The kids are finishing strong this school year. Adam's hard work was recognized by a few of his teachers.
He received three awards-- in AP Euro, Biology, and Math! Next year his math teacher suggested that Adam take Calculus. And guess what? Adam is up for the challenge.
Alex is so showing such an interest in school now. At the beginning of this year, it was a struggle to get through his homework. Alex would cry with frustration when it came time to tackle his work packet-- he did not know his letters and could hardly hold a pencil correctly. Fast forward six months-- Alex now asks if I have additional stuff for him to do!
Alex's excitement has Dennis asking for homework too! It is awesome!
Alex recognizes letters and numbers. He is learning to make a pattern, what bigger and smaller is, and phonics. He can recognize a few sight words too! Way to go Alex!
My homeschoolers were tested last week to see how much growth they had made since they began homeschooling. All of them made progress-- some by giant leaps!
Jonny who is finishing up first grade began homeschooling at a second grade level. We went with that and had him do Saxon second grade math all year long. Now he is testing at the fourth grade level!
Sveta is not far behind him! She grew by leaps and bounds this year too! My plan is to have Sveta, Anastasia, and Jonny all doing Saxon third grade math next year. I am so excited to have the three of them doing the same math. It should make things easier.
As for my newest daughter, it was great to see her testing beyond her grade level. Had she just slowed down a little during the test, I am certain she would have scored even higher. And Anastasia-- oh my! She has learned to tell time, count money, borrow in subtraction, carry in addition, multiply, and round. She is reading, writing, and has learned cursive. I see the difference in her and Paul's progress so I continue to work with him on the weekends.
Seeing the growth that my homeschooling kids have made this year is confirmation that homeschooling is going well. Honestly, I needed to see that. So often I feel like I am not doing it right.
I often think of bringing home the rest of my younger boys, but I know my limits. So... I am working little by little to bring them home. Next year, I am homeschooling William. Next year, Dennis is going into kindergarten. An even trade. If that goes well-- who knows what the future will hold!