Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My Big News

So I've been hinting that I have some big news. News that is going to change our lives here at Cotton-Top Hills. The huge, exciting news is that next year we will be homeschooling! Oh, it's such a relief to have that off my chest. We've been praying about it, discussing it, mulling it over now for the whole school year. Really, it's been on my mind since my children started school. Anyway, it has been a journey. I'm not sure where it is going to take us. Em, says she would like to go to high school, so for now we will just take it one year at a time. I figure God will guide us where we need to go.

I've been burying myself in research for curriculum, picking the brains of my friends, like my former neighbor Connie, and trying to get organized for next year. Really, it is exciting. I think I'm as ready as the kids to be done with this school year so we can move on. Having said that, I hope we stay in touch with all the dear friends we have made over the last two and a half years at Em and Soph's school. We've been blessed with some really special friends and I would be sad if we lost touch.

I'm also hoping to either add on to this blog or start a new blog about our homeschooling adventures. The girls would like to journal their thoughts and feelings about the change. We're all about keeping it real. I might even let them tell you what an ogre I can be when I'm trying to teach them about fractions or some such thing. I'd like to share each step with you all, because someone else out there might benefit from hearing our story. Just like my blogging friends who touch my life each day with their stories.

Anyway, I'm full of hope and excitement as we turn the pages on the next phase of our life. God is definitely at work here at Cotton-Top Hills! I can't wait to share it with you. Oh, and I'd be happy for any advice for those already homeschooling:)


Aimee said...

Yea!!! I'm glad to hear that, Kara! You will love homeschooling! If you have any questions feel free to ask. I'm trying to talk Nathan into writing his own blog, but so far, he is still resisting! I had another blog just about homeschooling, but I found I couldn't keep up with both so I just use the one blog for everything. I do have some homeschooling links on my blog and over this summer I'm going to try to add more homeschool stuff to it.

This is very exciting! I'm sure the whole family is going to enjoy it! (And Texas is a really good state to homeschool in!)

Jessica said...

I saw your comment on Terri Tiffany's blog so I hopped on over because I'm a stay at home mom too. My kids are four and under, but I've thought alot about homeschooling my son. My friends are homeschooling their kids but the thought of doing that, even for a kindergartener, is completely intimidating.
I'd love to read about your adventures. :-) My mom homeschooled us a little in middle school. It had its fun points. LOL

Natalie said...

Hi Kara,

For some homeschooling inspiration, I thought you would like this Mom's blog.




Pat's Place said...

Sounds like the beginning of a whole new adventure--a whole new book full of adventures??

Kara said...

Thanks everyone! Natalie I will check it out, thank you. And Jessica so glad you stopped by:) Aimee, I will pester you with questions for sure.

Terri Tiffany said...

Hi Kara,
Pat tells me you are a writer too. I see you are doing some articles for newspaper! Awesome! If I can help in anyway--let me know. Try going on some of the other writers that visit my blog--there are some really helpful ones.
I have another blog for my writers group here in Fla where I post opportunities for writing.

www.clermontchristianwritersgroup.blogspot.com or google Clermont christian writers group.

Thanks again and I hope to hear from you:)

Amy said...

Yaaay! Congratulations! I saw your comment a while back about this, but I was afraid to say anything until you announced. I'm so excited for you guys and can't wait to read all about it. So yes, please do give ALL the details! ;)

Sasha @ Cherished Moments said...

Wow, that is big news - congrats to you and Soph & Em, and no doubt you are all excited to get started!

Karen said...

I start homeschooling my 4-year-old this fall (K-4). I found a WONDERFUL book that really helps with curriculums and resources, etc. It's called "The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home." WONDERFUL educational philosophy, very practical suggestions, and lots of great resources listed.

Smockity Frocks said...

SOOOOOO excited for y'all!

I'm sending you an article I got in "Homeschooling Today" about beginning to homeschool and not getting too overwhelmed with advice.

(We use "The Well Trained Mind", too.)

Kara said...

Thank you Karen, I will get that book! Connie that would be great, I need to start getting that magazine I think!

Lisa said...

Congratulations on your decision to home school! I can't honestly say that I love EVERY moment of teaching my children at home, but I can't imagine a different way for us now. (And I DO love MOST moments!)