Imperfect excellence

Excitedly, I just received our new math books. Check out Life of FredIn my search for a documentary about the Solar System that wasn’t anti-creation, I fell in love with The Magic School Bus. It’s a fun addition to Science and you can get all sorts of experiment kits to go along with the different episodes. We began watching Liberty Kids years ago when it was free on Netflix. So happy to have found the complete series on Amazon for $5.

Somedays, I’m overwhelmed and unsure. If I had a homeschooling motto it would be… do your best, and pray a lot…

I’m a fly by the seat of my pants… squirrel!.. I don’t know, go ask Dad… let’s just go to the park today… kinda gal. My kids love homeschool. It’s fun. And I pray that they pick up some knowledge along the way.
Don’t ask me what my philosophy is… because like most of my life I’m an eclectic homeschooler and don’t truly fit into any category. I use a blended curriculum (a little bit of this, and a little bit of that). And I’ve changed my mind a lot. Saxon included way to much prep work for the number of students I have and the way I roll, Primary Mathematics is currently being tossed out the window and I’m counting on Fred to save us all.
We have been so incredibly blessed to have received a couple of Sunlight Core’s from a friend who’s “been here, done that” and I truly love them. Once the kids get to Second grade we use Sunlight for the bulk of LA, Science and Bible.
Ugh. Kindergarden. Seriously, it’s an “E” and the long sound says it’s name… say it with me.
When everyone can read… I just may throw a fiesta and do a little jig.
I used to want each of my kiddos to be the best and know the most… If in the end they know the basics, can survive in the world and we’ve taught them all we can about who Jesus is… I’ll be able to sleep at night.
There is nothing they need more than Christ, and we spend a significant amount of time focusing on that.
Hands on… yes please. If we can turn it into a game… let’s play. Sing it, act it out, shout out loud. My kids may never be able to return to public school, but I’m confident they’re learning a few things you just can’t teach there.
I try to plan ahead. That comes and goes. In preparation for going, I spent several late nights last week planning our families general curriculum outline through High School. The thought of Chemistry and SAT prep is slightly terrifying, but by the grace of God and not on my own strength, we will survive… Lord willing that be the plan.
I’ve got preschoolers and containers for sorting colored pom-poms. I’ve got an almost 8th grader who I learn alongside. I’m navigating reading levels and journal entries of whatever Elementary grade you want to call it… And I wouldn’t have it any other way. To get to spend the time and attention that I do with each of them is priceless. To be a part of their learning, sharing their tears and their joys is cherished. To guard their hearts and minds and to direct them to things above is invaluable.
Somedays, I’m at peace and filled with joy as I watch them learn and grow and discover.

Published by Tiffanie Lloyd

I am a detail-oriented and energetic multi-tasker traveling at the side of my best friend, and momma to eight amazing kids. God has gifted me with creativity; I'm an entrepreneur, writer, and photographer with a passion for women's health, particularity in childbirth. I'm a Parenting and Childbirth Educator, Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, and working toward certification as a Holistic Nutritionist. Thanks for stoping by! Be sure to check out my archives, and sign up for notifications about new posts!

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