**side note** Children in formal schooling can also be amazing examples of followers of Jesus Christ. We have chosen to school at home, but I certainly do not judge other families and their choices. I do urge parents (homeschool AND traditional school) to check their definition of success, ensuring it lines up with God's definition of a successful life.***
Teaching my children a godly lifestyle is the foundation of our homeschool. Christ is interwoven in everything we do. We talk about God when we play outside; how he created the mountains and the sky. God is the reason our bodies work so splendidly perfect. God gives us the ability to learn and to read; he truly is linked to our teaching.
As a one-income family, I constantly seek the Lord for financial direction. Curriculum costs are ridiculous and it is definitely not "in the budget" to sink $500 in schooling materials, per kid (that's times three now). My faithful Father pointed us in several directions and we have started this years' curriculum for all of a mere $25, plus miscellaneous expenses for computer paper, printer ink, pencils, glue, etc.
All three of my school-age kids are going through the Funnix program. Funnix is a reading program downloaded onto our home computer from the Funnix $25 CD. By the end of the 200 lessons, the student should be reading at a 3rd grade level. Isaiah is sailing along. I am supplementing more alphabet learning with the girls. Even three-year-old Samuel has done a lesson or two.
Curriculum for all other subjects are a conglomeration of online resources, the library and books from our own collection. It's so cheap... I feel like I'm stealing.
I also sought the Lord for direction on organizing our days. I have so many little ones to teach, it is often incredibly overwhelming. Right now (and life changes moment by moment), we do English and Science on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Math and Social Studies are Tuesdays and Thursdays. It sounds like we're not doing a lot, but we actually continually teach on all subjects all day long. Kids learn so much from playtime and general interaction with adults. With a steady stream of conversation between me and the children, I am always teaching.
Grace abounds in our home. Learning is not a race. Subject by subject, one