Year 1 and 3 Wrap Up
"School's out for summer......" kind of! We officially wrapped up our Year 3 and Year 1 today after a week of term exams and going over our subjects in the curriculum! My heart is so full and I'm thankful for two amazing kids that God has blessed and gifted us with!
This year we modified our curriculum to fit our lifestyle and library and it worked VERY well! If you're curious about our curriculum, here is the post to the planning post at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. A few things were modified throughout the year but the format we used for this booklist and schedule worked very well and we will be continuing the next year using the same idea!
When I think back on the year, a few huge successes stick out to me:
- Eva Mae is reading! At the end of this school year, she is reading chapters from our fun science reader called "Animals Do the Strangest Things." We were inconsistent with weekly Charlotte Mason reading lessons, but did follow the format and methodology in phonics and sight word instruction.
- Eva Mae is narrating! The growth of this little girl has been amazing! One story that comes to mind is in the middle of the year when I noticed while I read she would put her head down and silently move her lips. When I paused for a narration she would pipe up immediately and say what she remembered and I realized she was listening for something to memorize and repeat instead of really taking in the whole passage. We talked about expectations and her countenance brightened when I said "just listen and create pictures in your imagination while I'm reading so you can tell me back the pictures!" It was like I opened up a whole new world of narration!
- Christian is a book worm!!! He has totally jumped in with both feet into reading books for pleasure and has - on his own - finished the first book of Harry Potter, the first book of the Traveler's League, and around 5-6 books of the Little Prince Graphic Novel series! (Sidenote - if your kids haven't read any of the books from the Traveler's League you need to check it out now!!! I happen to know the author is amazing! *wink wink* Here's the link!) He'll get so engrossed in something that he is reading that he will walk and read at the same time and ask me to guide him while he's walking! My mom got a huge kick out of that one time and told him that she used to do the same thing for me!
- Christian LOVES science! He has been self motivated in creating his own experiments through watching Action Lab and Science Max on YouTube. I love how passionate he is for engineering and creating. His time with LEGOs (both traditional and robotic programs) and working with his subscription box for Action Lab has been a wonderful addition to our homeschool!
- THEY BOTH DECIDED TO BE BAPTIZED! I think this highlight is the most special to me. I am so proud and humbled to see their growth in their relationship with the Lord. I also feel the burden to make sure this is top priority in our school year.
It is probable that parents as a class feel more than ever before the responsibility of their prophetic office. It is as revealers of God to their children that parents touch their highest limitations; perhaps it is only as they succeed in this part of their work that they fulfil the Divine intention in giving them children to bring up––in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (CM vol 2 p 41)
- I also want to highlight my own growth. Our monthly book study this year was by far the greatest "professional development" I could have received! Coupled with the Wild + Free conference and the Teach Them Diligently conference, I feel equipped to continue this journey for our family. Just this week I was reminded of the heritage and fulfilled promise that has been passed down into my generation through the obedience of my parents to homeschool me and my brothers.
Spring cleaning among the homeschool materials that I saved from when my mom was homeschooling us in the 1980’s and 1990’s. I cannot put into words how thankful I am that restoration began in our home and continues today. How wonderful for this generation of homeschool parents to have the internet for research and information. This handout came with a VHS tape for my mom to watch for her preparation of homeschooling me and my brothers. When #charlottemason said that “The mothers are equipped....” that is timeless advice and encouragement! A shout out and note of thanks to all the homeschool mamas of the ‘80s and ‘90s! Thank you for preparing the way in our generation and country! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️