We now have over a week of school on the books. After defining individual objectives for the year, we dove right into studies. Maeby wants to learn to read and spell this year, Micah wants to be able to read an entire chapter book by himself, and Abram wants to work on the alphabet and writing. We had a summer filled with what seemed like nonstop conversations about science and geography, and we are continuing those conversations with a more academic approach. Micah is already becoming well versed in state facts and abbreviations, and can be caught reading maps randomly throughout the day. I enjoy being able to adjust our lessons to focus on what my children are excited about learning. It definitely cuts down on the amount of protests. We already have a list of ten field trip ideas, including a trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty (tentatively in the spring, so we have some time to adjust to traveling with baby #4). I know that we will face our own share of struggles throughout the school year, but we are happy to be on this journey together. Without further adieu, photographic proof of how much my children have grown in the past year. A look back on homeschool 2014.