Monday, November 29, 2010

Homeschooling Change

Since I last posted on this blog, life changes have made it necessary for me to send my kids back to school. Lucy is attending the local public school, and Matthew goes to preschool at a Lutheran Church. Lucy loves school, and has said she likes it more than homeschooling. I'm not really sure how to feel about that. I'm glad she's thriving at school, but part of me wants her to miss homeschooling! What she seems to like most about school is being around the other kids, and being able to participate in things like the radio show and after school art. She wants to be involved in everything!

In any case, I continue to supplement Lucy and Matthew's education at home, and I still think of myself as a homeschooler, even though I'm only able to do it part-time right now. At home Lucy and I are continuing to study history with the Story of the World series. Right now we're learning about the Renaissance, and are about to read about Martin Luther and the Reformation. I found a great picture book about Luther to supplement our Story of the World reading, Martin Luther: A Man Who Change the World, by Paul Maier. We'll continue to read about church history with the book Courage and Conviction, by Mindy and Brandon Withrow. We're also continuing Latin studies at home with Prima Latina. Last year Lucy did Latin through Rosetta Stone for free with a homeschool group. That was great, but no longer available to us without that group!

Lucy has also been working through division in Math U See Delta. She loves division, though she hasn't been very interested in math previously. And we're doing grammar with First Lanuage Lessons, by Peace Hill Press. Lucy does a lot of writing of stories and art at home as well, and we read together nearly every night.

We don't have a lot of time for our studies at home, with school and all the school activities Lucy wants to be involved with, but we work our way slowly through these, and will do more in the summer. So far Lucy has held on to her love of learning. She enjoys what she learns at school, and the teacher says she is the best student in class! Lucy is highly self-motivated and I think the years of homeschooling established that in her.

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