Homeschooling Year in Review

We are wrapping up our first official year of homeschooling. Jonathan was officially in Kindergarten this year and Grace enjoyed tagging along on with her brother on most things.

This year:

– Jonathan completed Level 1 of All About Reading and is almost (75%) done with Level 2. He is motivated, so I expect him to be done before the summer.
– Jonathan and Grace completed Kindergarten Handwriting Without Tears
– Jonathan made diligent progress in Singapore Math- 1st Grade Book A. He has mastered the concepts of addition and subtraction, we are working on memorizing the addition and subtraction facts. I worry that we haven’t finished the book, but the program is mastery-based, so we are trying to ensure that he knows these facts before we move on to higher concepts. It’s also a first grade book, so I probably shouldn’t worry too much.

– For social studies, we have learned world geography. We have covered the basics of map reading, and then virtually traveled and identified all the countries of Asia, Europe, and are completing Africa. We’ve read folk tales and nonfiction works about each country and watched a series of movies which have shown daily life for a child in different countries. This summer we will be studying Latin and South America.

– For science we have been doing zoology- we have studied bugs, birds, and ocean creatures with 106 Days of Creation Studies. We are currently doing mammals and will cover reptiles and amphibians this summer.

– Grace has been developing her reading skills, reading basic CVC words this year. We are currently working through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. She is motivated to learn to read but lacks some confidence.
– Grace is almost done with Singapore EarlyBird (Kindergarten) Math Book A. We have covered counting, patterns, shapes, and nonstandard measurement. She has done really well with this program!

– Kaitlyn has done a good job of learning to walk and talk. She loves baby dolls and animals of every kind.

We have studied the Pentateuch this year in our devotions. Both Jonathan and Grace completed their books in a local AWANA program. We also participated in swimming, gymnastics, and soccer. Jonathan did a semester of scouting with the Trail Life scouting program.

It’s been an exhausting year and sometimes it feels as though progress has been slow. But when I write it all down, we have accomplished a lot!

I want to get back into blogging, so I hope to be updating more regularly with the kids’ progress in school. Both to keep grandparents and family informed, as well as to have a record for myself of the progress we made.

– Amanda