Its Friday again. It took me awhile to think of what I wanted to take a picture of for my blog today. This bookshelf represents the last 2.5 yrs of me homeschooling our son, Kalen. Kalen went to public school K-6. He struggled in some areas, but the transition into middle school was the worst. To make a long story short, his grades and attitude were slipping…..big time.
After a lot of thought Kiley & I decided to home school. Kalen was not happy about this, yet you could see that he was relieved.
That big red dictionary & the one next to it became close friends of Kalen. Every week he looked up vocab words. At first he fought and argued, towards the middle of our home school adventure, he was flying through his vocab.
My one goal in homeschooling him was to make him an excellent reader. I am extremely proud to say that he is a super reader, especially when reading out loud. We read out loud every day for 30-45 minutes. My theory is that if you can read it and understand you can figure it out, or at least figure out how to ask for the help you need. :o)
His best subject is History, he finished so many workbooks! Its amazing when you are the only student how much you can get done. Kalen started taking 2 classes at a local middle school in January through the end of the school year. He took Science and Vocal music. I was nervous, for a lot of reasons. Would he go back to his old behaviours, would he do as well in school as he had at home, was I teaching him enough??
We got his report card just the other day. A in Science and B+ in Music. WOO HOO! This ensured me that he managed a-ok.
So, as I sat on the stairs and dusted off our school shelf, I realized how grateful I am that I had this opportunity to home school our son. It was a lot of work! I will find out in the Fall if it all paid off. Kalen will be starting High School. I know that he is more confident in himself as a student…..now if I could just get his mind off those girls! haha
Thanks to my blogger friend Tammie for joining in on Gratitude Friday. I hope that you join us today or any Friday.