Its been a little quiet over here this week as I just havent felt the need to report anything new, but of course, things are still happening. With spring break here I thought I’d pop in and give you an update on what we have been up to.
Homeschool is still going strong thankfully and I can’t believe in just a few short months we will have completed our first homeschool year. I honestly never thought I would see that moment. We aren’t there yet, but we will be and I feel it now. Every day I am seeing little accomplishments around the house that homeschool has brought to us.
I try and remember where we were at this time last year when both of the girls were still in regular school and I do know that I was researching and reading up a storm about all things homeschool. I wanted to make sure that I knew everything about it before I made this decision. I also remember feeling the anxiety and sadness that came with the struggles that Hailey was still going through on a daily basis in school and waiting for test results, meetings, etc. Its such a heavy feeling for any parent who has to go through that sort of thing. Filled with nerves and anxiety; its not something I miss I’ll tell you that right now.
So now a year later we are all adjusted to being together all the time, homeschooling and what it means, and most importantly, the girls have adjusted to their new idea of what school is for them now.
Not only are they learning and remembering concepts that I would deem impossible this time last year, they are also reading amazingly well. Like I have said before, the girls are just blowing me away with their reading and their new found interest in reading. I always read homeschool posts on other blogs about how their children always have their noses in books and I always thought to myself “yeah right, not my kids!”. Well now, I am happy to report that we are part of that club and the only reason why we are a part of that club is because we have been homeschooling. The changes that have taken place are really exciting and I can’t wait to see more along the way.
Now onto a little recap:
We have been doing much of the same types of things, however we have introduced new concepts too. It’s a little hard to start new things when we are so close to the end of the year, but we must, so we do!
We introduced the girls to cross multiplication and measurement. I gave Luis the job of introducing measurement because he really enjoys doing more hands on learning with the girls and we want that to be mainly hands on. The cross multiplication has gone really well, although we still need a lot of practice. Before the year ends I would like to introduce multiple step division as well.
We have also been focusing on reinforcing already learned concepts to round out the year. More skip counting, simple division, and simple multiplication. The girls are also getting better at telling time and working with money.
We have switched gears as far as cursive goes. The girls have grown really tired of the cursive worksheets so I told them that we could ditch them as long as we write in cursive for their journals and other writings. I personally think this will be the easiest way for them to solidify their cursive, and not just with writing random words like “Kentucky” or “Declaration”. Obviously these are words they don’t use.
The girls are also reading to me everyday, we are working on abbreviations, verbs, and nouns, and poetry.
I have kind of let history go for now as we are really bored with “The Story of the World” and I am just not sure what to do with history. We are kind of replacing history with science as we are still working on our animal tree and learning about each type of animal. We are using this book and we love it!
Next week is spring break so we won’t be doing school, but I will still pop in and let you know what we are up too!
And if anyone has any tips and ideas for history I would love to hear about it! Thanks!