I think many of you are expecting a glowing report of our first week of school. Truth be told, it was tough. We needed to get a jump on our school year because we will be gone for a month this fall and we'll be making a big move this winter. We also finished our last school year 3 weeks ahead of the local schools so I figured it would be ok to start 3 weeks ahead again. Our schooling only takes about 3 hours a day, from 9am to noon. In that time we cover Bible, Math, Grammar, Reading, Science and History. We do science experiments and also art projects, weekly. The kids have lunch and then have a huge recess / P.E. time until dinner. I think that the some of the best learning they can do is through imaginative play with their friends.
But wait, there's hope! I think one of the vital things that I often fail to put into my school year preparations is a lot of prayer. I love to get the curriculum ready, to get binders and markers and pencils out, but I often forget to ask the Lord for help. I think it's because I love school so much that I forget that my kids aren't exactly like me. I forget that learning or rather, the love of learning is a quality gained over time. And that is exactly why I home school. I do it because I have the time and the love of learning, and most importantly I do it because I believe I am equipped to minister to their tender hearts.