We are one week into our homeschool year, and so far so good. I'm actually very pleased with some of the new material we've introduced. I love the Saxon Teacher CDROMs my two girls are using and they have both had a very good start in math.
I really, really love the First Language Lessons series we began using this year. We had been in a workbook rut when it came to grammar, and these do require much more actual teaching, but I'm loving that and we are spending much more time discussing and reviewing grammar rules. We've discovered Special K is definitely an auditory learner and for her dictation exercises will be key. She really struggles with spelling, capitalization, and punctuation and so I correct her dictated writing and then have her recopy with the corrections.
After sitting through Skoshi A's first Italian lesson on Rosetta Stone, Special K decided she would rather take Latin this year. I don't blame her! Some of the Rosetta Stone lessons can take upwards of 40 minutes. That is a bit much, even for my auditory learner.
The best part of our homeschooling week last week was having the opportunity to attend First Friday Mass as a family. We haven't been able to do that for nearly two years. It was especially nice to have Wingnut with us.
Our lingering homeschool failure has to do with Lil' Lamb. The only way we can have any semblance of peaceful schooling is if we give him an iPad. Definitely not ideal, but right now that is all I can think of to survive just the couple hours I'm needed by the other children. I'm hoping we can wean him off the iPad. We shall see.