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A Glimpse at Our Homeschool Life

A Glimpse at Our Homeschool Life @JessicaMWhite.com

We’ve officially finished our first quarter! 10 weeks of homeschooling under our belts: Yay!  How’s it been going? Better than I expected!

It’s not easy homeschooling one kid while three 3 year olds are using the teacher and the student as a jungle gym. Some days there are a lot of interruptions; some days we’re able to get through our school work quickly and some days it seems to drag on f.o.r.e.v.e.r. Through it all Peter is fantastic, we manage to get school done during his morning nap time.

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I know I never shared about what curriculum we ended up going with for anything or why, I promise that post will be coming, eventually. Right now I just want to give a glimpse into our day. I promise you, we are not perfect or structured or anything else, we’re very fluid in our schedule. That is supposed to be one of the perks of homeschooling, that you don’t have to do things a certain way!

Our Schedule – Monday – Thursday {we take off Fridays}

  • Wake up: 5:45-7:30am — We’re usually all awake and downstairs by 8 at the latest.
  • Breakfast: 8-8:30 — Some times it’s closer to 8, others to 9.
  • School: 9-11:30 — We’re usually sitting down at the kitchen table at some point during this time.
  • Lunch: 11:30-12 — I try to start cooking lunch around 11 or so.
  • Fantasy time: 12:00-3:00pm — When I hope that the triplets will take a nap so that I can stop for 5 minutes and eat {it’s not happening as much as it used to}.
  • Dinner prep: 5:00 pm
  • Dinner served: 6:00pm
  • Showers: 6:30pm
  • Bed: 7:00pm
  • Lights out: 7:30pm

That’s our schedule! Of course, school doesn’t happen ONLY during that time. We do our reading and other things throughout the day and the week. We have a playgroup that we go to once a week and the house does need to get cleaned on occasion and the other kids need some attention too. So far, our schedule is really working for us!

I love that we’re not having to run back and forth to the school {we live too close for the bus}! I love that we’re all home together! I love that there is flexibility for us to do the things we want besides structured class time! I love that if something isn’t working for us we can change it, that if there is something we want to go on a tangent about we can!A Glimpse at Our Homeschool Life @JessicaMWhite.com

Of course it’s not without its struggles. Avelyn is not an exemplary student…she’s like most kids and doesn’t want to sit still and do what you want them to do. She’s not at all like me {I wrote research papers for fun on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’s names, when I was 8}, but we’re figuring out how she learns and what she likes best. She loves science and math! She loves when I read to her.

She does not like doing anything that requires her to learn something new {whether it’s math or reading}. She’ll trudge through the math, but reading is becoming a thorn in my side! She knows all the letters and sounds, she knows HOW to read, but she refuses to take the time to sound out words and DO IT! She’d rather guess and get frustrated, in hopes that I’ll quit.

I don’t regret homeschooling this year for even a second. There are certainly times when I’ve thought “What were we thinking?!”, but there’s no regrets. People ask {and assume} that we’re going to continue homeschooling, and that each of our kids will be homeschooled. I honestly can’t answer that question.

For this year, it was absolutely the best and right thing for us to do. It has given us time to bond with our newest addition. It has given us time to be together as a family without a ton of demands on mine or Avelyn’s time. It’s something that Avelyn and I have enjoyed doing together. For us, this year, it works…and honestly, that’s all I can ask for!

From Busy to Blessing – Conclusion

I’m so glad you joined me this month, during my 31 Days of How to Use Your Martha to Be a Mary! I certainly hope that this little series has given you HOPE as to how you can bless those around you, despite an already busy schedule.
From Busy to Blessing How to Use Your Martha to Be a Mary @JessicaMWhite.comIt really is about priorities, about thinking a bit more about the things we’re already doing, and quite a bit about changing our hearts, because honestly, our hearts are where it all begins. Anything you do can be used for God’s glory and to bless others, as long as your heart is in it.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Psalm 51:10

We don’t have to worry about the details or the hows or the whats: If we seek only to glorify Him, to step forward to do the work He has called us to do we will be successful.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Matthew 6:33

Doing God’s work, doing what He has called us to do, doesn’t mean that we won’thave bumps in the road, that things will go absolutely perfectly. Sometimes those bumps are part of the road, part of the lesson that we have to learn…to trust Him and let go. Boy, would it be a lot easier to know we were doing His work if everything went without a hitch.

I continue to challenge you, to think beyond the immediate: There is a way that God has planned for you to bless those around you. Ask Him to show you how. It may not be something huge, it may not be as grandiose as you think it should be, it can be as simple as a smile on your face and His song in your heart, while you go about your day.

We do have to begin, to take that step. But, the end is what it is all about: The end result of our actions, the end result of words, the end result of our lives. Whether we allow the beginning to occur so that the end can be to His glory.

Again, thank you for join me this past month. I know it’s been intense having a blog post to read every day. Those of you who have commented and read along with me on this, thank you for your words, thank you for your thoughts and prayers. It means so much as a blogger to know that what you are saying is reaching someone.

I’ve put all of those posts together on one easy page, so that you can pin just ONE thing and have all of them together. That said, I also hope that you’ll continue to pray for me, as I begin to turn this collection of posts into my first ebook! Not sure when that will happen, but eventually it will.

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to find out more about my future ebook, as well as to get an easy access for all of posts from this series.

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled blogging soon. Tomorrow our first born is FOUR! so you can be sure there will be a birthday post, some Halloween cuteness, and some updates about things that have been going on in the White House. I even have a few giveaways already slated for the month of November, as well as some great gift ideas! See you on the blog!

Blessings!

From Busy to Blessing – The Gift of Knowledge

All parents want their children to have the best chance of success in life as possible, and all parents have a different idea of how this is achieved, but there is typically one similarity between all the methodology…learning must be constant.

From Busy to Blessing The Gift of Knowledge for Our Children @JessicaMWhite.com
Whether you public school, private school, home school, un-school or any other type of “school”, learning is a very important part of our children’s lives. Learning doesn’t necessarily need to be a formal sit down with workbooks and textbooks; learning can happen right alongside you in everyday life. And honestly, that learning will probably be some of the most useful.

Book smarts has its place…absolutely. But there’s something to be said for common sense and day to day life skills. When I was in school we had a subject called Home Economics, yes, they still called it that back then. The whole point of the subject was to teach children how to function as an adult, whether it was cooking dinner, writing a letter in cursive, balancing a check book or learning how to sew a button on. For some reason, these skills have been lost from most schooling.

As parents all we have to do is share our daily tasks with our children. Invite them to help you cook dinner, invite them to setup a savings account and help you with the bookkeeping, or teach them to do the laundry {extra points for passing that baton off to a younger generation}.

The bottom line is that this isn’t something that need take tons of extra time on your part, a little bit extra…yes, a lot of patience…yes, but it is something which will bless your children in their own life, and their spouse’s.

The one core busy that can be taken away from this entire weeks posts is that we need to spend time with our children, not only doing fun and meaningful things, but in sharing the mundane too {that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!}. If our children know that we value them, desire their company, then so many of our parenting fears can be put aside.

I hope this week has blessed you and given you some new thoughts on how to bless your children through your busy. Next week, I’ll be sharing about how you can use your Martha to be a Mary for your husband.

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