Friday, May 23, 2008

School is OVER!!!

We are finally done in our school this year. I am so happy. This was our second year of homeschooling and I am so glad it's over. Everyday I question myself if I will be able to do this or if I am doing a great job. And this year was a good year for us. We finish our Math program early and I was happy about that. Though we are still waiting for the SAT result for this year. I don't have a doubt that he'll do good but of course my husband wants a proof that everything in our school is doing great.
Next school year, I will have my 4 year old son joining us for his Preschool. I am so excited about that. I already bought him school books and he is so excited about them. I just can't figure out yet the schedule for my 2 kids. Jhosh will be in Grade 4 and Alden is in Preschool. But I guess, I will just continue reading to Alden and teaching him his alphabets for the summer. I never really do it as a "school" type anyway. I want him to enjoy so learning comes easy.
But I plan on taking 2 weeks break and then Jhosh will do Math 3 times a week this summer so he won't forget his math skills. We will also do Classical Writing Aesop A this summer. We don't do formal writing lessons during school days only narrations and I wait until summer till we do the formal lessons. So that's what is in our plate this summer.
Curriculum wise, I already bought everything for this year. So every night I try to read the books so I won't be cramming this year. I know it's a lot of work but I know I need to do it.
Well, I am just happy this school year is over. I get to rest for a little bit before we do it all over again.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Finally, I was able to find time to post in my blog. The blog has been sitting here for a while now and I just couldn't find the time to write. I have 3 kids who love to run around the house and make a lot of mess. So being a homeschooler and a stay home mom, running a blog is very difficult to keep up. I love to read other blogs and I envy them for being able to write all the time. I wish I had the time. But maybe I just don't know how to manage time. Because in our house, time just fly so fast.
But I am very happy that I was able to sit today and start writing. I love writing. And I love the idea of sharing experiences about life's journey... our journey in our homeschooling. It has been a blessing traveling in this road, experiencing the love of learning and seeing it through my children's eyes. It is hard sometimes, for there are so many choices to make but the fruit of labor is always so wonderful and inspiring.
I am so thankful that my husband brought me in this path. I wouldn't even think of doing it or trying it if it wasn't for him. Of course I was scared that I won't be able to do a good job teaching my children and I didn't want them to fail. But after almost 2 years of doing it. This has been the most rewarding experience so far. The beauty of homeschooling is that teaching always comes from the heart, the willingness to teach is by instinct and the intention is always pure... it's always for the good of the children.