Christmas and Homeschool

Christmas is just over two weeks away, and I spend much of my extra time planning for it.

It has been a few days since I've written anything new. There is a reason for that. It's called December. Christmas is just over two weeks away, and I spend much of my extra time planning for it.

We've got the tree up, lit, and decorated. We accomplished that on Thanksgiving Day this year. The kids got my husband to hang lights outside and go out to buy candy canes.

Photo on 12-7-15 at 11.29 PM #2They're so excited.

I'm excited too -- well, relatively. Christmas and Easter are my favorite times of year. We get to talk about Jesus. We get to wonder about him and be curious about him in a way that we don't usually.

Veritas Press is having a $100 off sale on their self-paced courses until the 18th.

Right now we are having regular school days. I did change Charlotte's curricula some because what we were doing was too much for the both of us. Originally, she was studying History and Bible with me. Now, we have dropped History, and she is doing the same Bible course, but online instead of with me. So now, she and I only do English together daily. I lead her Math lessons, of course, but Math is 10% teaching and 90% practice.

Photo on 12-7-15 at 11.29 PMWe use Veritas Press for much of our homeschool materials, and they are having a $100 off sale on their self-paced courses until the 18th. Chris has been studying Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation in History since August. Charlotte just (re)started Genesis to Joshua. Both are doing very well with it.

According to the website, the courses are intended for grades 2 and up, but Charlotte has been doing fine with the material up to now. And Chris had no trouble with it before her. The change we've made was not because Char was not remembering or grasping what we'd studied, but instead was a way to simplify our school day and free up more of my time and attention. Now, I have been able to spend one-on-one time with each of my four students.

Photo on 12-7-15 at 11.28 PMOnce purchased, your child will be enrolled in the course for a year, beginning at a start date you chose. During the current sale, you have the option of choosing a future start date up to September 1st. So even if you're not changing midstream like us, it may be a good time to look into one or more of these courses for the  2016/17 school year. I'm considering doing that myself. Actually, I purchased the online History course Chris has been using well-before we completed last year's class.

Even if you're not changing midstream, it may be a good time to look into one or more of these courses for the  2016/17 school year.

unnamedVeritas does have sales periodically, so if you don't have the money lined up now, don't worry about it. (I'm talking to myself more than I'm talking to you with that last bit there.) If you want to know about this sort of thing  regularly, sign up for their email newsletter -- Epistula