Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tomorrow is our 1st day of Homeschooling!

Tomorrow, August 23, 2010 we will be starting a new chapter in our lives, something I never thought I would do, not because I thought it was wrong or weird, but more that I didn't feel I was called to or good enough for-homeschooling.
Alyssa is a smart little girl, but ever since 2nd grade she has struggled a little more with each passing year in school and we aren't quite sure why.   We had her tested in 2nd grade and then again this year in 5th and it was the same results, "Yes your daughter is struggling and yes she has difficultly learning, but-we don't have any real metal issues except with her short term memory (which they think is a lot of it) and she is a more hands on learner-more visual.  So, after this last year and the last past 3 years and many tears and sleepless nights on my hands and knees praying what to do, I stepped down from my job in June and I am staying  home with Alyssa to homeschool and of course Analeigh will be here too.
That makes me a little nervous since she is just two and into everything-I need prayers that I will be able to know how to keep her happy and occupied so that I can also teach Alyssa school.
I also need prayer that I will be able to teach her what she needs to know and that I will teach her in love and with patience and understanding.  I that I will have the knowledge to teach her as she grows.
We are excited for tomorrow will be our first day of school.  Stay tuned-I will post more updates as we travel down this new pathway.
Here are some photos of what will be our class room this year-it was our second family room-hang out room-craft room-now the most important thing-OUR CLASSROOM!

I am a little nervous but mostly excited to see where God will take us on this journey.  I am so thankful to him for many of you who have encouraged me and lent me school supplies (Janette-so grateful-we are using one of the Science books and the book on the states and presidents)-I am amazed at how He has even cared (even though I know this to be true) about the smallest details-everything has just fallen into place.
 Thanks for your encouragement and prayers.


Barbie said...

I will be praying for you. I think it's a wonderful thing you've done, quiting your job to homeschool your child. I wish I could do that, but in this season of my life it's impossible. I know that God will meet you and give you the tools you need.

The Kirk Fam said...

Your "classroom" looks wonderful! Such a happy place to learn and love together. We have never regretted our decision to homeschool and I will never forget the feeling of peace the Lord gave us as a family after many long months of prayer trying to determine if this was His will for our family. May you find His love and grace pouring over you as you teach and guide your precious ones day to day. How wonderful that you have friends to help with curriculum and get your feet off the ground. I couldn't have done it with out the great women God placed in my life either! Enjoy your first day together!!! It will be an awesome ride!!
God's grace to you,

cooperkelly4 said...

It looks wonderful Jill and you will do great! Who knows your kids better than you (and God!).=0) We start tomorrow too. =0) Praying for ya.

Janette@Janette's Sage said... will be fun!!! Just enjoy!!! Glad you could use the books..we are off and running with our school and baseball season!

Noel Giger said...

Just relax! She will learn more by accident in the loving and empowering atmosphere of home, than you could ever teach her on purpose!

Let Alyssa "teach" Analeigh the lessons she's just learned, a verbal/kinetic learner needs to repeat what they've learned to reinforce it - teaching others is a great way to do this!

Bethany said...

YAY! Good luck! I hope the first two days have gone well. I'm sure it will be wonderful for your daughter to have such focused attention and one-on-one teaching. :)

Thanks for checking on me! I am doing really well. I'll be 24 weeks Thursday, and so far everything looks good. I feel really good, and I will start fetal fibronectin tests this week, so I'll be updating with the results, hopefully good ones!! :)

Enjoy your first week!!!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a kind, heartfelt post!

Friend...know that I'll be praying for you! For your children..and this new season of your life. The classroom area looks FAB..and I know the Lord will use you in AMAZING ways as you teach your children.

Remember....'i can do ALL things through Christ whom strengths me.'

Love ya,

Trisha said...

How wonderful! May God richly bless you on this new journey. You'll never regret these precious moments with your children. BTW, your header picture is beautiful!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

You made your first week!!! Congrads