October 18th, 2022

Boy, and I thought the second day of homeschooling was a tough one. Hope and I made each other cry on the third day! We settled ourselves in the public library after dropping off my toddler and as I started giving her assignments, she started to shut down again. When asked what was going on in her head, she would not speak and when she did, it was barely audible. It went on for a good 20 minutes and I couldn't deal with it anymore. I had to step away to calm myself down so yelling would occur. I go back after 2 minutes and Hope was then quietly tearing up. I try again to speak to her and she still wouldn't talk. It felt like no matter what I said or tried to do, I kept hitting this invisible wall. On like this we go for another 10 minutes and tears started to well up in my eyes from the frustration. I texted my husband who was in Seattle at the time to pray for us. I no longer knew what else to do as both Hope and I sat there quietly crying. ... READ MORE

October 12th, 2022

Our first day of homeschool was yesterday and it went amazingly well. I just used the leftover workbooks so I can gauge where she really was in all subjects. We even had an impromptu history lesson on Christopher Columbus being that it Columbus Day. She was not too thrilled about history. She said he hates history but found that she really enjoyed the video we watched and the visualization using our world map and globe. My lessons in math, language arts, writing, reading, history and cooking were completed by 11:30am.

Today (second day) was a bit rougher... READ MORE

October 8th, 2022

We are homeschooling again! This time around, Hope is my only student. My oldest is enjoying public middle school and will remain. My preference would be to homeschool all my kids at the same time. It would open us up to travel anytime and anywhere we like instead of having to follow the schedule set by the schools.

The decision to homeschool Hope again was made very last minute. Hope has been asking to homeschool since the summer. She had no trouble being in our zoned public elementary school. It's a great school. In fact, it's ranked top elementary school in our county and our county is HUGE. She was well liked by school staff and her peers but she felt bored, couldn't stand the constant need to wait around for other kids to finish their work and having to follow the many rules of a regular school. The worse is having to wake up at 6:30am every morning to get ready because she needs to be in class by 7:40am. For lack of a better word, she felt like she was in jail... Read More