So since I posted a couple days ago, I ventured into a "Mom's Night" with our new homeschool group and met six other local mamas. It was a diverse group of ladies -- all of us Christian homeschool moms -- but I had something in common with each of them. It was a pleasant evening getting to know a bit about each of them and just talking with some other female adults. A rare treat!
Speaking of meeting new friends, I wanted to share a link to a great blog post shared with me by a long-time friend of mine specifically encouraging us to keep our (social) circles broken so that we can allow the Lord to work in us through the relationships we find and build. Whether you are new to your community or have been there a long time, there is good counsel in this blog post for you.
I also wanted to follow up and just report that as a family, we have decided to start back to school on August 3rd this year instead of waiting until after Labor Day. We have picked the date because it's when S will be starting back to school herself. So the whole house will be in the educational mindset and we can support one another.
This schedule is about four weeks early, so I have promised the kids we will take some shorter breaks throughout the year when the weather is nicer and we can get out and do fun stuff. It's just so stinkin' hot in the summer here, no one wants to leave the air conditioned house. So we might as well be doing our school routine.
Most everyone has a good attitude about the change of plan for this year and for those who are struggling with the change, we are praying they see the fruit of our choice in the months to come.
Finally, I neglected to mention math. We are going to attempt to use Khan Academy this year. We used it for S when she was in high school, but it wasn't nearly as organized then. Back then, it was a list of educational videos and now it's a full-on curriculum online. They offer other subjects, but for now, we are just trying the math.
So that's what I've spent some time this week trying to figure out! Setting up student accounts and browsing through the lessons.
The ladies at the meeting had other great suggestions for math that I can check out if Khan Academy does not work for us. The benefit of using Khan is that it is completely free.
Okay, I think that's all that I needed to add for the moment. More on homeschooling to come as we jump into this next school year.