Friday, October 22, 2010

Homeschooling Update........


My Youngun is getting close to 12 years old!

I haven't blogged about homeschooling in quite awhile, so I just thought I'd catch you up!

WE LOVE IT!

This is our first full school year with homeschooling.  We formally started back after Labor day and that in itself was an utter blessing.  The local districts start back the second week in August and I was never a fan of that. 

The Youngun has always been a straight A student because she was afraid of getting in trouble with the teachers.  However that didn't mean she was actually retaining any information past the day of the test. Being able to set our own curriculum and schedule has been simply amazing.  Math has always been her kryptonite but since we began homeschooling, she is finally getting her math, and really truly understanding what she is doing.  She is retaining so much of History, because we are allowing her to lead us in what she wants to learn about.  The most recent historical topic she was interested in was Amerigo Vespucci and we had a great time learning about him.  We are now on to pirates as that is where she wants to go.  By allowing her to lead, she is really learning and retaining and that's awesome!

She is doing a report on a state of her choosing each week, she's reading the Redwall Abby series of books by Brian Jacques, we are learning how to diagram sentences with ease, how to read and create maps (which she absolutely LOVES by the way), and we just finished learning all about bats for Science.  We are learning good health guidelines and about how important fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains are to our health and development.  

As a family we love not being tied to the school's schedule.  She is a changed child, in that she's no longer so anxious and stressed about school and learning.  She is taking joy in learning again, and for that I'm so thankful. 

Homeschooling isn't for everyone I'm sure, but I'm very thankful that it's where God has led this family!

God Bless..............

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful girl... thats gettin ready to hit the teenage years :) That is great! Its cool that you can homeschool your daughter. I thought about it before our Dd16 started her 1st year, but the idea left my mind real quick... I can honestly say it is not for my family, I think someone would get hurt, lol. I'm not book smart at all... but I am life smart :)

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  2. So glad you are able to homeschool your sweet daughter and that she is enjoying the experience with you and she's happily learning and doing well.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  3. Beautiful girl you got there...she looks so much like the both of ya'll. Glad to hear schooling is going well...I think I've touched on the topic b4 with you, and you know I cant do it, but sometimes wish I could, but then other times I'm glad I dont. I'm only good in math so far then..I'm lost!
    Hey I've heard of "un-schooling" on some blogs I've read...whats the diference than saying homeschooling... I guesss I could google it, sorry ; )

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  4. Homeschooling is a wonderful journey when done right. Glad you are finding it rewarding and making it work.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. She just has an awesome teacher!

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  6. She looks very happy. I'm really glad you both found the answer to regaining the joy of learning. It's something she'll enjoy all of her life now.

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  7. Isnt it a wonderful thing?? I am so glad it is working so well for you all! I honestly dont know what we our family would be like if we still dealt with the stress of public school...

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