Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Homeschool Village - Accomplishments!

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The topic at The Homeschool Village today is accomplishments. This is somewhat of a tough topic for me. It's easier to focus on the failures and the things I wish I had done differently. I wonder why that is?

We have had some great accomplishments this year!

The oldest generally does her work without any complaint. She knows what is expected of her, and she does it. Her writing skills have improved astronomically this year, and for the first time, she really enjoys reading. I am delighted by this! She is turning into a responsible young lady, and I am so proud of her!

The middle one still throws out her share of complaints. Haha. Her sister did as well at her age, so I think a lot of that is the age. My middle one is one smart cookie though, and most things come pretty easily to her. The one struggle she has had has been with writing. Actually holding a pencil and writing. She's a lefty and her fine motor skills have been slow to develop. She has improved a ton this year, and I am thrilled. I was about to brag on her stellar spelling skills ... and then looked down and saw her practice spelling test from this week. The word is porcupine. Her spelling? porky pine. Giggle!! This child is always good for a giggle!

The little one is working hard to make my life easier for next year. Because he is child #3 and my baby, I have been very relaxed with him. He just made the cutoff to be in kindergarten this year, and we chose to give him another year to play and have fun. He goes to preschool and we are loving it! He is learning to read short words and is developing great social skills. Nearly every day he is amazing us with what he has learned, and how excited he is about learning new things. It does this mama's heart good!

Our school overall has gone well this year also. All of our classes are 34 to 36 week classes, and we finished 16 weeks before the break. I am calling that a TOTAL success. We are loving the curriculum we chose for this year and are all learning a lot and having a good time as well. I can honestly say, after homeschooling for seven years, this has been our best year so far! :)


Layton Family Joy said...

Yes - Melanie, I always see my failures 1st! I pray you and I both start seeing success and accomplishments 1st and bigger than anything else!!

thanks for linking up today!

Deb Chitwood said...

It sounds like you're doing a great job! Isn't it wonderful to see our work pay off as our children grow into responsible young people?!
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"Say What?" said...

Isn't it amazing how siblings can be so different? Sounds like you've got a great year ahead of you.