This week has seemed extremely long in our little homeschool land. Some weeks are like that, I guess. But despite the length, it has been good.
Both kids finished up their first books in our reading challenge. And, much to their surprise, both kids found that they really enjoyed the books I picked for them. Yeva was excited to learn that she enjoys a good mystery, and she has asked to read more in the future. Benjamin was surprised to see that even though it’s not Christmas, he can read a Christmas-themed book and like it. I was just happy to see them getting out of their reading comfort zones and enjoying something new. Next up for both is a little bit of sic-fi in the form of Bigfoot and space aliens.
Another thing that went really well this week was Yeva’s science studies. She is soaking up information in a rate that is, for her, record setting. It appears that we’ve finally hit on what works best for her mind. She is learning about bird anatomy and also learning how to identify birds. On top of that, she is learning about the scientific classification system, and is able to understand how scientists group things. It’s fun to watch her be so excited about a subject.
It’s been an interesting week, and it’s not even over yet. Tomorrow is Friday, and I’m definitely ready for the weekend.
We started our homeschool year this week. Overall, it has been a great start. The kids both do better when we have a clear routine set in place. Summer break kills the routine and this year, because of all the moving we did, we had an extra long break. I started noticing a few weeks ago that the kids were getting more fussy than usual, so I’m happy that our days are back to our version of normal.
One of my favorite times of the homeschool year is right now. This is the time of the year when all of our new materials have arrived and I get to start planning out the learning adventure.
I love looking through all of the new books and deciding which path to take with them.
We never follow the curriculum exactly as it is presented – and I don’t recommend anyone do that.
Kids are each uniquely created with their own learning styles and interests.
By planning and preparing ahead of time, we are able to create an environment that captures imaginations and encourages academic growth.
It has taken me a lot of years to figure out that homeschooling doesn’t have to, nor should it, resemble public school. For quite a while I was overly concerned with making sure we were just like everyone else – and by everyone else, I meant just like public schoolers. I worried about what people would think or what they would say in regards to how my kids were learning.
But that has changed.