This is year 14 for our family homeschooling and I personally feel that it has been a huge success. I am often asked, “why?” I homeschool because I can give my children a quality Christian education that the public schools can not. I can work one on one with the kids that need the extra help ( and the ones who don’t) and we can have more hands-on activities and projects as well as field trips.
Some years have been better than others. Some books/curriculum my children like better than others.
One year we did entirely lap books and that was a blast, but not really an option for my high school aged kids.
Here are some of the curriculum that we are using this year as a family. The first 2 weeks, we start out slow with only 3 subjects: Science, History and Literature. Once the kids get in the mode of schooling again, we add in Math, grammar and electives.
This year, our family has made a few changes. I began working as a VIPKid teacher in February. With my ankle still recovering from the September surgery and the doctors telling me that it could be up to 2 years for a full recovery, I have had to “slow down” a few our activities. However, no one said that I couldn’t teach from the comfort of my own dining room. And have fun while I worked.
As of July 3rd, I have officially been a teacher with them for 151 days and taught over 1030 classes to 408 different students.
The biggest change is my sleeping schedule. As a teacher for Chinese students, I have to work on a China clock, not an American clock. The best classes for Arizona are from 4-6am. So those are the classes that I teach. I also teach the 3:30 am classes and the 6am-6:30 class. For the summer, I have evenings opened up 4 days a week and teach Friday nights regularly.
I love that most of my schedule is before the crew even gets up and going in the morning. That has made it the perfect job for me. I can still run our homestead, still homeschool and most of all can still spend time with my children who very much welcome an afternoon nap with mom. 🙂
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