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Sonlight Highlight – Birch Household


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Every month the Sonlight workforce will select a present household to focus on by sharing their #sonlightstories. Should you’d prefer to shine a lightweight on your loved ones, apply right here for an opportunity to be featured.

Meet the Birch Household!

Marcus and Meghan with their 5 kids starting from 18 months to 9 years, together with a canine and cat, faculty year-round. They’ve discovered that this works finest through the busy weeks whereas Marcus works full time, and Meghan maintains her “Planting Birches” YouTube channel.

The Birches determined to homeschool whereas pregnant with their first little one. Sonlight stood out for just a few causes:

  1. It was all-inclusive; they might be assured they weren’t forgetting something.
  2. The household cherished the non secular side, from studying the Phrase, Scripture memorization, and studying accounts of God’s work within the lives of His folks. Meghan was over the moon with pleasure!
  3. Sonlight is literature-based, making historical past private and alive.

We love the chance to coach up our kids, to be their primary affect, to have extra entry to their coronary heart, and to be there for the questions, the wonderings, the teachings.” -Meghan Birch

Totally different, Pleasant, & Tough

The Birch Household has discovered that on daily basis presents a special problem. At present, with their three oldest they do their Desk Topics™ time on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and do all their Sofa Topics™ on Wednesday and Friday. In the event that they have been to go on trip or wish to do Vacation College, there isn’t any catching up for them to do as a result of they faculty year-round.

“When you discover a rhythm, you simply step again and let the curriculum do the work.  Whereas we’ve actually made it our personal particularly areas, my kids have turn out to be glorious learners… They LOVE to study!” ~ Meghan Birch

An additional advantage to preserving the varsity routine year-round is that it’s good mentally for the household. After the final two pregnancies, Meghan struggled with post-partum nervousness and located it laborious to maintain going. She felt that she was doing a disservice to her children whereas she was struggling. The steadiness of their homeschool schedule with the youngsters progressing and Marcus’ encouragement to assume long-term past the second saved her motivated to get by means of the laborious occasions.

Homeschooling Expectations

Meghan reminds us that going into it with the appropriate expectation makes all of the distinction. When you understand you can begin the place they’re at, they could rapidly progress. Whether it is laborious generally, you could wish to hand over, so go gradual. Take little bites, and then you definitely’ll discover your groove. Typically you’ll fall, however while you preserve going, it will get simpler.

Our oldest was simple peasy, and I believed that is superior. I may homeschool anybody. You then’re humbled by the second and notice you understand nothing. Being there to see him push by means of his studying struggles has been superb.” ~ Meghan

The Birch household has been in a position to decelerate and velocity up when wanted to match their kids’s wants. It has been superb to go at their tempo and never push. They change issues up from some days on the mattress to some days on the desk. It has been unbelievable to see them turn out to be extra unbiased.

“Seeing them attain these milestones and seeing them develop, that’s priceless. Homeschooling actually teaches them not simply what to study but additionally tips on how to study. It teaches them important pondering expertise.” ~ Marcus Birch

Emotional Intelligence

A Giant concern about homeschooling is they might not have the appropriate social expertise in the event that they weren’t round different college students. The Birch household has discovered the other with their kids, they usually have developed a greater sense of emotional intelligence as a result of they’re homeschooled.

“They’re not good, however after they have these arguments or don’t wish to do one thing, we’ve the chance to coach them vs. them being skilled by somebody with out the identical values or different children.” ~ Meghan Birch

A part of what the Birch kids study is from their dad and mom, however they do have siblings and do have occasions the place they argue about issues. The Birches have this surroundings at dwelling the place they’ll study to be merciful, forgive, and share whereas, they might not study these expertise in a standard faculty surroundings.

“We’ve requested our children in the event that they’ve ever wished to go to high school, however they like utilizing Sonlight. That’s actually vital for us. We would like them to take pleasure in it.” ~ Marcus Birch

The Birch Children Weigh In

Israel (9) likes to learn to all his siblings. Ezra (6.5) excels in math and likes to entertain everybody. Daughter Johanna simply began education full time. The household’s favourite books embody:

You possibly can study extra in regards to the Bieda household’s Sonlight expertise by listening to their full interview on the Sonlight Connections podcast.

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