Monday, August 20, 2012

After a long hiatus...a slight shift in focus

Life happens, and sometimes things have to get set aside if they aren't as important as other things in your life, and this blog was one of those things. But now, life has settled down again and in just two weeks our homeschool year will begin again.

This year I'll have a 7th grader and a kindergartener. And while when I started this blog, it was focusing on my youngest daughter learning to read, I think I will shift the focus just a little bit to include both of my girls that are still homeschooling (my two oldest have both graduated from high school--one homeschooled all the way through, the other graduated this year from a public VoTech high school after homeschooling through the 9th grade).

I've been busy this summer getting ready by first joining Pinterest, and then building a multitude of boards, most of which are centered around homeschooling, plus some specific to the curriculum I am using--and have used since 1997--Sonlight Curriculum. Be sure to check out my boards and follow the ones that would be helpful to you in your homeschool!  You can find me at http://pinterest.com/booklovinmom/.

I can hardly believe the start of our new school year is just two weeks away! We start the day after Labor Day. 

PS I should provide an update to my previous posts about my youngest daughter. I continued to work with her very casually, using Sing, Spell, Read, and Write. Not daily, not even weekly...but as we had some time and as she was interested.  Things really clicked with her earlier this year and by spring, she was reading fluently! Now I can't keep her in enough books! The last I checked, based on the books she's reading, she went from sounding out CVC words in the winter, to now confidently reading "with expression" books written at about a 3rd grade level.  I have to say, I'm delighted, given her rough start in life as a micro-preeemie. My oldest daughter, now an adult, was also a precocious reader and that was the reason our homeschooling journey started way back in 1994! While my two other children are also good readers, my youngest is the only one to match her oldest sister in reading at such an advanced level before even starting kindergarten. It sure makes the prospect of kindergarten easier by not having to think about teaching her to read. Now she can read to learn.

But she's still very much a 5 year old, and so my plan is to broaden her learning experiences as much as possible, rather than accelerating them. So whether you have an advanced reader like me, or a non-reader, or somewhere in-between, hopefully you'll find inspiration from reading about her kindergarten adventures.

1 comment:

Jackie P said...

I love to read posts from veteran homeschoolers; I am eager to learn from them.

Sounds like you have everything on track for this year. My daughter uses an online resource, Time4Learning, as her core and we supplement with things like Drive Thru History and various workbooks.

Best wishes this year for a very successful back to school.

Joyfully,
Jackie, a blogging homeschool Mom who believes the way to get ahead is to build vocabulary skills.