Over the last 3 months, we have continued to make changes and work on finding our groove. Many homeschooling parents warned me that it would take a year or even up to 3 to find what works best for us and our children. As we shuffle things around I am trying to keep that in mind.
We ended up taking two full weeks off in December which was a much-needed break. I spent the time trying to catch up on their school paperwork and preparing for the next few months. We started back the beginning of January with some new energy and looking forward to the months to come
One big change is that I have only been able to take my children ice skating once instead of the weekly trips they were doing before. The reality is that with 5 young children it isn’t as easy to get out on my own with them. We have gone out a few times though to get together’s with other families which have been nice. We have made some trips to the zoo and some more educational trips to the mountains during the last few months on my husbands days off as well.
The workload we have now settled into seems to be a good fit with the exception of our 1st grader. He still often struggles to complete his work in a reasonable amount of time some days so we are looking at ways to pare back and mainstream his learning for him. Nathan did recently discover the Magic Treehouse series though and is in love with them! He is reading in every spare moment that he has.
While all the children do math only 4 days a week and we do a reduced language arts on our 5th day we recently made the switch from having our ‘light’ homeschool day on Fridays to having it on Wednesdays. We found that appointments most often fell in the middle of the week as did homeschool get together’s. So hopefully, this new schedule will work a bit better for us. We plan to use Wednesday mornings now for the kids to play board games together while I get some catch-up and cleaning done. We have recently found some great board games to add to our learning tool kit like: Explore Canada, Hit the Habitat Trail, Professor Noggins Ancient Civilizations, Money! Money!, Funglish, Pictionary Junior, Bananagrams, and Mobi. The kids enjoy the games and learn quite a bit as well.
We took part in a Valentines Day snail mail exchange last month as well which was fun. The kids exchanged cards and small goodies with 4 other homeschooling families in the USA which was fun.
We have continued to try a variety of different daily schedules. Right now we are trying LA (minus reading), math, piano and active time in the mornings. Then reading, family subject (science, art, health, read a loud and social studies) in the afternoon plus French 3 days a week. So far this seems to be going well.
At this point in the or year I am also starting to look towards planning next year. I am piecing something together for the kids and am very excited about it!
How is your school year going?
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