Looking Ahead to Next Year

We have about six weeks of lessons left,
31 days to be exact.
We'll finish sometime around Memorial Day.

It has been a good year. We've learned a great deal, and will finish satisfied with our progress.

But I am already looking ahead to next year.
Truth be told, I started in January, maybe before.

Next year, our oldest will start High School. We've already settled the question:
Will you homeschool through High School?
It's one of the more prevalent questions we homeschoolers get asked.
Usually the questions are earnest and full of interest. People want to know and are encouraged by other's homeschooling experiences.

However, sometimes, it almost feels like a back handed question when asked with that condescending air. Like the speaker is really thinking, "Sure I see you can homeschool up until 8th grade, but High School, that's a separate beast you are not fit to fight."

We've decided to tame the high school beast anyway.

Our younger children will continue on in our homeschool as well. Currently, I'm collecting ideas for their lessons as well. This year, we finish our four year travel through history. I'd like to start again at the beginning with Creation and Ancient History. I'm considering a different history curriculum, but haven't quite decided, yet. Another change might be in math for our oldest daughter. She will have completed all the Horizon elementary math levels. We have been greatly pleased with her progress, but are considering another curriculum for the higher levels.

We have enjoyed the long journey. We've been traveling it for almost a decade, and with a child in Kindergarten, we have over ten years to go.

This year alone has been one of our best.

Some posts about our current school year include:
What School Looks Like in Our Home
Westward Expansion, Art, and Resources...a Weekly Wrap-Up
Homeschool Days at the Aquarium
An Unplanned Day of School

I don't want to leave you with an inaccurate impression. Homeschooling hasn't always been easy, and it hasn't always felt successful.

Some posts about the challenges of Homeschooling:
Ten {Plus One} Mistakes
Wasting Time and Money on Curriculum Purchases
How I May Have Failed Teaching Preschool
How to Be the Best Homeschool Mom

Overall, homeschooling works for our family.
For that, we are grateful!

* All pictures are linked to original posts of this blog. Just click to view.

If you are visiting here today from The Ultimate Blog Party 2013, welcome! Feel free to introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting you.

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  1. Hey! Stopping by from the blog party. I am a homeschool blogger, too. Nice to "meet" you!

  2. Stopping by from the blog party. I'm also a homeschooling mama. I think I've been looking forward to the end of this year since Christmas break ended. :)

    Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

  3. Hi! I'm stopping by from the UBP also! I'm a homeschool mom also, it's just not my focus. Love the ideas I'm seeing on your blog!!

  4. Hi! Stopping by from the UBP party :) I'm another homeschool mom- and yeah, I've had the high school question. My oldest is graduating this Summer. We are using Horizons for Math for our under high school set and then Math U See for Algebra on up.

    It's so nice to "meet" you, your blog is lovely.

  5. Stopping by from the UBP, another homeschool mama here. It's always so much fun to look forward to "next year" while finishing up this year!


  6. Popping in from the UBP. Planning for the next school year is my favorite thing. I've got every that I need to purchase in my "shopping cart", all I need is that tax return so I can hit submit. lol I can't wait til those boxes start arriving.

  7. Hopping over from UBP13. I homeschooled for 10 yrs, but now mine are all grown up. I also like to cook, craft & write.

    If you ever want some fun activities with your kids, stop by for our Oreo Moon Phases or our Lucky Charms Graph.

    Kerry Beck


  8. Awesome journey! I was a homeschooled kid (all the way through high school) and now I am homeschooling my own kiddos! I found you on the UBP! Happy Schooling!


  9. I admire homeschooling moms. I don't think I would have the patience to do that.

    Just dropping by from the Ultimate Blog Party 2013.
    So nice to meet you! I hope you find the time to stop by my site.


  10. Hi, I'm another homeschooling mom stopping by from the UBP! You're welcome to stop by my blog home anytime. =0) I'm following you here now. Looks like you have been very busy this year in your homeschool!

  11. Hi, I'm a new follower who found you through the UBP. We homeschool too. Nice to "meet" you! :)

  12. Stopping by (albeit late) from the UBP13...we're homeschoolers too! I'll have to come back and read thru your blog...wanted to say hi


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