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.


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on August 28, 2008, in Get Organized!, Homeschooling, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. HI KAren,

    I’m a lurker. I found your blog while looking up gluten free recipes on the net.

    I am also in Arizona (for one more week) and I just started my first year of homeschooling three weeks ago. I am using Sonlight Core 3.

    Since we had so many things in common I decided to “come out” and tell you that I enjoy your blog!


  2. Good for you…knowing just what your kids need–and don’t need.

    I also left off spelling with my oldest from about 2nd grade to 7th. Now she works vocabulary/spelling through Wordly Wise.

  3. Wow. Congratulations! That is very impressive.


  4. Oh can I understand that one. This is trhe first year that we have done more of a relaxed type year. At first it was really stressing me out. But now it is OK!

    We stopped spelling this year and I will jsut be doing it in their regular assignments.

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