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One of the most familiar Bible passages that you hear homeschool families say is Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (NIV)  Another passage that we should consider is Deuteronomy 11:19 which in speaking of our Faith and spiritual teachings says, “Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

For the homeschooling family, these words take on a new perspective. We see teaching moments throughout our day. As most parents already know, not all teaching comes from books. We share our knowledge and experiences with our children to instruct them.

Having a special needs child, I constantly see opportunities to not only teach but to do activities than provide physical or occupational therapies in the home environment.

Two weeks ago, we were homeschooling in the same manner as the previous year. It resembled a school at home atmosphere. Yes, the children learned but things are evolving this week. Soon, Pookie will be going to a new therapy center where he will receive PT, OT, and Speech therapies. The center is about 80 miles from our home. To do this, I am having to adjust our homeschool schedule. It means that we will be losing one day a week of instruction – or does it?

Last week, I tried something new. Pookie has a real struggle in doing schoolwork for more than 20 minutes at a time. By the last activity, he is very vocal, making crying sounds though not really crying. It his version of whining. He had had enough and was complaining in the only way he knew. He needs his boundaries stretched, to learn to do things he doesn’t want to do. Not many kids are eager to do schoolwork. He is no different. Yet, he does fuss if he does no schoolwork a that is now routine for him. By breaking up his day into smaller time segments he will manage the work better.

Little Miss is doing a heavier amount of notebooking this term. She is not a fast writer, so the assignments take her longer to complete. I looked over the lesson plan for the curriculum she is using and made a decision. We homeschool year round. I can easily stretch the assignments to lighten the weekly load, yet her still complete the full curriculum. Dovetailing some assignments that can easily be done together will lighten the schedule each day as well. She will still be doing 12 subjects a week, just not 12 subjects per day.

So far Little Miss and I are both enjoying the new routine. It takes more planning on my part but is worth it. She is enjoying her lessons much more. We are able to take more time with each one. She retains more information which will benefit her overall. One of my gripes about public schools is the pace at which they move. Often kids are given information at a rate that is more difficult to absorb. When test time comes, they have not retained the information as well as they should have. The routine we are setting up will help to avoid that problem.

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