Saturday, September 04, 2004

homeschooling for dummies

Now why hasn't that book come out? Hah! I think I'd be the perfect person to write that.

Anyway, I'm just asking for a little prayer here. On Tuesday I begin homeschooling all three of the Samson offspring. 9th, 5th and 2nd grade. I'm a little apprehensive, and well, here's the confessional part. I'm totally giving up a year for this and I'm a basically selfish person. Here I thought I'd be having a restful sabbatical from writing, and it's filled in with something even more time consuming. Well, God knows what I need better than I do. Pray I find joy in the sacrifice. Oh, and the ability to stick to a schedule.

thanks and grace to you,



Blogger Michele Hastings said...

Welcome to the club Lisa! I homeschool our two boys, ages 12 and 13.(And I think there IS a book called "Homeschooling for Dummies"!) I'm serious...look it up on google or in your library...I also wrote and self published a book about our own homeschooling journey called "The Homeschooling Trail...A Journey of Faith". You can check it out on my web site ('ve enjoyed reading your blogs and I'm enjoying writing my own. I appreciate your honesty. I'm selfish too...

September 4, 2004 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Michele Hastings said...

Hi Lisa. Welcome to the club! I homeschool our boys too, and I have from the get go. I think there is a book called Homeschooling for Dummies. Check into it! I recently wrote a book about our homeschooling journey called "The Homeschooling Trail...A Journey of Faith". You can check it out on my web site! I appreciate your honesty. I'm selfish too....

September 4, 2004 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Michele Hastings said...

Sorry about the two posts. I thought the first one didn't "take" because I received an error message when I tried to go back to your page. by the way, you're very brave to START homeschooling at grade 9. WHY, may I ask? (It'll be interesting to read your blogs about it...)

September 4, 2004 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Michele Hastings said...

P.S. Mine are talking about GOING to of them anyway....

September 4, 2004 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger sherri said...

I understand. We're starting our second full year of homeschooling--that's an accomplishment for me since I bailed out half way through three years ago, and put my two kids (now 6th & 3rd grade) in a private school.

The thoughts that usually keep me going are:
1. This too shall pass. I have less than a decade left of my kid's school days.
2. Homeschool can be hectic, but it's flexible. Hubby's a pastor, so we'd rarely have time at home as a family with traditional school since he's busy nights & weekends.
3. It's only a year?! We only commit to a year at a time--it helps, but I still have to make a daily commitment to keep going :-)
4. Relax... I'm a perfectionist and workaholic -- my kids are doing a great job teaching me to chill a little :-)

It's taken me these three years to finally be at peace where I'm at--but believe me, there are days when I want to flag down the yellow bus that comes by my house ;-)

September 4, 2004 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger lisa said...

Thanks Michele and Sherri for the encouragment. I really appreciate it. I'll definitely keep everyone posted and please, keep it comin'!

September 4, 2004 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger upwords said...


My prayers are with you. :) I think though it will turn out to be fun for you guys, uh, yeah, that's what I think... LOL No, seriously it will be. There will be those other days of course, those is-that-a-school-bus-can't-you-get-on kind, but they pass. I've got 8th, 5th, 2nd and K this year, plus the twins the baby and the dog. This is our sixth year and I'm still hoping I'll turn into some very serious with Birkenstocks, a jumper and a color-coded schedule that we actually follow (we have one, for decoration). Just do you thing, just like you write. Pick flowers, let your hips swing, read books and watch as they blow you away. Your kids are so smart as it is.

Throw some prayer my way if you think of it.

Mary G

September 4, 2004 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Angi said...

This is our 5th year homeschooling, my boys love it. ALl 5 of them. We range from 1st grade to 10th, so good luck. But most of all, have fun. Don't forget to take it easy, and don't put so much pressure on yourself. As the mom, I know I put a lot more pressure on myself than I do the boys.

September 4, 2004 at 9:28 PM  

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