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Sonlight Highlight – Fiedler Household


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Every month the Sonlight staff will select a present household to spotlight by sharing their #sonlightstories. If you would like to shine a light-weight on your loved ones, apply right here for an opportunity to be featured.

Meet the Fiedler Household!

Felicia and Tim, with their three sons, Jonathan (10), Artemus (8), and Mattix (6), have homeschooled since 2013 utilizing Sonlight. They’ve used ranges T, P, Ok, B, C & D, and are at present utilizing A and E. Felicia tells us about how she at all times needed to be homeschooled in addition to homeschool her personal youngsters. She and Tim didn’t need their children to get misplaced within the crowd however have a robust basis of their religion, in addition to a love of studying.

When Felicia was little she requested to be homeschooled and was for six months throughout a transfer mid-school 12 months. She would line up her stuffed animals and her brothers, and play homeschool with them. It was one thing she at all times needed to do and feels blessed she is ready to homeschool her youngsters. “It is simply one thing God positioned on my coronary heart from a really younger age“, she tells us.

Homeschool curriculum analysis began whereas their oldest was nonetheless within the NICU as a micro-preemie. Whereas studying a Sonlight catalog, the nurses reminded her she had a very long time earlier than needing to think about faculty. As an avid reader, Felicia liked that Sonlight makes use of literature to show and was decided to teach her youngsters utilizing nice books.

“It is a actually enjoyable strategy to study historical past in a approach that I did not study it!” ~ Felicia Fiedler

Fiedler Household Basis

The Fiedler household prioritizes their Bible time very first thing. Their days begin with Bible reminiscence and scripture, even earlier than they’ve breakfast. At the moment, they’re doing each HBL A & HBL E, however they work on the reminiscence verse for HBL A as a household and do the studying from each ranges. Jonathon, the oldest, nonetheless does his Beginning Robust, and the extra pupil readings from stage E on his personal.

Throughout breakfast, Felicia begins studying their historical past and literature. After they clear up, they begin their desk topics. Most days they’re able to end by 11 or 12 o’clock and hang around, play with Legos, or swim within the afternoons.

“I actually like the concept of doing Bible as a household as a result of God’s impressed phrase is for everyone. It reaches a two-year-old to a 100-year-old.” ~ Felicia Fiedler

Fiedlers Discover Flexibility

The Fiedlers have finished all the degrees from preschool – D, however Felicia says she has discovered to stability her expectations. She loves her IG (Teacher’s Information) particularly for scheduling what she wants to perform every day. Felicia modifies it to go well with her household’s wants. Generally she makes use of it for the added dialogue questions, typically they omit books to suit their schedule, however it doesn’t matter what, she is aware of they’re getting a full and wealthy training.

When my oldest went by way of I felt like I needed to follow each little factor. Now I’ve discovered I can loosen up.” ~ Felicia Fiedler 

Felicia says she is ready to breathe a bit of extra as a result of they know the boys are studying extra books now than most children in all probability learn of their whole childhood.  She lets us know that books she didn’t like initially, she completely loves after they learn them once more. “Tastes change, and also you higher perceive the aim of the books as you go alongside.

This 12 months has been a extremely tough 12 months for the household, with the lack of a grandfather, and a great-grandmother in addition to transferring and constructing a home. With all this and Tim being deployed just a few instances, they’ve had loads on their plates. Felicia’s perspective has shifted, and it is okay to step again and re-prioritize what must occur. The IG has given her the flexibility to stability what must be finished for college.

Tim and Felicia intend to homeschool by way of highschool, however they need to comply with God’s plan for his or her lives. Felicia is a planner and had all of the years deliberate out, however now appears like she wants to attend annually to see what’s in retailer for them. Their purpose is to stay versatile in what must occur.

Tim’s flexibility was put to the check when Felicia introduced up homeschooling. He thought she was loopy as a result of it was so totally different from what he remembered from his conventional faculty upbringing. Now he is aware of homeschooling was one of the best resolution. He trusts her, she retains him updated on all they’re doing, and he cannot complain. When she wants him to take over, he is aware of learn how to comply with the IG and what to do. Sonlight is straightforward to make use of and versatile.

“Not every thing may be deliberate out precisely the way you need to it to be, so I attempt to be versatile.” ~ Felicia Fiedler

Fiedler Household Favorites

The Fiedler household says their favourite issues about homeschooling are spending extra time with household, and never having to do faculty all day lengthy. Whereas the boys love being homeschooled as a result of mother reads to them, they get pleasure from studying their books and making lunch collectively.

The Fiedler boys’ favourite guide suggestions:

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

The Nice Turkey Stroll

Boxcar Kids

Ergermeier’s Bible Storybook

George Muller

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

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