Homeschooling the Early Years
Why We Homeschool
This was the early years of our homeschooling. We were a homeschooled family of three. We knew a lot of families in our church that homeschooled their children; and that influenced and inspired us to do the same. I came from the Philippines, I thought it would be hard for me to homeschool. But with a lot of research and investigating about how to homeschool. We discovered that there are a lot of curriculums out there that could help families with their homeschooling needs. The internet is also flooded with a lot of information that could help family to start homeschooling. Try as many curriculum as you can handle and stick to the one that you really like and enjoy both you and your children.
I would be sharing our personal experience on this wonderful world of homeschooling. May what I'll be sharing here will be of good help to those people who are looking forward to homeschool their children.
I love the freedom of choosing what curriculum to use for my daughter. I also was not ready for her to leave the house too early in the morning to catch the bus to school. In homeschooling, you own your time. You can start school on your pajama and just be free to take breaks if needed. Homeschooling is ideal when your kids are small and have a lot of friends around your neighborhood so that they can still have the opportunity to socialize. We only have one child, it was a blessing though, that she had a lot of friends her age that she can play after school. She needs kids to interact since she was the only child and homeschooled.
The reason why we homeschooled our daughter was to first instill to her our values and beliefs. To give her a good foundation and to educate her about life and God. We believe that our duty as a parent is to teach our child first and when it's time to send her to public school she would be ready.
In this page I will be focusing more on the things we did during our early years of homeschooling. Please take time to watch the videos of our early homeschooling years. It was not perfect, but to us it was exciting. I hope you will have time to spare viewing our early years of homeschool.
Our daily school starts with the singing of our National Anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer. Usually our first lesson is Bible Class and the reading and memorization of Bible verses.
Those were the days when our daughter's brain was just like a sponge, she can remember a lot of Bible verses. She seems to enjoy those videos we took during Bible class.
Bible Class - Early years
From the Bible...
"The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10)
I am so pleased that Abeka have phonics included in their curriculum. I came from the Philippines, and have an accent, that was a concern . Abeka Phonics lessons helps a lot! It made my job easy during those early years.
We were using a variety of curriculums when we started homeschooling. We decided to use Abeka because It is a traditional way to homeschool your child. My husband and I thought it was time to switch and we were very comfortable with it. We decided to venture to Abeka Academy video program because of some personal reasons. We had more time to do other things around the house. Our daughter favored this choice too. I made an article, "Homeschooling using a Video Program." I hope you can check this out too.
Update: January 10, 2020 - We decided to have a video program when we started having some health issues in 2011. It was a blessing Abeka Academy offered that type of curriculum. It was convenient and made our life more easier. We never regret we used the video program. It helped a lot since then.
My favorite homeschooling quote:
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
~ Albert Einstein
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© 2012 Lorna