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Introducing Us Part One: Meet Hayden

I’ve just recently begun blogging about the happenings in our household. What better way to jump right in than with introductions? This is the first of what will be a five-part series. I’ll go through and introduce each one of my sweet children, and what a day looks like for them.

Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their lives.
(Proverbs 22:6)

Meet my sweet first born, Hayden: Lover of Pokemon cards, nature, video games, Netflix, and Lego’s. He’s an outgoing boy who has the heart for learning, and the natural inclination to always do what’s right, and to be only himself. When he’s interested in a subject, he jumps in with both feet and will scour every book, website, and person to learn all he can. When met with something he deems uninteresting, well, good luck.

Everyday is different. I feel like this needs to be said, right off the bat. When we first began homeschooling it was only Hayden that was required to study. We did a “school-detox” for a few weeks to get out of school related habits like asking to use the bathroom, assuming everything needed to be done at a desk, and other things that are necessary for a class full of children, but not so much at home. We eased back into school with a very organic style of learning. This worked well (really well, actually),  but as a new homeschooling mom, I was forever worried he wasn’t getting everything he needed. I had to make sure he was keeping up, right? So, we quickly switched to an all inclusive curriculum.

Hayden thrived the first year while we used the parent-led “boxed” curriculum. For first grade we switched to the DVD led option through the same online Academy. He enjoyed this and did well.

In August of 2016, we continued on to 2nd grade with the DVD led option again. After the first month of what seemed like more repetition (which was the same in first grade) and consistently angry school days, Hayden and I were beat. This, coupled with the birth of my youngest, and a few months of illness pushed me into action. I WAS THE TEACHER! We didn’t have to continue with something that just wasn’t right for our family. After a break from the DVD’s and a whole lot of prayer, I boxed up the dvds. We wouldn’t need them.

The peace has started to come back into our home, and Hayden’s love for learning has returned. He wants to learn about subjects, not memorize facts. Homeschooling makes that a reality for him.

We currently still use the workbooks from the curriculum, but we no longer follow the guide or use the DVD’s, and as he finishes up those books, we’ll begin to find other things what work better for his style of learning. We skip things that I feel don’t need to be repeated and spend extra time digging into things that don’t come quickly. Hayden’s day is an eclectic mix of learning. Some days we spend learning about one particular subject he woke up wanting to know more about. Other days he does pages from the workbooks and not much else. We spend a lot of time exploring our land, at parks, and doing art and science projects.

I’m so glad The Lord put homeschooling on my heart, so I’m able to spend time learning with Hayden each day. It’s a joy to see things “click,” and to see his excitement to learn when he’s found a new subject to explore.

Psalms 127:3

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb a reward.

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Where It All Began

I’m so glad you’re here! Sharing our story, and our daily life has been on my heart for a while. Our house is messy, small, and LOUD. I know there has to be someone out there experiencing real life like us and I want to be your friend.  Solidarity, Sister!

We live in central Texas in a tiny town on 50 acres. I moved here from Austin with my family in my last two years of high school. My husband was born here, and never wanted to leave- so here we are enjoying the quiet of our small town.

Our homeschool journey started pretty abruptly. I was intrigued by the idea of homeschooling when I became friends with a wonderful woman in our church. I began praying for answers while also trying to get my husband just as interested as I was. Hayden, our oldest, was going on his second year in school. It was an everyday struggle to get him out the door. Kicking, screaming, and, fighting. Every. Morning. Y’all. My mild-mannered, smart boy was worn out and fed up with school only two years in.

This particular morning he and Ella (our six-year-old who was attending Pre-K) missed the bus… again. My husband was loading them in his single cab truck to get them to town before they were late. As I watched him drive away with a screaming Hayden and a wide-eyed Ella, I thought, surely, there must be a better way.

The Lord heard me. Herman reversed up the driveway, and a bleeding Hayden jumped out of the truck. In an attempt to prevent Hayden from jumping ship (you read that right; he was gonna jump out of the truck!), Herman somehow ended up elbowing him in the nose. That was it. We were done. That was the last time they loaded into a vehicle to beat the bell.

A heartbroken daddy cleaned up his boy and apologized. As Herman was rushing out the door, I informed him I was going to pull the kids from school that day. He trusts my decisions, but at that point, he still wasn’t sure. It didn’t take long for him to come to the conclusion that every family has their own rhythm, and this was ours.

Fast forward to today: we’re still here; killin’ it!

Homeschooling is an adventure I never imagined I would be living, let alone loving. We have good days, and bad. It’s all part of the balance The Lord gives to our lives. If I had to choose one thing I want our children to remember from our homeschooling experience it would be the love and grace God has given and continues to provide, to our family as we walk through each day of learning. We never know what the next day will hold, but The Lord is our guide.

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.”                            Ecclesiastes 7:14

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Hey, we’re Schoolin’ Reyes!

I’m Kandace, the mama behind Schoolin’ Reyes. When I’m not sweeping for the 16th time, loading the dishwasher with dishes from the latest meal, or changing diapers, I spend my time homeschooling the kids.  Our journey started after a lot of prayer, and even more faith. We’re now taking it day by day with an eclectic mix of learning styles. I love coffee, classic books, simple sewing, crochet, and participating in the Children’s Ministry at our church.

My husband, Herman, and I were teenage parents who’ve made plenty of mistakes but are now saved by the grace of The Lord. We’ve turned our struggle into a vital part of our testimony, and now live to serve Christ. We’re intent on showing others like us your past does not have to define your future.

This is the place I’ll share our struggles, our success, and our everyday life. I’m glad you’re here to share it with me.