September seems to come too quickly. Ready or not here it is. I am not ready. Are you? My shelves are organized and so are my books and the kids’ books but it is the schedule I need. What am I doing for each subject type of schedule.
Last summer I heard a Podcast by Cindy Rollins (mother of 9) about having a morning time with all the children which included things like Bible reading, memory verses, poetry, singing a hymn together, drawing in your nature notebook, reading history, grammar, Shakespeare or Plutarch… This has been a tremendous help to me. One of many reasons we wanted to homeschool was so our family could spend the majority of each day together. We wanted ours to be a close knit family. Having this time in the morning reading and talking and praying together has brought us closer. Do all my children enjoy this time? A few don’t ‘seem’ to enjoy it and my youngest isn’t the quietest which can make it challenging. But it is life and we carry on. I cannot force a joy for learning or reading but I can prepare and provide the opportunity and they take in what interests them.
Once our morning time is over, they work on individual work if it they haven’t completed it. After lunch, the elementary age kids and I read through history, geography and science together. Then our day is complete and the kids are free to play or participate in swimming, piano, community or science club.
I am so thankful that my husband is so supportive of our homeschooling and that we continue to have this freedom in our province.
God has taught me so much about how to deal with each unique child and rely on Him for strength, wisdom, joy… It is an awesome privilege and responsibility not only raising them but helping to develop their relationship with loving God.
Now to try and carve out some time to get my schedule ready before school starts.
Doris and her husband have been married for 20 years and have 7 children (6 boys 1 girl) from 4 to 17. Doris was a school teacher before she married and then took on babysitting and homeschooling other people’s children before she had any children of her own. Doris and her family live in Woodslee, Ontario.