Monday, September 08, 2008

And They're Off!

Sometimes the new year feels like a race that is going to start whether we are ready or not. Kind of like a big marathon - it is going to begin whether you have your shorts on or not. That is what it felt like this morning after being up way too late trying to get the schedule ready for all five of our children. Five! I have all five in the race this year for the first time. 8th, 6th, 4th, 2nd, and K - you would think we planned it that neatly.

This feels like a very unique year and I guess it is. It is our last year before high school starts for our family - homeschool high school! I know I blog about this frequently, but moms, hold tight to your littles and ENJOY them - they grow up SO fast!! It is delightful though, to see who they are becoming. It is so much more beyond my wildest imaginings. God has blessed us so richly in our children!

Our new year looks like this for the oldest two. I will share the others later this week. It is very late!

8th Grader:

Rainbow Science
Traditional Logic I
Literature Study
Wordly Wise 3000
Writing Skills, Book 2
The Mystery Of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages

We still have to finish up Mystery of History, Volume 1 first, but I am hoping to jump into the middle ages in a few months. I don't rush history so if it takes longer - really, who cares? We love it. :+)

6th Grader:

Learning Language Arts Through Literature
Entire Online Grammar Program - It's free!
Math U See
Handwriting - We use Startwrite Software and I create cursive pages for her. We choose literature portions, Bible verses, poetry, and great quotes. I love this software!
Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day
The Mystery Of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages
Reading - this is free reading from books from the library, our own family library, and good book lists like this and this.
Art, Handicrafts, Baking

We are also involved in a homeschool co-op learning about artists, composers, more science topics, and drawing. It sounds very busy and well, it is. It is a joy though - and this is only the first two! 
Oh - and if you have sent me a note or a comment and I didn't respond, please forgive me. I have been under the most amazing load of responsibilities. I apologize. I am trying to live this wonderful quote out and am having a hard time doing it!

There have been wives who in their zeal for Christ’s work outside have neglected Christ’s work inside their own doors. They have had eyes and hearts for human need and human sorrow in the broad fields lying far out, but neither eye nor heart for the work of love lain about their own feet.

Let it be remembered that Christ’s work in the home is the first that he gives to every wife, and that no amount of consecrated activities in other spheres will atone in this world or the next for neglect or failure.

From Home-Making by J.R. Miller

This was such a great reminder to me today! Blessings to you this week.


hugabunchmom said...

You are an inspiration to many as we get this school year up and running. So true, I think I've forgotten my shorts!! It is good to see you so organized, even though it is a challenge. You are a blessing and remind me that I can keep on trudging along as well, trying desperately to cherish every moment. You are right, they DO grow up far too quickly. I'm right in there with you!! Hugs!!

Jocelyndixon said...

Looks like you have a whole bunch planned for this next year. I hope everything goes well! I don't know if you've heard of the Homeschool Memoirs but I think you'd like them. This post would be perfect for a few of the past themes. You can check it out here: http://homeschoolblogawards.com/category/homeschool-memoirs/

Also, thank you for the link about LOTR and HP. I think I've read it before. Very interesting.


sonoranstamper said...

Wow!! What a great line-up you have planned for the older two!!! I've researched Mystery of History and have seriously thought about starting that. We're currently using Story of the World. We love it!!!

Aren't co-ops great?! We just started ours yesterday and it's going to be a great year!!!

I hope you're able to settle into a great rhythm! It's all about the balance!!!

Blessings to you and yours!!


gndksmith said...

I thought I was busy. No way am I busy with 2. You are organized and have so many fun things to do (anything not math or L.A. is fun to me).

Blessings and I will say a prayer for you for the year!


Janette said...

You must be a very organised mum - you have five that you are homeschooling and you are so organised. You are truly imspirational. I wish you well with your forthcoming year.

Blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

Just popping in to say "hi." Hope this year is off to a good start for you.



Christine said...

Hi Kate! I love your homeschool plans. I am starting the Mystery of History and I love it. Blessings!