I can't believe it's here! Time to hit the books again. It seems like I blinked and I suddenly have a 4th grader, a second grader, and a preschooler. Somebody push the pause button, quickly!
With my crate packed for all 36 weeks, new folders purchased and labeled, pencils sharpened, and the school room moved: Monday, August 5 was our big day.
We're setting off on a new adventure this year. We are using My Father's World: Exploring Countries and Cultures. We will be galloping the globe visiting all 7 continents, studying about the people groups and ecosystems that make up our beautiful world! My Father's World does an incredible job of balancing Classical Education, Charlotte Mason, and Unit Studies all within a Biblical worldview. It's the best of all the things I love about these three methods and I know it's what we all need.
Everybody was excited to jump in on our first day for the year. I probably would have waited one more week, but to be completely honest: I knew we needed to start on Monday. We spent 5 weeks of our summer hosting an incredible 12 year old orphan boy from Eastern Europe and we are in the process of adopting him. We painfully put him on the plane on Thursday to head back to his orphanage and I've been devastated since he left. I knew if I did not keep myself busy that all I would do this week is curl up in the bed and cry: which is exactly what I did for the 4 days after he left. It has been a nice distraction and has kept my mind from constantly worrying about him. I did mess up today and set out 4 sets of paints and art supplies today and realized that we only have 3 kids (at home) right now. Those papers and paint along with that empty chair nearly took all the air from my chest as I gasped and teared up right at the table. Clearly, emotions are still a little raw after his departure.
We're having fun so far. We've been studying maps and globes, learning about ecosystems. We labeled what we knew on blank maps and at the end of the year, we'll label those same maps and we'll get to see how much we learned! We loaded our Book Basket up with fun books about children from all over the world, children's atlases, animal books from around the world, and some other fun stuff. We learned a new song that taught us how to say "hello" in 9 languages. The kids have been going around the house singing it constantly and I think it's adorable!
I have to say I think this is going to be our best year yet! As the kids get older, the math gets harder, the reading lists get a little more difficult, and the material gets a little more in depth. I am so thankful to be learning right alongside my children each day. It's hard work, I'm not going to deny that, but it's oh, so worth it! I am thankful for the privilege to get to teach these crazy kids everyday. I am glad that I am the one who gets to be there when that lightbulb go off and they finally get it! It's a sacrifice for our family, but one I'd make a million times over if I had to do it all again.
Here's a peek at what we've done the past couple of days.
|Our book basket loaded up with a lot of books about maps, some children's atlases, books about children from all over the globe, and books about animals of the world.|
|Monday folders are out and ready to begin the first day of school.|
|Time to get the crayons out!|
|The boys hard at work doing their math on the first day.|
|We needed a little multiplication review on day one.|
|I even let Dino help me read stories to the kids.|
|Big brother got a hold of the camera and snapped a pic of this sweet girlie!|
|Learning about Maps and Globes|
It's really been a fun couple of days. We're right where we need to be. We're doing life together: the good, the bad, the hard, the fun, the frustrating, the easy, and the new. And we LOVE it! Can't wait for V to get here and join this crazy zoo crew! When he was here, he asked me specifically if he could do school at home - OF COURSE! We've missed 12 years of his life already, we're not sharing him for 8 hours a day. He's gonna be right here doing school in the nest with this mama bird!
I pray that as you begin your school year that you seek the Lord in your homeschool. I pray that He fill your home with His truth and He would reveal himself not only to your children, but to you mamas out there who are dedicated to doing this thing even on the hard days. I know that's what I've prayed for this year. That the Lord would be in this place daily and that even when I don't feel like it, that He would give me the strength and the grace to keep going.