8 Week Homeschool Chat: Our Journey Through the 2023-2024 School Year

Welcome to our homeschooling adventure! If you’re new here, I’m Shanna, and we are a homeschooling family of four. We’ve just wrapped up the first eight weeks of the 2023-2024 school year so let’s recap our first quarter with an 8 week homeschool chat. Can you believe we’re already 25% of the way through the academic year? Time flies when you’re having fun. Before we dive into the details of our journey, please take a moment subscribe and give this post a thumbs up. You can also connect with me in the comments or on Instagram at @makingeverydaymagic.

8 Week Homeschool Chat

Our Homeschooling Journey

It’s incredible how fast the school year is progressing. This year, we have a sixth-grader and a second-grader. Today, I want to share our experiences and insights from the first eight weeks of our homeschooling adventure.


Changes in Our Personal Life

Before delving into the academic aspects, let’s talk about some personal life changes that have had a profound impact on our homeschool this year. We’ve introduced a new routine of setting alarms for the kids. Their alarms go off at 7:00 AM, giving them 30 minutes of playtime, which is crucial for my younger one. It aligns with her love language and ensures she starts the day in high spirits. Additionally, I’ve made a conscious effort to get up and get fully ready each day, creating a consistent schedule.


A Day in the Life of Our Homeschool

This week was a bit unusual due to various fun events and extracurricular activities. We even had a delightful day at the interactive aquarium and zoo with our local homeschool group. Given these events, we had to shuffle our usual homeschool routine. We temporarily skipped some lessons, like spelling, Khan Academy, and Crash Course Mythology. But don’t worry; it’s all about flexibility, and we’ll catch up in the coming weeks.

8 Week Homeschool Chat

Academic Progress

Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of our academic journey over the past eight weeks.

  • Language Arts for the Second Grader: Our second-grader has made remarkable progress in reading, grammar, and spelling. The All About Reading program has played a pivotal role in her success, aligning seamlessly with the All About Spelling curriculum.
  • Language Arts for the Sixth Grader: Our sixth-grader is tackling more advanced language arts topics. We’ll have a dedicated video about our experience with All About Spelling soon. She’s progressing well in reading, writing, and grammar.
  • Math: Both of our kids are excelling in math. Our second-grader is mastering multiplication, while our sixth-grader is diving into pre-algebra.
  • Big History Project: We’re thrilled to have reached the third unit of the Big History Project, covering topics like the Big Bang and the formation of stars. We love the structured approach provided by Khan Academy.
  • Science Curriculum: We tried a new science curriculum, Discover Science. Initially, it seemed fantastic, but in practice, it proved to be too much. We adjusted our approach, focusing on the parts that work for us while simplifying the rest.


You can find links to everything we are using sorted by grade level HERE

8 Week Homeschool Chat

The Extras

Our family game nights have been a hit. We’re rotating through various games, including Monopoly Junior, which had been collecting dust. It’s a great way to blend learning and fun. Additionally, we’ve been enjoying the Cultured Kid program, exploring different languages and cultures together as a family.



That wraps up our first eight weeks of the 2023-2024 school year in our homeschool. I hope you found this update helpful and informative. Please share your homeschooling experiences and any insights you may have. Stay tuned for more videos and posts as we continue this incredible journey. And don’t forget to subscribe and give this post a thumbs up. You can also find me in the comments or on Instagram at @makingeverydaymagic. Thanks for joining us on this adventure!

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