We are Official

Hi Everyone,

We are finally official in our home state of West Virginia.  In our state, we need to send a Notice of Intent to Homeschool to our home school district in order to homeschool.  Due to attending private school last year, we had to re-declare our homeschooling intentions.

So what is our homeschool going to look like…a mixture.  My daughter is taking three classes at our local community college and three classes with me.  She is taking English, Business, and History at the community college and PreCalculus, Chemistry, and Home Economics with me.  I have an engineering degree and another science degree, so PreCalc and Chem are right up my alley.  But, are they up her alley?

One thing that I have learned over the years is that my daughter and I are two different people.  I love the go go go of teaching subjects and then relaxing in my free time.  My daughter loves the go go go in her free time and then work at a steady but slower pace during school.  We are just wired differently.  Needless to say, we both need patience.  🙂

So here is what I have for each subject that I am teaching.  I have put links to the books below in case you are interested. Have a wonderful day! Laura

PreCalculus – Saxon Advanced Math

Chemistry – Discovering Design with Chemistry by Jay L Wile This is the same Jay L Wile that wrote the first edition Apologia Chemistry and Physic books. He went back and wrote a new series of books based on the lessons learned from writing the first edition.

PreCalculus – Saxon Advanced Math 2nd Edition by John H Saxon Jr.

Home Economics – Home Economics Household Skills: Becoming a daughter of purpose by Amy Maryon – I am so impressed with this book. It was everything that I was looking for in a Home Economics book. I was considering writing my own book until I ran across this one. It covers so many skills that a young woman will need in the future. Thank you Amy!

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5 Benefits From Taking Time to Observe

It is early morning.  My favorite time of the day.  It is when I can just sit on my deck with a steaming cup of coffee and listen to the birds, watch the bunny rabbits eat my garden, and see an occasional deer eating leaves from a tree nearby.  It is also a great time to observe.

In a go-go world, where success is measured on how many practices you make, your work deadlines, your sales, family schedules, your grades, friends and likes.  It can be hard to separate yourself from the hustle and bustle of this world, to take a little time to ground yourself again.  But, here are a few things that I have learned by taking time out to observe. By the way, I like to observe nature, but you may enjoy sitting in a cafe and observing the bustle around you.

5 Benefits of Observing

1. Time – When I sit for a minute and observe other things, people, or my coffee cup, I can take time for myself.  We need that as human beings.  We are not machines, but sometimes we act that way.  We have this innate desire to be strong and keep going.  Sometimes, we just need time to stop and observe.

2. Work – Whether your work is school, job, or making dinner, you have work.  Sometimes, your work is overwhelming.  It is a great time to sit down and observe the things around you.  There are times, that we just need to stop the work.

It is amazing.  When I take time in the morning to sit and observe the nature in my backyard, I am able to think about the tasks of the day.  I usually walk through my schedule in my head and think is there a better way to do that task. For instance, I am working on a customer quilt.  I need to finish it today and yet there are many steps in front of me.  By walking through the needed tasks, I am able to get a clear plan and not feel so overwhelmed, while watching a bunny eat my broccoli in the garden.

3. Perspective – When I am busy and running around, sometimes it is easy to lose perspective on what is actually important.  The other day, I rushing to get dinner on the table, only to find that no one was eating together.  I mean no one was eating dinner.  My daughter had to rush to swim practice and my husband was not home yet.  Here I was standing in the kitchen with a pan in my hand, thinking…why exactly did I take the time to plan the dinner, make the dinner, and serve it?  Eventually they ate my dinner, just not together and not when it was hot.

The real problem was not with them.  It was with me.  I had lost perspective of the expectations on a family dinner.  In my need to create a healthy dinner for consumption, I forgot that they were not going to be there.  When I take the time in the morning to sit and observe God’s creation, I tend to think of the forthcoming day and be able to plan a little better.  So, instead of getting frustrated with making dinner for no one, I got a good laugh at it.

4. Reality – I have noticed an uptick in the stress of people.  I don’t know if it is supported by scientific evidence.  The people around me are always talking about the next thing that they have to do or what is not working for them.

While those things are important, it is important to have a reality check.  When my daughter was young, she would have moments that she was frustrated and upset.  I would always ask her; is a puppy dog hurt? is a baby hurt? Is there a major infraction against another human being?(she didn’t understand that one…but that was okay.).  If the answer was no, then we moved on and dealt with the source of her frustration.  While these questions are for a little girl, the same thing applies to us, adults.  Our questions may look different, but they help us get some reality.

When I sit an observe in the morning, I have time to have a reality check.  I am a worrier.  There I said it.  I can worry about everything.  Yet, when I take the time to watch the deer munch on the trees, I find that I can relax enough to see the reality of my situation. I can ask myself some questions.  Is what I am worried about, really a worry?  Is it in my control? If not in my control, can I influence it?  If I can not influence it, can I pray about it?  Can I release it, because there is nothing that I can do?  If it is in my control, can I change the outcome to a more positive one?  What are my next steps?  I go through a whole series of questions trying to frame a reality of my situation.  I do this from my deck while listening to the birds sing a beautiful song.

5. Peace – I have to be careful on this one…I do not always have peace.  But, I am more likely to have peace, if I take time to observe and drink my coffee, than if I do not.  By the way, during this observation period, if you are a person who likes to read the Bible…this is an excellent time to read.

There is a certain calmness and peace that I have from sitting watching the deer munching on the trees, the bunnies destroying, I mean eating my broccoli the garden(peace, just think peace…), and the birds singing their morning song.  It helps me throughout the day.  I can start the day with reflection of my worries, plans to combat my worries, and a schedule that is realistic and doable.

Here is a side benefit of my observation time…I tend to be a little more thankful.  Because while I am conquering my worries and problems, I can see the beauty of God’s creation and the incredible people in my life.  For that, I am very, very thankful!

I do not know if sitting and observing nature in the morning helps you.  I only know that I find that there are 5 Benefits for me.

Have a wonderful day!


Morven Park Picnic

Morven Park Picnic!  What do you do the day after the ‘Last Day of School?’  Well according to my daughter, you go to Morven Park!  We had a lovely picnic prepared entirely by my daughter in the a beautiful tree lined park in the middle of Leesburg, Va.

As we drove into the park, it was apparent that this was no ordinary park.  The fence posts in the road allows only one car at a time as you travel down a gravel road toward the Morven Park Mansion.  As you crest the hill, your gaze takes in the immense beauty of grassy hills and patches of forest leading up to the old mansion.

We choose to park in the large parking area near the mansion and sit down at a lovely and rustic picnic table.  After eating a fabulous lunch, we proceeded to walk off our lunch with a stroll up to the mansion and the coachman’s house.

The path was an easy walk with little nuggets of surprises along the way, such as an old garden and big beautiful magnolia trees.

The mansion was closed when we were there.  (We will definitely be back for a tour!)  But, that didn’t stop us from enjoying the peaceful grounds.  We learned from that Morven Park has been the site of many equestrian events over the years.  You can understand why as you glance around the grounds.

As much as I enjoyed the Morven Park grounds, I enjoyed spending this time with my daughter!  It was a day to remember!

If you would like to visit Morven Park, click here for more information!

Have a wonderful day!

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Last Day of School

I watched as my daughter walked into school, yesterday.  Yes, I even took pictures.  This has been an exciting year for her experiencing a brick and mortar school with different teachers and different rules.  I can say that the year has been one of growth for both her and for me, too!  But, as I watch her walk with her lunch bag, there is a sense of anticipation for me.  We are changing from school at the academy to homeschooling.

We homeschooled for 8 years before she decided to go to ‘school.’  During this past year, she has been able to reconnect with old friends (originally from homeschooling), be challenged with courses beyond her normal ability, and learn how to deal with a set schedule while balancing swimming, church, and other extra-curriculars.

We have decided to return to homeschooling.  Not because the fit wasn’t a good one.  But, the school was located far away from our home.  On a good day, the drive was not so bad.  On rainy days, snowy days, or when the one lane bridge was washed out, the trip would turn into a super stressful situation.  Plus, as soon as I got home, I would have to think about turning around and picking her up.  At the same time, our community college offers high school honors classes for an incredible reduce rate.  I am sure that I will write post after post about the upcoming experiences.  But for now…I watch.

Watching her walk in for the last day and  knowing that in two years, I will be watching her walk into a college somewhere.  My little girl is growing up.  As I write this, it brings tears to my eyes.

Today…is about the last day of school!

Have a wonderful day!


We are Back! Almost!

Hi Everyone!

Last year, I took down the HomeschoolingOne.com website, because we were no longer homeschooling.  My daughter decided to attend a private school about an hour away.  Reluctantly, I took down the website, thinking that no one would be interested in our journey anymore.   After a year of private school, we have decided to return to homeschooling next year.  I still have to turn in my paperwork, but I will do that once she is done with classes at her school and before I actually start homeschooling.

Although, we liked the school, it was too far and other opportunities closer to home became available for my daughter.  My daughter will be taking some classes at a community college and I will be teaching some.  So, a big change for both of us!  This website is the journey of the last two years of high school for one mom and one daughter.  As with all journeys, the road has hills and valleys!  Come follow along as we traverse this homeschooling opportunity!

Have a wonderful day!