I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


homeschool 101

So … how’s it going you want to know?  Well … in a few words, a lot more difficult than I’d anticipated {duh!}, but at the same time … my heart is happy.

Taylor officially started on her courses on Tuesday.  She’s doing a complete online {Christian} homeschooling program.  Everything she does is online.  Her tutorials, “books,” tests, quizzes, homework, writing assignments … they’re all done online and submitted directly online.  Seems easy enough, right?  I touted that I would “just be keeping her on task.”  Yeah.

Fortunately, there is a suggested planner-type thing that lays out her coursework for the quarter, but seriously, it’s a lot more than I anticipated making sure that we’re staying on course.  Taylor’s been great, though, at finishing her assignments and even working ahead to the next day.

I think the hardest part is that my time isn’t my time anymore.  In my mind, she would be doing her schoolwork and I would be doing my work.  Instead it goes a little something like this, “mom, I need help … mom, my printer isn’t working … mom, i don’t understand this … mom, what’s for lunch … mom, can you spend some time with me … mom, whatcha doing?”

But that’s the sacrifice I signed up for … and honestly … bring it on!

I found a great Christian homeschooling planner and the following popped out at me the other day {reasons why a mom chose to home school}:

Parents need not deprogram or reteach values the child hears for seven hours a day.
They have the child’s full attention at any time of the day and can give him full
attention; he is not absorbing two different value systems daily.

There were other things mentioned that speak to having all your children home and how the family unit bonds in that … makes me kinda wanna home school all the girls!  Anyway.  What I mention here is exactly why I’ve got Taylor at home with me.

She’s doing devotion daily {something that I’ve let slip with her}.  I was able to tell her yesterday how proud I am of her … “why?” she asked … and I was able to list out five things that made me proud.  She’s been riding during the day.  She applied for a volunteer position at a local pet store.  We’re able to have lunch together and talk.

I know there’s sacrifice involved … I knew that going in … and I know we’ve got lots of adjusting and figuring out our way … but ultimately, at this moment … my heart couldn’t be happier.  And I’ve got a strong feeling … hers either.

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9 Responses to “homeschool 101”

  1. christine says:

    i know Taylor will be as great as her mom! you’re too wonderful to be true, Tracie! God bless you & family!!! :)
    PS. Taylor is so darling!

  2. Dawn says:

    hooray! for two happy hearts. the beginning of anything is tough, isn’t it? the figuring it all out… especially the balance. i imagine that there is a lonliness in homeschooling… maybe not in the moment, but in the talking with friends later. but i hope she still feels her choice was the right one. and you, oh i get it. i cherish my time. the quiet. or the noise. my choice. but what a gift you are giving. and God will surely bless it and return it ten-fold. thinking of you & taylor today as i am home doing (some) of what needs to be done… and hoping that your day is a great one!

  3. toyin says:

    Great attitude to ahve for your daughter. God will give you the grace to be everything he is calling you to be.


  4. Wow! So cool. (her desk area and all) :) And, so cool to know all about her homeschooling experience so far. She’s such a beautiful girl and she looks JUST like you! I’m sure you hear that all the time. Blessings and I’m praying for her experience. You brought up some good points about HSing. I might have to use those……

  5. heather says:

    love the time you guys are getting together…hoping that the school year progresses into something even more fabulous than you imagined!

  6. Sue says:

    I’m so happy to hear the positives! Yay for you and Taylor!!

  7. If your heart is HAPPY you know you are doing something ultra SPECIAL and WONDERFUL!

  8. Stacey says:

    lunches are the best.
    so excited to hear more of how the year unfolds!

  9. KUDOS!!!! this is so totally worth it, especially based in all the prayer you’ve poured into it. and even just being able to have 5 things right off the bat for her that you’re proud of her for…that’s an awesome blessing right there. she needs that validation. she needs that one on one. she needs this connection with you. =) ::big hugs this week::

    “The Lord requires sacrifice, meaning something above and beyond the minimum. The Master spoke of the “second mile” and told us to go there (see Matthew 5:41). Why? Because he wants to bless us and he put all the blessings in the second mile.”
    -Hartman Rector, Jr.

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