Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Can we just say school is done for the year???

Yes, I have been so over school for the past couple months.  Probably since we came back from Christmas.  I don't know what it is.  This is our second year homeschooling and I still don't have anything that I love.  I tried new curriculums this year and I am not loving any of them.  Some of them I think are awesome, like the A Reason for Spelling and Handwriting and our Bible Positive Actions.  They are great.  They are just not great for Kassidy.  She hates spelling... I mean Hates with a capital H.  We fight about it every. single. day.  Really, we do.  She is not fond of handwriting, but it is not such a fight.  Our Bible is great, but for some reason I don't think it is filling exactly what I want... I think I am not using the Teacher Book as much as I should be.  There is soo much to do and we just don't delve that far in because it seems to be complicated??  I don't know.

So, I am ready to end this year.  Graduate to 3rd grade.  Technically, I sure could do this I'm sure.  In Texas, there are no real regulations for homeschoolers.  We are required to teach reading, math, writing and citizenship... I think that's it. 

We will not stop this year, although I am seriously thinking about condensing all of our work down into fewer weeks.  Maybe you don't think that is ok.  I told my dad and stepmom a while ago that we would be done with school whenever K finished her work for the year.  They thought I was crazy.  Needless to say, they are not super excited about my homeschooling in general, but I do think it is growing a little more on everyone now that they know it is not a "phase".  I think it is perfectly fine to take the work we were "scheduled" to do and finish it in 2 more weeks.  That will not happen, but if my daughter got a fire under her to finish early I would be running with that! 

I get excited about the upcoming school year and what I will do differently.  I envision what I want and how I am not getting that at the moment.  Then, all I can think about is how much I want to be done with what seems to be failing now. 

A couple weeks ago, I actually considered re-doing our whole entire curric for the rest of this year.  It took sooooo much work to get this year planned and I just couldn't trash it.  It's not that Kassidy isn't learning.  It is that we are not homeschooling the way I want to be. 

Good news:  the year is almost over.  Soon, I will get to go to one of my favorite things, which is the homeschooling fair.  It inspires me so much and gets me ready for the upcoming year.  We are switching to a more year-round schedule and I'm excited about that.  I will be talking to K about what worked and what didn't for her this year.  Then I will start doing what I love but what takes a ton of time: planning and organizing our next year! 

How is school going for your family?  Do you get tired of what you are doing halfway through the year?  If so, do you ditch it and start over or stick with it? 

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