Friday, February 22, 2013

The Week Where We Aren’t Sure What Grade Anyone Is In ~ Homeschool Wrap-Up

Yippee for Friday!

In my life this week…

I think it was while I was helping the 11yo with a story problem in math. The 4yo was pestering for some Cheerios in a snack cup. And the only word I had heard from the 2yo in fifteen minutes was “mooey.” {Movie} The 13yo wanted to cross out some of her diagramming problems in language, and I had just taken the temperature of the 9yo. It was over 102, and I declared a sick day for him.

I had an epiphany. *cue angels singing*

I finally realized that I had relaxed, especially with homeschooling. And it only took eight years! Well, it’s been a gradual process, but it no longer stresses me out when we go out during school hours and everyone looks at us funny. I’m fine with children being in between grades in the middle of the school year. And I actually enjoy deviating from our purchased lesson plans.

Who knew?



In our homeschool this week…

The 13yo completed some extra lessons to be able to move on to eighth grade early.

The 11yo is waaay ahead in her penmanship.

The 9yo finished his fourth grade spelling curriculum, but we’re taking a bit of a break before he moves on to the fifth grade curriculum which he’ll be sharing with his sister.

The 7yo has finished one level of Hooked on Phonics and is ready for the next, neither of which have a specific grade level.

But wait! There's more ~

The 7yo lost one of her front teeth.


The 4yo told me he was the boss.

And the 2yo decided he didn’t want to sleep in a crib anymore.

We are a household in transition.


Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Relax. Does it really matter what number is assigned to the grade level as long as the learning is accomplished and a relationship with God is nurtured?


What’s working/not working for us…

Hooked on Phonics! Noelle, the 7yo, is making tremendous strides with reading. Maybe it’s the cute stories or the tiny size of the books. Maybe it’s the adorable illustrations. But this mama’s ecstatic that we’re making progress! We bought our HOP set when our now 13yo was only four, so it’s changed since then. Consequently, I can’t really say if she’s in kindergarten or first grade. But her other workbooks are first grade, so we’re going with that.


We’re looking forward to…

Another lapbook – this time on Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, inspired by another free template from Homeschool Share. Can you believe March is just around the corner?


On the blog this week…

Frugality! It’s been a popular topic with a lot of discussion.



I’m reading…

Mind of Her Own. It’s great fiction about a woman who loses her memory when her George Foreman grill falls off the top shelf of her pantry and hits her on the head. I’ll be posting a review soon.


I’m cooking…

Layered Taco Bake. Yummo!
It’s as easy as it looks and one size fits all. Start with taco meat on the bottom. Layer with tortilla chips and then shredded Co-Jack cheese. Layer again. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with salsa and sour cream. Add lettuce and tomatoes if you want a taco salad.


A photo to share…


My new ride! See? Looks just like me!






Do you make sure your children have definite grades or does that not matter to you? How was your week?


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30 comments:

  1. Growing up in a non-conventional setting/curriculum and then teaching in it for the last 15 years, my persuasion is that grade level both matters and doesn't matter. :-) I would much rather a child master a concept/subject and be a little "behind" than to progress at a traditional rate without mastery. At the same time, it doesn't hurt for a child to move more quickly through concepts that come easily so that there is time for the rough spots if and when they come. Although my children are usually "in-between" grades, I make sure they know their traditional grade level and I have them respond with that when someone asks what grade they are in.
    I love having the flexibility that comes with individualized learning. Grade levels give us a guide, but I do not allow grade levels to either hold my students back if they are eager or push them forward before they are mentally mature enough to grasp the concepts.
    And I've been home for the last four days with flu-ridden children. Yep, that's my week. :-)

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    1. Well said, Stephanie! Sorry about the flu. It's been a bad year for it, and we've been fighting it here as well. Praying they are all better soon!

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  2. It took me awhile to be ok with my 6 year old not having a grade. People always ask what grade she's in and I'd answer, "kindergarden for writing and grammar, about the middle f first for math, and our science programs..."

    Now I just say that we homeschool! It makes me so grateful to be able to put her where she needs to be for each different subject. No wonder school kids are failing. The grades don't always match the child's ability!

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    1. Yes! It's too confusing for others when we try to explain the grades, so our children just say what grade they are in for most of their subject. :) Thanks for visiting, Nicole.

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  3. Don't you love it when the two year old doesn't want to sleep in the crib anymore? Mine doesn't either. She was quite good at climbing out. Now she falls asleep in my bed next to me and I move her to her big girl bed. I really need to teach her to sleep on her own.

    I only grade tests. It cuts back on the papers and I know how they are truly doing.

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    1. At least nobody got hurt by falling! Thanks for commenting, Rachel.

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  4. I love your title! We never know what grade anyone is in!

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  5. It has taken me this long, but I am finally starting to relax in our homeschool. The beauty of our educational choice for our children is that, theoretically, they can be in different grade levels according to their needs, abilities and interests in each subject. Thanks for all of the links/resources. I am going to check them out. Have a great weekend! :-)

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    1. You're welcome, Lisa, and thanks for reading!

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  6. Love it!! It has taken me 6 years to finally relax and step out of the public school "box". When someone asks my 10 year old son what grade he's in, his response is, "In which subject?" :)

    On a different note, I'm no longer getting your blog posts via email. I tried to re-sign up for it and it says I'm already subscribed. Any ideas what the problem could be? I love reading your blog and don't want to miss any posts. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle, for letting me know about the email problem. I have no idea what it could be, but I'll look into it. I know that the posts don't go through email until after 24 hours after I post it, and I don't know how to fix that or even if I can. Thanks so much for reading!

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  7. I wanted to let you know you have been nominated on my blog for the Liebster Award. If you would like to check it out and maybe do your own tag post, you can go here:

    http://www.typativemamacat.com/2013/02/liebster-award-again-third-time-is-charm.html

    Thanks for your blog,
    Heidi

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  8. Whew that was quite the week of changes! Sounds like it was a good and productive week! Stopping by from iHomeschool Network :-)

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    1. That's one of the things I like about the Homeschool Mothers Journal. During the week, going moment by moment, it's hard to see progress. But with a journal post like this one, we can see that we did accomplish something! Thanks so much for visiting, Lindsay!

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  9. Hello! Just found your blog..well a half hour ago...~smile~.
    I've been reading several of your posts. I loved the 8 in a van post. I'm going to remember that one. My kids don't know it yet, but we're going to get a van tomorrow. Yay! We have 4 kids and a small car. Everyone will fit! Yay!

    I'm your newest follower.
    Do drop in and say hi at Harvest Lane Cottage!
    Laura
    Happy at Home
    harvestlanecottage.com

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    1. Sounds exciting - enjoy your new van, Laura! Thanks so much for visiting!

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  10. I loved reading about your week. I nominated you for the a blogging award.

    http://allmybabybirds.blogspot.com/2013/02/homeschool-liebster-blog-award.html

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    1. Thank you for thinking of me! But I've already received the award and posted my list ~ http://meghancarver.blogspot.com/2012/11/ten-useless-bits-of-information-about-me.html. Is there someone else who would benefit from the award? So glad to have you here!

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  11. To answer your question, grade level doesn't really bother me. My kids have some struggles and they are young for their "grade" with their birthdays being summer birthdays. I just wish people would leave them alone and let them be them. They are smart kids, but they struggle (they are special needs). It sounds like your homeschool has really changed over the years. That is great! I think change can be really good. The taco bake looks really yummy! I may have to give it a try.

    Lynn
    Suburban Farm Girl

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    1. It can be tough to answer people who think everyone should fit in a particular size box. Sounds like you're doing great! Enjoy the taco bake, Lynn, and thanks for visiting!

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  12. Meghan my 7 year old just lost both front teeth. They are so cute when that happens. I am so happy that you linked up with Its a Wrap and I hope you'll return next week.

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    1. My 7yo's other front tooth is loose, so we're hoping it comes out before the other adult tooth comes in. Picture time! :) Thanks, Savannah.

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  13. Hi Meghan,

    I'm reading this while my 10, 8, and 6 year old are doing a science experiement...in the back yard...with soil. And they are all getting along. That is a successful day to me :) Though we call our 10 year old a 5th grader, he is doing some work at a 4th grade (maybe even 3rd) level (according to the State, not me!) and some at an 8th grade level. My 8 year old is a mini Einstein so I don't ever label him (he's leading the current outside science experiment!). My 6 y/o, well, she is a WHIZ in math (2nd grade level easily), but is still struggling with reading. So, if any non-homeschoolers ask me I'll give them an answer that they'll be comfortable with, but in all honesty (this is my 2nd attempt at homeschooling, and i'm finally CHILLING OUT!) I couldn't care less what the State mandated "grade levels" are. Progress, excitement, eagerness...and I'm good! Thanks for your post!

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    1. It sounds like you're on top of things and have a great homeschool! Thanks for visiting!

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  14. I just love your advice to relax. I'm 100% with you on nurturing their relationship with God. Yes, I want them to learn but I want them to know Him first and foremost. Sadly, sometimes I forget that and get caught up in grammar and spelling and math and getting it all done. Thanks for the refreshing reminder! I always love reading your posts.

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    1. It is so easy to put grades as a priority, isn't it? Grades can be important as a way to know if the children are really learning, but they aren't the end-all. I need reminding myself sometimes! Thanks so much for your kind words.

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  15. We didn't worry about 'naming' the grades. For many of the earlier years we used a unit curriculum where I taught the children together on some of the subjects. Not stressing grade level works great when a child is slower than another as they cannot compare and tend to work together nicely. When a child is bright they aren't as easily beset with lording it over someone older (who is slower) being overcome with pride. We used textbooks too and as they got older, they had math in one grade, something else in another grade...so what grade are they really in?!

    Thanks for sharing this over at WholeHearted Home. As you see, I always kind of 'get into' homeschooling posts :-)

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    1. Excellent point, Judith. When the lines are gray, there is less distinction to whom is further ahead. Thank you for commenting, and I love your enthusiasm for homeschooling.

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