Happy July! I hope you had an enjoyable Independence Day. Ours was quiet. David is in the midst of two large projects so he is working long hours, six days a week. We’re thankful for God’s provision.
Last week someone contacted me about working on a long-term project together. It was a brilliant idea that brings together my skills and this person’s knowledge and skills. So last week we started working on it. Hopefully I can share the details next week.
Our Summer Homeschooling
Caroline and I are doing some homeschooling each day since we homeschool year round. Not a lot, but enough to keep us moving forward in various ways. We’re currently reading Revelation aloud in our Bible time. I knew she would find the imagery intriguing. My goal is to read aloud through as much of the Bible with her as possible before she graduates. (Hopefully all of it, but some books might be a bit of a challenge.) We’ve read Proverbs, Esther, and Ruth so far. I don’t have a specific plan in terms of order. I’m selecting whichever book seems appropriate at the time. We’ve had some great conversations while reading these books of the Bible.
I know I’ve already mentioned it, but we have thoroughly enjoyed WordUp! from Compass Classroom. I highly recommend it. If you have a child who learns best with video, visuals, and humor then this is the thing for your vocabulary. We’re just about done with the first one and will go directly into the second. I am thankful I found Compass Classroom because I think they will be a good fit for some high school classes. I’m looking into other companies as well, but so far we’ve enjoyed what they have to offer. Compass Classroom also has an excellent blog full of interesting ideas.
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I’ve been working on homeschool planning for the fall. I’m on the slow train that makes frequent scenic stops. LOL! I’m not interested in rushing and pushing myself to get this done. We’re not going to use any live online classes so we aren’t competing with others to claim a spot. It will all come together in its own time.
Homeschooling and Education Trends
Speaking of homeschooling, I’ve been hearing interesting bits about homeschool enrollment here and there. David was told there were 5,000 attendees at the recent homeschool convention in Denver. An astounding 42% of them were brand new homeschoolers for the fall. That’s amazing. A friend told me one of the very good school districts near her ($$$$$) lost 1,000 students last year and are laying off teachers. A thousand students. That is a LOT of money. That doesn’t include the ones they will lose for this fall. The Christian school they are a part of already has four grades that are full for the fall. This has never happened in the 15+ years they have been a part of this school.
If you’ve been following the forum I have about Anti-Racism and CRT in Education, you already know why this is happening. Many parents were unhappy with the masks and grew increasingly angry about them. The parents were unhappy with the distance learning and then they were really angry when they discovered what the teachers were “teaching” behind their backs.
But the teaching of Critical Race Theory is going to be the proverbial last straw for every family that can make another choice. Now that the NEA has voted for masks and jabs for kids as well as demanding the teaching of CRT moving forward in the fall? I told David I would not be surprised to see homeschooling hit 20% in this country. It was already up to 11.4% of children last year and how many of those families will honestly want to go back?
Pandemic pods will continue to increase in numbers except they won’t call them pandemic pods. They will be called cottage schools and such. That movement was already growing before 2020 in the gifted/2e circles, in classical education circles, etc. I would guess it is accelerating now. (If you don’t know what pandemic pods are, I linked to a few articles last year about them.) Now that parents can pool their money and hire a teacher they trust to create their own little school, why would they send their children back to school to be taught to hate themselves?
Guess what? They won’t.
Add in increasing numbers of students rejecting college straight out of high school. David interacts with a number of high school students on a regular basis. Over the past several years we’ve seen the shift from them heading to a four year university to instead starting at community college with the plan of transferring to a four year college to now going to trade school or working for a year or two to decide what to do.
This rise of homeschooling (and private schools) due to these events is going to reshape America in the coming years in ways we don’t fully understand yet.
New and Updated Posts
Last week I spent time updating a lot of posts with some things I’ve learned from Project 24. A few were posts that I had archived and brought back out. I actually have quite a few to republish that are still in process. The ones I’ve republished include:
- Frugal Choices and Inspiration (originally from October 2005!)
- 5 Simple Steps To Replace Holiday Stress With Joy
- Matching Colors Preschool Activity Using Paint Sample Cards & Clothespins
These are posts I updated and expanded:
- Should I Send My Child To Preschool?
- Simple Thanksgiving Traditions for Families
- Simple Thanksgiving Learning Projects
- Simple Thanksgiving Meal Planning
- Simple Thanksgiving Activities for Children
- Cozy Slippers For Women
My Week Ahead
My week will include:
- writing new posts
- updating posts
- republishing posts
- working on my new project
On the homemaking front, I want to do something with my hands. Maybe a little cross stitch project? I simply feel this need to make something physical. I also need to order firewood and make an appointment with the allergist (for me).
I’d like an outing to Barnes and Noble and Hobby Lobby, but the weather is so hot and humid I don’t even want to leave the house. David is so busy with work that he really doesn’t have time to do such things right now so those may have to wait. We’ll see what the week brings.
What’s up in your home? I hope you’ll leave a comment and share!
Artwork: Not Too Much To Carry by William-Adolphe Bouguereau