This is all part of homeschooling (Homeschooling in the New Year)

So, it’s almost time to start a new year. 2013. It’s coming~ and it’ll be here soon.

Even though homeschooling goals and schedules are set in the Summer, this is a great time to re-evaluate how your year is going. Are you on track to meet your goals? Are you on track to finish on time? What has popped up that you weren’t expecting?

For us, this year has been pretty smooth. I have reached out for some more intensive behavioral therapy for the girls, and we are going to see an eye specialist to help treat their severe dyslexia, but other than that, we are doing really well!

I wouldn’t consider us “behind” but I have had to accept that we probably aren’t going to get through all 32 chapters in our Math book.  And, you know what?  That’s OK!  When I thought about it, I realized that we didn’t complete every chapter in the book when I was in public school, either.

This is all part of homeschooling~ we do it so we can tailor the studies to our children.  Mine struggle in Math, so we take longer to study each concept.

I am also not liking our Science book.  I love that it is based on the Bible and, of course, talks of Creation instead of evolution, but it isn’t working for us.  The concepts are too advanced and my girls aren’t getting much out of it.  I am going to make another trip to Lamp Post Homeschooling store and see what they have.  If you find yourself in the same situation, it’s not too late to switch!

This is all part of homeschooling~ we do it so we can tailor the studies to our children.  No need to suffer on with something that just isn’t working.  The work you’ve done still counts~ just find a good stopping point and go ahead and make the switch!

I’m also still searching for a Bible curriculum.  If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them!  I have the hardest time finding something that fits us every year and, I’m ashamed to say, that I am yet to be successful.

This is all part of homeschooling~ we do it so we can tailor the studies to our children.  Sometimes, it’s a long search.

On a good note, we’re loving our History work, especially Pocahontas.  My girls are so into the Indian Princess that I’ve extended learning about her past what our curriculum covers.  Next in line is Jamestown, where we visited earlier this year.  The girls liked it so much, that we plan on going back!  It’ll be great for them to have some knowledge to help put everything in context this time.

This is all part of homeschooling~ we do it so we can tailor the studies to our children.  Yes, that also means finding something they enjoy/are good at and running with it.  The work counts whether it’s in the “book” or not, so go for it!

I hope that your school year is going as smoothly as ours.  If not, don’t stress~ this is the first year {in 4 homeschooling years} that we are having a good year.  This is also the first year that I can say that we are on track!  Don’t stress it.  I have learned that my kids still learned everything they needed to keep them on track.  This is all part of homeschooling~ we do it so we can tailor the studies to our children.  If it takes you longer to tailor, it takes you longer.  No biggie.

 

Tiffany is 1/2 owner of Home Grown Families~ a blog about everything with a heavy focus on travel.  She struggles through each school year tailoring and re-tailoring for her Special Needs kids.

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    I bought Sonlight as our core curriculum in the beginning of school year. After all the holidays, I realized it wasn’t working for us. That’s when I was searching very hard on finding other language arts and science curriculum. It was such a relief when I ship all those books back to Sonlight and was so happy that I decided the switch. We have been enjoying our new curriculum very much for the past 7 weeks! :) Just like you said….This is all part of homeschooling~~~

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