Baby sleeping on an unmade bed next to a pile of clean laundry.
We got a new (to us) whiteboard. This is the memorization we are working on right now.
At night sometimes I lay awake and think of the impossible things before me. Last month the thing I was worrying about was how to do this science book that was part of LAST YEAR’s curriculum. Now I had the book, the seeds, — but potting soil? milk jug? Science and I have been enemies since high-school. The idea of doing lengthy experiments with multiple steps scared me. I must have read through that TOPS book four times before starting day came. But, oh, surprise, it’s been SO much fun! Every day there are new baby plants to measure, taste, draw. M planted some flower seeds alongside E’s radishes and they grew double speed. More pictures to follow!
We were studying bridges in home school. The activity of the day was listed as “look at a bridge”. Well, Chittagong has some big bridges! We had some time before the next wedding party in the evening. I had always wanted to walk over this bridge anyway. It was a hot walk even in November. A few days later, when we got home, the kids made some model bridges. The fanciest one turned out to be the least strongest.
My Sonlight box came on Oct 30th with Farfar. It was right in time. That morning we had a “finished Core D” little program. We videoed it. The kids shared their poems and new skills etc. And after the program, we opened the new boxes! That week we wrapped up Core D and I put everything in the binders. (I heard Lorina cheering me on in my mind.)
So on Nov 1 we had finished up one core and were set for the next one. While we aren’t on either the American school calendar year or on the Bengali school calendar — it worked perfectly for us this time. I put away all the books and we all went on a three day holiday to the Sundarbon on a boat. Time for a break.
M is more than halfway through LA 2 and she has finished Horizons Math 2 and is onto Singapore Math 2. I will be reading Science and Core B stuff with her separately from Elias as Core E is not at all for 7 year olds! She is learning the recorder and piano and her reading is getting faster, though she does not read for pleasure yet. I am waiting for that big jump.
E is starting the Core E LA. It does not feel like a big challenge. He is reading his readers to M. He is finishing up Horizons 3 math, and has done Singapore 3 math too (though that was no fun). He is halfway through a second recorder book and I am using Sequential Spelling with him.
So far, so good! (But just one year at a time).
We are a week away from the end of this school year. Yes, we are not following the American school year . . . we are about a month behind. We also didn’t take a summer vacation, but we had many mini-breaks through the year. I can’t even tell you in one sentence what grades my kids are as with some subjects they are zooming ahead and others are coming slower. If someone would have told me two years ago that we would be teaching a whole school year all by ourselves, I would have thought it impossible. I am glad that I could not see the future! And I am glad that this time I didn’t have to order the books. I had a several emails and a sweet note about how to organize my materials. And before Week 1 I read your pep-talk note , L.L, probably twenty times.
And now we are almost done. I feel almost sorry, it’s been a lovely lovely year with Sonlight. My kids have treasured every single book. They have consistently asked for school work. I have treasured the opportunity to watch their little minds expand. Little imaginations woke up, creativity flowed, and my boy learned to say, “It’s always hard the first time.”
As for me, I have rediscovered my love for history and my awe of space. My favorite book was A Child’s History of the World by Virgil M. Hillyer. I never thought about how teachers and homeschooling adults get to learn new things all the time.