Home schooling was a dream that my husband and I had when we first got married in 1996. I was in college and had just become an LPN and was working toward my RN. As our lives continued to change and develop together, I became very engaged in my career as in ICU nurse and really enjoyed my work. Through many trials and losses, we finally had 2 beautiful children. As they became school-aged, our debt was too great to have me quit my job and it never seemed like an option.
Within the first 4 years of having school-aged children, much had changed. My job changed and we switched daycares for our youngest. Our eyes opened to the possibility of debt free living and within about 9 months that possibility was reality and I resigned from my job as Director of Nursing in a local Assisted Living facility. The talk of home school continued, but we LOVED our Christian School. I'm sure there are others just as fantastic, but ours was incredible. Stirring came and the Lord told me to start packing to move and I had no idea where, but knew it was soon. My husband accepted a new job across the state and that is a story in itself, but we were moving to a new town. I knew at the time we made the decision to move that we would home school in our new location.
We decided to let the children finish the semester at their wonderful school and we moved the week before Christmas. Our school was generous enough to let us take the books with us that the kids were already using. We would keep the workbooks and mail back the text books at the end of this year. I logged in to www.ksde.org and found the tab about homeschooling and followed the instructions. We discussed names and came up with Life Song Academy and I registered our school. We were ready to go! My son is in 3rd grade and my daughter in 1st grade. I planned to follow the calendar of our previous school for the rest of the school year and so on January 2, 2012 Life Song Academy began.
Over the break, in the midst of unpacking, I gathered all of our school books and counted pages and divided all of the remaining work into weekly assignments on my planner Jan 2-6, Language 3 p. 112-114 and so on. I created a sheet to write out daily segments of the work for the kids to use as a plan.