A couple of weeks ago this is what our school room floor looked like. Multiple boxes and books, books, books, with a microscope and a preserved frog thrown in to make it super interesting!
We are starting school on Monday. I’m still trying to grasp that. Summer, where did you go?!!
This year I will be teaching and learning (!) 2nd grade, 6th grade, 9th grade, and 11th grade. Two in high school… Let the fun begin!
We’re mixing things up this year and on Mondays I will be teaching a full week of Biology to my two oldest and two of their homeschool friends. I am excited about having science class at my dining room table. Dissections and microscope work are right up my alley! I really think I am more excited than the kids!
And while Biology is happening I will also be teaching beginning Zoology to my youngest two, using Apologia. This will be my first year using the Apologia elementary/junior high level science and I am looking forward to a good positive change in our science classes using lap books and some super cool experiments.
We are mixing up a few other things in our schooling. I tend to ditch what doesn’t work, stick with what does, find new ways to help my kids learn, and implement practices that help me to teach more efficiently and to the best of my ability… Each. And. Every. Year.
But, for the most part our days will run on the same schedule we have used for years.
School shopping took place yesterday and I’m in love with all the colors! Little Miss and I had a blast picking out the items we needed, the boys…. not so much. I think it was too stark of a reminder that summer break is coming to a halt. My girl loved her new markers and crayons so much that she broke them out as soon as we got home and began creating, and creating, and creating. This morning she made two puppets out of lunch bags and even put on a puppet show for us!
Yes, my friends that is what homeschooling is all about.
Learning, creating, and growing, all such a part of who we are that it just comes naturally.
And she’s not the only one. I have noticed some story writing and illustrating going on this summer. There are always notebooks lying around with pencils and pens scattered about our house. The imagining just keeps going and flowing even when on summer break, they just don’t realize that every word they put down on those lines is helping them to be stronger writers.
So, as the days for school draw near this has become my prayer…
Have Your hand upon our school this year, working in our hearts and minds. Light a fire within us for You! Fill our days of learning with Your strength and place within my children a deep desire to learn. Strengthen their focus and help them to concentrate. Lord, I pray that our boundaries will expand this year. That we will have more and more opportunities to share Your love with those we meet. Lord, let your glory shine through us! I ask for Your wisdom and discernment as I teach my children this year. May my focus be stayed upon You so that I can teach them all that you have for them. Lord, thank you for this blessing of homeschooling you have place in our lives for another year. May we all bring glory to you through each and every day of this brand new school year.
You Lord, are magnificent and worthy to be praised!