Term Two {homeschooling through hard times}

homeschooling through hard times - we need to be faithful in our charge to educate our children and yet a thorough education is so much more than just open book learning.I can just hear this long, deep sigh emitting from my oldest when I look at this picture – and that is how I feel.

Term two has been rough. homeschooling through hard times - we need to be faithful in our charge to educate our children and yet a thorough education is so much more than just open book learning.

Outside circumstances have been unpredictable and tossed us to and fro on the waves of uncertainty and we have learned to cling to the rock that is higher than us and stronger than our problems.

So much in these past eight weeks have been miserable and just buckling down and getting through. Yes, eight weeks. Our six week term turned in to an eight week one as we just plowed through as we were able.

It’s the beauty and handicap of home education – the weight of it all is on you, and sometimes rest is required in order to handle it at all. So over the past eight weeks a bit of a lighter load was distributed and we focused on joy and good attitudes and thanking the Lord for His provisions and just breathing.

And things are looking much brighter as we head into term three and no one is worse for the wear for having taken things at a much slower pace. In fact, I would venture to say we are better off for it. sweet and delightful living history books and nature booksWe read some delightful books this term through our Beautiful Feet History curriculum. It is perfect timing as we head into the Thanksgiving season – we started with Pocahontas by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire. Can I convince you that these masterpieces are worth having in your collection?! The art work is beautiful and the stories are captivating. We are so enjoying reading through them and saturating ourselves in their beauty.

(See the blow dart gun in the above image? That is my life. Blow dart guns accompany many outdoor school adventures.)the story of Pocahontas

From Pocahontas we moved to Jamestown,New World Adventures by James E. Knight which was another rich story (not quite the same compelling illustrations!) But written as a mother recollecting her father’s adventures and journal entries in the New World it is detailed and intriguing. enrichment activity for learning about early American history - a game played by native americans

 {a game we played – one that is said to have been played by the Native Americans and taught to the Pilgrims – see how to play the bowl game here.}

And from there we went to Pilgrim Stories by Margaret Pumphrey – I had never heard of this book before and, to be honest, it didn’t look like an exciting book. But wow! I was so wrong. This collection of stories about the Pilgrim’s adventures is excellent and the conclusion of each chapter had my kids asking for more and left me with a deeper appreciation and understanding over what the Pilgrims endured.  It is a great book to read leading up to Thanksgiving, and one I am going to be including in our Thanksgiving basket for years to come.lots and lots of tea to get us through homeschool

The guidebook for Early American History walked us through thought provoking questions and enrichment activities – and I added a bit extra in the form of a lapbook on Jamestown just because they enjoy such activities.

Copious amounts of tea were consumed over this past term (more on that coming soon! I want to share my favorite teas because through the month of December sweet friends have sent us some of their favorites and we will be trying a new type each day!) And really, through the past eight weeks we have worked on keeping things quiet and calm, despite the raging storms around us. We may not have plowed through books as we might have liked. I may not have kept up on the blog or accomplished as much on my to-do list. But hearts were nurtured where and when it was most needed, and hopefully term three will get us back on track and in a better routine.outdoor homeschool fun

(I have to laugh at how these eight weeks unraveled – our habit for term two was ‘regularity’ – oh did we struggle!! but more on the habit later … so behind on all things!)lego fun while listening to homeschool history stories Native American Crafts and skills - a great book with illustrationsA fun little find worth mentioning – it went quite nicely with our studies and the oldest has enjoyed reading through it. He has asked for a book on crafts that can be made from nature. I was hoping this would satisfy, but it isn’t quite what he had in mind – so the search continues! But, it was still an enjoyable browsing book for him.  homeschooling through hard times - we need to be faithful in our charge to educate our children and yet a thorough education is so much more than just open book learning.I am thankful for the Lord’s sweet provision and grace while homeschooling through hard times – we need to be faithful in our charge to educate our children and yet a thorough education is so much more than just open book learning. And the balance to be found can be hard. And maybe we leaned too much towards rest and taking things easy while homeschooling through hard times, but we can only do what we can do – and (I think!) we made it and things are looking up.

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5 Replies to “Term Two {homeschooling through hard times}

  1. Jessica,
    I am so in love with Beautiful Feet books. I have read just a few of them but I am looking forward to starting an official start next year with Early American History for Early Elementary. I was inspired by your binded books that you made for your boys! I will have a 3rd grade boy, 2nd grade girls twins and a 1st grade girl next year… any advise for me?

    1. Janelle – you will LOVE all of the books! They are so gentle and rich! A wonderful combination!
      I am so happy to answer any questions you might have, but really my advice would be to enjoy the journey. It’s not a race, and there is joy to be found in each day. There are trials enough in each day – but slowing down and enjoying time together reading or being out in nature, or snacks and games together are the moments worth pursuing and carving out in each day.

  2. I love that you recognized the need to slow down and actually followed through with that. Sometimes stepping back and slowing down can be the hardest thing but like you said in the comment above, it’s not a race!

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