I am SO excited!!!! We are FINALLY enjoying homeschool again.. I was so burned out and ready to throw in the towel.. I've found that planning and structure has played a HUGE part in making our school days work well for us.. My girls seem happy and I'm BEYOND happy!! I see them catching things and learning and working hard. Dd9 is excited to start doing research.. We have started doing journaling.. I give them a topic and they write about it.. Usually it's something silly, like today I had my 9 year old write about what she would do if she were a catapillar.. It was so cute!! She couldn't wait to read it to me.. She said if she were a catapillar she would wake up to the big blue sky above and would eat a HUGE cupcake for lunch and when it was time for bed she would cover up with a leaf and go to sleep.. She was more descriptive than that, using LOTS of adjectives.. I was surprised at how descriptive she actually was.. They LOVE journal time.. We only do it twice a week.. I don't look at spelling or handwriting.. I just want them to be creative.. I can't believe how much they have learned in just the last 2 weeks alone.. It AMAZES me! I've been able to pinpoint things that need to be worked on and schedule it in.. All it took was some organization and consistancy..