I've been thinking a lot today about my children and their wellbeing and education. I've talked with other homeschooling parents, teachers in CAVA, and reflected on what I had learned and read back when I started wanting to homeschool.
I've decided to take a slightly different approach.
1. Who cares about progress percentage! They will catch up when they are ready.
2. I so badly want to work on their learning style. I can see that Orion is a very kenesthetic learner while Kieriana is more visual and audio. Orion needs to feel and touch what he's learning. Then he's a total sponge. Kieriana, on the other hand, seems to hold back herself a lot. But at least she's not afraid to do the work.
3. They learn best when I'm not stressed.
What I need to do is to find ways for them to do their work in a manner which is enjoyable for them yet it still gets done. The rigid structure of K12 (while it is a wonderful program) just doesn't seem to give them enough time to get frustrated, have trouble, and want to be taught separately.
So here's the thing. I've come up with a way to teach them both and have fun with it.
I'm going to use K12 as a guideline. We will do some K12 but also supplement it with other methods. So long as they can answer the questions put forth by K12 (ie. assessments that are given to see if the children are understanding the work) yet learn in a way that is totally unique and highly enjoyable as well as educational.
I have my work cut out for me.