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Candid Carter

We are back to homeschooling full board finally. Seems I have a rythym down with these 4 kids now and I am also finally feeling better (threw my back out again and the itch). You can go to his homeschool journal to see what he did today.

I’ve been trying to take more pictures of him and thought these turned out really cute…


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Gotta Brag


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Homeschooling Blog

Just thought I would share with all of you that I have started a blog for Carter to document our progress in Homeschooling. It’s pretty basic, but I wanted something to document some of his projects and such. If you’d care to visit you are welcome!

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Talked to the School

Thanks for all of your prayers. The meeting with the school went better than I could have ever expected. They were all very supportive and completely understood my position. They agreed that we were making the right decision as far as pulling him now during preschool to give this a shot vs. waiting until kindergarten. They offered to help however they could including setting a meeting with the kindergarten teacher so if we do decide to re-enroll him there next year, I will know what he needs to have learned in order to be ready.

I also talked to Carter. I was expecting him to have a negative reaction because he love school so much, but he is really excited. I was showing him some of the workbooks that we will be doing and he wanted to start right away. He has one day left at school and then we will starting.

For those homeschoolers that might be reading this…I came across a great resource the other day. It’s called The Master Planner. Here is a short description that is on their website… And what you also got over 160 forms to help your homeschool needs from organizing, recordkeeping, science labs, unit studies, high school transcripts, planning, and so much more. There is a downloadable version that you get immediately and you just reproduce the forums as needed. Normally, this costs $15, but for right now, the downloadable version is only And what you also got over 160 forms to help your homeschool needs from organizing, recordkeeping, science labs, unit studies, high school transcripts, planning, and so much more $5.

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Well we have made a decision!

After talking at more length with Mike tonight we have decided that we are going to homeschool Carter. We are going to begin as soon as possible. We decided to pull him out of preschool and start doing a preschool program with him at home. My reasoning for this is that if for whatever reason it doesn’t work out for us, it will be much easier to re-enroll him in preschool than it would to have him join a kindergarten class once it’s already started.

I’m pretty nervous about tomorrow because I’m going to talk to his school. I’m not sure if they require notice or not so he it’s possible that tomorrow could even be his last day. I really love all the staff there and I just don’t want them to think that it’s something they are the school did. We are just really feeling like this is something that at least deserves a chance.

I’m also a little nervous about Carter’s reaction to all of this. He absolutely loves school, but I’m hoping he can be excited about me being his teacher too!

If you think of me tomorrow, say a quick prayer that all will go well, both with Carter and the school.

By the way, I know this may seem like a hasty decision, but Mike and I have been discussing this over the last year off and on, but wanted to finally make a decision so I would have ample time to prepare for kindergarten.

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Considering Homeschool

I’ve had on my heart lately that homeschool might be a good way to educate Carter. Right now, he is going to preschool at the same Christian school that I grew up going to and I love it and I love the staff. My only objection is the cost. Really, for a private school, it’s not that expensive, but it’s still a lot of money. For kindergarten, we will end up paying about $250/mo. year round and it will go up another $30/$50/mo. after that and I won’t even go into the cost for high school! I do know that I do not want him to go to public school (Mike agrees with that whole heartedly). In my opinion, the public school district we are in, while not the worst, is certainly not an environment that I’d like him to spend most of his time in. Mike’s concern is that ever homeschooled kid he’s ever met was “weird”. I said that I felt the same way, but when I thought about it…those kids’ parents were weird too. (No offense to anyone who is homeschooling already.  Some of my very good friends now are homeschoolers. This is strictly in reference to children we knew growing up which was about 1 family each.) I said that I knew some families now who do it and are enjoying it and they aren’t “weird”. I said that we aren’t weird (well, we are, but we’re on the other end of the weirdness scale! ) and he agreed. He said that I should go ahead and look into it. My biggest concerns are not so much regarding Carter, but me. I’m afraid i won’t be able to do it and/or won’t be organized enough, but I’m still wanting to look at it and I think if I just get the right training (self-training that is) I think I just might be able to do it.

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