Homeschool has been, ummm, interesting this year so far. As of today, we have finished 30 days of class. I guess that’s not too bad. But it’s not where we were this time last year. Funny how life events, work, family time, church, whatever else gets thrown in the mix, can alter a day in a matter of seconds.
I’m not a big fan of that.
But at least with homeschool, we can roll with the punches and try to keep going.
I’m not a big fan of that either.
But at least it’s an option and I’m learning to take advantage of it.
If you’ve popped over here expecting to see an amazing post of everything we have accomplished and how awesome it has been, you’re gonna be disappointed. This is your only warning.
I had high hopes that we would spend 2-3 hours a day sitting in front of the computer in our cute little school room doing school room related things. Things like discovering how to save the world from this ISIS crisis, how to get the US out of it’s crazy national debt, save our dollar, and oh, maybe set Zoe up for President soon. But that hasn’t happened. In fact, we’ve barely used said room because of life. And timing. And work. And my needing to be doing stuff while she’s doing stuff.
We’ve sat in there a few times, but it’s been a chore to make it happen. Hopefully as my work pace slows down over the next couple of months (and before we have to pack this house up to move to NC), we’ll actually use it the way I had dreamed we would.
Bahahahahaha. I crack myself up.
We are really playing it kinda loose at first. I’m bombarding Zoe with lots of worksheets to go over things we learned last year. Giving her a 3 month break was a BIG mistake. I feel like we are starting over in some areas (Math, especially). We have been doing lots of addition and subtraction with Regrouping (which apparently is the politically correct term to use these days. I particularly still like borrowing. But I digress).
This is the stack of work she’s completed this year so far. And I still need to grade it all thoroughly. Yay me. She loves having paper in her hands, so again this year, I’m printing her work and using the computer minimally. Maybe that will change as we ease into more of a routine (Please Dear God Let Us Ease Into A Routine Soon). We’ll see.
She’s had a blast over the last couple of weeks going over to a friend’s house to do homeschool while I work (shout out to Ginger Widener!). They had a Fiesta Day and made paper flowers, tacos, and talked about Mexico. Then she has played Restaurant a few times – making a menu with prices – and using our play money to pay the bill, make change, leave a tip. This is helping her with her Regrouping skills. She’s finally heard back from her pen pal in Belarus. And lastly, I’ve set her up to do daily and weekly chores. So I’m hoping that we can do lots of “every day” things that will build her skills and help her with some of her work that tends to be tedious and boring to her.
She broke her arm about 5 weeks ago – her wrist, actually – while dancing in the living room one night. She’s been a trooper about it and pretty much does everything she did before. She’s had another growth spurt and now stands at 4 ft 6.5 in tall – at almost 8 years old. Her 18 year old sister, Haley, is 5 ft 2 in if that gives you any grid. She’s still as rambunctious as ever and loves to sing and dance every chance she gets. There’s never a dull moment. Ever. Never. Ever.
I’ll be back with another update next month. We are at T-3.5 months until we move to NC. So this homeschool thing is sure to get even more interesting as the time approaches to start packing this place up. . . .