a reply to: beezzer
I homeschool my boys too. Well, technically just the oldest, but my three year old finished two workbooks this year too just hanging out with us. My
oldest son just successfully completed the second grade. I also use a Classical type curriculum. I use Saxon for math, and we are all happy with it.
I also use a science text to give us our base lessons, but with science there is no end to the experiments and nature adventures. We are lucky that we
live in the woods, so one day he wrote up pages of observations for several critters. It was deep winter and he didn't even have to go outside to make
his observations, they all came to visit near windows.
I don't use a base text yet for literature. We have workbooks to practice our basic English concepts and learn the rules, but it's predominantly book
heavy. He's been reading chapter books since the first grade, and he has ready access to more classical literature as well some time honored kids
books. We read constantly.
He is interested in learning other languages, we will start working on one next school year, he has not decided which one yet. He's not a history fan.
He is a rare mind that absorbs and understands math and literature equally, but he really hates history. I have had to get creative and he likes to
read so we made it through this year. We use the Story of the World Curriculum for history, but I also rely heavily on other books. We read our way
through things. He is interested in our founding fathers and early American history, so we ended up spending a lot of time on that this year.
Now it's summer, time for baseball and fishing. He's a whiz out in the woods, he knows what is edible and what not to touch. He can catch and clean a
fish, he actually fillets a salmon beautifully. His were nicer than his dad's or our friend's. He can also start a fire with a magnesium bar and
steel. I'm proud of my little man, and he's growing up so fast.
I always worried about socialization, but it's been a non issue. We have friends whose little ones are close in age to ours and they have been friends
since a year and a half old. He has friends from his short stint in public school and visits with them. He is also in baseball, so he's learning how
to work with a team of kids his age.
All the way around it has been a wonderful experience for us. I would be lying if I said that there weren't bad days. I'm tough on my boys, and we are
together 24/7 so there are always bound to be rough spots. He and I are closer than ever though, it has continued our bonding past a point that would
be possible if he went t school every day. I'm lucky to have the ability to teach my boys, they are my world.
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