Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Why in the World Would I Homeschool?!

If you would have asked me fifteen years ago about homeschooling, I would have given you a blank stare and asked, "What's that?"  Homeschooling was not even on my radar.  Granted, I was really young and not thinking of even having kids yet.

When Coconut was 3, I began traveling around our city, checking out various preschools, gathering information responsibly.  All the while, in the back of my mind I wondered about that crazy homeschooling thing.  I had met several (actually many) homeschooling families in my community, and didn't even know people actually did such a thing.  I didn't look down upon those that chose to homeschool, but looked on with mild curiosity.

I informed Joey of my preschool worthiness findings, and he would nod his head.  We didn't need to think about it quite yet.  Out of the blue one day, he asked me if I would considering homeschooling.  What?!  Um, no.  Too weird, too scary, too...unknown.  I started thinking about this option more.  Wait, now its an option?!  After all, wasn't I thinking about it before Joey even mentioned it to me?  Maybe this is what we're supposed to do?

After I researched homeschooling for hours upon hours upon hours, I told Joey that why don't we just try preschool and see how it goes?  Eight years later, we're still at it.

We still take it year by year and are totally open to public school if that is what the girls need.  We're not anti-school at all, and will continue to take it year by year, evaluating each child.  Maybe one day we'll school only one at home while the other two enter school, maybe not.  We'll see.  We both agree we would like them to each try at least one year in public school, 8th or 9th grade, and we hope to give them a say in their education as they approach high school.

I am a book fiend, and I never learned so much history as though historical fiction, so Sonlight had me hooked. I tried a different curriculum one year with hands-on activities, but I found myself substituting the other curriculum's books with Sonlight books and figured I should just go back to Sonlight.  We've been sonlighting ever since.

Homeschooling has really just become a way of life for us.  It's what we do.  Right now, I can't see it another way, but that may change. 


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Free Printable Pages for Draw Write Now

We have this whole set of books, and each girl has spent hours within their pages.  Mainly we drew the pictures and didn't use the handwriting portion of the curriculum.  DD7 finished her Handwriting Without Tears book early this year, so I needed to come up with something to continue her handwriting practice.  I thought about making something up, but I don't really have time for that right now.  Enter Draw Write Now!

Not only did my girl get to pick which book to start with, she gets to draw every time we do handwriting!  So I made up these generic pages so she could make a clean and tidy book that we'll take to the office store to get spiral bound.  She's excited and I'm excited that she's interested. 

The first page is a larger 3-lined, second page is smaller 3-lined, third page is wide plain lined, and fourth page is narrow plain lined.  I am considering having my older girls, who write cursive, to copy the sentences in cursive.  They just want to draw, and the factoids and cursive handwriting practice will help them too.

Pages from Draw Write Now

Draw Write Now plain sheets