2017 was a year of homeschooling

Gazing at Tyuonyi Pueblo ruins in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico, on our first trip out west in May 2017.

It’s always good to take a moment and look back at what I accomplished in the past year because, well, it helps to soften the regret of all the things I did not do. The year 2017 was not a year of new things or grand projects (at least by me). It contained minimal hiking, picture taking and writing on my part…those things always high on my list of “want to do.” I did less baking than I had hoped. However, I did read some great books, and it was a good, full year of homeschooling. That is what it was supposed to be because that’s my priority right now, and it will continue to be so. Though I’m always hoping to get more time to do this or that, I love being with my boys more than anything, and I know they are better off with my full attention. And I’m thrilled about the subjects I’m learning along with them. I’m glad I’m a person who has many varied interests and who struggles to find time to do all the things I’d like to do. Life would be boring otherwise.

With those thoughts in mind, I picked out the posts (out of the few I wrote 😥 ) that showcase what I’m most happy about from this past year. Those things we did, the stuff I learned along with my children, and the nitty gritty curriculum choices, which I spent a lot of time finding.

Our 2nd Grade Homeschool Schedule and Curriculum and 5th Grade Homeschool Schedule and Curriculum are exactly what they sound like.

Why Do We Homeschool? – Something I wrote a year ago to answer someone’s question. It says it all.

Our 4th Grade Piano Adventures – Oh yes. It was an adventure last year with a big learning curve for my husband and me, and it still is.

Trip West – It was the highlight of our year.

What My Kids Have Taught Me – I am the one who has learned the most from this homeschooling gig.

History Lesson Log #1 – I never liked history very much in school, but now I’m loving it, and I’m so pleased we dived into world history this year. Since writing Log #1, we’ve done the Hebrews, India, and now we’re in ancient China, so I need to start writing Log #2 soon!

My Year of Citizen Science – Technically, most of this project took place in 2016, but I finally topped it off with this post in 2017. It’s a project I’m very proud of completing, and I hope to continue participating in citizen science projects for the rest of my life.

Your Guide to Teaching 1st Grade – I did do some writing in 2017, and I’m very happy to have completed The Everyday Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching the Early Years.

Raising Monarch Butterflies – Our grandest adventure of 2017 (besides our trip out west) was raising monarchs, and I think it will remain one of my favorite homeschooling memories of all time.

What were the highlights of 2017 for you?

And Happy New Year! I hope 2018 will be everything you hope it will be. I deeply appreciate your readership, and I hope you will connect with me by leaving a comment or sending an e-mail. I’m always happy to offer encouragement to homeschooling parents who need it.

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