Thursday, September 8, 2016

Our Last Homeschool Year

It is hard to believe, but we are just beginning our last homeschool year and I have decided to embark on a new writing project. All these years have passed so fast and I have written very little of our homeschool journey, so I thought that it would be great to document this last year of ours in a series of blog posts made on regular basis.

I will be sharing in them how our typical days go, what the girls are learning, and what I am learning as well. I will also share some memories of the ways we have done things throughout the years, all 15 of them to be exact, so whether you are just starting on a homeschool journey , are in the thick of it, at the end like me or simply interested to find out what homeschooling life is about, you will find something interesting in it, so I invite you to follow.

I have homeschooled my girls "from the beginning" meaning that they have never gone to public school fulltime, though they have taken  language , music, and art classes in more traditional settings. They were always interested in learning new things and I created an environment for them in which it was easy for them to learn at their own pace. And before I knew it, I was in fact homeschooling. My older daughter learned to read at age 3, by the time she was 4 she read fluently, so I added math lessons  using toys and blocks, so that she would develop her mathematical sense as well. By the time she was five we added writing and before she was 6 she had already mastered the first two grades of primary school. My younger daughter ( 14 months younger) wasn't very far behind her sister and also learned all these things early, so when I began homeschooling them in more structured ways ( using textbooks) they were already at grade 3 and 1 level respectively.

So, we continued taking one year at the time and now they are 15 and 14 years old and the older is going to begin her University studies at age 16 and the younger one will be going to grade 11 next September. I want to really remember and enjoy this year and you are all welcome to join me.