Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Homeschooling Delima

I have been praying a lot lately about homeschooling since I need to begin with our oldest Grace, she just turned 4.  My husband and I made the decision a couple of years ago that we would home school our girls.  The only problem is with homeschooling is I have NO idea where to begin, how to go about it, or how we will be able to afford it:(  All that to say I need help! 

There are a few homeschooling curriculum's/programs that I am really interested in they are Charlotte Mason Method, My Fathers World (I think that is what its called), and there is a blog with homeschooling info called Heart of Wisdom.  My husband and I would love for our girls to learn Hebrew and all about the biblical feasts etc. 

So please help me I would love to know what other christian homeschooling mommas are using.


  1. Dear Sister in Messiah,
    First let me encourage you...your were meant to homeschool your children, and you were chosen to teach them all they need to know, because you are following YHVH/Messiah. Second...homeschooling can be as expensive or as inexpensive as you would like to make. When I started out I was so scared, but that was because my daughter was in public school for five years...we just began grade 10 and I would never look back.

    All the places/curriculum you mention work great, save I don't know much about My Fathers World....however one of the best sites for children I have come across is Delightful Learning, Michelle does and awesome job with her children and I am sure she would be a great asset to your journey.

    Keep seeking Abba, He will lead and guide you!
    Shalom on your journey and please let me know if I can be of any assistance...Hearts in Training is also a wonderful place for teaching littles!

  2. Hi there! I was called to home school my children & it has been a journey of discovering what works for us.

    Before we started official "school" since my boys were still too young at the time...we started going to a local homeschool coop group of kids & mom's that meet weekly to let the kids play & do some classes taught by the moms. If you don't have one in your area you can start your own. A church allows us to use their facilities for free.

    After trying several curriculum styles now we finally found one that works for us. I needed more structure than charlotte mason style offered. Each mom is different & what works for one another may hate. We now use ACE (accelerated christian education) b/c it offers the structure I need. In other words I don't have to be creative & do lesson plans etc. It is all layed out for you.

    I encourage you to go to your states homeschool convention (usually in the spring or summer) where you can see so many curriculum options & look through them. It's awesome!

  3. Andi ~ Thank you soo much for your encouragement:) I checked out Delightful Learning after reading your comment and I already LOVE it! Thank you again and may Yeshua bless you my friend.

    Torie ~ It would be really nice to get together with other homeschooling families, I have been praying for the like minded people to fellowsip/home school with.

  4. Be encouraged. Our heavenly Father will equip you to do what He has called you to do. A good place to start would be HSLDA.org. They have a "You Can Homeschool" section. And definitely check out your state homeschool organization. Also, getting connected with a support group is, in my humble opinion, a must.

    We blog about homeschooling and other subjects and would love to have you visit our blogs.


  5. Hey Jackie, we just started doing a more structured "homeschooling" program with Savannah. I too was confused and didn't know where to begin. We don't have the money to purchase a full blown curriculum right now and honestly I thought it might be a waste of money at this age anyway. I found a website called abcjesuslovesme.com that has been really helpful. They offer free curriculum for different ages, and while I don't always follow it to a T it gives me an idea of where to start. I began by carving out one hour four days a week that I could dedicate to homeschool time. I'm just keeping it simple for now.

    Each week we focus on:
    one letter (recognizing, phonics, tracing)
    one number (counting, recognizing)
    one character trait
    one bible story
    one bible memory verse (we're not quite to the memorizing stage yet but we say it together out loud each day)
    a book of the week
    a song of the week (this week we are singing "The B-I-B-L-E")

    I hope that this is helpful! If you have any other questions let me know. I'd love to hear what you are doing as well once you get started, I'm sure I could learn from your experiences as well! I'm honestly just feeling my way along and taking it one day at a time. It's a learning process and aren't we blessed that we have the best teacher of all to show us the way :)

    Praise the Lord for these beautiful girls that he as entrusted to us to teach! Blessings to you and your family on your homeschooling journey :)

  6. May YHVH grant you peace as you harness this most important season of your life! Truly there is no greater joy!

    We begin the day with the Shema, being a commandment AND reminding me (kiddos too) that it is my duty to teach them diligently in the way.
    Then we read Scripture, discuss, color & or craft accordingly. With 6 dc, 5 of them 5 and under learning about the Feasts make up a lot of "school" during the appointed times. I also recommend Doorposts for building character, an essential element I missed with my oldest. We mix and match curriculum...my oldest read at age 3 and my next child is 5 and probably will not be reading for at least another year perhaps 2 so keep in mind they are all different.
    I encourage you to continue praying. YHVH will direct you. I have had to majorly change the way we do things a few times until I found a groove that I look forward to because I believe that learning should be enjoyable for all involved. I hope to teach them that daily life has much to teach us and exhort them each in their own journey.
    As for Hebrew, hebrew4christians.com is a free source. Rosetta stone is a bit pricey but easy to learn from. (We had a free trial.)

    Glad to have come across your blog. :)

  7. Dani ~ I checked out abcjesuslovesme and I think I could use some of the ideas on that site I really like it:) Thank you for the encouragement. I wish you and Mike lived closer so we could get together and do a homeschooling playdate/co-op.


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