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Homeschooling Day in the Life: Laura, Former Public Educator, and Homeschooling Mom to Three Boys

Day in the life Laura

A homeschool day in the life looks different almost every day, right? Over on our Instagram page, we love to give you a peek into lots of homeschool days regardless of how they change day to day.

Today, we’re going to give you a peek into the homeschool day in the life of Laura, former public educator, and homeschooling mom to three boys.

We can all learn and be inspired by one another, regardless of our homeschool approach. It’s not about looking good for social media, it’s about the connection going on inside our homeschool walls and sharing with others what works for us.We might all homeschool a little differently, but we can always look for ideas from each other that inspire, encourage and equip us in our own homeschool days. So each week we create blog posts for you to access later of each of those “days in the life”. We hope you keep coming back for more inspiration. Keep going, mama! These days at home are so worth it!

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Meet Laura

Meet Laura

Laura @refunkedjunque lives in wonderful Wyoming with her sons and amazing husband of almost 17 years. She is a homeschooling mama to three boys ages 15, 12, and 10.

Laura has been a stay-at-home mom since 2011 when they decided the Lord was calling her out of public education to raise their family.

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In 2020 the Lord made it evident that homeschooling was the next “trust fall” so their journey began. She’d tell you she isn’t a confident homeschooler yet but trusts the Lord works all things for good for those who love Him.

You can find her @refunkedjunque where she shares their homeschooling journey along with a plethora of other activities they enjoy like DIYing, fitness, and sports.

The Heart

The Heart Laura

Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? The last part of Luke 6:45 tells us that from out of the abundance of our heart, our mouth speaks.

I don’t know about you but there have been some days in this homeschooling journey my mouth has not glorified the Lord and I’ve had to seek forgiveness from those I sinned against. I am grateful for the righteousness I have through Christ.

“When we miss the heart, we miss the subtle idols of the heart. Romans 1 makes it clear that all human beings are worshipers; either we worship and serve God, or we make an exchange and worship and serve substitutes for God-created things rather than the Creator (Romans 1:18-25). When parenting short-circuits to behavior we miss the opportunity to help our kids understand that straying behavior displays a straying heart. Our kids are always serving something, either God or a substitute for God—an idol of the heart.” -Shepherding a Child’s Heart

I’ve always been an early riser so getting my Bible study and prayer time in before school has been what’s kept my heart in check a lot.

These are the books and studies I been working through lately. I’d love to know what’s been shaping your heart.

Curriculum

I’ve always found inspiration from others sharing what curricula works for them.

Here I’ve divided up our day into morning and after our break. The Littles both use all that’s pictured in the first photo. We don’t use it all daily but touch on each roughly three times a week.

All three boys use Essentials in Writing and Sonlight readers. The Littles toggle between paper math from Masterbooks and Teaching Textbooks right now. This will change next year though. In the afternoons we all watch The World from AtoZ with Carl Azuz before we split to do our Mystery of History or our Science with Apologia. My oldest completes his Logic at this time.

The middle picture displays some of what my high school student uses. He does Sonlight: Bible, history, language, and literature. For science and math he uses Dive from Dr. Shormann. We’ve loved these programs as upper math and science are not a favorite of mine. He’s currently working through Intro to Logic through Masterbooks and weight lifting for his electives. 📚 💪🏻

Curve Balls

Curve Balls Laura

No matter the curve balls life throws at you-like a ceiling leak, construction workers banging away at repairs, or being sequestered to the basement for said repairs, carry on the best you can. Control what you can control and trust that the Lord will work it all out for your good and His glory!

Skills Sets From Previous Generations

Previous Generations

Well thank you all for hanging out with us today. I just wanted to end with a bit of encouragement for those in small towns like myself. I was always a bit jealous 😉 of big city folks with their nice museums, art galleries, and plethora of activities for kids. Until the Lord helped me to see He has blessed us with some pretty amazing friends with killer skill sets. So my suggestion is to look around you at the people the Lord has placed within your sphere. Is there a skill or talent they possess that they could impart to your children? I’m sure they would love to pass their knowledge along to the next generation.

Day in the Life Laura

Thank you Laura for sharing your Day in the Life with us!

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