This week 4 Moms of 35 Kids are answering reader questions.
In response to Homeschooling: What about Single Moms?, Suzanne asked, I am a single mom who has homeschooled for the past 6 years. Yes it is a challenge. But God has been with me every step of the way. I need to seriously bring some income into this house and continue to HS my children. Any suggestions?? I wonder about medical transcription/medical billing/coding from home. Is this a realistic way to provide for my family?
I’m not going to be much help on this one since there has never been a need for me to contribute to our income. God has blessed Raising Olives and our family does make a nice bit of money each month through this blog, but since the purpose of RO is ministry and not income, we don’t make nearly as much as we could.
Perhaps we can get some help from readers. If you know of a good way to make an income from home, please feel free to leave a comment for Suzanne.
Shana wondered, Have you posted or could you post about what it was like when you were younger and starting out? How did you spend time in the Word? Were your kids memorizing then too? Did you start pre-school at 4? Now you look so organized and sorted and well I am just not.
Here is our schedule from when we had four children ages 3 and under. Amber was 3 1/2, Kaitlin was 2, Matthew was 14 months and Alyssa was a newborn. Alyssa regularly woke at 5:30 to nurse and then went back to sleep. Add in blowout diapers, spilled milk, sibling squabbles, burned dinner, lost shoes, etc. and this should give you a good idea of how our days went.
I’ve always been a morning person, so I’ve always had my Bible reading/prayer time first thing in the morning. On this schedule I have it after my shower, but that was probably short lived because I generally take my shower after spending time with the Lord.
Life with lots of littles being what is, I didn’t always have time to have devotions before everyone was up. Don’t forget that personal devotions, with no children present is not the requirement of the Scripture. Read the Bible to your little ones, pray with your little ones, memorize with your little ones and remember that someday you will have a lot more free time for one-on-one time with God.
We did a lot of memorizing when our children were all small. We actually spent more time on it than we do now. We’ve done Scripture memorization at the breakfast table for as long as I we’ve had children who could speak and we still go through our memorization box during breakfast each morning.
We have never done what most people mean when they use the word ‘preschool’. We use the word, but when we say ‘preschool’ we mean that our children participate in memorizing with our family (they do this from birth) and they learn to read. Most of our children have learned to read ‘early’. As Mark put it in our family’s educational goals:
Teach the little ones to read and be consistent. The sooner they learn to read the better unless it would be of benefit to the child to wait.
One of the things that helped us in those early years is that we didn’t feel the need to start ‘preschool’ or ‘school’ at a certain age. We spent lots of time with our children and when we saw that they were ready to begin learning something, we taught it to them. Most of them began learning to read when they were around 3 or 4, but didn’t begin learning to write until several months to a year later. We didn’t officially teach math, science or history until our oldest was much older and now, when we feel that a younger child is ready to begin history (or science), we tell them, “You’re old enough to be doing history with the other children.” and they start officially participating.
People forget that we are educating children, not producing widgets. The idea that when a child turns 5, they are ready to learn to read, learn to write, learn to spell, memorize math facts and absorb the story of ancient history is kinda silly, in my ‘professional’ opinion. Outside of a classroom setting, when was the last time you decided to start learning five completely different topics/skills all at the same time?
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