but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A New Chapter In Our Lives

Since moving to South Dakota, we have made the family decision not to continue home schooling the children. C is now in the 11th grade, J is in 10th, K is in 7th, and A is in the 2nd grade. We are going through some adjustment issues, but things are settling down and the children are enjoying going to school. We have no regrets at this point in time.
Because of this decision I don't see a point in continuing with this blog. I will continue to post all sorts of daily life happenings to include things going on at school on the family blog, No Greater Joys. I hope you will all stop in and see how we are doing.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Field Trip to The Journey Museum

Today we went to The Journey Museum. It is a really nice museum. I really enjoyed it. It was not crowded at all. Actually for most of the time we were there, we were the only ones there. However, the children were all over the place. It was hard for me to really look at everything when I kept hearing "Mom, come look at this." or "Mommy, this is really cool." I told the children that I will have to take them each back individually so that we can really look around at everything and enjoy all of it.
I give this field trip an A. Even though I didn't get to look at everything, the children enjoyed it, and it was NOT crowded.

Finally Approved

I finally got my letter from the school board yesterday. I am now officially approved to home school my children for the remainder of this school year. I really wasn't worried about it. I was pretty confident that they would approve it since we just moved here and are in the 4th nine weeks of school, but it is nice to be official.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Field Trip!!

On Monday after we finished our school work we went to Reptile Gardens. We were there in August of 2009 and it was beautiful. All the flowers blooming, all the exhibits open, lots of people walking around. This was not quite the case this time. It is very early in the season. They just opened and the weather is still very unpredictable so it was certainly not the same experience that we had before. That being said. . . we still enjoyed ourselves. And we will go back.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Homeschooling in South Dakota

If you have been following my family blog then you know that we have now been in South Dakota for just about a week. One of the first things I did when I got here was go to the school board and fill out a request to home school my children. It is required in the state of South Dakota to have the school board approve all requests to home school.
The rules for homeschooling vary per state. And when I say vary, I mean they really vary. I was surprised by the differences. Some states are very accepting of home schooling and really have a good relationship between the public schools and home schooling students. For instance, here in SD home school students can participate in public school sports. (Something we really struggled with in NC was that our children could not play for the public school teams.) Also, home school students can take some classes through the public school while still home school for others.
I will continue to home school for the remainder of this school year. We will have to wait and see about next year. The boys are thinking that may like to return to school. We will pray about this option and see what the Lord leads us to do.