Wrapping Up the 3rd Quarter: Homeschool Update 2023-2024

Welcome back to Making Everyday Magic! The 3rd quarter has come to a close. As we bid farewell to the 3rd quarter of our homeschooling journey in the 2023-2024 academic year, it’s time to reflect on our progress, challenges, and exciting developments.

3rd Quarter Has Come To A Close


Highlights of the 3rd Quarter

We’ve reached a significant milestone as we approach the end of various curriculum pieces. With a sixth grader and a second grader in tow, we’ve seen immense growth and achievement. Let’s dive into some key updates:

Just a reminder, I have everything we are using for the 2023-2024 school year linked HERE.

Reading Milestone

One of the most fulfilling moments as a homeschooling parent is witnessing your child transition from learning to read to reading to learn. It’s a profound shift that signifies independence and capability. Both of my children have now crossed this threshold, marking a significant achievement in our homeschooling journey. Bonus: I am learning so much about Dinosaurs! Every phrase starts with, “MOM! Did you know…”

Embracing New Programs

The transition to new educational resources can be daunting, especially after years of familiarity with trusted programs. However, I’ve come to appreciate the Michael Clay Thompson program even more this year. Its structured yet engaging approach has greatly benefited both my children, fostering a deeper understanding of language and literature. I feel confident transitioning my youngest from the last level of All About Reading to the Island level of Michael Clay Thompson for next year. Helping her prime with the Poodle series has been so rewarding!

Time Management Triumphs

Effective time management is key to a successful homeschooling experience. I’m proud to report that we’ve stayed on track with our schedule, thanks to careful planning and organization. As I prepare to speak at a homeschool conference on time management, I’m reminded of the importance of this skill in our daily routine. Just a shameless plug, it’s THE TEXAS HOMESCHOOL EXPO in New Braunfels.

3rd Quarter Has Come To A Close

Exploring New Frontiers in Math

Mathematics continues to be a stronghold in our curriculum, with my oldest tackling pre-algebra and my second grader making impressive strides in multiplication. As we explore potential changes in our math curriculum for the upcoming year, I’m optimistic about finding a good fit for Algebra.

Science Curriculum Challenges

While our journey has been mostly smooth sailing, there have been challenges along the way, particularly in the realm of science education. The textbook-based approach didn’t resonate with our family, prompting a search for alternative resources for next year. Stay tuned as we explore new options that align better with our homeschooling philosophy.

Cultivating 2nd Languages

Incorporating a 2nd language into our curriculum has been a rewarding experience. The Cultured Kid and Duolingo have become valuable tools in broadening my children’s perspectives and language skills. Their enthusiasm for learning shines through as they explore Spanish.

3rd Quarter Has Come To A Close

Looking Ahead

As we embark on the final stretch of the academic year, I’m excited about the opportunities and growth that lie ahead. With a renewed focus on finding the right resources for science education and continuing to nurture a love for learning, I’m confident that the remainder of the year will be filled with discovery and accomplishment. I will be back soon to start sharing our curriculum recaps and our curriculum choices for 2024 – 2025.


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