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In the last few weeks my youngest has decided on her own to just get up early each day and get school done as efficiently as possible. It's been glorious! In the last week or so she's taken that attitude with chores too. Sure, I'd like her to do it for the love of learning and sense of community, but I'll take what I can get. 

Anyone else have any great moments in homeschooling they want to share?

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My baby (age 6 🥰) has taken to finding consonant blends everywhere and announcing them to whoever’s nearby. He’s my last to teach I read, and it’s a little bittersweet.

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17 minutes ago, Homeschool Mom in AZ said:

In the last few weeks my youngest has decided on her own to just get up early each day and get school done as efficiently as possible. It's been glorious! In the last week or so she's taken that attitude with chores too. Sure, I'd like her to do it for the love of learning and sense of community, but I'll take what I can get. 

Anyone else have any great moments in homeschooling they want to share?

This is a GREAT one!

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Last night I walked into the bedroom to check on DD10, she was sitting up in bed, I thought she was playing around with some toy.  I said "whatcha doin'?"  She says "reading this book"  It's her library book.  That she picked out herself.  That is on grade level.  That she was reading voluntarily all on her own.  

Last month, she told someone (who happened to be a teacher at the private school/church that we were doing a scout cookie booth at) that she HATED reading and never does it.

This is happening a smidge more often now, but dang, every time it happens it's a great moment! lol  

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11 minutes ago, hopeistheword said:

My baby (age 6 🥰) has taken to finding consonant blends everywhere and announcing them to whoever’s nearby. He’s my last to teach I read, and it’s a little bittersweet.

When we downsized last summer I got rid of all our elementary aged homeschool stuff.  I loved that we were downsizing by 50%, but there were some pangs of grief at leaving that stage of homeschooling forever.  It was definitely my favorite stage.

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Great moments? My ds has chosen to read on his own for 10-15 minutes 4 days this week! That's HUGE for him.

50 minutes ago, Homeschool Mom in AZ said:

In the last few weeks my youngest has decided on her own to just get up early each day and get school done as efficiently as possible.

Yeah, about the time my dd started going that, blossoming and becoming amazing, then she LEFT. Sniff. 

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My six year old just said to me, “Mom, I think I might like snap circuits more than anything in the world.” I’d say that’s a homeschooling win, especially since he confirmed that he likes them “even more than Legos.” 😝

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I tutor.  I just got a note from one of my kids' moms.  The 3yo looked up and said, "A cat!"  The kid I tutor responded "Article-noun!" 😄 (He is just now studying the parts of speech beyond noun-verb and it has been a few weeks of work)

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This morning, I struggled through my sinus-infection-induced misery to read about the Potato Famine in SOTW 4.  All four kids decided to sprawl at my feet to listen and color.  Peter interrupted every 30 seconds to inject tidbits of wisdom like "Ireland isn't even as big as Michigan".  Elliot got up incessantly to sharpen already-sharp colored pencils.  Spencer tipped his pencil box twice because he was being too wild and each time broke into sobs about having to pick up his crayons.  Audrey industriously used her scissors to cut her coloring page into 38,695,936,742 shreds which were slowly scattered all over the floor.

It was really kind of dreadful...and yet, they all begged me to read from SOTW when I would have happily skipped it for the day.  They were all interested in learning about the Potato Famine and gave good narrations afterwards.  And when I "let" Audrey use the vacuum to clean up her paper mess, she declared it the "Best Day Ever!!"

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After giving DS (13) and two of his friends a ride to a meet-up, my DS reflected: “I should’ve given one of them the front seat.”  A thoughtful human being is emerging!  Ahh!

And this week... he began organizing his schoolwork and pens.  Also, loving Latin.  Never saw that one coming.  

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When my daughter was in high school (she wanted to go, even though she had been homeschooled up to that time), the kids still joked with her and her friend who had also been homeschooled. They were asked, so how do you like public school now, which is better?  To which they both adamantly replied, "homeschool, definitely!"  Even though they had a great group of kids in their class and they had  interesting and challenging classes... this was so nice to hear!  

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Caught my kiddo reading the dictionary yesterday am.  He tried to play it off like he was reading a different book, lol.  I'm not sure why he felt the need to hide the dictionary, but ok...

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Not a homeschool moment, but a good neighborhood moment to add...

The weather is getting nice again.  We moved here last July and it was SO hot that most folks, including us, spent lots of time inside.  And then it got cold and again, lots of time inside.

So the last week or so, 60s and 70s, and our kids have been outside a LOT.  They are starting to require nearly daily showers lol.  But the best part, they have been out front riding bikes, scooters, skating, etc etc.  

And the neighbor kids are coming out to play.  Much of our neighborhood is older folks, but it happens that our next door neighbors have small kids, as do the neighbors across the street.  And the neighbors across the street brought their kids over today so that everyone could ride bikes together and such.  The other day, the neighbors next door had the little one (she's like 4) out with sidewalk chalk and stuff and all the kids were playing together.  "Do you like hot wheels?"  "I have lots of hot wheels"  "I do too!"  "Get your hot wheels!!!!"

 

There are some kids down the street too, I am hoping we can draw them out as well this spring.  

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My oldest two, 10 and 8,  have recently started devouring books. They've been great readers for years but never really wanted to read.  But within the last 2 months they have read so many books I can't keep track.  My 8 year old now reads multiple books at a time like me. To top if off,  my 6 year old has been watching the enjoyment they've been getting out of all their books that he has asked me to teach him to read.  Before he had zero interest.  With only 2 weeks of instruction he has started reading the bob books pretty well

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My 14 year old was at a role playing convention today. He was playing in a game where he was a Russian superhero. He kept text me "what is the Russian word for..." I answered about 8 of these before I said "this is the last one... maybe you should learn Russian." He said Good idea.  I can start on Mango - can you teach me the alphabet?" 

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