A little homeschooling update

A week before our trip to Louisville, I realized we were on target to finish school right when I wanted to! (two weeks before the end of May, right before Paul’s graduation)

Woohoo!

I thought about putting something on Facebook and then thought, No, as soon as I do that something will happen and we’ll get all thrown off.

I knew we were going to Louisville, but had meticulously planned our lessons and worksheets to do while we were there. Ha! I didn’t take into account a Monday of packing and driving, a Tuesday of driving, a Wednesday and Thursday of playing, and a Friday of driving. Good work, genius. We accomplished exactly one lesson.

So we lost a week. No big problem. The family time was totally worth it. And, I’d realized that most of the major concepts for the year have already been taught so it’s really not a big deal to make up some days here and there. Besides, my big goal was to finish by the end of May. We could not make up anything and still beat that goal by a week.

Second thing I didn’t count on: all of us getting sick. For a week. Most noticeably, Hopey.

I have to say that while I will take colds, fevers, and exhaustion every time over stomach bugs, we were all pretty pathetic that next week.

So just like that, we lost two weeks of school.

Thankfully, last week we had a wonderful, normal week of school. It’s amazing how much you remember you love something after you step away from it for awhile. (even unintentionally)

Now we have exactly four weeks of school left to finish in the four weeks of May.

I want to finish strong *obviously*. But I also feel like these last four weeks could be an opportunity to do some more fun things as we practice and review what has been learned this year.

Last week we did school at the park on Monday. The girls had to line up, answer a question or do some sort of something before going down the slide and coming back for another question. It was a blast!

I admit that I’m looking through the daily worksheets very carefully and sometimes crossing off exercises that I feel are unnecessary at this point. Also, we are going to concentrate heavily on neatness in writing these last four weeks. Hope has learned her cursive letters so well! But it’s easy to get lazy after writing so many times, so again, I’m going to lighten the load a little bit and encourage her to do every word and every sentence as neatly as possible.

We are halfway through our Louis Braille biography and plan to finish that as well. It’s so fun to take turns reading. We completely slaughter all the French names. = /

Hopefully we will be able to do our art projects more consistently and also do more baking or fun extra things.

Looking ahead, I’m making lists of what to order for next year. It’s strange to me that even at the end of this year, that really excites me. Sophia can not wait to start kindergarten. She asked if she could start the day after Hopey finishes. = ) I’m really excited about teaching them together.

So there you have the status of our formal education around here. We’re praying for wisdom and perseverance to finish this first year of homeschooling well.

Wish I could take credit for these cool flags being a part of homeschooling. However, it's one of the things the girls figured out on their own while Mommy was napping in the afternoon. = ) Can you tell what countries they represent?
Wish I could take credit for these cool flags being a part of homeschooling. However, it’s one of the things the girls figured out on their own while Mommy was napping in the afternoon. = ) Can you tell what countries they represent?

Are you finished? Finishing? Still have a ways to go? Do tell. = )

5 thoughts on “A little homeschooling update

  1. Oh, so far from finishing here. But great job for you! That’s so fulfilling! You’ll have to plan for next year BEFORE baby comes. Whatcha gonna buy for next year?? Homeschooling moms are nerds, but it still qualifies as shopping. 🙂

    Yes! Cut some of that writing. If she does it neatly, reward her with not having to do all the “busywork.” Sorry to hear you were sick. 😦

    The flags–I recognize the big bulls-eye as Japan? And the USA? Clueless about the others.

    1. I’m trying to plan! Currently my brain is fried from looking at different options so I don’t know yet what I’m buying. But I’ll let you know for sure when I do! = )

      The flag with green and orange is India. We have several good Indian friends here so they’ve learned that from them. The other one is Canada; I thought the attempt at the maple leaf was admirable though hard to recognize. = )

  2. I too had grand expectations of finishing our school year earlier to correspond with my husband’s university schedule, but random weeks of illness pushed us back. And I’d planned on doing school every day that my parents were here last month, since my mom is a veteran homeschooler and I’d have two extra sets of hands with the littles, but somehow we didn’t get ANY work done their whole visit! I guess it just happens… So we’re going ’til the end of May, too. Last year we just trickled off, so this year I do want to make it a big deal on our last day!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing! I think the end of May is a completely reasonable time to finish school. = ) Can’t wait to hear how it goes for you. I enjoyed catching up on your blog last night.

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