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Day 180

By law in Pennsylvania we have to do 180 days of school each year.  We could count hours, but that would be harder to track for us, so we count days.

Today is day 180 of our 22 year of homeschooling!

We have four science lessons to finish up, and the kids will keep reading and doing math, but we've finished the required days for this school year.

Its been an interesting year.

We studied the Medieval time period, learned European geography, read a lot of books, Sarah has enjoyed pre-algebra (she does not normally like math), she took an online course through Hillsdale College.  Kyle has improved in his note taking, is doing well in math, loves science (we are finishing up Anatomy and Physiology).

We all enjoyed being back at our co-op this year.

I have a long term perspective on my children's learning.  I know that if they are struggling with a subject, that by the end of the year, they will have made progress.  The tears of earlier months will be long gone. 

The gift of home education is that you can take the time your child needs to master a subject.  They can fly ahead in some areas and yet move slowly through something else.  They can pursue their interests, and not have to be feed pre-digested materials.  They get to take away what they learned from history rather than what the textbook writer's have determined that they should learn.

I've seen the value of this kind of learning for so many years.  I've continued to learn - my math skills are so much better than when I graduated from high school!

We are already looking forward to next year.  American history, Government, American Lit, Biology(Sarah), Chemistry and Physics(Kyle - not a high school level course).  They'll be doing classes at our co-op again, too.

So thankful that we can learn at home!

Kyle, Sarah, and Kamryn at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Comments

  1. Congratulations on finishing your 22nd 180-day cycle!! It sounds like a great year! But aren't they all? :)

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  2. WOW sounds like a wonderful year of learning and meeting the educational needs of your children. I applaud you in this journey. Time in teaching so well spent. Best wishes on the next great year to come.
    xo

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  3. Hi Deanna,
    Congratulations ! I admire your choice to home school and to
    have continued for 22 years. I hope you all enjoy your summer break.

    Thank you for all your visits and nice comments!
    Carolyn

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