I'm on the edge of my seat, about to launch the biggest project I've ever done, which has grown way beyond what I imagined. It's the fruition of 20 years' worth of work, since I've been an educator for two decades. It's a membership site where all my unit studies are in categories, with supporting materials beneath them, usually in the form of video demonstrations.
I've had people e-mailing me, asking for the book list for each of my unit study time periods. It took me many hours to track down all the books that I used, but these lists are now in my Unit Study Treasure Vault, followed by a list of activities in the order I did them while homeschooling my own children.
The science section has subject headings, and all the articles, videos, and field trips I did for each subject are under each heading. And I've added more high quality videos from the best of what the internet has to offer. I will be filming three exclusive demonstration videos found nowhere else on earth but in my Treasure Vault each month, plus I will continuously be adding to each category.
There's a geography section, a literature section, an art section, a field trip section, and I will be adding more sections in the upcoming months. But each section is substantial and large already. That's the crazy thing about it. And it will only be growing.
The Bible section is one of my favorite sections. Years ago I wrote Charlotte Mason style summaries for each book of the Bible, turning them in to my pastor for a class that took two years. My own father was a pastor and a missionary for 30 years (as well as a seminary professor), and he and my mother are helping me to edit the summaries and upload them to the Bible section of the Treasure Vault. Under each book of the Bible, I will be creating wonderful activities. This one section will eventually have hundreds of original hands-on learning activities. Even though I'm creating all these materials for homeschool moms, Sunday school teachers would also benefit from it. It might become so huge that it will need a whole separate Bible Treasure Vault. Who knows? The whole thing gives me so much joy, I can hardly contain it.
In fact, the whole idea for this Treasure Vault was birthed in joy. My husband had taken the kids swimming one evening, and I sat there in silence in the house, asking God what He wanted me to do with my business. I opened my heart to God and waited. Suddenly the idea for the Unit Study Treasure Vault came to me, and the individual ideas came like a waterfall, hundreds of ideas, and I had so much joy in the Spirit. I am exactly in the center of the will of God right now. In God's presence is fullness of joy.
My husband is a computer programmer who happens to be my webmaster, so he has been writing computer code all summer long. I'm not kidding. He's hardly been sleeping at all the last few weeks in preparation for this launch. My husband told me last night, “This is the biggest thing you've ever done, and you're blogging about a hammock. We're days from launching. I'm surprised you haven't been getting e-mails saying, 'What's going on?'”
“Oh, I'm getting e-mails, and I'm answering each of them one by one. Those women are excited about the Vault and can't wait.”
We have a couple of small glitches which are being worked out. We might launch tonight. Or Monday. The time is near...