February: our homeschool in pictures, books, and a few thoughts

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lots of school on the go (coffee shops and the library are my fave)

a new school for Gigi and feeling challenged to get into a new routine

Hallee (4) decided to pick up reading lessons again and is loving it

handmade valentines for friends

dogsitting for my parents

exploring a new park (with trails!) and working on Bobcat level of Wild Explorers Club

reading lessons (and running free) at the beach

sewing class for Gigi where she made a felt teddy bear

lots of fights over schoolwork, and hopefully even more grace and reconciliation

a new softball season (baseball starts this week!) means the best kind of P.E.

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This month, we started Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has been super fun, and we just finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone which completely enchanted our kids. The littles got new handwriting books this month finally, and Brody is on the verge of finishing Math U See's Primer and beginning Alpha.

Brody has discovered graphic novels -- Pokemon and Geronimo StiltonΒ (these come in funky little novel-form and entertaining audiobooks, too)Β are faves.

Hallee and I have less one-on-one time together but we are still slowly working through the cheeky Stuart Little's adventures.

Gigi seems to have rekindled her love of American Girl books, discovering Maryellen Larkin's books (who she shares a birthday with!), and also a newly found series about Liberty Porter, First Daughter (about the 9-year old daughter of the president, which seems like a timely read in an election year). Gigi asked me if I'd like to read the first Libery book, which I thought was cute, so I just started it. :)

We did a unit on the Revolutionary War, which included reading a book we enjoyed called Liberty!: How the Revolutionary War began. Since the kids had already seen most of Liberty's Kids, they were familiar with many of the names and events.

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It hasn't been an easy transition, having two kids and two different charter schools. We are struggling to adjust and I find myself with my eyes set on the hope of having a more regular schedule next year. My hope is to have all three in class on the same two full days (please, Lord, may it be!) so that we have three full days at home to enjoy homeschooling and feel like we are running less ragged. But in the meantime, a little more driving does have its benefits, namely more time for podcasts and listening to my Bible reading plan, and accidental naps for the littles. ;)

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