Memory Verse:  Psalms 55:22 – Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

IntroPlop, plop, Fizz, fizz; Oh, What a Relief It Is! (Marketing Credit: Alka Seltzer)

Assignment: This would be a good week to tell about your worst struggles with a lifestyle of homeschooling.  Tell about something you’ve struggled with and how God’s mercies gave us the strength to get past it.  Also, share any curriculum/homeschool methods that have been a relief to you, i.e., a particular Teacher’s Manual or Homeschooling method that’s been easier for your family.  Talk about how you felt when the burden was lifted and Oh, What a Relief it is!

Teaching David how to read.. oh my.. that was soo difficult.  We were using ABEKA at the time and he just could not blend the sounds.  It was awful, he hated it and I dreaded teaching.  I finally spoke to a teacher at the academy who was also a good friend.  She suggested I stop for a year.  So we went back to simple worksheets which he did not mind at all.  The following year when I pulled out the Phonics material.. it was awesome.  He just caught on so fast.. soon those books were ‘too easy and boring’ for him.. so we headed to the library for books to spark his interest.  He just flew that year and it was an amazing thing to watch.

Math-U-See.  Annaleah just loves this material.  She totally ‘gets’ it .. she watches the video and just does it.. barely any help from me.  So far she has 100 on all of her tests (since 1st grade).  Math was something David struggled with and I did not know much about materials to try different things.  I am so thankful we have found this to work for Anna so early on in her schooling.

Picture ideas: That never ending, hard to keep clean closet (shelves), the children doing school work you didn’t know if they would ever get a grasp on, your schedule or organizer with plans for the day

For me that would be the fireplace.. piles of school materials and resources. I can never get a handle on this area.