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Do you take review years in your homeschool? We do!
A few years ago, Curly and I had a math review year. We had nearly completed Right Start Math Level B, but I felt that her math skills were not yet solid in additional and subtraction. So I looked through the book and picked a lesson that was well-before the mid-point of the book. We started over with that lesson and worked through the rest of the book for a second time.
I cringed when I made the decision because I feared that we would fall behind. However, I found the opposite to be true.
After that year of extra math work, Curly started Level C the next fall. She plowed through the math book with ease. Her math skills were taking off and I credit our success to the time we spent reviewing and reinforcing those foundation skills from the previous book.
This year I made decided we would take time to have another review year, but this time for spelling.
This subject area is another one where Curly seems to struggle at times. We use Phonics Road for most of our spelling lessons (and I do like it). But after progressing halfway through Level 3 last year, I decided that we needed a break and a change of pace. We also needed a way to review what we had learned before jumping into the second half of the Phonics Road level.
That’s when I decided that we would try All About Spelling since it teaches spelling in a similar fashion to Phonics Road.
So far this semester Curly has gone through Levels 1 and 2. At the end of November she began Level 3. I’m hoping we can complete through Level 4 this school year before we switch back to Phonics Road for a while.
I have seen an improvement in Curly’s spelling already after using All About Spelling this year. And we have both enjoyed the change of pace that the review has provided. Spelling is less stressful this year and Curly has fewer complaints about spelling time.
I’m hoping that the year that we spend reviewing will shore up any weak spots in her spelling skills before we start more forward progress. It’s not worth moving forward when you know your child is struggling to keep pace. This is the beauty of homeschooling – adjusting the pace of your school work to fit the needs of each child.
If you ever feel that your child is struggling, losing confidence, or not mastering the material, take some time for a review – either by redoing lessons in the same curriculum or by trying a new learning approach with a different curriculum. I can promise that you will be glad you took that time to build a firm foundation, setting the stage for success in future learning challenges.