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We began our homeschooling journey in January of 2015. It was an idea that I had been researching but it happened out of necessity. One of my sons has Down’s Syndrome and ADHD and had been transitioned to middle school, he did not transition well and was having all kinds of issues. After many discussions with his doctors we made the decision to pull him out of public school. Within a couple of weeks we saw major improvements all around.
After a couple of months he was able to be taken off of all medications that he had been on to manage his behavior. Our road has been bumpy and we have had our share of struggles but overall he is a much happier child. This makes for a much happier family all around.
After seeing the results with him I made the decision to pull my younger girls out after they finished out their school year. Well, one of my girls has ADHD and ODD and she began to have major issues towards the end of the school year. Then little sister began to stress out over testing so Momma made the decision to pull them out sooner rather than later. In retrospect I don’t know why I hesitated to pull them out.
Then big sister decided she wanted to stay home too. Wow, I had my hands full! I went from homeschooling one child to homeschooling six in a few weeks. Thanks to my friend Google and some wonderful support groups on Facebook I was able to navigate through everything and we are at a place where we are fairly comfortable and confident in what we are doing.
I will say that we have had lots of praying before and after I made the decision to homeschool and I have questioned whether I was doing the right thing. I pray over our schooling and continuously ask God for guidance. This is not something I take lightly and I need his strength and wisdom to help me with this.
I know that homeschooling is not for everyone but it works for us. I also know that not everyone will have ‘success’ stories like ours but remember that everyday is an opportunity to learn something new. Don’t worry about doing everything on Pinterest or even everything that your neighbor is doing. Take it slow and remember to breathe!
Enjoy everyday and thank God for allowing you the chance to be such an influence over your children and for being able to spend so much time with them. Look on Facebook for support groups around you.
Back to School! (A look at a day back after holiday break.)
Check out our Holidays page for resources, crafts, and activities to incorporate into your lesson. I will keep updating this as the year(s) progress.
I also post and share ideas on our Kirby’s Kids Facebook page.
Every year has four seasons, and each season has its own set of holidays. While homeschooling I try to take advantage of the holidays to research and teach my children about them. We have the flexibility to take time and study these important dates.
Holidays or special days that were set apart for remembrance started way back in Genesis. We use a lot of biblical references and studies in our homeschooling so it is important to me to that my children learn about the true meanings and origins of these days. As a teacher I can also have some control over what they are exposed to as well.
We don’t generally do an in depth study on any particular date. If the kids are more interested in one holiday then we may do a little extra. We can usually turn these into mini units and work them in with our regular school work. I will also leave out seasonal or holiday themed items for the kids to explore independently.
The key in our house is to keep it simple. We don’t have to decorate for every holiday. We don’t have to go overboard with learning about it. Sometimes just a brief discussion or a couple of YouTube videos is all we do. However there are some holidays that hold more importance here at our house. Christmas and Easter are two of those holidays. I have always wanted to try to do an Advent calendar or study so this year I am attempting to begin one.
I will try my best to keep this page updated and post resources that we are using as well. Please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments too.
This site, A to Z Kids Stuff, has a list of special days and activities that you can check out for more ideas.