I can’t believe I am doing this again!
I had given away almost all of our books, keeping only those that we had loved the most. You know, to save for future grandkids.
I had cleared away most of our learning toys, keeping only those that were of the highest quality. Once again, to save for future grandkids.
I had told myself with each finished subject, “Well, that’s the last time I’ll ever teach that one!” And I did a little happy dance and breathed a sigh of relief. After all, while we’ve loved our homeschool life since 2002, it’s been good, hard work.
I wasn’t even a little bit sorry to put the Biology book away FOREVER. Goodbye, terms like cyclin-dependent kinase. I’ve read about you – out loud and with good intention- at least twelve times and I still don’t know what you are. Hmm, oh well. Bye! Goodbye! Bye-bye!!
These have been my thoughts ever since our youngest started his middle school grades three years ago. Finished with this! Almost done with that! Never have to teach those again!
And then God surprised us by providing a darling Bonus Boy for our family – one whose last name will soon become Coppinger. Our youngest son suddenly became a middle son. Four sons became five. (Currently, we are also fostering Boy #6.) I can assure you that if you didn’t see any of this coming, we most certainly didn’t either. Oh, but God knew. He’s been planning this all along.
I Can’t Believe We’re Doing this Again!
As we’ve settled him in and readjusted our family life, we talked about and prayed about sending this one, our Bonus Boy, to school. After all, I thought I was done. I had given away all the little kid school books. And well, I’m a little bit tired.
But God has made it clear after several months of prayer that while it would have been a fine option to let a public or private school educate our Bonus Boy, it will be better for his many needs if we teach him at home. And so, my friends, after being in high school and college teaching class mode for the past several years – I have found myself preparing to teach a kindergartener again!!
God has beautifully transformed my heart to make me want to do this. Praise Him, He has made me excited about it!
We will most certainly be working through our Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve and Learn Your Numbers, Learn to Serve books. We will use Sonlight Curriculum as a guide for the core subjects, just as we’ve done with our big boys for the past 17 years. And we’ll pick up all the other great teaching and learning options we come across that meet our family’s needs.
This week, I’m definitely taking advantage of the Build Your Bundle Homeschool Curriculum Sale.
I already picked up the Kindergarten Bundle and the Character Bundle. UPDATE!! I discovered a much better deal with this, scratched my original plan, and did this instead —->
Instead of getting the pre-packaged bundles, I am instead going through the list of all 180 books offered, picking all the ones that are right for us, AND!!!
The more we buy, the bigger discount we get!!
Here’s how it works:
- Click here and find this button:
2. Click on that, and you’ll see this:
3. Look through all the eBooks, memberships, and eCourses listed (there are 180)! Add all you want to the cart, knowing that at minimum, you’re going to get 75% off and at most, you could get 90% off!!!
4. Once your cart hits a $100 retail, you’ll suddenly see YOUR total jump down to $25! Keep adding, and that percentage off keeps growning. It is SWEET!!!! I just got a ton of books for so cheap!!
I love that I don’t have to find shelf space for these books! I’m simply storing them on my computer to download and print as needed. Perfect!
We’ll be reviving some of our old family homeschool traditions…
And beginning a few new ones, I’m sure.
Our God is a good God, full of surprises that He provides for in every way.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve been learning is to not make my own plans but to instead fully surrender to trusting God’s plans. We didn’t know we’d become foster parents. We didn’t know we would adopt. We didn’t know we’d start our homeschool journey all over again.
And we didn’t know that what would begin as a huge shock and surprise would turn out to be something that – difficult as some days have been – we couldn’t imagine life without.
It’s time for me to borrow or re-purchase many of the great resources we had used before and given away. Thinking about this makes me laugh every time! I just really, really had no idea that I would one day need all those books and manipulatives I so cheerfully passed on!!! Oh God, what a joy you are to give us gifts we would never expect!
We don’t know what tomorrow brings. God is beautifully and perfectly in charge. His plans for all of our tomorrow’s are set in motion, and we have the glorious privilege of walking in obedience with Him.
Please share: What has God surprised you with recently?
Homeschool Curriculum Question
If you homeschool, I would love to hear what you’ve used and loved through the years!?
Also, I encourage you to head over to the HUGE Build Your Bundle Homeschool Curriculum Sale going on this week only! There are hundreds of resources available at up to 92% off.
This sale is only offered once each year, and now’s the time! These are all digital and printable products, which is perfect to supplement your kids’ needs and school work options. And once you purchase, you can keep the files on your computer and print them for any and all of your kids for years to come!
So exciting! We are finishing up our 4th year homeschooling, and so far we have loved Math-U-See, Apologia for science, and Story of the World for history. And of course, Bob books for learning to read :)
Hello Laura. Your husband, sons and you are awesome! Dear bonus boy will have the security and peace to know that he is loved and yours. Dear, sweet baby is thriving so beautifully in your care. In our home we’re so happy to hear from you as you post. God will give you the energy to do this. You have five people that love you!
Our last is deep into high school/life learning. American history, Math U See, Dr. Wile’s science, spelling/language arts (essay), volunteering, helping in our business, tons of reading, baking/cooking, ukelele.
I admire you so much!
Congratulations! And, you have the gift of perspective this time around. ? I am homeschooling for the first time ever this year- my oldest is Kindergarten. We have both really loved The Good and the Beautiful for Math, and for phonics/reading: All About Reading. We did The Peaceful Preschool when he was 3-4yrs – I also been eyeing some of Jennifer Pepitos other curriculums for when my kiddos get older- like the Kind Kingdom- based on Narnia chronicles!
I can’t wait to hear how God is going to supply all that you need in the days and years ahead as you homeschool bonus boy after giving so much away. I have twice given away things (K-4, K-5 teacher). Each time the need I was giving to was greater than my own and I thought God was moving me on to something else. And then God would later put me back in the same kind of situation and supply more than I ever gave! We have an amazing God who delights in surprising us. Keep us informed on the blessings.
All I can say is “PRAISE GOD”!!!!! I’m so happy that you get the gift of doing this again! I’ve got “big adult kids (4)” now and a “young Kids (3)”!! Its so fun to do it all again!
Oh, this filled my heart! Thank you for sharing this!!
I have four littles (6,4,3,1.5) and have enjoyed My Father’s World, All About Reading, and Math-U-See. ?. Blessings!