Update

It has indeed been a while since I last blogged.  I’ve actually come to accept that this is how it is for me.  Life has a way of getting in the way of little things like blogging ;)

Things have indeed gotten busy here.  But, honestly, isn’t it always busy?  I think it would be far more a surprise to suddenly have lots of time with nothing to do, eh?

We’ve received some seriously grave news and I might blog about that down the road.  Right now, I am still processing.

On the homeschool-front, we’re still trekking away!  My oldest is onto 6th-7th grade work right now and my two little ones who aren’t so little anymore are doing Kindergarten-1st grade work.

It does seem interesting to note that we’re apparently always teetering between two grade levels!  Which is totally fine!   Just found that interesting to note.

My oldest has added several subjects all on her own and I’ve added a few, as well.  Here’s a run-down on what all we’re doing at the moment:

6th-7th Grade:

  • ALEKS Math – Middle School Math Course 2 (which is 7th grade math)
  • Critical Thinking Company Understanding Algebra
  • Wordly Wise 3000 Online
  • Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream (we put Mosdos off to the side so we could work through this – she requested we do this book!) – using this book and I found some free teacher’s guide online to help with discussing the book’s story.
  • Duolingo for Spanish
  • Critical Thinking Company You Decide – and playing this game for FREE! (this is part of Logic curriculum)
  • Art of Argument (this is part of Logic curriculum)
  • Elemental Science Logic Stage Biology – we are almost done!
  • Writing with Skill Level 1 -halfway through the book!
  • American History – on book 5 of History of US
  • Will be starting to do Global History shortly (more on this later!)
  • Astrobiology – ordered this book (which she devoured!) and she’s doing a Coursera class on the subject
  • Economics – loving this book!  Not too in depth -we talk about it together and I read the book so I can get a refresher course on how best to explain things.  We have some good conversations on the topic!
  • Rummy Roots for Latin

At co-op we’re doing a math class, art history, and mythology.  Sadly, we only have two more classes for this school year.

I think overall, she’s doing well!  Her workload has gotten heavier and she is doing school most days for a lot longer than what she was used to.  We alternate some subjects and don’t do all of the above every single day -that would just be cah-razy!

As for the other little ones.  We’ve been working on our 3R’s – Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.

One of them is struggling with pencil grip.  I have tried several pencil grip doodats to help with this, but have had no luck.  We are now trying the Ticonderoga Triangular pencils.  They are much thicker than the typical pencil so it appears to be helping somewhat.

I’ve also noticed that due to the pencil grip issue, it is taking her longer to practice her writing.  So that has led me to separate the twins and sit with each of them one-on-one so she doesn’t feel bad for taking longer.

With Twin A (who shall henceforth be known as T.A.) I am doing 100 Easy Lessons for reading.  With Twin B (who shall henceforth be known as T.B.) I am using All About Spelling since the 100 Easy Lessons was just not working for her.

For Math I am using Singapore Kindergarten Math and Math Mammoth 1st Grade -really loving Math Mammoth and once we’re done with the Singapore books I am switching totally to Math Mammoth as it appears to be working for both girls!

We’re using Handwriting Without Tears but I have printed a bunch of paper (with big squares on it) to just practice more.  Each one has letters they struggle with so we go over those letters each day and then move on in the book.

My girls also love Science so we pull out Science encyclopedia’s and all kinds of books and read a lot.  For this age, it’s mostly exploring their world around them and they seem to naturally soak stuff up!

We’re wrapping up co-op for them, as well.  They’ve been doing a science class, art history class, and a music & movement class.  Sad to see the school year ending but we’ll be continuing co-op next school year!

I think that all brings us up to current.  The days are truly zooming by and looking back to when we started the school year, I can honestly say that all three of my girls have learned and have grown a lot!