The week before Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida panhandle, our family enjoyed a vacation at the beach. We enjoyed playing games in the cabin as a family. The girls and I ventured onto the beach for the beautiful sunrises. But one of the highlights of our week was exploring the nature trail.
“Mom, do we have to listen to it?” my fourteen-year-old queried as I queued up the first Brinkman Adventures episode. “Couldn’t we just listen to music?”
It was Friday morning, and we were headed to Community Bible Study. The thirty-minute drive was the perfect length to fit in an episode of the digital audio drama we were reviewing, Season 6: Underground Rising.
I remember the day the guidance counselor came to our middle school classroom. As he talked about careers, he emphasized the importance of knowing what jobs best suited us. The teacher gave each of us a career inventory test. It was so exciting to see all the different jobs we could pursue after finishing with school. Our career inventory results could help us plot our educational path.
Fast forward to our homeschool… How am I preparing my children for their future careers? We have learned about many careers together in our social studies curriculum. But my children never had a guidance counselor administer a career survey. I was excited to try out CashCrunch Careers. This online career resource from CashCrunch Games begins with a simple test. Using the results, it directs each child to a career path based on their personality. My son already has a pretty good idea of his career path. My four daughters are still unsure of where God may be leading them. Could the test help them find direction?
After nine solid weeks of homeschool, it was time for a break. What did we do? We packed up the kids and headed to the beach!
We’ve taken plenty of vacations at touristy Myrtle Beach, but this year we drove to the Florida panhandle. We rented a quiet cabin at Grayton Beach State Park.
When I saw the package from David C Cook in my mailbox, I knew exactly what it was. Our next review item, Forensic Faith for Kids, had arrived. I was excited when I learned about this new apologetics book for kids. I recognized the name of one of the authors, J. Warner Wallace. He was an expert witness for Christ in an apologetics book my Sunday School class had studied. Could this forensic detective help my twin twelve-year-olds learn to defend their faith?
We headed back to homeschool the first week in August. Has it really been two months? This week we are wrapping up our first quarter.
Has your child ever started the year with the “perfect homeschool curriculum” only to discover it was completely wrong for them? That is exactly what happened with my older daughter’s literature and geography. But we are loving some of the other courses we started. The end of the first quarter is a great time to tweak a few things as I plan for the next nine weeks.
After an early-morning visit to the Western Wall, our group toured the tunnels beneath it. Archaeologists are still excavating these underground passages. They are always discovering new things about Israel’s rich history.
Bleary-eyed, I rolled over and turned off my phone alarm. The day’s schedule required us to rise before six. Although the clock was an hour away from midnight back home in Georgia, I was rising to greet a new day in Israel.
I pulled on some cool, comfortable clothes and slathered on sunscreen. For most of the day, we would be out in the sun, and I did not want a sunburn.
After a hearty buffet breakfast, we climbed on board the bus and headed to the Western Wall.
It was your idea! Twenty years ago, you suggested that I homeschool our baby girl. Could I do it? A couple of years later, she read her first words, and I was hooked. Our family has grown a bit since then. It means so much to me that after all these years of homeschooling, I still have your vote of confidence. I especially appreciate all the little ways you support and help me in this monumental task.