Fourth day of school, and we’re DONE with spelling for the year!!
I waver between being hyper-organized and completely disorganized.
I need a plan of organization so that I don’t end up wasting a ton of time… but, then I feel crowded and pressured by my supremely-organized schedule, and I need some weeks at a more relaxed pace in order to decompress and de-stress. But, then… without the organization, pretty soon, my days devolve into me being completely unwise (perhaps even lazy) with my time, and I need to ramp up the organization again.
Seems like I should have matured out of this pattern a while ago.
That said, this first week of our seventh year of homeschooling has been fantastic (other than our awful first day) — and without a real schedule. And without us even doing all the subjects. I think this is the first time I’ve started school this way.
I actually do have the Sonlight Instructor’s Guides for my kids, but usually, that’s not enough. What I normally do is make a monthly chart of all the work my kids need to do each day beyond SL — like Math, Handwriting, English, Music, Latin, Science (if they’re not using SL science, which my oldest isn’t), Spelling… ummm…. am I missing anything?
We can cross of Spelling from the list, though. I decided that if each boy tested at least two grade levels beyond their own, that they could forego “official” spelling. Now, that doesn’t mean that spelling is totally neglected — any homeschooling mom will attest to the fact that there are numerous, daily opportunities to correct spelling errors, throw in an impromptu lesson on a spelling rule, etc. I mean official spelling-as-a-subject, with lists and weekly tests.
So, I got out our big, orange Spelling Power book, and turned to the page with the 50-word survey test, and went for it. Both boys ended up getting 9 words wrong, which placed them both at grade level 8.5. Grant is in 4th grade, Ethan in 6th.
The only one who wasn’t totally happy about the results was Ethan, who was fairly displeased that his brother, who is two years younger, scored exactly as he did. I did make sure that Grant was gracious, and corrected any of his celebrations that took a turn down Gloating Lane. But, I don’t blame him for being pleased with his aptitude for spelling.
I don’t think we can continue indefinitely with no real plan for the school year. But, so far, so good.