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Finally Maturing

I've been homeschooling my children for eight years now. Recently, I'd say the past two years now, that I have been comfortable with our choices (yes, I still switch here-and-there) and am more confident with teaching. Sometimes it's a bit sad because I feel like I messed up with Josh and Annette. Caleb and Brent, I'd like to have done a few things differently. Ethan and Lance, I am happy to start all over.

Starting over is hard too because I have so much stuff (programs and such), it's very hard to justify purchasing a new phonics or writing program.
Now, I'm not saying I have it all figured out. I still have many years left and high school is around the corner. I can say that I found my place. I have tried or purchased so many different programs in all subjects that I feel I can make better choices now. Even if that means I'm repurchasing something I used to own.

I'm more mature if you will, with my selections. I'm not like a little kid in a candy store anymore. Although there are times when I still feel like a kid in a candy store ;). I'm not so quick to switch and I'm following through more each year with what I purchase.

It's funny because many of my first purchases (what I started off with Josh but never finished) are the things I will use with my last four.

Just to name a few:
Excellence in Writing (IEW)
Handwriting Without Tears
Saxon Phonics
Writing Strands
Possibly MFW 1st Grade

I started off with a more Ruth Beechick philosophy but am more of a Textbook, Charlotte Mason, with a Classical twist. I say that because Josh and Annette will use all textbooks next year. With the younger four I'd like to combine Charlotte Mason with the Classical method.

3 comments

  1. I know what you mean! I feel like my girls - especially my older - were guinea pigs in the first three years, which I call my time of wandering in "curriculum wilderness!" The last two have been great because we've found our "sweet spot" with all our subjects - and I'm excited ton continue with that next year. I'm hoping all our major curricular adjustments are done now - with just a little tweaking needed now and then. :^)

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  2. I think that all of us are in a similar boat. As my oldest has moved into the dialectic stage, I'm learning about many things that she should be able to do but cannot. And there are days that I feel like I've really messed up with her, and with the next in line. But, it is also helping me to realize what is important with my little two. I didn't know what style of teacher I preferred, nor did I know what their learning styles were. I just don't want you to feel like you're alone in feeling that way with your eldest two. I cling to the promise that God will take our measly offerings and multiply them as He sees fit. Blessings.

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  3. Oh, my oldest girls were my test subjects, too!!! It's a challenge and a learning experience. I'm looking forward to reading about your final decisions.

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