Do you ever wonder how a mom with a houseful of kids can homeschool them all? How can any one person be able to teach every subject to each student at a level the child can understand? My primary strategy is to provide self-paced curriculum which my children can complete independently, especially for subjects like English.
When Joshua, Caleb, and ten other reps from Israel went to check out the land God had promised them, it was overwhelming. The cities were fortified. Their enemies seemed like giants. The opposing armies appeared to be undefeatable, the cities impregnable. Even though Joshua and Caleb knew they could not lose with God on their side, the other ten said they could never take the land. Most of the people decided it would be suicide to even try.
Core subjects and electives
Several years ago I had an account on SchoolhouseTeachers, a site which offers a variety of homeschool classes for an annual membership fee. I used the resource sporadically but forgot about it when the new school year arrived. Eventually my membership expired.
Last year I rediscovered the site and learned they now have more than 300 courses available for their members. This includes the basics – English, Math, History, Geography, and Science…as well as electives like Computers, Art, Speech, Business, and Logic. The courses I had originally explored with my kids were still there, and new lessons have been added to most. In addition, the site provides streaming video content. When I realized that the special membership rate was under $100 for the year, becoming a member was a no-brainer for me.
In a previous blog post, I shared how my 12-year-old daughter was able to be a blessing to others and build life skills through an internship. After seeing how beneficial the experience was both for her and for the music store where she interned, I started to seek out an appropriate internship for my son.
Minecraft, programming, video games, Android apps, digital music creation—anything that has to do with technology is a natural fit for my 17-year-old son, Jacob. A true digital native, he acquires new technological skills at the drop of a hat! Internship opportunities in the digital realm must surely abound, but where would I find the positive, Christian atmosphere I wanted him to have for his first internship?
All homeschool moms face some overwhelming days. This year has been a real roller coaster for me. I sail through a couple smooth days—maybe even a week. Then, out of the blue, I am accosted by argumentative kids, a messy house, a huge pile of laundry, no dinner plans,… and the list goes on! I have created a list of strategies I can use “in the trenches” to overcome feeling stressed out.
Tackling Pre-Algebra with LifePacs
My 11-year-old twins and my 13-year old daughter have mastered basic math skills and are tackling pre-algebra. However, they have yet to like same math curriculum. It would simplify my life if they could all use the same one. This year I was on a quest to find the math curriculum all of them would love.
Would you like to see how I’ve organized this year’s homeschool curriculum? Come on in and take a look!
It’s always exciting when a new box of curriculum arrives. I separate out the subjects and grade levels, put each PACE in order by number, and put them on my curriculum shelf. The twins’ materials lay flat on the upper shelf, and my older kids’ curriculum is in magazine holders on the lower shelf.
I was shocked last year when my 12-year-old daughter, Rachel, was offered an internship. She and her younger sisters were taking homeschool enrichment classes in art, music, and theatre as part of a homeschool enrichment program each Friday at The Harmony House. One week Rachel helped the store manager, Bridget, with a project. Bridget was so pleased with Rachel’s helpful attitude that she offered her an internship.
As I relax in my bedroom, I can hear laughter from the next room; one of the kids is reading what she has written so far for National Novel Writing Month.
Every year in November aspiring authors take the challenge of writing a novel in just one month. I have known about this phenomenon for years, but my husband presented it to our kids this year and challenged them to write their own novels. Surprisingly, my 4 school-aged kids are doing exactly that. Even my husband is getting in on the action by writing his life story.
In 2012 I purchased the God’s Design for Heaven and Earth curriculum from Answers in Genesis. At the time my kids were ages 14, 12, 8, 6, and 6. I enjoyed using this adaptable curriculum which was meaty enough curriculum to challenge my older kids and simple enough for my younger ones to learn on their level as well.