# What worked?

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• Stephany Vergara
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Greetings,

My husband is a school teacher and so we follow his calendar for our homeschool. As our year is coming to an end I start to think of what worked, what didn’t, etc as I start to brainstorm for next year. Curious to know what are some of your successes this school year? We all have them even if it was a tough year. This school year we had a newborn, our 5th baby. Our 3 yr old is a very emotional child, in need of a lot of attention, very different from my older 3 children. It was quite the challenge, yet we still have some great homeschool memories and things that worked during this busy season. Please share your victories!

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My mathematically challenged student completed Algebra 1.  We moved slowly through it last year and was able to pick up the pace this year.  I have seen an increase in her ability and confidence.  She has asked to begin Geometry in the summer so she has time to get to the higher maths before she graduates in a couple of years.

Thank you to the SCM team and Richele for your reminders that my students are individuals.

Ruralmama
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Weve had a great year actually. I think I have settled on our math, history, and language finally. Which will make for a smoother year next year with a baby. We switched a bit this year and are scrabnling a bit to “finish”. We will start fresh in the fall though for all our motivation.

Other successes:

5 yr old can blend 3 letter words well and is beginning to write letters!

8 yr old is growing up so much…she put her little bro and toddler sis down for a nap yesterday All on her own accord! She then cheerfuly helped papa and I the rest of the afternoon! School for her is easy so no great victories in that area.

9 yr old understands equivalent fractions and can work them with some ease, has memorized the × table and is fluent with short division! Also spelling is finally showing some signs of improvement!

Stephany Vergara
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That’s wonderful! Math is one if those things we don’t rush around here. It’s important to master the concepts before moving on. What program/curriculum are you using for math? My oldest is only in 4th, not close to Algebra 1 yet, but I like to ask what others are using and have a list in my head for future use.

Stephany Vergara
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@ruralmama

Great job, mama! My oldest is 9 and she is super helpful as well. So important we don’t keep the focus on academics, but teach our children the value or hardwork and serving others. I am working on being consistent with my expectations for chores. Any ideas for chores/responsibilities for a 3 yr old boy? He likes to help too!

Congrats on your beginning reader! It is so exciting when they first learn to read! I love that season. They are so eager to make out everything in front of them!

We have been doing copywork/dictation for our spelling from the beginning and I see a huge improvement in my 9 year old. Yes, it is really starting to show through. I noticed an even bigger jump after using Spelling Wisdom and Using Language Well this school year.

Alysee123
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1. Streamlining our subjects and doing more things together.

2. WAY more outdoor time/nature study has been amazing for our moods and sanity in general.

3. Brave Writer has been a breath of fresh air for our family for writing.

Stephany Vergara
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@Alysee123

That is wonderful!
What age are your children? Which Brave Writer resource(s) are you using?

I have also seen a huge change in our homeschool from spending more time outdoors. I am looking forward to being consistent nature journalists!

Alysee123
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We used Partnership Writing/Jot it Down.

2021/2022 – we will be adding the Darts.

Stephany Vergara
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@Alysee123

I used BW a few years back, but it didn’t work out for us. I think my daughter was too young. I use a lot of it’s tools like taking vocab from our read alouds, CW and french dictation. Maybe I’d like to give it another try in the near future.

kendra
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SewFanny,

I saw your queation about chores for your 3 yr. old. I didn’t see a response, so I thought I would chime in. 🙂 I also have a 3 yr. old (girl) who likes to help with chores like the big kids. Here are a few things I’ve given her to do:

Putting away the silverware (minus the sharp knives 🙂 )

Sorting the clean laundry. She knows whose is whose and can put them in seperate piles.

Setting the table with an older sibling

Using the feather duster to dust baseboards and whatnot

Washing windows

Holding the dustpan for an older sibling when they sweep

If you keep houseplants, he could be taught how to water them.

Hope these give you some new ideas. 🙂

Stephany Vergara
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thank you so much! Those are great ideas. I think he would really enjoy putting away silverware and washing the windows. This week he asked if he could sweep the dining room. He’s been doing it every day after breakfast.

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