Our First Day of Homeschool!
This week we begin our Fall semester of homeschool. We have been homeschooling for FOUR years now. FOUR! I can’t believe it! What started out as a temporary adventure has blossomed into a lifelong journey. I am so amazed how far we have made it on our homeschooling journey. We have had many ups and some downs. It has been joyous and sometimes frustrating. But I wouldn’t change any of it, not one single challenging experience, for the world.
After four years of homeschooling, I have learned the tough times are part of the journey. And oh how blessed we are with God’s grace to learn from our challenges and mistakes! Every year I say this and I don’t think I’ll ever stop saying it: homeschooling is the best decision we have made as a family.
I remember our first year of homeschooling was exciting but also very challenging. Now that we are nearing the end of our second year of homeschool, I look back on our first day feeling very proud of all we have accomplished. I have learned many new things, as well as learning from my mistakes.
So for today, I would like to share the very first blog post I wrote about our first day of homeschool.We started homeschooling in July of 2013. I wanted to start school in July to get a head start on school and so we could have an extended Christmas break. I remember it felt a little strange starting school so early, but at the same time the kids and I were so excited to dive in.
Originally written July 2013.
Last Monday (July 1, 2013), was our first day of homeschool. We discussed with the BK’s the possibility of starting homeschool early so we can take more time off (as needed) throughout the school year. Honestly, I think we’re kind of leaning towards year-round schooling.
What fun (and absolute freedom) it is to break for lunch out-to-eat and for an hour at that! The kids were like, “We love this homeschooling thing!”
On our first day of homeschool, we enjoyed a late lunch at Chick-fil-A. Surprisingly, my children pulled out their notebooks at the table and continued to work through lunch. No direction from me! They did it all on their own! Bravo!
Halfway into lunch, a magician stopped by our table for some magic tricks. Elijah, the oldest (13), was a good sport about it and laughed at the tricks. Mj, of course, was just tickled at the magicians riddles and tricks.
“What are you guys working on,” the magician later asked?
He gave us a puzzled look.
“Today is our first day of homeschool,’ I proudly stated.
Boy, did that get the magician going.
“What?!” He exclaimed. Then he chuckled, “I think I’d talk to the administration about that!”
The kids just laughed. I was surprised they didn’t feel embarrassed or chime in “yeah, Mom, he’s right! Who does school in the summer?!”
Instead they just laughed and turned back to their work, burying their heads in their books. They were excited and proud to be homeschoolers.
This made me smile and feel so proud. “I think I’m going to like this homeschooling thing, too,” I thought to myself as I proudly watched my two children writing in their notebooks.