Our Homeschool Week in Review #1

We started our school year on Monday the 2nd. We started homeschooling in 1991, when our oldest son started kindergarden. This is our 19th year of homeschooling! This year, we have a 4th grader, a 6th grader, a 9th grader, and a 10th grader.

The 9th grader finished 8th grade last December, and promptly started 9th grade. She has now finished some of the books, and is almost finished with others. Except for Algebra (Teaching Textbooks) and Spanish (Rosetta Stone), she will finish 9th grade in the next few weeks. She would like to finish High School as early as possible, so she’s working hard towards that goal.

Aside from a few “back to school” attitudes the first day or two, the week has gone well. I learned early in our home school journey, that it was easier to school all summer than to deal with the back to school attitudes. The last few  years, we have taken the month of July only off. It’s long enough for a break, but not long enough for major attitudes to develop.

Last year, we went to a 4 day school week, so we could work at our churches out reach center. It worked out well. This year we will be doing a 4 1/2 day week. With a lighter work load on the day we work at the out reach center.

We don’t normally take field trips during school days anymore. We prefer to do things together as a family.

This is what our school room looks like:

You can see in the picture, how we display wall maps. Since this picture was taken, I put a round table in front of the window. The kids don’t sit there most of the time. They just spread stuff out on the table. lol

Schoolwork is done on the schoolroom table, at the school desk in there, at the computer desks, at the dining room table, and on their beds. This is where they work most of the time, though.

That’s without all the books, notebooks and papers. lol Thanks to my son, though, the picture is complete with a Star Wars laser sword. lol

For the last 3 years, I’ve been using Homeschool Tracker I use their free Basic Edition. They do have an another version that you can buy, though. I like this better than other programs that I have tried. It also helps reduce the paper clutter. Paper clutter is a monster that I fight continuously!

To see other weekly wrap ups, visit Weekly Wrap Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

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  1. See Jamie blog says:

    Wow — your nineteenth year!?! I'm impressed! Thanks for sharing your week. :)

  2. We'll be getting back to work 3rd week in August.
    That card catalog thingy in your school room is interesting, do you have the actual card catalogs in it?

  3. MageeBaby says:

    I like getting to read more about homeschooling. Thanks for posting. My oldest is just now 2 but I'm trying to learn as much as I can ahead of time. Visiting and following back from Friday Follow. Thanks so much for stopping by!!!!

  4. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet says:

    How awesome is that to have homeschooled for that long! We are starting next week. This will be our 3rd year, but my first of going outside the box (dvd complete curriculum). Nervous and excited!

  5. Thanks everyone! The 19 years have gone by fast. Well, some days seem like 19 years all rolled into one! lol

    Elie, the card catalog cabinet came from our local library when they went to computers. The drawers have supplies and things in them. I'll have to do a post on that.

    Sherry, we have never down all dvd before. I do have to say I'm LOVING the Teaching Textbooks Algebra, that has a lot of cds with it.

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