• Our Summer Homeschooling - Heartschooling Ideal Rhythm
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    Our Ideal Summer Heartschooling Rhythm

    If you have been here for any length of time you’ll probably already know that I am not big on schedules.

    I mean, I’ve created broad annual goals each year to avoid them and my mini planner is perfect for those with schedule avoidance. But I wanted to go a little deeper into my heartschooling plan for the summer.

    I actually think this is more than a schedule, I think it may be . . . dare I say . . . a routine.

    Me and routine, we have a love-hate history. I’m not a fan of her but I see the benefits of getting to know her so I’m slowly exposing myself to this idea of routine and honestly, the more I get to know her, the more I see her benefits.

    I don’t even know who I am any more.

    In the past my beef with routine has been this idea of monotony and the only routine that I had was to not have a routine. But in the past year I’ve gotten into a few good personal routines and I’ve come to realize how they can benefit my children and our days (even though I’m still not a big fan of the word – let’s officially call this a rhythm – that is a way better word).

    I am still waiting on a few resources to arrive but I think I have finished creating my ideal heartschooling rhythm for the summer and thought I would share it with you all.

     

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    Before we get into it, I guess I should back up a few steps and explain what heartschooling is.

    I’m sure someone else has used the term “heartschooling” before but I’m not drawing from anyone else’s words or ideas when it comes to this idea of heartschooling. It is something I feel like I need and want to do with my kids and the definition I came up with is as follows:

    HEARTSCHOOLING
    Heartschooling is teaching and reaching the hearts of our children so they can know the heart of God.
    This is done by spending time in God’s word, setting a gentle and loving example for them to follow and showing them how to love and forgive in their daily lives.

     

    With that bit of information, for the rest of the post I will share some ways I plan on going about this.

     

    Our Summer Homeschooling - Heartschooling Ideal Rhythm

     

    HABITS

    I think we need to start with this one even though it is not the most important item on this list. I am working on instilling some good habits in my children this summer and I really think a regular rhythm or routine will make this a lot easier. I am so out of my element in this area though, I would appreciate any advice.

    One thing that I am not a fan of are rewards charts/stickers/jars/etc. I know they work for some kids and families but not for ours, nor do I really care to make them work for us.

    That being said, I do think rewards can be motivating and my kids to get some screen time a couple days a week but only once the things I want them to get done are done. These days where they have this screen time the list gets done a lot quicker.

    I know the formation of habits will require consistency from me, something I am working on.

    Some of the habits I am currently trying to instill in them are things like: getting better at cleaning up after themselves, helping more before and after a meal, getting some of their chores out of the way in the morning, etc.

     

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    BIBLE & MEMORY VERSES

    This is one of those things that is really the most important but I struggle with doing consistently – with the kids that is, I am fine with studying the Bible on my own but for some reasons have a hard time sticking with Bible reading with the kids.

    I did mention in my original heartschooling post that we plan on going through Our 24 Family Ways, I ordered the book and it should arrive early next week. Each week we will be going over a different “way” – each of which include a memory verse so we will follow along with that.

    Currently we have been listening to the first week of the Same Page Podcast and memorizing those verses (the also have a passage from Shakespeare, a poem and some US president history in each episode).

    I’ve heard really good things about The Life and Faith Field Guide for Parents, the subtitle is: Help Your Kids Learn Practical Life Skills, Develop Essential Faith Habits, and Embrace a Biblical Worldview. I know there are chapters all about teaching children how to read the Bible based on their age and it seems like a really good resource. I hope to also grab this book soon and put some of what I read into action.

     

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    IMMERSE OURSELVES IN GOOD LITERATURE

    The last few months I feel like I’ve been even more intentional with making sure we are reading good books and listening to good audiobooks. I want my kids to be exposed to characters who love God and are willing to stand up for what they believe in.

    Here are just a couple of recommendations:

    The Chronicles of Narnia – it has stood the test of time for good reason. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will also be my favorite book in the series.

    Frozen Fire – this audio drama is so, so, so good. We’ve listened to a few audio dramas from Lamplighter and have enjoyed them all but this one has been my favorite by far. My kids are 6 and 8 and I think they were a great age for it, though it would also be good for an older crowd (maybe up to 14 or so?).

    Redwall series – we listened to the first book on audio and Raeca is currently reading book two, if you have kids that enjoy animal fantasy books, this series is great.

    The Wingfeather Saga series – I read this one myself and plan on listening to it with the kids soon. The book is funny and yet has strong good vs. evil, with characters showing real courage and learning to use their gifts to help others.

    Christian Heroes Then & Now – fiction books can be great but there is something special about listening to true stories of courage and bravery and this series has some great ones.

     

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    EXPLORING GOD’S CREATION

    I want to take some intentional time this summer to explore and learn about nature. I bought Exploring Nature with Children last year and am only starting to use it now.

    I plan on sharing some snippets of our time with this curriculum over on my personal Instagram in the following weeks, we’ll be starting with Summer Solstice next week, I’m looking forward to diving in!

     

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    BEING CREATIVE

    I come from a line of crafty women and it appears that trait has been passed down to my daughter. I want to make sure we all work on handicrafts of some sort – things that are useful and are not going to just get thrown out immediately.

    Lately Raeca has been making notebooks for her travelers notebook – she’s been taking pages of a phonebook (that for some reason still get dropped off in our neighborhood even though I doubt anyone even uses the things) she then glues decorative pages over top to make the pages sturdier and prettier. I might just have to get her to make a couple of notebooks for mine.

    I have lots of other ideas for handicrafts as well and we will experiment with the ideas as needed.

     

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    THE RHYTHM

    I’ve said so many times over that there is so much that I like about the Charlotte Mason method, but for us, in this season, it’s not the method that we are following, but I still pull so much inspiration from her method. When I look at the rhythm that I want this summer it comes down to this simple idea that Charlotte Mason shared, that each day, each child should have: something to do, something to love and something to think about.

    SOMETHING TO DO – the kids have been doing a bit of school work in big curriculum books we recently picked up, they are currently in the stage where they are excited about this because they are already “in” the next grade. They are also doing their daily chores and some days also doing some handicraft stuff.

    SOMETHING TO LOVE – we are in a season of learning to love the people in our home, even as we recognize they may have personalities that totally clash with our own. Some days there is more love than others.

    SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT – they are thinking about the stories that we read, the verses we memorize and the nature we learn about.

     

    We may not get to every single thing every day but it has been nice to stop throughout the day and think about just these three things and ask myself if they have had something to do, something to love and something to think about. I find it to be a nice, simple rhythm for summer.

     

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    What does your summer rhythm look like? I would love to hear all about it!

  • Homeschooling the Heart - Our Summer Plan
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    Our Homeschool Summer Plan – Teaching the Heart

    Hey guys, so, I’ve been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now. Really, ever since I shared what did and didn’t work this past year in our homeschool, but I just had so many other things on my list I needed to get checked off and I just barely sent our stuff in to our school division and now I feel like it is officially summer!

    While I told the kids we were done school a month ago (cause I have that authority) I felt like I wasn’t done until those reports were done so now I’m done for the year too!

    Except, not really.

    While I may declare the year “done” or “started” the truth is, we never stop learning.

    I have shared our summer plan for previous years (here and here and then apparently I didn’t make one last year) but this plan is going to look completely different than those ones.

    This year instead of having an academic focus I want to have a heart focus. Instead of homeschooling, it will be HEARTschooling.

    The summer is the perfect time to make this switch because I feel like during the school year I get so focused on academics and put the things of the heart, the more important things, off on the back burner. But now that we are done for the school year there is nothing to distract me.

     

    Homeschooling the Heart - Our Summer Plan

     

    We are almost to the point in our family where our oldest is about halfway done her childhood in our home and I’ve been thinking a lot about what it is I want her to have learned during her time here. And you know, it’s not the academics. What I want most for her is to love and obey Christ with her whole heart. It’s what I want for both of my kids.

    I want to make that the focus, not only this summer but for the rest of their lives.

     

    The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
    Proverbs 14:1

     

    Homeschooling the Heart - Our Summer Plan

     

    THE PLAN

    So really, there isn’t much of a “plan”, but here is what I have so far:

    I want to go through Our 24 Family Ways as a family.

    I want to regularly memorize verses with the kids.

    I want to live life with them and constantly point them to Jesus.

    I want to read books with them that show of God’s power.

    I want to admit my faults and my need for Jesus.

    I want to get excited about nature and the creativity of the Creator and share that excitement with my kids.

    I want to make sure I am spending time in the Word so it will naturally pour out of me.

     

    So, that’s pretty much my “plan” for the summer. Maybe I’ll update halfway through or at the end of the summer and share some more specifics on how it is going.

    Do you have any suggestions for heart schooling? I would love to hear them!