Friday, April 20, 2012

Baby Steps and Getting Started

This is blog is going to be my way of sharing the our home school adventure.  Really isn't that what it will be?  An adventure... it is exciting, daunting, a little scary, overwhelming, fulfilling, and the journey is so very worth all you had to endure to get there!  

The Merriam-Webster definition of Adventure is, "a:  an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.  b:  the encountering of risks.  c:  an exciting or remarkable experience. and d:  an enterprise involving financial risk." 

Well isn't that the truth!  How this new adventure in our lives is going to unfold is certainly a unknown risk and we will certainly encounter many unknowns, I know that it will be so exciting because I plan on several remarkable experiences, and well there is that financial risk of living on one income and all that goes with it.   So, I feel that Adventure is certainly the best description!

I have wanted to home school my children since my oldest daughter the Diva was in preschool.  The thought of enrolling our little angel in public school almost made me ill at the thought.  We explored the private school option...but we had two children at that time and the Princess was just two years behind her sister.  There was NO way to afford private school for two children.  At this time I worked part time as a preschool teacher.  So we moved to another neighborhood and had a WONDERFUL school that we loved with all our hearts.  Literally.  The BEST public school experience in the world.  I still toyed with the idea of home school because I felt called to do it...and I have A LOT of great friends who home school their families.  Knowing a lot of families that home school is ready made support group.   Well, fast forward to March of 2012.  A huge amount of change in our family has happened this year.  DH got his dream job.  When I say dream job...I mean, the night we met in college he told me when I graduate this is my goal.  Well, 11 years and three kids later he has achieved his goal and I COULD NOT be more proud of him.   Yay!!!  But, that dream job was not in Texas. It is in Georgia.   So we loaded up the truck and moved to...Georgia.  (did you sing that last line in theme song?  that's ok...I did while typing it too)  Now, we LOVE the area.  Georgia is beautiful and fully wooded!  I love it! LOVE it!.  I miss my friends and miss our Beloved Snow Heights.  This schools here are well...different.  My kids have been miserable.  MISERABLE.  M. I. S. E. R. A. B. L. E!!!   SO after much discussion, a lot of prayer, and a little bit if arm twisting, my husband has agreed to have the kids home school!  YAY.    There is the possibility that they will re-integrate into the public school system so I will be kind of piecing together the curriculum for from so that it models the Georgia State Standard.  This is a lot of work.  I also want to prove to my DH that I can do this on a low I am looking for free resources or low cost resources on the Internet.   I will be homeschooling a preschooler.  I have that in the bag...I taught PreK in Texas and I kept all of my personally purchased materials.  SCORE!  I will be homeschooling a 4th grader and she will be focusing on American History  from  Native Americans to 1860, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science. along with Language arts and Math.  I will be homeschooling a 6th grader and she will be focusing on World history, Meteorology, Oceanography, Composition and structure of the earth, Energy sources, and the human impact on the earth.  I'm working on pulling that all together!  We are so excited!   Its going to be an adventure!!!!