Greeks and Surprise Visits – Homeschool Mothers Journal

2 Mar

In our homeschool this week… We have continued to learn about Archimedes and how he used math. Also, as part of our study of Ancient Greece, we have been learning about Alexander the Great. In science we have been studying Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch and Joseph Lister. We have learned about their groundbreaking discoveries concerning bacteria, the spread of germs and vaccinations.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… My husbands parents are currently visiting from the UK. It was a surprise for his 40th birthday next week! Next week is also March break here, so we will be spending lots of time out and about visiting places.

My favorite thing this week was… realizing how far my daughter has come on with her reading. She was a struggling reader for a few years and this year she has blossomed. Yesterday we came to the end of a chapter book she’s been reading to me. Afterwards I was reflecting, and I was so pleased with the number of new words she has learned to read in just this book. I can’t tell you how good it feels when your child has struggled so long in an area and suddenly you watch them hit breakthrough! No more tears! It’s so awesome!

What’s working/not working for us… I’m at the point of the year where I am considering next years curriculum. This year we have used Heart of Dakota. I have no issues with the curriculum, it has been great, but we will be returning to Sonlight this coming school year. My son will be in grade 8 and I think Sonlight is better geared for high school.

Questions/thoughts I have… My main thoughts now are on high school. Even though it’s 18 months away, I am already trying to think and plan a curriculum. I’m ordering a copy of Debra Bell’s Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens. I don’t know if we will homeschool all through highschool, but we will definitely go through until the end of grade 10.

Things I’m working on… Erm (cough, cough!) still that winter scarf for my husband!

I’m reading… Just ending Kisses From Katie

A photo, video, link, or quote to share… I love this quote that was posted by Proverbs 31 ministries on their Twitter and FB feeds earlier this week, entitled Simple Rest:

Such a great quote for many things in life, but very apt for homeschooling. It’s difficult, sometimes, when everyone is raving about a particular curriculum or  a method of homeschooling. A big part of you feels like you should try the new thing because you don’t want your kids to miss out. However, if something is working for your kids, it’s generally better to stick with that.

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