Weekly Smile – Homeschooling Progress This Semester


My friend Trent shares a Weekly Smile, and encourage others to join! There’s so many things to be grateful for, small and big things.

My smile this week goes to my daughter, she have been working so hard with all her school projects lately. I’ve always encouraged her to read. I started reading to her on a daily basis when I became pregnant with her, and she sees me read every day. My daughter started to read a few words when she was 3 years old, but after that she wasn’t very interested for a long time. She could read simple books by herself a year ago, but did not enjoy it. Some time late this summer that changed. She now enjoys reading. She asks if she can read to me several times every day, ands she does. She reads very well, and have started to read rather advanced chapter books. This makes me insanely happy, since books always have been a source of joy to me. 


We have a very similar scenario with her Swedish. During her first years we only spoke Swedish at home, (her English had a Swedish accent even though she’s never been to Sweden.) Around age four she lost interest, despite all my efforts to make it fun. Now she is all of a sudden super interested, and we have Swedish lessons almost every day. Makes me very happy! I want her to be fluid in at least these two languages. She has double citizenship. She’s not fluid yet, but I do believe she understands a lot more than she speaks. We play word games, speak Swedish, write Swedish words and simple sentences, and watch movies/documentaries from Sweden together.

Today we watched a few short episodes about the Swedish language and culture on a very easy to understand Youtube channel. We also watched a few videos from the town I lived  in as a child/teen/young adult. Last week we learned about some major cities in Sweden, and fall traditions.

I have been holding her back a little in math, because she is almost done with 2nd grade math. I want it to sink in, before moving on. The only thing my daughter doesn’t enjoy is writing by hand, and cursive writing. I have to be very inventive to engage her in writing. She does it, but not happily. She is good at it too, but doesn’t enjoy it. I think writing well by hand is a valuable skill, and I’m not letting go of that. She builds sentences, and writes super fast on the computer. I’d say that I am more than happy with the homeschooling progress this semester. Thinking about all the precious time we get to spend together makes me warm inside, and put a big smile on my face!

What makes you smile this week? Share some of your smiles!



Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

25 thoughts on “Weekly Smile – Homeschooling Progress This Semester

  1. Oh how nice that you value all the time you have while you are experiencing it – some folks only see the deep value you later – so that is a huge perk.
    And I agree with you on the value of handwriting and cursive and it sounds like you have a good balance with not forcing it – but keeping it in the queue — she will thank you for it later. (And will thank you for so much more…. wink)

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  2. What a lovely smile!! I’m so HAPPY the homeschooling is going so well, and the videos you shared are awesome! I especially enjoyed the swedish, since my grandma was from Sweden! My Mom spoke some swedish but never taught us or tried but maybe gave up on us… I think having 6 kids makes things like that more difficult! (My older sisters new swedish better than us younger 3 siblings) But you are doing a WONDERFUL job. What a nice update. 😁🥰♥️

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  3. Great to hear about your daughters progress. I did sample a little bit of the videos. I guess it’s not too early to start thinking about skiing… Of course the English days of the week are based on the Nordic gods, so they’re pretty similar, with a few little differences like we use Woden instead of Odin.

    Nice smile 🙂 I hope you have a great week.

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  4. This is fabulous. She reads to you!! What a gift you have given her; the gift of reading and the love of books. This post made me smile. Also our weather here is bliss. Sunshine, fall colors and cool nights but warm, not hot, days. Took my horse for a ride in the forest today. beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! I do love that she reads to me. She reads to other people as well. I love that! The photo of her reading is from a picnic last weekend. Your weather made me smile!! Sounds marvelous! And the ride in the forest… can’t be much better. You’re such a good horse mom, giving your horse the best of everything, shows, training and nature.


  5. What a smile! I think your daily reading to your daughter is paying off. What a gift to give a child – a love of books. She’ll have a life full of adventures. And good for you for teaching her Swedish. In a smaller and smaller world, being able to communicate across boundaries is critical. Plus it’s just another way to have fun. Happy Teaching!

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