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The Best Part of Waking Up

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by , 02-18-2010 at 05:00 AM (3190 Views)
The Best Part of Waking Up

Ahh! The smell of freshly brewed coffee first thing in the morning is hard to beat! I certainly love my java as I greet each new sunrise. As I sip, I reflect on the beauty of creation all around me. The birds sing, the squirrels dart here and there, and the beautiful sights of farm life abound. Morning is my quiet time! It's a time to ponder on the blessings that God has continually showered over my life.

I don't know about you, but my "quiet time" never seems to last long enough! It's all too soon before the flip flop of little feet are heard throughout the house. My gifts from above are alive with new energy and ready to start the day! They're ready to rip and romp, learn and grow, live and be happy. And all from the comfort and security of home!

"What about socialization?" As a homeschooling mom since my children were in preschool, I've probably heard that concern more often than I can count, (or would care to)! Socialization is really not a problem for the majority of children that are homeschooled. It has been my experience that there are pretty much endless possibilites for socialization. There's everything from church and family gatherings to recreation league sports and homeschool co-ops. The cool part is that homeschooled children can often more readily "socialize" with any age group as opposed to just their own ages. I have a son in 5th grade and a son and daugthter in 2nd grade. All three can help an elder with a specific need just as easily as they can babble with a newborn. As a mom, it's so exciting to see their abilities to interact with all age groups!

People are naturally curious, especially if they have little knowledge of a topic such as homeschooling. I've often been asked why I chose to homeschool. Honestly, I started to investigate homeschooling when I first found out I was pregnant with my oldest son, who is now in fifth grade. Due to the fact that I am a product of the public school system, I had very specific objections to sending my own children away for someone else to teach and mentor. My experiences may be rare, but they certainly impacted my decision to homeschool. Other than that, I can only say that it was God's leading in my life that urged me to keep my children at home.

"How do you do it?" "What curriculum do you use?" Those are typically the next questions. So, how do I do it? It's through God's grace alone! Really, homeschooling is not a big deal! After all, God ordained parents as teachers from the beginning of time. A little homework, a good helping of preparation, and showers of prayer will go far in plans to homeschool. Curriculum? Well, there's as many choices in curriculum as there are stars in the sky! As a new homeschooling mom, I thought it would be best to go with a boxed curriculum. All the planning is already done and it's ready to go. So, preschool and kindergarten was boxed all the way! Slowly, I gained more confidence and begin to bring my own approaches to the table and chose to use a more eclectic curriculum. So, from first grade forward, we have been a "mixed up" family!

Blessings along the way? You bet! Time4Learning was the greatest blessing of all when it comes to curriculum. Although we still use an eclectic approach, Time4Learning has enhanced our program beyond measure! Sitting around the table with your children is indispensable, but technology is just as indispensable this day in time! Computer abilites are a must. And all students should have a little fun while learning. Time4Learning rolls up computer skills and fun into one awesome package! It's all too often that I hear one of the children shout out, "Oh, I get it now!", while working on a lesson at Time4Learning. The interactive and fun lessons make my children all too eager to learn and that equals one happy mom! The greatest part of all is that I can rest assured that the folks at Time4Learning are constantly working on more ways to enhance children's education and provide new programs. They have recently added Time4Writing which is way too awesome! (Okay....so I can sound like a teenager!) Let's face it, sometimes it's difficult for a parent to be as objective as they should be. In the eight week writing courses, a certified teacher is assigned and the children complete lessons through the online campus. The teacher offers personalized feedback and encouragement to improve writing skills. Awesome! And just launced this week is a new art program for upper level students. I'm so excited to give my children access to such great resources!

In seven years of homeschooling, I have certainly experienced a mountain of fun and surprises. I wouldn't trade it for the world! After all is said and done, I can honestly say that the best part of waking up is not really that cup of joe, but the priviledge and honor that I have to homeschool my children!

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  1. hearthstone_academy's Avatar
    Here I sit, during my own early morning "quiet time", thinking we have a lot of the same views when it comes to educating our children.
  2. thegaddy5's Avatar
    I agree.... what a priviledge... but I must admit, sometimes during the rough patches - I have to remind myself it IS a priviledge!
  3. Mom2boys's Avatar
    TFS! We are new to T4L and I'm so happy to have found it. My son is super interested in learning now. Woohoo!!!