Homeschool is Cool! 

It took a while for me to decided whether this blog should be a spot for this… It’s not glamorous and it’s messy but I think it’s a great way to highlight the #reallife normal side of my life.

My name is Courtney Abernathy and I’m now a homeschool mom. I ambitiously want to do and make everything I see on Pinterest, but slowly learning (as a pile of clean laundry grows to fold and a pile of dirty grows to wash) that’s not reality. 😂

So just to help anyone out here are some of the awesome things we are using this year:

  • Horizons Phonics and Reading
  • Horizons Math
  • Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
  • Handwriting Without Tears (workbook and iPad app)
  • Our Personal Book Collection
  • The Public Library
  • Pinterest

We started the math workbook in May. Just to kind of make double sure this was feasible.Let’s be reallll.
We then took some time off over the summer to just live it up. (Looking back, if we reevaluate and decide to homeschool again next year we will probably continue through the summer with a different (shorter) schedule just to keep the learning going, because honestly at this age it really doesn’t take that long to homeschool.)

We officially started counting days in August, but have been doing only Math + Reading and Phonics. This, of course, helps cover some handwriting skills and read aloud time too. I plan to start our big “full” day on August 29th with some out of the house fun!

Currently, we are further into math than reading and I’m learning that that is okay. (Counting by tens, working with number lines and doing small addition so far!) Homeschool is flexible and we didn’t need all the basics that the math workbook provided at first.. We did them anyway, and it was real easy for T, but I’m learning completing EVERY page and problem isn’t something you have to do.

One of the things I’ll be doing soon is adding in more library time once other schools start back up, it’s kinda crowded right now haha! We will also do field trips and E-Day with the Co-Op we joined, in addition to doing the more “Pinterest-Y” art and science projects too!

I’m absolutely not anti-public/private school. In fact there is a chance we could end up going one of those routes next year, but for now this is the best fit for our lives. As a photographer, my job is primarily evenings and full days for weddings on weekends (basically when others are off work or when events take place) so the big question for me was when would I see my child if I didn’t homeschool. I’m so thankful that my job and our life has allowed me to do this! Lord, knows it won’t be perfect, but I think it will be worth it!

If you are thinking about homeschooling or have any questions, please let me know! I so do NOT have all the answers, but would love to share the things I have learned or help you find someone who can help you!

I really love it so far! ❤️

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