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Guest Post @ My Merry Messy Life. Day 21

I am so excited to be doing my very first guest post ever! Woohooo!!

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Sara at My Merry Messy Life has begun a series at her blog called Homeschooling Made Simple, a series of guest posts by other mom bloggers who homeschool. She is gathering information and ideas as she seriously considers the possibility of embarking on this exciting journey of homeschooling with her children.

I feel very privileged to share our homeschool experience with her and her readers. I am so thankful and I pray that our experience can be an encouragement to other folks!

So, my peeps, please join me over at My Merry Messy Life today and show Sara and me some love! And, if you are one of my wise and experienced homeschool friends, please do comment there and share your wisdom and experience with Sara too!

Thank you, Sara, for this great opportunity!

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Let’s hear it for Thursday! Day 8

Pretty much every Thursday, I say to Jacob, “I love Thursdays! It is my favorite day of the week!” And then Jacob says to me, “I know, you say that every week.” (It’s his favorite day too—only he doesn’t have to say so every week. I’m a verbal processor, what can I say??)

30 days of thankfulnessIt is my favorite day because on Thursdays we have our homeschool co-op. What a blessing the co-op has been to our family!! This year, Jacob is participating in 4 classes: Physics Lab, Spanish 2, Web Design and an English class, called Inklings, that complements our English curriculum at home. (The name of that class comes from the name that C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien gave their group of  friends who got together regularly to read and discuss literature and share their writings.)

Over 300 kids attend each Thursday with  a ton of class offerings of every type, from pre-school up through high school. It is a great ministry and support to homeschool families—and it has been such to our family. It has allowed Jacob to participate in a class setting on his own terms, with people who were willing to bring him in, understand his needs and try to make things work for him. And he has excelled.

He started with just one class his freshman year. A class called Building Big where he and a bunch of other boys who love building stuff, got together and constructed things like potato cannons, mongonals and pinewood derby cars. That one class allowed him to ease into a sometimes loud and chaotic classroom setting, which was something that was very difficult for him. He managed that beautifully and the next year he took two classes, then two classes his junior year, and now 4 this year.

The co-op has also given me an amazing opportunity to teach some of these great kids! Last year I taught one class, a middle school science class, and this year I teach that class and one more. And I love it! (Shout out to my Rainbow Science and Zoology peeps! Holllahhh!)

Jacob has come so, so far in the last 4 years. He started as a struggling kid, who could barely enter any place without having major anxiety and wearing earplugs because of the noise—and sometimes have to leave that place because it was just too overwhelming. Now, I can’t remember the last time he wore earplugs, he is taking 4 classes at the co-op, he is interacting with his peers, he keeps up with his own work for his classes  there and he is HAPPY. The child who used to say EVERY day how much he hated himself and how stupid he thought himself to be, never says that anymore. In fact, he has not said it in probably 3 years. He laughs more and he even went to a PARTY. He is doing things now that I could never begin to imagine him doing 4 years ago. It is so incredible! I will never, ever, ever, question or regret our decision to bring Jacob home. My only possible regret? That we waiting so long to bring him home.

I am so thankful that we can homeschool and for the amazing progress Jacob has made (Thank You, Lord!). I am so thankful for the wonderful, supportive group of homeschool peeps we have come to know over the last 4 years. I am so incredibly thankful for our awesome co-op. I am grateful for the opportunities it has offered Jacob and me. I am so appreciative of the people behind the scenes who make the co-op go.

Yes, I love Thursday, and everything that comes with it.

“We can get too easily bogged down in the academic part of homeschooling, a relatively minor part of the whole, which is to raise competent, caring, literate, happy people.”
― Diane Flynn Keith

{Linking up to the Almost Friday Thursday Blog Hop today at Satisfaction Through Christ}

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One thousand words a day

I have made the decision to write at least 3 times a week, even if I feel like I don’t have any “blog fodder”. I do so love when I have me some good blog fodder! But the only way to blog consistently, is to blog consistently, right?

Discipline.

Also known as “The Elusive Discipline”.

It is something which I feel is often in short supply at my house—not just in the writing area. But I am pretty sure that is blog fodder for another day…

I read recently that Jack London, author of The Call of the Wild, which Jacob and I just finished reading for school, committed to writing one thousand words a day. Every day, y’all! That, my friends, is commitment. Discipline. A determination to hone your craft. Now, I’m not saying I want to train Olympic-style to write the next great American novel, but I am saying, for the sake of my mental health, that committing to blog regularly is what Martha Stewart would call “a good thing.”

In other news, we are currently focused on getting through the  next day and a half. Emma’s last day of school is Friday, the 25th, and is also a half day. Unfortunately for Jacob, there is still work to be done. But I think we will be finished by mid-June, if we can stay on task. Which is questionable. Hm, the elusive discipline rears its ugly head. Again. Gotta work on that.

Not sure what this summer holds for us, but this I do know: there will be lots of water activities because no one in this house has any broken body parts! Can I get a WOOT WOOT?! We are having to work double time to make up for the Lost Summer of 2011. Plans are in the works for the beach, water park, surf camp, no surgeries and lots of walking around unassisted! And maybe running! Yes! Let there be running! So excited!

For me, there are also reading plans! I plan to finish HP Order of the Phoenix, which is currently half-finished. (I am trying to get through the series at the urging of my kids.) And then the plan is to move on to The Hobbit. Just to get in the Middle Earth mode, as Jacob and I are going to do a British Literature course next year based on the Lord of the Rings trilogy  in combination with some other goodies, like Frankenstein, Robinson Crusoe, Beowulf and Great Expectations. After that, I will be reading my Rainbow Science and Zoology textbooks and lesson planning to prepare for my co-op classes for next fall, as well as Jacob’s classes. So, I will feel really accomplished if all that happens! Methinks I better get crackin’!

Meanwhile, I am also hoping to get started on curbing my carb addiction and working out more…Time to really burn up that Zumba Wii game I got for Christmas! Oh! And work on my one thousand words a day. <wink>

Wish me luck!

“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.” ~Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune

“All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” ~Hebrews 12:11

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