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We’re in the final stretch of our third year of homeschooling. We strayed from my plan at the beginning of the year, but that’s OK. That’s what makes homeschooling so great – you can go with the flow – move on if something doesn’t work or stay on a subject longer if the kids are enjoying it.
I discovered Khan Acadaemy and we used it for math more than we did EasyPeasy. My daughter also did some Saxon 5/4 – she likes the lessons and that she can do the work on her own. My 2nd grader prefers Khan Academy, especially the mastery challenges. The lessons can be a little frustrating when you need to get five in a row right to move on and you get the fifth problem wrong and have to start over, but other than that, they really liked it. Plus, for my daughter, I was able to pick fourth grade and it would choose the appropriate lessons/skills.
For English, we focused a lot on writing – using adverbs and adjectives to make stories more interesting, writing dialogue, proper indentation and punctuation. We also read a lot. My 2nd grader is reading some of the old Dick & Jane books that my Gramma gave me when I was a kid. He loves them – there’s actually a story to read and not just a word and then a simple sentence followed by another word and simple sentence with no plot. I’m so glad that we discovered this as it has really helped improve his reading skills.
History consisted mostly of reading A Land Remembered Student Edition Volume 1. We’re about halfway through it (we do history about once a week). I’m hoping to finish it up over the summer and move on to A Land Remembered Student Edition Volume 2. The kids are really enjoying the story and we’ve decided that we would NOT have done well in early Florida!! They ran out of coffee! Oh, the horror!
For science, we did stick to our plan of Astronomy, but my kids were mostly fascinated with Pluto and why it isn’t a planet any more. We read lots of books on Pluto! We’ll probably continue with this over the summer as well. They also love kittens and we read lots of cat books – caring for cats, drawing cats, stories about cats.
The kids learned a couple new songs in Welsh and we went to a St. David’s Day dinner. My daughter took tap lessons. We spent lots of time swimming and riding bikes (all three kids can ride without training wheels!!). We went to the beach, looked for shark’s teeth, practiced swimming and riding waves. I taught art class at a local Christian school and my kids were able to participate. We joined a homeschool group that meets for recess once a week plus monthly field trips. We checked out way more books than we could ever read from our two local libraries! We read some, looked at some, and paid a few fines (oops!). My daughter improved her sewing skills (she made her Easter outfit!). We did lots of geocaching. A local church was looking for a way to reach out to homeschool families, so they offered drama classes free of charge from January – May with a little show at the beginning of June. The kids have really enjoyed them!
We’re looking forward to a summer with few commitments. After a couple weeks off, I’m sure I’ll be ready to start planning next year.
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