A new school year

As many people are facing new uncertainties because of the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever are considering homeschooling this year. Our local schools are requiring students to wear masks in the common areas of the school, but not in the classroom. Even so, just two days into the school year, one of the elementary classes is in quarantine after exposure. 

I can’t imagine what those families are going through. We are largely unaffected by the changes in most aspects of our daily life and homeschooling is not affected by them at all. I’m so thankful that we made the decision long ago to homeschool our children.

We started back to school at the end of July after a short summer break. I hadn’t planned a long break because two of the boys tend to lose skills over extended breaks. Plus, they all benefit from having more routine and structure to their days–and so do I.

So, what do you do when you are homeschooling a seventh grader and two kids who fall somewhere between kindergarten and third grade for most of their learning? Well, you do what works best for your family and your kids, but this is what I’m hoping to do this year:

  1. For Micah, who is in seventh grade and works well independently, I want him to gain more independence with keeping track of his assignments. He has been doing this for a couple of years with math, but I’m giving him a lot more responsibility this year. He will keep track of all of his assignments and I will check on them weekly.
  2. For Mark, I want him to master single digit addition, read more fluently, and slow down and pay attention to what he is doing instead of rushing to get it done. Goals with Mark are harder to quantify because like most kids with Fragile X Syndrome, what he is able to express is usually only a small portion of what he understands. I just have to assess what I see as his overall progress in less measurable terms.
  3. For Max, my goals are a bit different. He was already two grades behind in public school when we adopted him, but realistically he was much further behind in terms of math and reading skills. He also has focus issues and hates schoolwork. My goals for him this year are to master addition and subtraction facts up to 20 and progress through second grade math, and for him to do his best work without arguing or complaining.


Of course these areas are not the only things we will work on, but they are the goals that I see as the most important for the start of this year.

It’s been a while

It’s been a long time since my last blog post. I didn’t really have a particular reason to stop writing. I guess as I finished up projects around the house, things became more mundane and routine and I didn’t find as much to write about. After a while, I simply got out of the habit. I would periodically think, “I should work on my blog.” But how do you start back after so long?

It’s ironic that my last post before this unplanned sabbatical was entitled “New additions,” since the biggest change to our lives in the last four years is a new addition. In 2017, we became foster parents (yet another reason I didn’t keep up with blogging). Suffice it to say that there is a lot that I cannot talk about from that time, because of privacy issues, but over the course of three years we had a number of children come into our home for various amounts of time. I like to think that our home was a safe haven for them,  a place where they were loved even if they couldn’t stay.

But one of them did stay.

Last December, Max officially became part of our family when we adopted him. He’s ten now and like most boys his age, he loves to play outside. He’s bright and talkative and always on the go.

So our newest addition has been the best! We are so thankful that God has chosen us to be his family!