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A Homeschool Review

Since we had our portfolio review this week, I think it is about time a give a review/update of how it is going.

We start our days with prayer, reading the Bible and read-alouds. J loves when I read to him and right now we are walking through the wardrobe into Narnia! We are also reading In Grandma's Attic.

We then head to the kitchen table for the rest of our work. We start with handwriting because this is what he likes least, and it is easier to get it out of the way first. We then practice our reading and phonics. J is doing so well with this. He really wants to read on his own and I have even caught him trying to sound out the words in the hymnal at church during mass!!

Math is going well too. I really like the Saxon curriculum. I love academics and tend to put a great deal of value on achievement, so when I started homeschooling, my biggest fear was pushing J too much. Saxon is nice because it goes at a nice pace and uses manipulatives for most things. J has fun with it and it helps me to keep us going at a nice, fun pace.

We finish with History and Science. J LOVES science and LOVES when we do projects. I try to foster his love for science as much as possible. He is really into fish right now and claims he will be a scuba diver when he grows up!!

The thing that has surprised me the most is how relaxed I tend to be about homeschooling. There are days when I wonder if I am doing enough, but most of the time, I just want J to have FUN and learn to love learning and desire to learn more.

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