Summers fly by here. Not that I am complaining. When it hasn’t been thunder storming the heat has been draining and suffocating. Even with our membership to the pool club did not give much relief to the kids boredom and ability to go outside. Private and public schools are beginning to start and in a few weeks we will begin a new homeschooling year, my seventh.
This past year I am not sure how effective I was as a teacher. The kids appear to have done well in spite of the drama and having a crazy mama. Dylan has really shown a lot of progress and is beginning to become more self motivated about his studies. Jack sunk his teeth more into science, especially reptile studies where there was a lot of dissection of dead things found around the yard or what the cats drug up. How many parents can say their 11 year old can reassemble a dead animal from head to tail identify their various bones? Not many is my guess.
The little girls have mostly played and enjoyed learning from their siblings and outings and apps on the iPad. Reading took a backseat with Katie as her frustration level went up. Math, social studies, and sciences are a breeze but the actual reading has become a huge stumbling block in moving her forward. In September she is having educational testing and we are mostly concerned that she has dyslexia, something I suspected a year ago but had many people recommend we give it another year to see if she just needed to mature. Now she wants to read and is frustrated that the “words dance on the page and float when she tries to read them”.
And Elizabeth, what can I say, this girl of almost 17 seems to have her ducks in a row. She has a full course load including co-op classes and enjoys challenging work. It is hard to believe that we are thinking about what’s next and if she goes to college, which ones will be the best fit, and how she will be taking the ACT in the late fall. It seemed like she was a toddler just yesterday.
We are looking at a very full homeschooling year, filled with community activities, 4H, dances, and field trips. Like every year I fear I either do not have enough or have too much. Hoping to find a good balance as I continue to “Homeschool Five”.