We are 4 PACES away to finishing Level 4. When I come to check our homeschooler’s previous levels, this is the longest number of months he has stayed in one level. Aside from our house construction project, which clearly is a factor of the delay, we also traveled to Davao last March aside from the couple of out of town blog projects I had to take care of. Then in a couple of weeks, we are flying to Cebu for a late celebration of his 8th birthday! 🙂
But as our son just turned 8, even at one level per year, he will be done with middle school at 16 years old. So really, there is no reason to rush things. Besides, I really would rather that he masters each and every subject lesson more than him finishing each level the shortest possible time. Priorities.
That said, we also have a 4 Day a Week, homeschool schedule. We only do school time from Tuesdays thru Fridays. Mondays, being my husband’s day off from ministry (he pastors SBC-Makati), is also our family day. Read this article »
The Master Record Sheet is one of our most important documents in the homeschool system we use. The Progress Chart is also important as it allows the student to see how he is doing and encourages him to move forward. Read this article »
After more than a month of having our homeschool break, we finally officially started with our Level 4 PACES last October 16, 2012. As per my own homeschooler’s words, “The Math lessons are extra challenging in this level,” and for good reason. With the other subjects, he is doing great. Even in his Filipino and Araling Panlipunan subjects, I have to say that he is able to grasp the lessons despite the fact that his primary language is not Filipino. There are a handful of “Talasalitaan” we had to consult the internet for, but nothing major that would require a lot of hours burning the night lamp.
There are a few things we do not do now that we used to do when we were still starting. Like wearing his school uniform, for instance. Because our homeschooler is able to define when “homeschool time” is, we went easy on him having to wear his uniform like he used to during his first two years of homeschooling. Read this article »