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Does Your Home School Need a Fresh Start for the New Year?

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Revisiting Some Archived Articles that Have Not Been Lost, but May Have Been Forgotten and Are Worth a Fresh Read

 

“Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.” This proverb is quoted by Miss Stacy in the movie version of Anne of Green Gables. I often repeat it to my children. At the start of this new year, I am thinking of painting it over the doorway to our home or maybe screen printing it on a t-shirt or perhaps tattooing it on my forehead. It is ever present in my mind because this fall has been a difficult one for our home school. There have been no earth-shattering tragedies in our home, but we have struggled to find a peaceful rhythm to our days. The pace of our lives has been too frantic and stressful. We have not found enough time to fellowship with one another.

 

So, as we approach the new year, I am grateful for fresh tomorrows with no mistakes in them (yet). I am thankful that God promises me new mercies each morning:

A Day in the Life of the Watsons

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Raise your hand if every day is homeschooling utopia with your family. No? No hands raised? None here either!

 

One of my most favorite things about my group of friends is no matter what kind of day I have had with my children, if I tell my friends, at least one of them can relate. Good? Yes, they are all cheering me on and sharing their highlights. Bad? Yes, they are empathizing, encouraging, and helping me laugh about it. Friends are great like that, are they not? During this school year, some of my friends have agreed to share a peek into their homeschooling days with all of us. As part of my Take A Look tour, one mom per month will share “A Day In The Life”—the good, the bad, and/or the ugly! I hope you find the generosity and openness of these moms relatable and refreshing. If you look closely, I bet you will see a little of your story there, too.

 

To kick things off, here’s a typical day for us:

New Beginnings

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Nancy Casari Dayton graduated from Pennsylvania State University and earned a Ca
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In Luke, Jesus helps us understand God’s priorities for our lives when He speaks to Martha: “. . . Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked: ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’”

 

“‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’ ” Luke 10:40-41 (NIV)

 

The holiday break is over. I am not sure how I feel about that. The kids and I really enjoyed our break from our regular routine of schoolwork and activities. We spent quality time with family and friends. We cooked and ate a lot of fantastic food. The music, lights, and decorations of the season were delightful. Now it is all put away for next year; Christmas is only eleven months away!

 

We are back in what my husband calls “ordinary time.” He is thrilled! I am ambivalent.

 

The holidays were wonderful! I feel rested. Still . . . there is some vague sense of pressure and unpleasantness gnawing at me. Do you feel it? Does it sound familiar? What does it mean?


Does Your Home School Need a Fresh Start for the New Year?

Posted by Jennifer Courtney
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on Monday, 07 January 2013
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“Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.” This proverb is quoted by Miss Stacy in the movie version of Anne of Green Gables. I often repeat it to my children. At the start of this new year, I am thinking of painting it over the doorway to our home or maybe screen printing it on a T-shirt or perhaps tattooing it on my forehead. It is ever present in my mind because this fall has been a difficult one for our home school. There have been no earth-shattering tragedies in our home, but we have struggled to find a peaceful rhythm to our days. The pace of our lives has been too frantic and stressful. We have not found enough time to fellowship with one another.

 

So, as we approach the new year, I am grateful for fresh tomorrows with no mistakes in them (yet). I am thankful that God promises me new mercies each morning:

 

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ (Lamentations 3:22-24)

 

Personality tests have labeled me as a firstborn, type A, driver. This means that I always struggle to wait for the Lord. It is too comfortable to seize the reins myself. After all, there is so much to do every day. Surely I had better get started crafting each day according to my plans and ideals.

 

The Joy of Foundations

Posted by Courtney Sanford
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Courtney Sanford has been home schooling with Classical Conversations since 2005
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on Monday, 06 August 2012
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One of the benefits of using the classical model of education is that it is the most efficient way to educate. That is because we are following the nature of a child: the model that follows God’s design. Read through Proverbs and you will see these three words over and over: knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Knowledge and understanding are foundational, the Proverbs proclaim, for wisdom which is the goal of education. Modern education models often skip to the final stage and emphasize creative output at age 6, and then deal only with grammar level knowledge in many subjects at age 17. (That was my personal experience anyway.) That will lead to frustrated young children and bored teenagers because their brains are not wired to do those things at those stages. If you understand and follow the model, learning will be joyful.


Getting Started Homeschooling: Scheduling

Posted by Jennifer Courtney
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Jennifer Courtney has been home educating since 2004. In addition, she serves as
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In previous articles, we have looked at choosing your curriculum and methodology and organizing your school room.  Now we can consider how to organize your day.  As a state manager and practicum speaker for Classical Conversations, I have been repeatedly asked to provide a schedule and to address the issue of organizing a typical day at home.  Like all homeschooling families, I have tried a number of schedules and routines.  This year, with a two-year-old running around the house, we have adjusted yet again.   Here are the things which make the day-to-day easier.


    Planning for the year ahead. Each summer, my husband gives me a precious gift.  He takes the children somewhere fun like the zoo or the science museum and leaves me alone in a quiet house to plan for the school year ahead.  During my “planning retreat,” I organize each child’s books and supplies into their file box for the year (for more details, see my article on organizing the schoolroom). 

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