Our spring semester started today with a new curriculum choice and a new focus. We will be using Ambleside and so far I love everything about it. The kids seem to be really excited about what they will be learning and how we will be moving forward on our homeschooing journey. I will be updating our new path, hopefully more regularly!!
This semester has flown by and taken part of my sanity the I will never see again. The kids' school is going really well. My semester was less than stellar.....aaarrggghhh! This year we decided to do something a little different and take a trip for Christmas. The family including Burt's mom will be vacationing on Oak Island for almost 2 weeks. The weather is so mild and the breeze is intensely calming, We are having a great time. I will post pics soon!
We have been enjoying our vacation a little too much. : ) We have been trying to keep math and phonics going throughout our summer but vacations, the pool and family visits have definitely top priority.
There is only a few weeks until the fall semester starts and we will be doing things a little bit different this year. I am now the director of Knoxville's newest Classical Conversations, so we will be doing our first co-op. I am extremely excited/nervous about this. I am looking forward to making new connections and the opportunity to fellowship with other homeschool families. The nervousness stems from making sure I can put in 100% as director. I am taking 9 hours at UT this fall and homeschooling the kids, so adding this on top is going to take some serious discipline on my part. I am really looking forward to the fall. I will be updating soon about our curriculum in addition to what we are doing with CC.
School has been chugging right along. K is doing great in school. The only thing we are missing is a home school support group here. I am actively searching but it seems that the home schoolers here are hibernating.
N and EG are half way through their alphabet phonics. EG has more of a knack for recognizing words right now. They both love their new Math workbooks. We switched to Horizon K. Handwriting is going ok. Neither of them have a real desire to write shapes and lines they are ready to "write real stuff" according to EG.
The Elmore Classical Academy will be closed through the rest of the week due to a very unpleasant stomach virus. We will be spending the rest of the week getting better and using lots of purel, clorox wipes and lysol. LOL Hope you have a great week.
Our school year has been rolling along quite well. N and EG are working on their phonics and reading skills, thanks to The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading. While at first I was sold on Horizon Math, I have began researching RightStart Math. I love the idea of games and workbooks. I have also switched from Handwriting without tears to using Kumon workbooks. They are absolutely delightful and the kids love them. K has finished Prima Latina and is about to start Latina Christina and Lingua Angelica (a latin translation program). We began using McGuffey's Spelling Primer for spelling and vocabulary. History has been mainly focused on books on American History from the library. Same for science.
Things are going really well here in Ktown. The kids are settling in to our new schedule, which is wonderful.
We have finally settled into our new place. The kids are getting adjusted to our new schedule. Burt and I are beginning to figure out how to time manage being parents, students, working and homeschooling. It has been a very difficult for me to be away from the kids. at the beginning of the semester the kids and I were really struggling but it is getting better everyday.
Here are some pics of the kids enjoying the playground at the new place.