To all my readers:  Happy Holidays!!

What a year we’ve had!  It’s been an incredibly rough year for our family.  We’re certainly hoping for a far better 2016!!

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll remember this post.  Sadly, we lost a wonderful woman this year.  I lost a mom and my girls lost their grandma.  That, along with other unfortunate news, we’ve been trekking along as best we can.  We’ve gathered what pieces we could, patched things up, grieved, mourned, cried, and now we’re moving on.

In the schooling arena, not as much accomplished as I would have liked but we’re doing well and I wouldn’t consider us behind.  A lot of changes were made along the way to accommodate learning styles and the crazy busy months we had.  Overall, I am feeling good.  I really wanted to keep on trekking through this holiday season and continue with school, but I couldn’t do it.

Usually our Summer is spent doing more school work so we can take off during the holiday season – usually from Thanksgiving to New Years.  However, we spent so much time helping a very sick person, hospital visits, mourning, grieving, spending time with family, etc.  that we didn’t do much.  And that’s ok.  And although I wanted to do more school over the holiday season, I realized my kids needed a sense of normalcy and changing that up would not be wise.

What have my girls learned?  They learned about mortality.  Life, death, and all that comes with it.  That’s a pretty huge thing to have to learn – especially at the young age of twelve and six.

Subject/curriculum-wise, here’s where we are:

Twelve year old is doing:
ALEKS Pre-algebra
American History – Joy Hakim along with student guide
Earth Science – hodge podge I pieced together (science encylopedia, Tarbuck college book, Powerpoint presentation – to learn note-taking skills, lots of hands-on books, lab work, etc.)
Worldly Wise online level 8
Global History – note taking skill involved
Typing practice
Getting Started with Latin
Writing with Skill level 1 (halfway through)
Creative writing (fan fiction writing all on her own!)
Classic book reading (varies – sometimes a living book based on where we are in American History, sometimes Shakespeare, etc.)
Court Cases
Art of Argument
Mosdos (depends on how whether we did a classic book or not that week)
Co-op: Civics and Art

My six year olds:
Math Mammoth grade 1
Spelling – it’s more for handwriting practice than anything else and it’s Kindergarten level
Handwriting Without Tears
Reading a bunch of different readers as both finished the 100 Easy Lessons
One of the twins is doing Sequential Spelling level 1 – I bought it on sale and wasn’t going to start it yet she saw it and begged to begin.  So begin we did!
History – flitting and floating around.
Co-op: Animals and their habitats, Traveling Around the World – learning about different cultures and lots of hands on crafty goodness!

Mostly playing, crafting, building, etc.  Six year olds being six year olds!  Having fun is our goal and aim at this age ;)

That’s pretty much it in a nutshell.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and even greater New Year!  I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”  – Neil Gaiman