Monday, October 25, 2010

Homeschool Update!

One a month Sarah, Emma and Ellie go to a class at a nearby wilderness center. It is specifically for homeschoolers. They are with the 8 and 9 yr olds. The class is a little above their current learning level but they seem to enjoy it. I think Sarah is able to catch onto some of it. They are learning so much just being there, even if it's not exactly what the teacher is teaching!
It also exposes our girls to other homeschool children. 

We have tried to do some of the coop classes but it just doesn't work out for us. An older adoptee does not fit in at grade level. It complicates it even more when they don't speak English. 

I love homeschooling them and we have the flexibility to focus on their individual needs.  It is actually hard for me to overly plan our schedule because our day is based on needs not on a schedule. I think this is one of the many huge perks of homeschooling older adoptees!

We were learning about dirt and worms! Sarah is sharing some worm poop with her friends! Isn't that nice of her!?!

I have had my ups and downs regarding homeschooling. At times I have been confused on where to start and which direction to go in? I have prayed and prayed for our little homeschool. That it would glorify God and we would travel this journey with HIM. I cannot do it without HIM.

Recently things have started going in the right direction. I am so thankful for that! I was really having an inner battle- should we keep on OR should we try traditional school? Answered prayer came just in time!! It is a joy to see them learn! I feel very blessed to spend the day with them!

We also talked about decomposers and producers! Personally, I found it incredibly interesting!!

The day was perfect! This fall has been so enjoyable this year! The weather is beginning to change but it is still much more mild than usual.

English is still coming slowly BUT it is coming! Ellie tries to speak English all the time during the day which usually results in the same conversation over and over again! There are also many mispronunciations which provide for a few hidden chuckles!
Sarah still makes a few mistakes, too! Yesterday it was very froggy out!
Emma saves her words and then will say a 3 word sentence! It kind of surprises us when she does that- she is quiet and then all of the sudden an English phrase pops out of her mouth! We love it!

Each child is so different and moves at a different pace. Emma and Ellie are understanding everything we say. They are counting to 10 (forward and backward) and can almost count to 20! The alphabet is going great they can say all the letters except N- instead it is M M O P Q! They are catching onto some of the sound! They are beginning simple addition, patterns, identify the one that is different and learning  the names the shapes and how to draw them. This is big progress!! No more blank stares- whew!!

In this pic we are seeing two mice decompose (ewwww)!

Emma decided to take a closer look at a leaf and Ellie she came over to hug her Momma instead of looking at the mouse! I don't blame them!

Feeling thankful!!
Feeling very thankful!! 


Difference2This1 said...

Sounds like you are getting lots of confirmation that what you are doing is working for your family!! Yeah!!! Blessings, Jennifer

Joy said...

Our Sarah says "M" for "N" too. :-)

Regarding homeschool, all three of my girls went off to public school this year and we are about to pull Sarah out. I'm sure I'll blog about it when it is all said and done. I am actually looking forward to having her home with me.

Holly said...

Hooray for homeschooling! I'm so glad you got the confirmation to keep on going! I know, I battle with that sometimes too. I think we all do!

Miller Moments said...

What a wonderful post! Even though my circumstances are different than yours, it is still encouraging to read about your homeschooling journey and know that God is showing you the way. I struggle with it all the time and am so glad when God grants me those moments when I am at peace with our decision.

Pam said...

Yay!!!! Sounds like things are going really well and you're seeing some progress! Glad you are receiving the confirmation you need to keep on keeping on!

Jo's Corner said...

I just Love your girls! I left a comment awhile back and I don't know if you ever read it, so I'm going to copy/paste here. I have a very special place in my heart for Emma and I just want to encourage your Mama heart! Hugs ~ Jo

I have read this post several times and I keep coming back to one sentence: "Expectations are low in all of them...". That makes me sad. I believe that we should have positive expectations for all of our children.
My 3 yr. old niece was in CICU after open heart surgery. She was not expected to live. That came from her doctors. When my sister called me, sobbing, to tell me this, I immediately said:

"Speak things that aren't, as though they ARE, until they ARE and they WILL BE"!

And, she was touched by that and began to speak Healing and Life into her baby girl until she WAS Alive and Awake and Full of Life!

So I encourage you to have great expectations for Miss Emma. Speak Healing over her life. Because, I see a very, very bright and intelligent young girl when I look at her face! And, I'll be joining you and will be Praying for her! It's so obvious to me through the photos, that she has changed so much since she came home!

Love, Love, Love all of your girls! Hugs ~ JO

Duchess of Lanier said...

Looks like the girls are happy and progressing, and what more could you want! How fortunate they are to have a mommy who guides them and nudges them along as they are ready!

Jean said...

Hi Jo-
I love your comment on my blog! Thank you so much!

YOu are so right! I think I wrote that during a time of major adjustment. Both hubby and I feel like Emma's progress is nothing short of a miracle! We feel so blessed to have been able to be with her during this time of her life and of our life! It has been an incredible transformation.

It is most definitely an "on our knees" experience!
She is so happy, so content and so peaceful- only God could have done this! What she has been able to learn in 3.5 short months has amazed us. Every time I say, well she can't do ... the next thing I know she can do it!!

Thank you Jesus!!

The Heald Family said...

Yea - we are learning about producers, consumers & decomposers too. Louisa is 9 and that seems to be the topic for homeschooling right now:) praying for you!

Sophie said...

Your such an amazing mom, when I visit your blog and read your posts I feel encouraged. I've been in a funk lately and am feeling like there's no way I can pull off homeschool, and that's just with my 1 youngest. I can't get her to sit still long enough to get her attention and have been thinking that maybe she would benefit better in a structured environment, but today I feel encouraged reading your post.

So happy God spoke to you and the girls are adjusting.

Sue said...

Wonderful post. Sometimes I feel like I am getting a taste of homeschooling with Erin, She came home with homework that I didn't even know on the top of my head. I do like that you guys have flexiablity to be able to do different things.

Janet and Kevin said...

What a great experience you get through the homeschool group. I do know what you mean about an adoptee not fitting in at their age/grade level though.

We had that with Elijah recently when we ventured out for picnic with homeschool families with preschool through second graders. Elijah's gross motor skills are not what others his age are, and one mom felt sorry for him that I wouldn't let him climb on the rocks with the other kids. Philip just climbed up like a monkey, but Elijah is not coordinated at all yet. This mom came over and tried to get Elijah to play in the dirt. Evidently she thought I wasn't giving him enough attention! I could have cheerfully given her a piece of my mind, but I refrained instead trying to explain how his motor skills are coming along.

Janet and gang

Karin said...

That is so great that things are going well. I think homeschooling is such an awesome thing. The flexibility is also fabulous. (We did it for two years--but then were led to put the kids back in school.) I wish God would give me the ability to homeschool again--but I try to be content with the way things are. SO happy that it's working for you!