Today I’m linking up with two other homeschooling bloggers and we’re reflecting on the past year of our home schools! Michelle from Simplify, Live, Love is a homeschooling mom of 4 in Iowa, and Cheryl from On The Old Path is a friend of mine who homesteads and homeschools her 6 children here in Eastern Ontario.
Although I’ve been doing preschool and intentional learning activities with the kids for the last couple of years, this is the first year that I’ve been a bit more structured with Tobi doing kindergarten work.
I mostly used Come Sit By Me, which is a Canadian curriculum similar to Five in a Row. I really enjoyed it! I had several of the books already and I was able to find a few at used book stores. I borrowed the rest from the library’s inter-library loan system. You can find more about the curriculum we used here.
School went pretty smoothly until Christmas. For the most part, Tobi, Annie, and I did about an hour of school in the afternoon while Josiah was napping.
And then Gabriel was born.
And then Josiah started dropping his naps.
Can you guess what happened?
Yup. Not much. At least, not much in the way of structured school. I really struggled to get back on track. I pretty much ditched any form of curriculum and just tried to get through the Handwriting Without Tears workbooks, Tobi’s math workbook, and read alouds. We went on a couple of field trips and did some experiments.
But you know what? I think that’s totally OK! I mean, he’s 5. We’ve got lots of time. And I think that if we had pushed on with what I initially felt I had to to “do school” we would have burnt out. At the very least, I would have burnt out. And a burnt out Momma is not a very pleasant person to be around.
Tobi just recently finished his HWT workbook and Annie is finished hers as well. Tobi knows all of his letters (most of the time) and Annie knows about 1/2 of them. Josiah even knows about 8 or 10 of them! (Thank you, Super Why!)
Tobi is great with numbers and is doing well with early math. He’s struggling more with reading but he’s slowly starting to remember all the sounds and soon we’ll try putting sounds together again.
All in all, I’m pleased with how the year went. I’m thankful that I live in a province in which I don’t need to keep a certain number of “school days” or sent in records. I enjoyed having my kids with me! (Most of the time…) And I was definitely thankful to be homeschooling every day when the school bus went by picking up the neighbour kids and we were all still in our jammies.
Next year we’ll be trying some new things but that’s a topic for another post!
Now, go check out what these two wonderful Mommas did in their home school this year, and how it worked for them
Cheryl from On The Old Path
Michelle from Simplify, Live, Love