Friday, June 10, 2011

Homeschooling, things are changing!

 I usually order our curriculum in February or March  for the next year. This time God told me to wait. He had other plans about what we would be doing next year.

He made a way for my friend and I to go to the once a year homeschool convention. I have never been and was excited to see what it was all about. I assumed that God was having me go so I could see what He was calling us to next year.  That was only part of His plan.

Jenny and I at the convention (Gaylord Palms)

The Tuesday before we left God had called us to Classical Conversations. Before I knew it everything was starting to change. Our homeschooling and our curriculum was working for us. We had a great year. The kids even tested high, but God didn't think so.

The more the hubby and I prayed and learned about Classical teaching the more we fell in love. The more we knew this is exactly where our family needs to be. God has even called me to be a tutor for Classical conversations next year. Talk about taking me out of my comfort zone.

I have met and been to a training session with the women I will be working along side. I loved seeing the Lords hand in all of it. I will not only be working and praying alongside women I have never met, but also my dear friend I have known for over 7 years (she has seen it all with me) and another women who I greatly admire and who I met when the Lord first called us to homeschooling. These women are truly humble servants of the Lord and want nothing more then to Glorify God.  I am honored to come alongside all of  these ladies and to serve the Lord together.

These are just some of the women. Thanks Mary for the pic.

Though I am excited, I am also nervous. Like I said, God is really calling me out of my comfort zone and is changing my whole way of teaching. I really believe this will benefit our whole family. I also know that I am not going to be able to do all that God is asking if I am not making my quiet time with Him a priority everyday!

When I was at the convention I heard a speaker by the name of Bev Bradley. I went to two of her sessions. One of them was about "10 things I wish I would have done differently." I wrote them down and thought I would share.

1. Spend more time with the principal.
    -Don't take on to much
    - Encourage him in what God is calling him to do

2. Do not compare yourself to other people or their kids.

3. Have more fun!

4. Have a daily time of rest for everyone.

5.Ask your kids more questions.
    -How can you pray for them (no matter their age)
6.Enjoy the things that they enjoy.
7.Do a lot less paperwork

8.Seek the Lord, serve Him!

9. Poor into them what God wants them to become not what you want them to become.

10. It can not be about you.

School is out for us right now. I never finished all I wanted to get done this year, but that is the beauty of homeschooling :)


  1. Hey Melissa, I just found your blog by looking for people who listed similar interest as my own blog (in this case, missions and adoption!)I'm glad to have found it.

    Its awesome when God works on our hearts to slowly reveal things in his perfect timing. :) Do you take a break from homeschooling during the summer or are you going to start this classical education right away?

  2. We always take a little break. About a month and then slowly get back into it. When we start it, I will be starting Classical right away. I actually still do work with them, but they don't know that.
    For example: I am having my two oldest read the book Mr. Popper's Penguins and then I will take them to see the movie and have them compare and contrast the differences and what they liked better (book,movie) and why.

    It's nice to "meet" you!

  3. just found your blog on the OH side bar. We are fundraising through OH too and we homeschool so your post title caught my eye. Excited to be following your journey:)