The Importance of Friendship and Support

As I went through a small homeschool and personal crisis, I was incredibly blessed to have some very good friends to support me. They prayed with me, cried with me, and cared for me. I can’t tell how much that can help you through some of life’s rough spots.

When you homeschool, you are essentially, at times, an island unto yourself. It can get a bit overwhelming and discouraging when you are faced with daunting task after task; day after day after day. However, for me it has been the friendship of more experienced homeschoolers that has made the difference in my life.

Just the other day, I was at a very dear friend’s house until 6am just talking and praying in agreement. What a wonderful way to start the new year! I also have wonderful friends at my coop. We chit chat and share our experiences. This time of fellowship alone has saved me from so many mistakes and kept me pointed in the right direction when I started to drift. I am also apart of a daytime bible study called CBS. These women are prayer warriors! I thank God for them because they are truly blessing my life in a profound way.

If you are a homeschooler, who has not had an opportunity to fellowship with other like-minded homeschoolers. I encourage to open your heart and embrace a new friend. You might be just what she and you needed!


Transcript Boot Camp Coming to Williamsburg!

Transcript Boot Camp on DVD
A Special Training Seminar for Parents of Home-Educated High Students!

Now you can attend Transcript Boot Camp here in Williamsburg! Get your teens involved, and learn how to produce credible, professional high school transcripts that will be respected.

The class has a $6 suggested donation per family for the entire series- dads, grandparents, everyone in your family is welcome to come! Classes will be held at the Williamsburg Christian Church in their sanctuary, starting at 11 am., and are scheduled to be 1 hour long.

Session 1, September 8th — Diplomas, Accreditation, Graduation, Forms & Format, Academic History

Session 2, September 15th — Grades, Carnegie Units, Textbook Equivalency & Time Logs

Section 3, September 22nd — Curriculum Tips, Class Rank, Grade Point Average & Weighted Grades

Session 4, September 29th — Extracurricular Activities, Test Scores, Privileged Information, Vital Attachments, Portfolios & Resumes

Children will need to be supervised. We are opening up our classes to participants of this event. If you need child care for your child, you can choose the Montessori class for the youngest ones or art for elementary students- standard class fees apply. Preregistration for those classes is essential. Middle school and high school students should watch the tapes with you or work quietly by themselves.
Click this link to find more about Transcript bootcamp and it’s creator.

You can sign up in the calendar section of this group- For your convenience, You can even pay by paypal after signing up!

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Getting Organized…

Well, at this point in the year, I really begin thinking about how I will organize my upcoming homeschool year. I ordered Managers of Their Homes, and I am devouring Teri’s great advice on scheduling for the homeschool family. I also had the good fortune to stumble upon Sue Patrick’s Workbox system and now I’m really trying to figure out how I can combine Teri’s schedule and Sue’s workbox to make something perfect for me.
What I like about Teri’s scheduling is that I can see just how much I have to get done in a glance, and my kids are not constantly asking me what comes next; they can see for themselves and work independently. I love that she schedules in time for the kids to play with each other and personal time for herself (what’s that?). I don’t like the finality of the Maxwell schedule however. Maybe I won’t FEEL like Math at 9am on Tuesday? Maybe, just once, I’d rather do English with my 10yr old at 9am on Tuesday. Then what?
Which brings me to what I like about the Workbox system. I love the “neat-i-ness” of it. The neat clear boxes on the “neat” rolling cart, your child just goes from box to box during the day until they have completed all 12 boxes. Yes, 12 boxes! Each child must have 12 clear boxes on a rolling cart containing the day’s lessons and activities, including boxes that allow for games and enrichment activities that always seem to slip through the cracks during normal school days. I love that the kids “check-in” to school each day via “neat” little paper pockets and laminated “school cards”. Nice. What I don’t like is that with 3 children that means I’d have to have 3 rolling carts with a total of 36 of those little boxes! Please… I barely have room for the kids in my school room.
So now, here’s what I’m thinking will work best for me, perhaps a book shelf with 4 clear containers for each child.
container 1 (daily work for home – English, math, music, etc), container 2 (Co-op Work- work that must be completed for our weekly coop- science, rhetoric, spanish,etc), container 3 (CBS – work that must be completed for weekly bible study), and container 4 (Enrichment Activities and Games). Next, I will have a schedule that allots time for School+a box number only but doesn’t assign a particular subject at a particular time – when a child sees “School” and a box number on their schedule they will know to go to their assigned box/container and pull out their assignments for the day and do them in the order that pleases them.
Okay, I’ll post pictures when I get this all set-up. What do you all think? Genius or disaster?