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How We HomeSchool

this is how...

...we do it.

When HomeSchooling is mentioned various images may come to mind.  Different families approach HomeSchool in different ways, but we all have the same desire to see our children succeed.  Each HomeSchool’s operation may also vary due to the age and needs of the children.  Ours is very much interwoven with our community.

While much of our coursework is done in the convenience of our home, our children regularly benefit from being connected to the community around us, which enhances our HomeSchool experience.   In a way, you can say part of our HomeSchool experience is outsourced to community members who are more prepared to provide different portions of the education that our children need. This is done without diluting our HomeSchool way of life.

What home school looks like for us!

1)      In our home state of Florida, families desiring to home school must either register as a home education program with the local school district, or a private tutor, or a non-traditional private school.  We choose the latter.  Although, when we first began with CJ’s first grade year, we originally submitted a notice of intent to the district for home education.  The district required us to keep a contemporaneous log of academic activities performed for school and submit an annual evaluation.     In the second year we switched to the non-traditional private school umbrella and have remained to this present day.  We are registered under HomeLife Academy, which is classified as a non-traditional private school.   HLA provides an online account where we submit our education plan, receive student and teacher ID, and input our student’s grades.  It is our hub for school records.  We also have access to school counselors for advice to help us select curriculum as well as being a good sounding board for the issues that arise.   We also registered with Florida Parent Educator’s Association, which is our advocate for HomeSchool Families that help safeguard our legal right to HomeSchool.  They also provide an annual FPEA Convention which is full of resources.  Thousands of home schooling families attend.  See the video to get an idea.

Following The Map

2)      Off Campus:  Connection to my local church has provided additional resources that benefit my children and me.   Once a week I attend a women’s Bible class at my local church.  Infants and preschool children attend child care while school-age children, such as my 9 and 6 year olds participate in a mission’s class taught by volunteers who are members of the church. There, they learn about other cultures such China, India and Egypt , just to name a few.  They often create crafts that depict the culture of each country and they learn social responsibility and Christian values.   It is a great character builder for my boys as it allows them to see how other countries carry out their daily lives.
You can often find us off campus as well visiting one of the nature gardens in Orlando.  Sometimes we meet with other homeschool moms and children making it a group event.  Other off campus activities have included meet-ups organized by other homeschoolers, some of which I originally connected with online.  One of the most recent activity involved a “Back Stage Tour and Party” at a local Chick-Fil-A hosted by The Happy Housewife.

Safety First

Our Host, The Happy Housewife

The children were able to try out the new healthy children’s menu option and I got to try the chicken tortilla salad.  After that, we were able to tour the kitchen and learn about all that Chick-Fil-A goes through to prepare a meal.  The children were amazed to see how many fresh lemons it took to make their famous lemonade.  The food storage was very organized and the kitchen was clean.  The day ended with each child making their own soft serve ice-cream cone from the machine.

We made it ourselves!

One additional element of our off campus activity includes sports.  Upward is a nationally recognized organization that is the world’s largest sports league for children.  They offer leagues for Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer, and Cheerleading.  Our children only participate in UpwardSoccer, but it provides a great sport experience and healthy competition for them.   We also have one other amenity going for us and that is, access to an afterschool program once a week.  Since my husband serves as Director, we are able to visit there once a week.  While I volunteer as a mentor for a student, my sons get to socialize with some of the other students who attend the program.

3)      There are also members of the community that come to our home to deliver services to my HomeSchool.   I have some local friends who are state certified teachers who lend me their ear and expertise from time to time.  This helps me stay on track with our end result.  One of my best friends visits us every week to provide music lessons to my 9 year old.  My younger two are benefiting indirectly, but in the upcoming season we may have to pull them center stage and invest in them more.  For now, my oldest receives guitar lessons.  He can tune his guitar, play chords, notes and identify different parts of his instrument.  He just recently attended and played at his first recital.  I’m ecstatic!

1st Recital

I Did It!

There are many ways to embark on your HomeSchool journey and it is likely to change as you travel down the road.  I hope what I have shared will spark some ideas on how to personalize your HomeSchool and provide the best experience for your family.


Work Space Takes Work

Well, it’s the beginning of a new academic year for us and we recently decided to make improvements on our designated classroom space, which is a transformed carport, now called the Great Room.  The Great Room gives us enough space to house all of our classroom activity.  The only exception is on really hot Florida days and those rare moments when the weather has dropped significantly.  My husband, Mr.C. used cedar wood to enclose it with plenty of open screen windows and doors, which allows for plenty of air flow and natural light, perfect for these active boys.   In the past I have not posted many pictures of our classroom while we worked out the layout, but I’ll post more as we proceed now that I have it looking more the way I desire.

What I do to make it work.

Over the winter break we cleared the desks and freshened up a bit, putting a fresh coat of varnish on the wood desks and reading table as well as on the exterior.  Everyone was involved. Mr.C. also closed in some of the window space to eliminate the occasional overspray of rain drops that blew in from those gusterly winds. He even had me pick up the circular saw to cut a straight edge on the plywood that we’ll put as the underlayment behind the bookshelf  to be constructed behind my desk.  My sons got in on the action as well, helping their dad apply stain to the doors and on the tables you see below.  Having the right space for home school makes class time more respectable and structured for these boys and me.

Bringing back the shine.

A fresh look

CJ doing practical art work using a brush and stain.

Young boys can (and Do) put a lot of wear and tear on classroom items, so to have them involved in the process teaches them a lot about valuing what they have.  It also gives them a sense of appreciation and allows them another opportunity to once again
be the hero.
We have great expectations for the new 2012 school year as my 9yr old  begins fourth grade and the twins begin first grade.  Coming up soon, we’ll post samples of what we do in the Great Room maybe you’ll can get a feel for what our day is like.

2012 on the brain

We school Jan.-Dec. & LOVE it!!
We never break for more than 3 weeks at a time. Usually it’s 2.
But, the one time we took 5-6 weeks off even my hubby said “never again.”
It’s been tweaked a little over the years, but I’m REALLY excited to start.

Our 1st day of MunroePalms 2012 is January 10th.

This year we’ll do light days on Monday with Nature Study;
Tuesday is Bible Class for Mum & Missions Class for the boys, plus Music Lessons;
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday are the more “focused” academic days.

I’m now COMMITTED to more of a Charlotte Mason inspired flair with Short Lessons,
& we’ll be using a timer to help keep us focused. The boys & I

1-2-12 (one, two; one, two)

Mission:Possible 2012

Happy Birthday, JESUS

Officially OVER!!

Last Day of School for MunroePalms 2011!!!

We are Done 😀
I’m going to celebrate with a nap 😉
& let the boys watch a video

+ they are FINALLY going to let me show them one of my favourite childhood movies:

HhhhEeeeLlllPppp – HELP!!!

STILL can’t really decide if we should continue with American History or switch to World History.
I’m currently down to:

A Living History of World (Queen HomeSchool)
{which we could use for American or World History – 1/7}

Mystery of History (Bright Idea)
{which is World History – 1/4}

Genesis, Deuteronomy, & Ancient Egypt (Simply Charlotte Mason’s Module 1)
{which is World History – 1/7}

Any thoughts?


-TIA, Mrs. C.

There are only…………

10 HomeSchool days
left in 2011

which includes:
• Leu Gardens
• JESUS notebooks
• Presidents books
• Puzzles
• Maps
• Nature Journals
• Magnets &
• The Nutcracker

Discipleship Deliberation

ok. so. i’ve been reading these posts on tina’s page for a while and thought i’d try one. now, i had this put together from the beginning of november, but couldn’t post it. it’s a little late but i’m sharing it anyway.

Discipleship Deliberation

Discipleship Deliberation

The week in general ~
What a week! :-O
But, we made it through:
– Mr. C. out of town for work.
– Mrs. C. pouting & missing Mr.C. (Oh, yes I did. Not the best attitude but it was mine.)
– getting locked out of the car.
– therefore, being stranded in Sam’s parking lot for a few hours with the boys.
Uuuuugggghhh 😐
– Praise The Lord for AAA
– HomeSchool ministry Mother’s Meeting. **I look forward to these Every Month.

In our studies this week ~
CJ- Math:
Finished lofApples &
began lofButterflies
KC & KJ- Math:
Both finished their book on Subtraction
& began the next SmartAlec book

MrsC- Rearranged the family job chart,
which places more responsibility on the boys to help track their progress and earnings.

What needs some tweaking ~  
Decided to “simmer down” our lessons for the rest of the year.
We’ll focus on finishing the Bible & History lessons together from mfwADV.

My own discipleship ~
I have quite a few books I want to read; but “Oh! look at the time” 😉 lol
(in the voice of Archibald Asparagus, Veggie Tales)

Since a consistent focus is needed over here, I’m going to start over in “The Resolution for Women” ()

The best thing about the week ~
Mr. C. getting back!
*deep sigh*

Questions, comments, thoughts ~ 

— CJ is doing GREAT in his guitar lessons.

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