Mini Update

I’ve been taking a break from the detailed updates, as they are very time consuming, but I thought I’d give a brief update on how things are going in our little homeschool!
The last few weeks have been wonderful (probably partly due to being able to focus and really enjoy what we’re learning and not thinking about updating the blog) and I have not had nearly as many of those doubtful days as I frequently did at the beginning of this school year when I would worry about a variety of things and second-guess our decision. Considering it’s February, which many people claim is “the most difficult month for homeschooling”, I’m feeling extra encouraged to be in such a good place. I’ve been planning and buying curriculum for next year and I am so excited about what we’ll be doing!

A couple weeks ago we also visited a homeschool co-op that offers enrichment classes and we are really excited about the possibility of joining next year. The kids are so thrilled with the idea of having classes to go to. I love that because it’s just a once a week thing and is not for the core subjects, it doesn’t interfere at all with what I have planned in terms of curriculum (that’s the control freak in me talking).

Caroline just started the Explode the Code Primers. She will be finishing them by the end of the year so that we can start with book one next year. We love this program and I truly think that it’s one of the reasons (along with Pathway Readers) that Elliot has become such a strong reader.
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Elliot has become SUCH a reader. He often disappears into his room to read in the afternoons, and he reads each night in his bed before it’s time to turn out the lights. He has several favorite series that he can’t get enough of. We joined the Six Flags “Read to Succeed” challenge late, and he ended up reading the full six required hours in just about one week.
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In other news, we’re going to Disney World in 17 days! We just told the kids this past weekend and they’re thrilled. We love that homeschooling gives us the freedom to go on vacation on the week BEFORE the rest of the state of Texas is taking their spring break!

We had fun doing a scavenger hunt that ended revealing their big surprise.
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