boxes, and constant “click here” messages to download the latest and greatest organizational tool.

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