Homeschool Happenings: Our 20 Week Homeschool Update

I can’t believe that we are on week 20 in our homeschool. Sure, we’ve had our ups and downs this year, but the year has seemed to fly by. It seems like only yesterday we were cracking open our curriculum for the first time.

The question is, how is our homeschool going? Actually I’m very happy to report that it’s going very smooth. This is our second week back after taking a two-week Christmas break. After having two good weeks back at school, I am not convinced that the boys needed that break. I’m not sure if I mentioned it or not, but over the four years that we have homeschooled, this is the first time we have taken time off for Christmas. We also opted to take a few days off for Thanksgiving this year as well and I think it’s a change that I’m going to keep.


We had snow come in last week over the weekend, and we took that to our advantage and did a few fun activities. The boys made a snow volcano and we also did a snow melting experiment to see which snow would melt faster, the one salt, or the one without. After the both experiments we talked about they happened and had a blast.

We also learned about Jim Henson this week and after our lesson on that, we made a bird marionette. This activity was so fun and simple. We actually found the directions for it on Pinterest and luckily had everything already to make it. I’m still working on planning activities a head of time. This was one of my New Year goals. It’s been a slow progress for sure, but I’m getting better at that.

What Are We Reading:
We just wrapped up reading A Bear Called Paddington. This was a read aloud that I did with both boys. Davis wasn’t overly thrilled with the book, but loved it! When we wrapped up that book, the boys then switched to two different read alouds.

Luke is currently reading Squanto, A Friend To The Pilgrams. This book is complementing his current history lesson really well and he loves it. With Luke I usually only read one chapter aloud at a time, but with this book, he has asked to read more. We have been doing between 2-3 chapters a day spread out. We should have the book finished by tomorrow. 

With Davis I started reading Little House on the Prairie. I felt I was taking a chance with this particular book, but I really wanted him to be familiar with it. In February, our homeschool group is going to be doing a few activities around Little House and Davis has never read any of the books. We has watched the television show, but let’s be honest it. They aren’t exactly like the books. I have attempted Farmer Boy with him a few times and he isn’t a fan, so I have my fingers crossed on this one. The only complaint that I have received from him so far on this book is that the chapters are long. He has a hard time comprehending when it comes to read alouds and I lose him a lot.

So that’s our week in a nutshell. Thanks for reading!!

Weekly Wrap-Up


Samantha has been blogging for over 8 years and is a wife and homeschool mom of 4 from North Carolina.

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