Thursday, April 26, 2012

Homeschool Conference


Sarah and I went to the homeschool conference in our city. We had so much fun together!

She volunteer for one of the speakers!  I was so glad she was confident enough to do that! She did a great job!


She was able to look at her new books for the next school year!
It was so exciting!
Seriously- we are already looking forward to next school year!!


The best part of the day was when we met Sarah's teacher from last year!
We felt like we were meeting a celebrity!
Sarah does Abek* video streaming.
So she has an online teacher.
She has learned so so much!
We are very happy with the program- especially for her!
And especially for our busy family!

She is just finishing *2nd grade in June and will be in 3rd grade in August.


We left with many items and had so much fun together!

* Sarah came home at 8 yrs 9 months old. She did not know any english and did not like school in China. She was treated as many of the orphans are- hit and belittled in school. She was often hungry and afraid to ask questions. When given the opportunity she would stay home and care for the babies.

She came to us with no confidence in her learning ability and NO desire to learn. She was very good at faking that she knew the answer and cheating to obtain it.

She would sit for hours and pout and power struggle over her school work.

In time she learned to "love learning" and to not be embarrassed when she didn't know the answer. She has learned about Jesus, about his unconditional love and how much fun it is to learn. She is loving homeschool right now and we are so thrilled!

We school year around with breaks for holidays and off a month in the summer- July!

People often ask where do you begin when educating an older adopted child. 

For us, it was at the beginning.

You start at Pre-k and go as fast or slow as you need too!
They need the basics, they need the foundation from the early years.

I look forward to bringing more children to the homeschool conference when they are ready!


9 comments:

Lori said...

Love this post, Jean!!

What a fun day getting stoked for next year!

Karin said...

Catching up on your blog again. :) Sarah has blossomed so much! She is BEAUTIFUL! Loved seeing all the pictures of her. :) All of your kids are darling. :)

Rebecca said...

Ooooo....Love this post. Ashlyn (13) will be home this fall. I have had the same thoughts as you; start over basically. I'd love to pick your brain some more. Can you email me? rebecca@mattmckee.com
It also looks like you're using A Beka. How's that working?
Blessings,
Rebecca

Sarah said...

Hi Jean!

It was nice to see you guys at the conference- Sarah looked so happy to be there. My husband saw her volunteer in class- I knew from reading your blog that those are big steps for her! She's doing so great!

I enjoy following your blog and learn so much from your posts and the things you share. We have always had a desire to adopt and foster someday- so I'm soaking up all the wisdom and knowledge I can!

~Sarah H. (from WMHC a couple years back...I was the Art helper and Emily was in Sarah's class)

:)

Hanna said...

I smiled when I saw the first picture of the lady signing (this blog) because I am deaf and she must be an interpreter. Sarah is so beautiful with her forever smile.

Sue said...

It is so much fun watching how much Sarah has blossom over the short just over 4 years. You said it perfectly about where do you start with older children. Erin is 14 (15 next week) and only home for 19 months and she started at Kindergarten level, the past couple of months she is really understanding now. Get the foundation built and everything else will fall in place.

mary said...

I adore Sarah! She always looks so happy in all the pictures. What a treat for her to be able to spend fun time with mom.

Janet and Kevin said...

Love your hs conference pictures. I attended the Indiana one a couple of weeks ago and had so much fun.

Since our Sophia was older too when she came home (almost 8), and didn't come from much of an educational background, she needed to start at the beginning as well. It has been a struggle getting her to work a little faster and concentrate. We think she was never taught to have any kind of classroom behavior or thinking skills.

She is reading now! And she is working on working a little bit faster. I believe she would stay on the same thing the whole day if I didn't prod her a bit to move on!! :)

When Sophia gains a new skill, she is so proud of her accomplishments. Baby steps - but she is definitely moving in the right direction!!

I am so proud of Sarah. She is such an inspiration to me.


hugs,
janet and gang

Janet and Kevin said...

Love your hs conference pictures. I attended the Indiana one a couple of weeks ago and had so much fun.

Since our Sophia was older too when she came home (almost 8), and didn't come from much of an educational background, she needed to start at the beginning as well. It has been a struggle getting her to work a little faster and concentrate. We think she was never taught to have any kind of classroom behavior or thinking skills.

She is reading now! And she is working on working a little bit faster. I believe she would stay on the same thing the whole day if I didn't prod her a bit to move on!! :)

When Sophia gains a new skill, she is so proud of her accomplishments. Baby steps - but she is definitely moving in the right direction!!

I am so proud of Sarah. She is such an inspiration to me.


hugs,
janet and gang