Homeschooling

We chose to homeschool our boys because we wanted to use the Bible every day in their lessons. The Bible says in Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" Teaching the boys here at home with Christian curriculum centered around the King James Bible is the best thing we can do for them as parents.

Of course there are days when I want to give up and the boys don't behave or will not listen, but I just remind myself, they did go to public school a couple years and it was miserable. They came home every day with new stories to tell about bad words or bullying. God gave trusted us with our children to raise for Him and we want to do our very best and we feel like we cannot shelter them enough.

They are made aware of what is out there in the world. They are not ignorant to worldly things but we educate them as to why we choose not to participate it those things and what the Bible teaches. We want our children to be prepared to live in the world but not be part of the world when they get out on their own as adults. So training them here at home is the most important thing we can do.
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We have workbooks for all subjects through 2nd grade. They all write Bible verses everyday and read books daily. When the boys start 3rd grade they start Switched on Schoolhouse (SOS) by Alpha and Omega Publications and they are a Christian company that offers many other options on and off the computer for those who want their children to do workbooks.

With multiple children and a busy schedule I liked the idea of having SOS grading 99% of the work for me and it has a built in calendar for the school year I can adjust to fit our family's needs. We can take off or add school days as needed. It keeps attendance for me. It keeps a running total at the bottom of the calendar for me so I know I am keeping up with the state required 180 days.

I can use each grade level I purchase for up to 5 children so I download it on the computer and pass it down to all the boys. I can print report cards at the end of the year. SOS also includes a reading log for each child and an activity log on the calendar for other things like art, PE, field trip, church or thing you want to add. I love this curriculum!

I can create custom subjects and for my kids to do handwriting or something I want to them to do offline and just set a reminder for them. I have a separate teacher login from the children where I go to grade and check their grades. We can also send each other messages too! Each child has their own home screen they can create a background page and they have tools like bible look up, calculator (if you allow), dictionary, this day in history. daily Bible verse. 

I cannot say enough good things about it! They have free classes on their website you can go online and check it out before buying and they even have a 20% sale in April every year with free shipping! If you are thinking about homeschooling your children and not sure what curriculum to buy this is definitely worth checking in to.
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We go to the local library and check out books frequently and educational videos. I like to theme some days and focus all on one type of animal or science experiment and make it fun! We go on nature walks and collect things we find outside and talk about the different kinds of trees and flowers.

Our state no longer requires monthly attendance records or even yearly and they want me to test every 3 years but they don't ask for the results. All I am required to submit to them is a declaration of intent stating I plan to home school my children each year at the beginning of the school year. They don't ask the curriculum I am using or if they pass every year or anything. It's amazing really how much freedom we really do have as parents. I like being able to adjust our schedule as needed to fit our family. I can take time with each child and focus on their individual needs more so than they would have ever gotten in a public school with 30 classmates.

We go on field trips with all the other home schoolers in our county. We have been to Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, skating, bowling, park day, splash zone, buggy science day and Wildlife Animal Preserve this year. We do not just stay at home.