I love it when I have an opportunity to praise my kids for their hard work. This week has been one of those weeks. Zander worked so hard on his math this week, impressing me with how quickly he took to the new material we’ve been working on. He is now an expert at carrying while adding, and can add three, three-digit numbers together without batting an eye. I’m so proud of him! It’s been so worth digging in extra on our flashcards and basic math facts, because it really has helped him this week to add these massive numbers together. Next we’ll spend more time visiting our subtraction facts, because coming up shortly, we’ll learn how to borrow to do our higher subtraction. And can you believe that Zander asked me this week when he was going to get to do multiplication again. Crazy boy. It is coming up, but I suspect we won’t get there until after Christmas.
For Abigail this week, I assigned her double work. She did two weeks worth of schooling in a few subjects and did them without complaining. In fact, school was a joy for us this week. After eleven weeks of study, we’re finally saying goodbye to the Civil War. Oh, we both learned so much about the truth of that war, and celebrated reaching the end by sitting down as a family and watching the movie Gettysburg. What a great movie to bring the reality of the war home. It really showed how both sides believed what they were fighting for, but at the same time, they knew they were fighting brothers, relatives, and friends.
While studying the war, we also studied Abraham Lincoln, and truly enjoyed getting to know this Godly president. He was a good man who only wanted the best for the United States of America.
But this week, sunshine emerged as we left the Civil War and started looking ahead to the exciting times ahead. We’ve already spent time with cowboys and cattlemen, with both Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck, and we’re coming up on some exciting times for the railroad.
But something unique about homeschooling is that I can reward my children for their hard work in whatever way I feel is best. And this week, after such dilifent work, the kids are being rewarded with a week off of school. How fun is that!? Of course, that means extra work on the other side of our week off, but at the same time, a week off sounds wonderful to me as well.
We’re one-third of the way through our school year, and it couldn’t be going better.