School’s almost halfway over

Yikes! How did we get so much done in so few months? It’s amazing the amount of material we’ve covered so far this year. We started in mid-August and haven’t taken any of those one- or two-day holidays like the public and many private schools do. As a result, we’re almost halfway through the school year.

I like how we’ve been able to slip in bits about trusting God and other religious tidbits. While we do have a specific Bible curriculum, I don’t think religious teaching needs to be a segregated, separate subject at this age. There are numerous teachable Christian moments in other subjects, especially history and science. If Christian teaching isn’t integrated to life, then you aren’t living a Christian life. This attitude is best started when they are young. They need to see how what they are learning affects their lives as a Christian.

I’ve had a few sick days for me when I don’t care how much he gets done. Surprisingly, he got more done on those days than usual. He likes to work ahead in handwriting. Then he gets upset when we catch up and he has to do it again.

I’m still glad we changed to Christian Light Education for reading and language arts. I feel he is learning much better. They also share our strong work ethic, positive morals, and belief in individual accountability which are reflected in the lessons. I like how it’s paced and the review sections are great. Next week we will finish unit 4 of 10 for both of these. I never did the Abeka spelling. He’s doing fine with the words in the CLE lists. His main writing problems are motivation and self-confidence. I should add creative writing next year. Still, he’s doing more sentence writing and structure than Abeka would.

He has a problem with carefully following directions. His dad was homeschooled and had similar problems when he was that age.  At first I ignored it because it was new material he was having trouble with (and we were getting used to CLE). Now I know he understands but just is in a rush, so he’s not carefully reading directions. CLE has quizzes and unit tests. While we haven’t done all the quizzes, he’s done all the tests. He does well when he reads directions but I’m now marking answers he improperly followed directions as wrong. For instance he underlines when the directions say to circle or he put an X on the things that were supposed to be circled and vice versa. I’m not going to let him skate by on autopilot like last year. As a result, some of his scores are rather low.

For math we are over halfway. Yesterday he did lesson 17 out of 30. We do math 2 days a week. He’s not needed many review days this year so he often does 2 lessons in one week. I’m thinking he may need to take a test here soon. I’m pretty sure he understands the work. It’s more of a following directions test to be sure he correctly applies the directions (rounds to ten thousands instead of just thousands).

We’re enjoying the history. I’ve not done much of the native American stuff. Most of those projects I would have to finish instead of him. It’s supposed to be HIS history. I don’t mind helping, but he needs to do most of the work. We’ve been learning about the colonial period the last few weeks.

When we get to the Revolutionary War and later wars, we’ll talk about the problems of a Christian participating in war for any reason and conscientious objectors like the Mennonites. “Judge not, that ye be not judged” Matthew 7:1 and “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned; forgive, and ye shall be forgived.” Luke 7:37. Participating in war is a huge judgement upon your fellow man. You’re judging to death! Not to mention Isaiah 2:4, “And he shall judge among the nations and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war way more.”

Little Karen is enjoying preschool. She’s learning colors and numbers. We should be finished with Doing My Best next week then starting Adventures with Books, the first in the next set of activity books. I think we will start CLE’s Learning to Read in the fall. I don’t want to rush her and she’s needing lots of help with this next set of preschool activity books. Plus her hand coordination isn’t quite good enough for writing properly. She’s starting to enjoy some of the manipulative learning games now.

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5 Responses

  1. Wow! You all must work fast to get all that work done. 😀 We normally got done around April!

    ~ Lacy

  2. Lacy,
    No. We just try to always do our 5 lessons each week and not have a lot of short weeks. A missed day here and there really add up to slow you down. He’s also understanding the concepts better since switching to CLE so we move a little faster than before. Plus, we tend to take more time off in the spring.

  3. We’re homeschooling also. My kindergartener has already started on her 2nd semester workbooks. It’s amazing how quickly children finish their schoolwork when not having to deal with school schedules and time constraints. And they still have plenty of free time for other stuff too. hj

  4. HJ,

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s “ahead” of the public school schedule. It never made sense to me having all those silly one day holidays nor regulations that say you must spend X amount of time each day or year doing school. Homeschooling lets them learn at their own pace. We spend 2-4 hours/day on school (depending upon motivation and interest) and the rest of the time is free after their chores. It’s not the quantity of school time but the quality that matters.

  5. Another thing about homeschooling that I love is the flexibility. We also live in Alaska. They say in Alaska there are 2 seasons winter and construction. That is so true for our family. Homeschooling makes it possible for us to have lots of family time during the winter and the ability to work around my husbands schedule during the construction season.

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