How did your homeschool year go?
We have had a year of stretching and learning—with me do a large percentage of both. This was a year we started weak, but we’re ending strong.
My boys, with all of their struggles, started the year with a mom who really didn’t know how she was going to make it all work, who was struggling with her drive to even continue homeschooling. I ended up registering them for a public school partnership program, but only for a month.
I was in a panic, trying to figure out how I was going to be able to homeschool them—particularly my 13yo who’s on the Autism Spectrum—through high school. HOW could I give him credits? HOW can he earn anything when he struggles with just writing a few sentences?
Something happenened midway through the year though. I started to figure things out. After just one month in the PPP, I realized that not only was it not working for us, that it wasn’t the answer for them, either. When I signed them out, my biggest concern was, “What next?”, but something amazing happened.
It all came together.
The wonderful BiblioPlan history we’ve been doing all year long, save for that short few weeks where it was pushed to the background in lieu of the public school online curriculum, was still there. Still comfortable, easy, interesting, and flexible for all of us.
I also remembered a writing curriculum I had tried years ago but hadn’t given much of a chance. I had been really struggling over how to teach writing to two boys who could not write, and it hit me that they need incremental, piece by piece instruction. I ordered Writing Strands 3 and we started it as soon as it arrived, just a short 7 weeks before the end of our school year… but I’m so glad that I did.
I found the method that works for them.
And Math–a struggle. Again, another answer to prayer that came as an inconventional curriculum, but Basic Math from The Teaching Company has been the best gap-filler I have found. My son is getting those concepts! He is learning math at a pace that works for him, and he will be ready for Pre-Algebra in the fall!
The cap for the year was actually for me, amazingly enough.
In March I flew to Chicago for four days to attend the 2:1 Conference, with 150 other homeschool moms (mostly) who blog. I was able to get face to face and talk with others who have gone before me. I have yet to actually write my wrap up of this trip but suffice it to say that I value the connections and friendships of Cheryl Pitt, Jamie Worley, Kendra Fletcher, Amy Roberts, and the lovely Tracy (Klicka) McKillop. I left the conference with a renewed sense of purpose in my homeschooling, and a brand new confidence that yes, I CAN DO THIS all the way through! You ladies helped me in so many ways. Thank you!
And slowly, as our year draws to a close these next two weeks I can see that for the first time, we will finish strong. My boys have worked very hard this year, with real progress to show for it, and are going to finish well. Praise God.