So anybody who has made the jump and decided to homeschool their kids has undoubtedly been faced with the question of socialization. People are always concerned that my kids aren’t getting enough exposure to other children and are going to grow up to be social outcasts as a result. I know their hearts are in the right place and that these people are only showing their concern for my kids, but honestly, when I’m faced with that question, I just laugh.  Then I introduce them to my daughter, the most social little butterfly they’re ever gonna meet.

Trust me, socialization is not a problem for us. It’s really not a problem anymore for most homeschooled kids. Now I know there’s always going to be some weird fringe element out there. I’m not talking about those guys. I’m just talking about normal folks that have decided to homeschool for one reason or another but mostly because they think their kids will get a better education. Not the crazy homeschooling whack-a-doos that give us average home-schoolers a bad name (you know who I’m talking about).

Back to my point…socialization is not a problem for us. There is so much offered now that we could go to some sort of homeschool function every day and every night of the week if we wanted to.  In fact, our problem is not finding activities where my kids can be around other children, but instead, how to get their schoolwork done in the midst of carting them to all their extra-curricular activities.

But just so you aren’t worried about them, here’s a run down of all that we are involved in this year: Continue Reading…

Homeschool Curricula: Age 5

Leigh —  August 13, 2014 — Leave a comment

If Roark weren’t homeschooled, he would be headed to kindergarten this year. Kindergarten! Yikes! It doesn’t seem possible!

When my children were babies, I used to look at other people’s school-aged kids and think how big and grown-up those kids looked compared to my babies, and now I look at my little kindergartener and he doesn’t seem grown-up enough to be in school seven hours a day. While he doesn’t have chubby, fat roles anymore or crawl around on his belly, he is still the youngest one in the house and therefore, the baby.

Can babies go to kindergarten?

I guess they can.

Thank goodness though my baby doesn’t have to spend this year away from home in some classroom at school.  Instead, he will be joining his sister and me at the school table…or in the woods…or at the park…or all the other places we manage to fit in learning and school work.

Last year, my primary focus with Roark’s education was to teach him how to read and understand basic numbers.  However this year, his work load will increase substantially.  There’s very little independent work that he can do at this age.  So most of Roark’s school time will be spent sitting right next to me.

Here is what Roark will be working on this year: Continue Reading…

Everywhere we go these days, everyone is talking about the new school year.  The check-out lines at Wal-mart are filled with buggies overflowing with “Back to School” supplies, and my Pinterest feed has an abundance of “First Day of School” ideas. In a couple of days, Facebook with be covered up with pictures of your adorable children sporting their new back packs and clean sneakers, and I can’t wait to see them all.

I would be lying if I said that I didn’t feel a little twinge of guilt every time a new school year rolls around.  Since my children don’t ever leave school, there’s really no going back to it. My kids are never going to experience that big ball of excitement and nerves rolling around in their stomach as they walk into a new classroom on the first day of school. While other children this week are riding buses with their neighborhood buddies and sitting in desks beside new friends, my kids will still be in their pajamas, eating breakfast, and reading the back of the cereal box like it’s just another day…because to them, it will be. Continue Reading…

Splash Pad Photography

Leigh —  July 31, 2014 — Leave a comment

Ken has been working late this week, so the kids and I have been on our own the past two days.  In an effort to break up the monotony of the day and get us out of the house, we spent several hours at the splash pad late yesterday afternoon.

As a rule, I don’t take my children to the splash pad that often because normally it’s so packed with kids that I lose mine in the mix.  I don’t enjoy having to watch them like a hawk, scanning the crowd every fifteen seconds to lay eyes on them.  I mean, I could do that at home.  If I’m going to the trouble of taking them to the splash pad, I either want to bring a book to read or a girlfriend to gab with and clock out for a couple of hours.

Since we didn’t have to be home in time to meet Ken for dinner though, I decided to try something different.  Instead of being there when the place opened, we were there a couple of hours before it closed down.  Wow!  This was a much better plan. We practically had the place to ourselves. I even got to read several chapters of my book, and it was as wonderful as I had always imagined it would be.

IMG_9458As I watched the sun slowly moving towards the horizon, I decided this was my chance to finally capture some of those magical moments of summer time fun with a camera.  The light was good.  There were no random kids around to run through my shot.  It was going to be perfect, and so I put down my book and pulled my camera out of my bag.

I walked over to where my kiddos were playing and knelt down, ready to start snapping away.  I tried one angle and then another. I walked around, trying to remain a safe distance from collateral splashage, but the more pictures I took, the more ridiculous they became.

I can blame it on my lack of skill or my crazy kids, but every picture I took looked something like this: Continue Reading…

I just want to say from the beginning, I am NOT a vegetarian, not by any stretch.  I think there is a reason God gave us all pointy, sharp teeth, and that’s because we are made to eat meat.  Yummy, tasty protein that is good for our bodies and souls.

Why do I feel the need to say all that?  Well, we killed our first meat bird last night, and I haven’t been able to eat anything since we put it in the freezer. Continue Reading…