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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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