We wrapped up our second term today! And really, it didn't feel like 12 weeks worth of work, it was all quite pleasant, actually. We'll be moving on to third term on Monday, and Peanut has that awesome problem of finishing up third grade in terms of required hours before we finish up the bookwork. :)
Here's a quick update on where we are all at:
Peanut - getting into the thick of division and is having zero problems. We're still using Math Mammoth but I'm considering switching her over to Singapore for fourth grade for some challenge. Reading is great - she reads books that are at a 6th-8th grade level in terms of complexity (such as the Chronicles of Narnia, Black Beauty, etc). Her favorite subject this term was Shakespeare.
Moose - took to AmblesideOnline quite nicely. His reading has taken off - he went from Progressive Phonics (short vowel books) to Bob books in no time, and is now reading at a second grade level. His handwriting is improving, thanks to his diligent work and his phenomenal OT. He can write in print and cursive now, and is much less resistant to things like drawing. His favorite subject this term was Shakespeare and learning to read. He could care less with Math, but I think we have figured out how to do Math in a way that doesn't result in hysterics.
Wok - she can now write her first name (as long as I tell her the letters), draws all sorts of things and has a very wiiiiide art streak. Her coloring is much more complicated and intricate, and she has a great eye for detail. Her favorite subject this term was "preschool." ;-)
Little Miss Sunshine - impressed us all by potty-training (day and night) in about 2 weeks flat. Only one in diapers again, whoo-hooo! She often tags along with Wok at "preschool" and currently likes to draw circles.
Nugget - his big success was learning to sit. He's about 20 pounds and has fat rolls for miles; so it's hard to keep that much weight upright. :P He also has 4 teeth, likes to stand with help, and rolls all over the house.
Me - I've been reading about Social Stories for my ASD kiddo, helping other mamas who want to homeschool their kids who are also on the spectrum, reading through Charlotte Mason's Home Education, and making sure the home fires are burning.
I plan on getting everything ready this weekend for term 3, which we will begin on Monday. I like to take time off between the terms, but I think we will push and take off around Holy Week and Easter. We may take a couple days off this coming week, but not a full week. Then we can get a little bit of downtime over the summer and start all over again in the fall!