Thursday, October 13, 2016

Homeschooled Henry

Henry and I have had a great time homeschooling for over a month now. It has definitely been an adjustment but I am not sure it could have gone smoother. Henry used to complain almost every day about going to public school, but I have not heard him complain about school at home yet. Even when we would both rather sleep in a little more:).

We have gotten into a routine that works for us. Henry may do some handwriting about 9:15 a.m. before his online class time with teacher and classmates from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. each day. We then move into phonics, literature, math, science, P.E., and vocabulary depending on what is scheduled for the day. We usually end by 2:30 p.m. when we have to go pick up a brother but sometimes need to go longer. I love the K12 ORVA format, giving me clear guidance on lesson plans and expectations that is flexible with his learning needs. The variety of online activity and lessons with hands on and teaching time with me is a great mix. Henry loves that he can take breaks and move around as needed, and that he gets lunch food he likes:). We can move ahead if things are going easily, and slow down if more difficult. We have been staying on schedule pretty much, though. Henry is doing great with his coursework. It is such a joy to be with him as he learns. He read to me his first book recently and his writing has improved so much since school started. He really likes science and the experiments we do. We just finished a pretty big book, The Borrowers, for his first book report. It's amazing to me how much we have done already, and we are just getting started!

Anyway, I wanted to let you all know how homeschool is going and that we appreciate the ongoing prayers. Henry has a spinal surgery follow-up appointment rescheduled for November. If everything looks good, we may start to see the orthopedic surgeon more to see what needs to be done for Henry's legs and hips. I will keep you posted! Thanks and God bless!