It seems like yesterday I was changing our baby girl’s diapers. She is now four years old. We started her out in preschool classes this year (homeschooling, of course). It is the first time she has ever experienced any kind of schooling program. She completely took off in Math. She is now working on single digit addition, moving into single digit subtraction. She was working on some things on www.AbcMouse.com, but she quickly outgrew those things. As far as reading, we put our first 4 words up on our word wall this week. We are working on word families. She seems to enjoy that. She loves books, so she is very motivated to learn to read on her own.
Today, I wanted to cry. My baby girl has outgrown almost all of her preschool classes, so we had to move her into Kindergarten so she could be challenged. She was becoming bored with the things we were doing. We signed her up for classes through www.time4learning.com. If you are not familiar with it, you should definately check it out. It is something we pay for. It is $19.95 a month, but going to be well worth it. She was so excited to be moving up a level, but I was sad to see her grow up so fast. One thing I have to say, though, is that I have never seen a child love school and learning as much as she does. It absolutely amazes me.
And onto our 6th grader… I haven’t posted much because we have been getting caught up on some things he had fallen behind in when he was in public school. I am so excited to announce that we have progressed back up into our 6th grade Math book!!! And we are gaining a lot of ground on Language class too. We are at about 5th grade level. For those of you who are unfamiliar with our situation, our son was pushed through many years of public school before we finally pulled him out to start homeschooling. When we started homschool in October of this school year, he tested into 1st grade Reading and 3rd grade Math. The amount of hard work he has put in and the amount of things he caught onto quickly was amazing. All he needed was one on one time and encouragement. So what are we doing? Math we are working on fractions and decimals, Language we are working on Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases, Science we are learning about friction, speed, gravity, etc. , and History we are working on the settlement of Jamestown. He seems to really enjoy this lesson. We are also working on our Bible lessons. We are working on a book called “Why…a Bible study for 9-12 year olds by Heidi Kreider“. We find her books on www.Smashwords.com.
So where does time go? It goes into teaching our kids in any way that works for them. It goes into making sure our kids enjoy learning so they will want to learn more! And it goes into making our homeschool mesh well with our family life so that we can spend as much quality family time as possible.