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The kids and I spent part of today packing up most of the stuff that we'll be returning. There are some items I've asked for permission to keep over the summer. That way we can work on these particular courses , or with these particular materials. We'll send all of those back at the end of July though. There are some novels the girls want to finish and a few more books I want to work with Leo on to help strengthen his reading.
Today was a bit of a bittersweet day though. I got their progress reports
Deciding to pull them out of public school was a very difficult decision. I think most of the people here probably know how hard it was for us. It was not a decision any of us(well the kids and I) took lightly. Although many others thought it was a bad idea, including their father..we felt otherwise.
They worked SO very hard this year. Harder than they've ever worked before, for a school year. This curriculum for the most part was at least a grade level above what the public schools here teach. I think it was made pretty obvious how I felt about the test scores in that thread, haha. But they really did work so very hard. When they were first tested, they were all below grade level-all three of them. Even though their school work, and their grades there, didn't suggest that whatsoever. We did an entire school year's worth of work(a grade level above their ability) in under 6 months. More like under 5 months really. When I got sick in February we had to take quite a bit of time off for a while.
I am very happy to report that Alexis is now in 7th grade. Alyssia is now in 5th grade and Leo is now in 2nd grade. No one was placed or assigned but rather they got there on their own through hard work. I am a very very proud mommy today. This just solidifies the decision to keep my children where they are until a time(should one ever come) that it's not working for them.
All three of the kids are at a Math level 2+ grades above their current level. Both girls are at a Reading level 3+ grades above. Leo is currently a strong reader at a 2.5 level(second grade and a half, lol). When he started in December-he couldn't read at all. With a little work he will do even better this year.
It's funny the only thing on their progress reports that we have to work on, is making sure I keep their physical education hours marked They all three barely skirted by (state standards that is). That was the ONLY issue.
I know most homeschool families don't use the same type of program, or have progress reports. But this is really working out well for us. I am able to use the curriculum we get, plus add in anything and everything else I want(which can be quite a bit at times, lol). I really do enjoy having some sort of progress report though. I might not feel the same if this is something we had done from the word go, but it's not. So knowing my kids are right on track, and even doing way better than that, is pretty priceless for me. It's a really good way for us to gauge that we're still on track, no matter what. So I'm really glad that despite the negativity I've run into(rl and online-especially with regard to this program and this "sort of homeschooling") that we pushed forward anyway and decided to do what was going to work best for them. It's totally paid off