- Josiah calling the video we checked out from the library “Maggie and the Roast Beef” (Ferocious Beast).
- Jonathan inner-tubing for the first time at the lake Tuesday.
- Josiah inner-tubing for the first time (with Daddy, of course).
- Mommy driving the boat for the first time so Daddy could inner-tube with Josiah. I don’t think I did too badly, until the other boat came out on the lake and I (slightly) panicked. I think I scared them — they quickly headed over to an adjoining lake.
- Attending the Chamber of Commerce luncheon and making contacts with (possible) jobs for Kevin’s business.
- Meeting a cyber-friend in “real life” at the park. Lisa and I had a great conversation, without any “I’ve never met you before” awkwardness. I didn’t realize that she is on staff for The Old Schoolhouse magazine! She gave me a free issue, and I’m in the process of talking hubby into a subscription. Her daughters are delightful girls and my Natalie and her Michaela seemed to hit it off. They will possibly be camping at the lake with us next weekend. New friends are such blessings!
- Attending the library’s Medieval Fair. For a small-town library, they did a nice job. There were wonderful stories, a juggler, and crafts. The kids made coats of arms, finger-dragons, crowns (for the boys) and circlets (for the girls) and had a blast.
I’m not sure yet what our weekend will entail. Natalie is off for a sleepover with Grandmama and Papa, and Kevin is thinking about taking the boys fishing tomorrow — which would mean a “free day” for Mommy. I’m trying not to talk him into anything, but I have my fingers crossed.
I have been reading on many blogs of excitement and anticipation for the new homeschool year. (For those of us who take the summer off, anyway.) As I read, I’ve been pushing down a bit of panic at my own unpreparedness. It’s not that I don’t want to be prepared. But finances have been a major issue in our lives this year and so far our curriculum account (meaning an envelope in our dresser drawer) is empty.
We’ve been here before. Last year, God provided a computer job for Kevin that lasted several days and paid for all of our curriculum needs. I know He is capable of doing that again this year. I also know I am capable of getting by with less purchased materials and more library materials. In the meantime, my trust is being tested.
I recently heard of a program in our area for homeschooling families. It is through the public school system, which initially made me hesitate. The kids meet together for three hours a week of group activities: science experiments, music, art, etc. The parents are required to draw up a learning plan and keep track of hours homeschooled — which I do anyway. The school system then sets up a student account with an amount of money that can be used for curriculum, athletic programs, art and music lessons — anything that is considered academic. My first question to the coordinator was, “Can I use Christian curriculum?” She responded by telling me that our superintendent who oversees the project is very pro-homeschooling. Imagine, a public school superintendent! Because any curriculum I purchase would be used for my children only, I can use anything I want. As far as I can tell, these are the only regulations. I will know more if my name comes up on the waiting list and I receive the enrollment materials. I figure it doesn’t hurt to check it out. Even if we enroll and laws change to make it more restrictive, we can pull our children out.
I am praying that this isn’t too good to be true, and that it works out. Natalie has wanted to take dance lessons for two years, but at $40 to $50 a month we haven’t been able to manage it. The boys would like to participate in tae kwon do, but for the older two, that’s another $80 a month. Noah would like to take drawing lessons. There are so many opportunities that we miss by being a one-income family with debt. (A small income, I might add.) I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining — we have learned much about God as provider and being content with what we have. We knew there would be certain sacrifices we would have to make for me to be at home with the kids and to homeschool them. But maybe this program is one way for God to provide for us. I don’t know yet, and the waiting is hard.
Are any of you involved in programs like this? Any opinions — pro or con? I’d love to hear of your experiences.
Time to think about cleaning the bathroom and preparing dinner. Have a great weekend, everyone!