We started our '13-'14 school year today! It's my 22nd year as a home school mom. That is a bit unbelievable to be honest.
Growing up in Ohio I never started school before Labor Day so for my internal calendar, we're right on time even though most of the schools in our community returned weeks ago. Our family accepted the foster pre-adoptive placement of an infant this summer and life has been a bit crazy. I'll definitely be writing more on this sweet little guy in the future, but for now I want to focus some of my posts on getting our family back into our homeschool routine.
As a side note, I've debated for years what to call my kids on my blog and have finally decided to use nicknames. If you know our family, you'll figure them out quickly. "Dune Buggy" is a senior in high school this year. He is duel enrolled at the local community college for Calculus 1 this semester and does the rest of his subjects at home with me. "Drummer" is in ninth grade; his only class away from home this semester is a biology co-op on Tuesday mornings.
One of the first things we organize for a new school year are the character qualities that we will focus on as a family . We've used Character First for a couple decades and are very pleased with the materials. Note: they will stop printing secondary level materials in 2014, so buy now if you are interested.
Here are the character qualities our family will be studying this school year:
September: Responsibility - Knowing and doing what is expected of me.
October: Creativity - Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective.
November: Gratefulness - Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life.
December: Generosity - Carefully managing my resources so I can freely give to those in need.
January: Self Control - Rejecting wrong desires and doing what is right.
February: Truthfulness - Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts.
March: Discretion - Recognizing and avoiding words, actions, and attitudes that could bring undesirable consequences.
April: Patience - Accepting a difficult situation without giving a deadline to remove it.
May: Wisdom - Seeing and responding to life situations from a perspective that transcends my current circumstances.