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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Homeschooling Hiatus~ Winter 2011

As this Mama has gotten smarter through the years (or lazier, you decide) we've started taking our long break in the winter months while Mama is working MORE and LATER hours at her Kohl's job, so that she has a chance to sleep once in a while, plus we don't end up frustrated by trying to stay on schedule while the season gets busier and busier. So, we've been on break since the week of Thanksgiving and we've LOVED it!
Now, before you think I've got and thrown all caution to the wind and that my children are irreparably and irrevocably damaged, let me also add this. We've done lots of hands on learning, lots of reading, lots of enjoying family time, and lots of projects. All interspersed with tons of Christmas music, movies and activities. We've done puzzles and games, played outside while the weather was nice (and even when it wasn't) we've baked, cooked and crafted our way through the season. We've even thrown in a random math or grammar lesson as the whim struck. And yes, at least one of my boys ASKED for school work so he wouldn't get behind. Can I get an "AMEN"?
So a quick update on each of the boys and I'll close. (I'm working on not being so long winded, wish me luck) David is in the 9th grade and enjoying the opportunity to pick his own projects. Right now he's working his way through the Famous Men of Greece book and the Greenleaf Guide to the same. He's LOVING it!! Next up, Famous Men of Rome. Earlier this year, he memorized the entire first book of Genesis. I should mention that I'm loving this curriculum as well. He gets to pick the projects, but they are all appropriate, Bible based, God fearing choices. Patrick is working through his My Father's World Creation to the Greeks package, but he and I had a rough start this year, so we may need to go back and redo some of the lessons. His writing, grammar and math are excelling, so I'm thrilled about that! Derek is coasting through his 1st grade year, and while he LOVES to be read to, and to spend hours poring over books, he is still showing little interest in actually learning to read for himself. However, I am not worrying over it, he will read when he is ready. His handwriting/scissors skills are improving recently, as if his fine motor skills are finally catching up to his gross motor skills.
So truly, good news on all fronts and that's always a good feeling. I'll post more later about some of the projects and activities we enjoyed over the break, along with some pictures. Thanks for your support!

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