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Meet the Bieda Household!
Brian and Julie Bieda knew they at all times wished to homeschool their youngsters Bianca (12), and Iron (10). After homeschooling for about 4 years, a pal really helpful Sonlight, and the Biedas couldn’t be happier.
Julie was serving to educate one other curriculum when her pal talked about Sonlight. Having heard about it however by no means seen it, her pal pulled out her Teacher’s Guides (IG). She gave Julie a peek inside explaining how she knew precisely what to show every day. Julie thought, “That is precisely what I need!” When Brian noticed their first order on #sonlightboxday, he stated, “That is legit!!”
“I used to be so excited to find Sonlight, and now that we’ve used it a couple of years, I nonetheless get enthusiastic about it yearly!” -Julie Bieda
Switching to Sonlight
Earlier than switching to Sonlight, the household was a part of a homeschool group. It required fixed preparations every week, they usually struggled to see the way it was working. Julie was inspired to only “belief the method,” however she wasn’t seeing the way it was going to come back collectively. Whereas Julie had heard good issues about Sonlight, she knew it included quite a lot of books however not a lot else. After seeing an IG, Brian prompt they make the swap to Sonlight.
“That is among the strongest options – the information. To have the ability to have day-by-day planning, even our daughter can go and seize the books and instruments which are wanted. She brings it to the desk, and all preparation is finished. She’s invested in that course of.” ~ Brian Bieda
Julie echoes this, “Final 12 months I acquired very sick for every week with COVID, however my youngsters had been in a position to take a look at the Teacher’s Information and do practically all of their work collectively.”
Sonlight’s IGs make homeschooling straightforward, however the Bieda household additionally has a particular trick. Utilizing sticky notes as bookmarks, they write the pages to be learn every day. Then the youngsters can simply open up and begin studying. With a streamlined routine, they’re often achieved with college by lunch.
This 12 months, the Bieda youngsters are doing HBL E collectively, they usually share language arts and science too. They did uncover the youngsters wanted to be in separate math ranges, nevertheless. When Iron was struggling to maintain up, they’d him decelerate and repeat some work over the summer time. This gave him the arrogance wanted and the ability to maneuver ahead.
Each Brian and Julie agree, “The benefit to homeschooling is which you can repeat subject material if mandatory. With Brian being a public college trainer, he sees youngsters pushed to the subsequent grade once they’re probably not prepared or don’t know what they’re studying. A very good basis is critical that can assist you be taught new issues.”
Sharing Homeschool Perks
The Bieda household loves that they know what their youngsters are studying and that Julie will get to be their major trainer. Whereas they’ve skilled highs and lows of their homeschool journey, they give attention to their finish objective.
“We actually take pleasure in homeschooling our youngsters. It provides us the perfect alternative to spend money on their future so far as making ready them for the adults they’re going to be sooner or later. The way in which issues have modified culturally all through the final couple of many years, this actually provides us the prospect to information and direct them in the way in which that they need to go.” ~ Brian Bieda
Sharing conversations about their private household historical past and the way it connects to the occasions the youngsters are finding out is necessary to the household additionally. This provides worth to their days as conversations aren’t solely instructional but additionally relational. The kids have additionally had the prospect to take part in actions they wouldn’t have been in a position to in the event that they weren’t homeschooled.
“We now have lots of people who can’t perceive why we might need to homeschool our kids. We each knew we wished to be elevating our kids with a Christ-Centered World focus. I’m so grateful to see that development, ideas, and little issues they’ve realized. It’s actually neat to get to be part of it and watch your youngsters develop crucial considering abilities. In the end, not homeschooling was by no means an choice.” ~ Julie
Alternatives, Musings, and Opinions
Each Bianca and Iron love homeschooling. Bianca states, “I like doing college as a household and studying books collectively.” She is a complete bookworm and loves to curve up with a e-book. Iron is a giant fan of Sonlight’s science experiments. They’re excellent for a kid who, “Loves taking part in within the dust and digging.” The household’s favourite books embrace:
You possibly can be taught extra in regards to the Bieda household’s Sonlight expertise by listening to their full interview on the Sonlight Connections podcast.