We reached the decision to homeschool after much time in prayer, looking @ pros & cons for our family circumstances, and LOTS of FAITH!
The fact that this is becoming a reality for our family RIGHT NOW, THIS year, is crazy to me. Not because I always dreamed of homeschooling & longed for the days where I had the opportunity to do so. No. In fact, the complete opposite! You know how they say, "Never say never"? Well, *gulp*, I'm pretty sure, at some point in my life, I uttered these words..."I would never homeschool." But at some point, about a year or so ago, I began to think differently...that maybe, at some point in the not-so-near future, it might be something we'd consider. You know, like YEARS down the road so I'm not anywhere near having to make a decision about it. But I found myself dropping the idea of homeschooling into conversation here & there. Then, when I met strangers that homeschooled, I'd ask them what curriculum they use, what they like about homeschooling, just investigating it a bit.
As I look back on those conversations & encounters, I know that God was softening my heart to the idea. Because this summer, something that started as a quiet whisper & a 'I'm just thinking about it' soon became a burning desire that couldn't be ignored. I continued to be in prayer about it, talked with a few important people about the idea (mainly Eric & my momma, but some others too!), read & researched about it, and waited. Kory was actually super-pumped about the idea of being homeschooled. Once we mentioned it, she went on & on about 'IF we homeschool this...', 'IF we homeschool that...' Her enthusiasm excited me! She has a love of learning that I want to nurture. I pray she never loses that love & I pray that we don't let her down in her search for knowledge.
So today, in pj's & crazy hair, on a Friday, before her public school would start, we 'began' homeschooling.
Kip wanted to 'do school' to, & did so well with the times Kory needed my attention & leaving Kory alone to work. That's going to be the hardest part of all of this I think...when sissy is around, Kip wants to play, play, play. Annnndddd...he gets *kinda* (read REALLY) jealous when the attention is focussed on Kory, not him.
Soon after beginning & doing just a little letter 'work' (games), Kip was done with school & wanted to do some 'farm work'. Which was perfectly fine! :)
When Kory finished her lessons, she was sad school was over for the day. She's gone on & on all day about how much she LOVES HOMESCHOOL!!
If you feel so inclined, please be in prayer for our family as we embark on this journey!