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!