The older three Brownies started school the day after Labor Day. We were thrilled the week before when our Sonlight box arrived at our door! We haven't celebrated a real Box Day in a couple of years; we haven't started a new core in a couple of years, so Box Day felt momentous.
This year, we are studying through Core F, which covers a study of the Eastern Hemisphere. The first country we are studying is China, so we certainly kicked off with a bang! It's been fun to study a "far-away" country we just happened to have visited for a month. We are looking forward to the next 5 weeks exploring China!
|TJ, labeling brain parts while Mater keeps him company.|
This year, I've totally revamped how TJ does school and the results have brought me to grateful tears more than once. TJ logs the majority of his schoolwork on the computer.
I have to say that I haven't been surprised at TJ's success. I knew he had the cognitive ability to do the work. For example, the kids love Sequential Spelling. They actually beg to do it. In the past, when TJ sat down to do a lesson with us, he would give up before he would finish numbering his page 1-25. I would be so frustrated, thinking he was just lazy and mad about having to do the work. Oh, how wrong I was! Now, TJ zooms through the spelling lessons with no problem at all. He's good at spelling, which sometimes is not the case with kids with dyslexic dysgraphia. His struggle seems to center in on just the physical act of writing from memory. His typing speed has improved several words per minute just in the last week, so I can't wait to see what all he will accomplish this year.
All year, the kids will be adding to their Eastern Hemisphere notebooks, praying for these countries, and learning about the human body. Each is working through their level of Teaching Textbooks, a company and math curriculum we highly recommend. And, of course, we will be reading lots and lots of really good books, which is one of my favorite parts of "doing school."
Here's to all of you homeschool warriors out there! Have an excellent year!