Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Homeschooling with a Newborn


A week ago, our family welcomed our newest little blessing into the world–baby Eliora Grace.
I hope to write a full birth story in the near future, but for now, you can read her birth announcement here:
Here she is again, with big sister Acacia, who prayed her into existence:
“I prayed for a baby sister, and God answered my prayers!” ~Acacia
As we have prepared for the arrival of baby #4, some folks have wondered aloud (or, under their breath) as to how I would manage homeschooling with a tiny one in the house.
It’s a good question, the answer to which can be summarized in two points:careful planning, and realistic expectations.

5 comments:

Mrs. Stam said...

Congrats on the new little blessing :-)

April said...

I had my 4th in April and had that question also..."how will you homeschool with a little baby in the house?" My answer was always "with Gods help". I knew for sure that if He called me to have a baby and homeschool three kids, then He would not leave me hanging but would help me. It has gone so smoothly and I'm grateful to the Lord!

Jessica said...

Our #4 will be due in March. That will make a newborn a 1 year old and a 3 year old to keep busy/take care of while homeschooling my 8 year old. Should be interesting.

Anonymous said...

We have Baby #3 due in May, and we have a 15 month old and a 5 year old. People keep asking me the same thing. I am grateful to have found your blog tonight. Thank you! And I see you live in Wisconsin! Whereabouts? I am originally from Oconomowoc, and all of my extended family still lives in Wisconsin, all around the state. It's a wonderful place to call home. I hope we can someday call it home again and raise our children there near their extended family. Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, I am currently reading this with our 2 week old asleep in my arms. This baby is our third, so you would think I was fully prepared to handle the exhaustion as well as raising and homeschooling our 12 and 8 year old, but I have many moments where I feel like I am suddenly on a different planet! Everything is normal and wonderful, yet nothing is normal at the same time. Reading articles about other moms walking this path has been a breath of fresh air. Its so nice to know there are things I can do to make things go more smoothly, and also - not everything has to be perfect... to be perfect!

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Bible--Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos, Apologia Biblical World View Book 1, "Who is God and Can I Really Know Him?"
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