Whew! What a year. Actually, what a year and a half. Technically, we are completing second grade, but things have been moving slowly. Moving across country is enough to drive the sanest of people batty. For me, I am a complete mess. Between building a business from the ground up because we left most of our clients back east, trying to get acclimated to our new state, dealing with working from home with my husband, The Tornado’s mental, intellectual, and emotional growth, and this nagging desire to have a baby, life has been a barrel of monkeys. Throw a mountain of financial wows (read about how we and others homeschool through a financial crisis at home | school | life magazine) into the mix and the chaos has been strong with us.
I’d like to recap what we have done this year, but homeschooling has been less than formal. Unlike some, unschooling does not work for me and it works even less for The Tornado. While she is naturally inquisitive and loves learning, and while she has no trouble choosing to read, complete workbooks, or watch educational programs over most other things, she needs structure to help her with follow through. I am, however, happy that she has learned some really useful skills. Here are highlights of our year. We sewed, cleaned the carpet, and made notebooks.
She also played games, because really, what’s a childhood without games?
We built the Nile and made an Egyptian dress.
We read, played, and ate really big Turkey legs!