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New Year, New Opportunities

05 Jan

                      

Well, it’s that time again, back to school. Not as in back to school in August or September, but as in back to school second semester. It is a little like going back to school in August or September because it is a time of reflection and changes. If what you have been doing isn’t working, it’s time to make needed changes. You and your children will both be happier.

As I reflect on the last semester, I am fairly happy with what we have been doing. I will most likely make tweaks to some things, but overall, my daughter and I are both happy.

Her writing skills continue to improve, and I am totally thrilled. Learning to write can be hard for so many kids. I think the key is to find something the child enjoys learning about so they will have more of an interest in writing about it..a personal stake in the activity or ownership. That is what is working for us. My daughter LOVES anime, so she writes a fan fiction blog called Bleached in Anime. She created her own anime characters and writes about their adventures. We edit together. At some point, my goal is for her to master editing on her own. Her blog writing is a great way to teach grammar too! Writing fan fiction is a bit different. It doesn’t always follow traditional writing methods, so I am learning to bend just a tiny bit. We have a way to go, but she is learning and having fun at the same time. That is all I am asking for right now. Does that mean “wish granted”? Smile We also work on other writing projects besides her blog.                 

We need to beef up a little on math. It is a harder subject for her due to some of her learning challenges, so we tend to let it slide a little more.  Regardless of those challenges,  we have to pick up the pace this second semester. I just need to focus a bit harder on presenting math in a way that matches her learning style. How about you? Did you let anything slip a little last semester? Why?

I am very pleased with science and history. We are supplementing  science with a super experiment book by Susan Kilbride:  Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers. Don’t try to open the link in Google chrome, it won’t work. We are supplementing history with Drive Thru History and Heritage Classical History’s Ancient Rome. I will be posting a review of all three supplements soon.

So, what are your plans for this second semester? Please take a minute to share. I’d love to read about them.

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