It has been an interesting year. We made a lot of changes this year, and my life as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew shook things up even more. I'm in need of encouragement that we did accomplish something this year.
Looking back to last fall, my year definitely has not turned out at all like I had planned. But I think the year has worked. More or less.
I'm officially schooling four boys now, and the princess just turned 4. I worry a bit about how I will work things when she is in the mix for real. And I think my what has worked/what hasn't only makes me more aware of that.
So -- what has gone right:
- William's reading is still below grade level, but that child has made major progress. Just tonight, he was reading the text scrolling on Star Wars (popcorn & movie night here). A year ago, that could not have happened. I think we have finally hit on a good combination of materials for him. Realizing he is dyslexic and actually working with that has been amazing.
- Connor desperately needed us to up the expectations. Getting him going on a lot more high school level material was the right thing to do.
What I need to adjust:
- Consistent math. With the Review Crew, it has been a pretty wild ride as far as math goes. We've reviewed ALEKS, Quartermile Math, Mathletics, MathScore, FactsFirst, Mammoth Math, Galaxy Math, GyMathtics, Math Tutor DVD, plus things like College Prep Genius. Plus what we were already using. Plus other things that have fallen into our laps. End result is that it's been a mish-mash year for math, and while all the boys are way more solid on their math facts, I'm not sure anyone has really learned any new concepts. That is changing.
- I've been too focused on William, and I'm not spending the time I need to with Thomas and his reading. Or Richard either for that matter.
- Consistent lots of stuff. Writing especially. We just started Institute for Excellence in Writing. I think I need to stick with that, and uhhh, use it consistently. Anyone sensing a theme?