Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Summer is coming, and with it comes a reassessment of our homeschool. As I've mentioned before, we're relaxed homeschoolers. We're riding the Sonlight wave, sometimes surfing in other directions, back tracking, or swimming it straight on.
Merikalyn turned six on May 5th, so she's entering first grade. I've decided to go through Sonlight's K curriculum again. We're only halfway through it (as I chose to take it at a slower pace), but she's really struggling with reading. I purchased Hooked On Phonics for 1st grade, but before we really dig into it, I think it would be wise to review the first few weeks of Sonlight K to really ground in the alphabet and the sounds.
Nolyn is four, and seems to be ready for some simple homeschooling, and I believe he could benefit from sitting in on the lessons as we do a review of lessons this summer.
I don't want to push him, but he's already ahead of where Merikalyn was when we started Sonlight, so I think he'll do well to start now.
In case you didn't catch on, we're year-round homeschoolers. No, we don't homeschool every.single.day, but we don't take a big lump break either. We may take a few days here or a week there, but you can't really take a break from learning. It should happen whether you schedule or organize it or not.
Anyway, so, for now, our plan is to review in order to strengthen the foundation for Merikalyn's reading, to continue the Montessori style for Keagan (who turned 20 months old yesterday), and to bring Nolyn into the Sonlight mix as we review.
I love the flexibility of homeschool. You can change it up, mix it up, or completely overhaul it. There's no one-size-fits-all. You can back track, speed up, or slow down whenever you need to. Of course, there are days when I think, "Oh LORD, how am I going to do this for 20+ more years... until the last little one leaves the nest?" but, truly, it's rewarding- especially when you see those little successes.