They have different themes each Monday this month. I am going to try to participate in all of them, but I'm not promising anyone! It looks like a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy getting a glimpse inside our homeschool.
I finally feel like a "real" homeschool Mom this year. This is the first school year I had to file with our school district. I also have to keep a portfolio and have Pie Pie tested at the end of the school year. I know not all homeschoolers have to do this, but those are the laws in our state. I was actually very nervous that I wasn't going to do things right or the school district was going to be mean to me. It was actually easier than I thought it would be, once I got over myself. I read all of my state laws, made sure I had all of my paper together, signed and notarized and went to the school district with confidence! Just a few easy questions and we were out of there! As of July 6th, we are officially able to log days! One down, one hundred seventy nine more to go! We actually only do fun school in the Summer, but we have some field trips we are looking forward to that I would like to count toward school. I feel it can't hurt to have extra time so we can take breaks as needed through the school year.
Here is a photo of me happy after I filed with my school district!
I have two daughters who I homeschool. My oldest daughter, Pie Pie, is eight and will be going into third grade. We are a little behind in some areas and a little ahead in others. That is one of the benefits of homeschooling, you work at your own pace. We are both visual learners, so we have been a good match this past three years. We do have our struggles because we both love and dislike the same subjects. Our least favorite subjects are Math and Language Arts. We tend to do these first, so we can move onto the fun stuff! We love Reading, History, Geography and Science! Pie Pie is also fabulous at Art! She loves to draw! She also loves horses and swimming!
My goals for Pie Pie are to finish her current Math book and to get about halfway through the next one. I'd like her to be able to write in cursive. We definitely need to work on Spelling. For some reason I though if you can read you can spell. Apparently that is not true. She can tell the word is not spelled correctly she just doesn't know how to get it to the correct spelling. We will just be continuing on with the rest of our subjects. There will be more specifics about our curriculum in another post.
My youngest daughter, Pants, is four. She will not be five until November so technically she is still Pre-K. Because of the fact that I have been homeschooling Pie Pie for the last three years I feel Pants is ready for Kindergarten work. She has been exposed to a lot simply through listening to her sister's lessons. We have started pre-reading and she is doing really well. She knows many of the letter sounds. I'm hoping she will be reading by next Summer. I'm planning on keeping it light and fun! She will also be participating in Bible, Science and History with her sister, but on her level. We will continue our work with numbers. For some reason she feels fifteen does not belong in the number line. She just skips right over it! Pants is very busy and loves pretty much anything! She likes to draw and listen to stories. She also likes to "read" to me!
So, that's a little about us and our school! Thanks for visiting, there will(hopefully) be more to come so make sure you visit us again!
P.S. Here's the link for the Back to (Home) School Carnival