Tuesday, August 11, 2015

School at Home

{ School at Home }

This year we made a huge and life altering decision for our family. We chose to home-school our two daughters instead of enrolling them in the public school system in our new area. It was a momentous decision because I come from a long line of teachers and I was a public high school teacher before I had children.I never thought I would be a mother who home-schooled but here we are and this is what we are doing. There are many reasons we made this decision and the main one is that we will be moving mid-year as we transition from military to civilian life. We don't know where we will land and we want our children to have some stability in a time of change. I really feel like that God led us to this point and is giving me an opportunity that I want to cherish and take slowly. I know that it isn't the mainstream way of doing things and I have been met with some critical opinions of others. It is hard to shrug them off at times because I am not thick skinned but I took the time to seek out a supportive group of women who also home-school and this has been my saving grace. I know that we will have days that feel like a failure and I will meet people who may not agree with our choice. It will be my choice to either offer that up as a test of my character and rise to the occasion or be unnecessarily hard on myself and doubt this path. 

 I did a bunch of research on different types of homeschooling and there are a lot of options. We decided on a classical curriculum from the Calvert School for the Monday through Thursday with half days on Fridays. A majority of the learning will take place during this time. It is a great program and the staff is extremely supportive. On Friday afternoons, we will exploring project based schooling with different long term projects that I hope will let our girls be creative and inventive. Our first project is building a cardboard box doll house. We will be using art, math and science to do something fun. I have planned many fun field trips and signed up the girls for ballet and art classes. We are going to a packed year of learning and fun! 

Here is a sneak peek into our classroom and play areas. We now have an unconventional home but it is kind of great to see such a big change take place in our home. 


  1. I don't believe unconventional is bad. I too am a public school teacher and my children each completed 13 years of public school. I think your decision is wise considering your upcoming move. It is so hard to constantly adjust to different schools. This is an adventure. Don't let anyone dissuade you. Your children will benefit from your convictions more than anything. Good luck with the coming school year.

  2. Looks and sounds like you are all set to go. I think you made the right decision considering the changes that will happen throughout the year. Good luck as you get started. I look forward to following along :)

  3. There are pros and cons to everything in life. Schooling is no different. I wish people could all grow in giving grace and space to other people, even when we do things differently!

    We are homeschoolers and there are lots of things I love about it. We have friends who have always attended public school. We are all unique and I'm thankful we can make choices for our individual families. Blessings on your year!