A Wobbly Start

A Wobbly Start

My exchange with Brave Writer mom, Jenny:

Hi Julie!

I’ll try and make this quick because I know you get so many questions like this. In fact, I’ll bullet point this email. 😉

We are going to have a wobbly start to our homeschool year this year. We lost our fifth babe just over a week ago at 27 weeks after finding out at 20 weeks that this was most likely going to be the case. SO, it’s been quite an emotionally trying summer and it will be a tricky start to a new year of school.

Yes! My goodness. Please take your time. Feather in the subjects. Do one a day for a while. Just allow yourselves to grieve and heal.

Our kiddos are 9,9, 4 (almost 5), and 3. Up to now for [Language Arts] we have done rich read alouds, Explode the Code, and some narration. My 9 year ago old boy loves to write and is constantly writing lists, notes, comic books (that his twin illustrates), and short stories. He seems to be picking up spelling just through his own reading and ETC. My 9 year old daughter struggles with writing. She is an artist and free spirit. Since we have been consistent with poetry tea time, she HAS been writing poetry, which I love seeing but she does have to ask how almost every word is spelled. She reads tons, but it’s all about the story and she doesn’t seem to at all notice spelling, and ETC doesn’t seem to seep in either.

You want to help her with copywork and dictation practice. This will help, over time. Don’t expect over night changes. Invest and allow time and practice to bring growth.

SO, all this to say, [Brave Writer] has been such an encouragement to our family through your talks, poetry tea time and the Alliance (though I’m terrible about getting on there), and I’m ready to jump in to [Language Arts], Brave Writer style. I’ve purchased a set of Arrows, Partnership Writing (for the 9 year olds) , and Jot it Down (to possibly begin with the 5 year old). My question is, I know I should start simple. In this case, what do you recommend? Just the Arrows? Maybe the Arrows plus Partnership Writing for my son? Sigh. I’m super phlegmatic and I’m afraid if I don’t have things lined up, we won’t do any of it! Anyway, any input you have would be great!

I think starting with the one that seems easiest and happiest is the way to go. Then check in with yourself again in one or two months and add the next one. These are great choices, but feel free to go slowly!

So much for the short bullet points! 😉

Thanks for being you and sharing yourself with all of us! I’m currently having a couple of days of rest with just my husband and I’m catching up on some periscopes and things I’ve missed and he was like, “Boy, you sure are obsessing over Julie Bogart or Cheryl Mason or whoever that is!” I was like, “First of all, I’ve been talking to you about Charlotte Mason for 9 years now, and you still don’t have her name right and you think she’s alive doing a periscope?!” Hehe

That’s hilarious!! “Cheryl Mason” is going to be my new nom de plume. 🙂

But also, he’s got it right that “Cheryl Mason” and Julie Bogart are my educational philosophy/ homeschool gurus!

Yes! Perfect.

Jenny, hugs. Don’t under estimate how big a toll a loss like this takes. Your kids are young. If you did nothing for a while, you’d still be fine.

Much much love to you all.


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