Reflecting on Progress: Halfway Through the 2023 School Year

Welcome back to Making Everyday Magic! I’m Shanna, and today, I’m thrilled to share a mid-year update on our homeschooling journey. As we find ourselves halfway through the 2023-2024 school year, I’ll walk you through our experiences, successes, and the adjustments we’ve made along the way.

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Halfway Through The 2023 School Year


Assessing the School Year

Reflecting on the first half of the school year, I must say, it’s been quite a journey for our homeschooling family of four. We’re navigating our seventh year of homeschooling with a second grader and a sixth grader, and I’m excited to share our progress and the changes we’ve implemented.

Everything that I am discussing and that we are using for the 2023-2024 School Year can be found HERE


School Days and Schedules

Our school days have seen their fair share of ups and downs, and I’ve been experimenting with sharing updates on different days. Getting back into the school swing after Thanksgiving Break was VERY HARD! I am planning on how to avoid a repeat after the holiday break.


How I Feel About This Year

Overall, I’m feeling positive about our homeschooling journey. While I admit I need to improve my tracking habits, I have a plan to create digital products to share our experiences. We’ve had a smooth run with most of our curriculum choices, and our scheduling is on track.

Halfway Through The 2023 School Year

Curriculum Highlights

Let’s dive into some specific curriculum highlights for both the little and big kids in our homeschool.

Little Kid (2nd Grader)

– Math: Successfully progressing through multiplication using skip counting and Times Tales.
– Language Arts: Thriving with Michael Clay Thompson’s language arts program, particularly enjoying the poetry section.
– Reading: Making significant strides with All About Reading, currently on lesson 36 out of 63.
– Geography: Excelling in geography studies and reading independently.

Big Kid (6th Grader)

– Math: Adapting well to pre-algebra, overcoming initial challenges with perseverance.
– Language Arts: Embracing the relaxed and discussion-based approach of Michael Clay Thompson’s curriculum.
– Spelling: Soon to finish All About Spelling, preparing for the next level.
– Geography: Aiming to complete geography early, displaying impressive essay-writing skills.


Adjustments and Future Plans

We’ve made some adjustments to our science curriculum and are considering modifications to our art-based projects. As we approach the mid-year break, plans are in motion for a buffer week to wrap up units and assessments.

Halfway Through The 2023 School Year


In conclusion, this year has been a rewarding journey filled with learning, growth, and the joy of discovering connections across subjects. While challenges arise, the flexibility of homeschooling allows us to adapt and thrive. As we look forward to planning the next year, I’m excited about the possibilities and the continued magic of our homeschooling adventure.

Thank you for joining me on this mid-year update, and I look forward to hearing about your homeschooling experiences. Until next time, stay inspired, stay curious, and keep making everyday magic!

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