Do you homeschool year round?

It’s May!

For some homeschoolers May is the month where they wrap things up in order to take a break over the summer. For others, like me, it is the month where we re-evaluate our progress and consider the next step. You see, we homeschool all year round.

It was an unconscious decision really. When my daughter was in traditional Kindergarten it took until the end of the school year to get her engaged. Since she was (finally!) engaged in May, I just kept having her do work through the summer.
By the time school started in August she was more than half way through 1st grade. This meant she was very bored in public school…and the problems with her compatibility with public school began to pile up.

By the time December rolled around we pulled her to homeschool. I started her in the second grade homeschool curriculum. Since then we take breaks when we need them, but we do not take more than a couple of weeks at a time off. This allows us to continue to make forward progress, without burnout, and without needless review to get back up to speed! A win-win situation!

Do you homeschool year round?

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Plant Lessons

It’s April!

We worked in the yard today. It was finally warm, and pretty dry. We certainly enjoyed the sunshine. And I found two great teachable moments for my daughter.

The first one was when we started checking the flats of soil we had put seeds in. Different seeds spout in different lengths of time and under different conditions and so we had a plant lesson. We looked at different flats and saw how some plants had already put on true leaves, while other seeds had not even sprouted. We talked about size of seed, and whether the seedling would eventually grow vegetables, flowers, or grains.

That led us into the next teachable moment where we talked a bit about nutrition. My daughter talked about what she liked to eat, didn’t like to eat, and whether those things were good for her. We also talked about the amount of time from seed to edible produce. Later, we had to run an errand, and when we passed the produce market she wondered out loud how early they had to start their seeds to already have tomatoes.

Watching my daughter learn and use the information is amazing. I hope you are having moments like this with your children.

Happy Spring!

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