Wednesday, March 28, 2007

We Should Study…

anything having to do with medicine because as much as I get sick these kids would have a degree by now! OY!! This time it’s only allergies or a sinus infection though so not a big deal.

I’m still working on putting together the unit study plus I’m trying to incorporate Spring into our studies just for fun. Thanks to Theresa at Lapaz Farm we signed up at Tomatosphere for their “blind” test and today we received our seed packets! I’m hoping we will get them planted and get started this week. Yet another reason why I love having other homeschoolers to share and learn from.

Big B has been using Shakespeare’s MacBeth for his Copywork lately and really seems to enjoy it. He’s even considering trying to get some other teens together to do an Act or two from it. I’m not sure how successful he’ll be getting others to join in but I commend him for wanting to try.
As yet we haven’t been able to meet up with the homeschool group I posted about but I have emailed and talked with one of the ladies and we get along well so if the others are even half as cool as her, we’ll do fine. It seems like a great group who actually enjoys doing things so I’m even more excited now!

Sis has been doing alot of worksheets lately (her choice) and I’m proud of her for continuing even though most of them are in Math and that is her hated subject. Thankfully she’s not like her mother (who turned in her book at the beginning of 9th grade and just took a “D” for the semester. LOL) and I hope it all eventually clicks for her. I found out they have free tutoring at the local library so I may start taking her to that each week.

As for me, I will finally be beginning a Tai Chi class the second week of April. They’re having a free weekly class at one of the community centers so I have no excuses not to go. I’m hoping this helps me cope with some of the pain better and even if it doesn’t, I’ve always wanted to try Tai Chi so now is my chance.

Also, the kids and I went to a Fishing Derby last Saturday. It was an experience to say the least. We mostly just went so Lil Man could go fishing and I’m afraid we only lasted about an hour because it was very very C-O-L-D! I have to admit that I was the first to wimp out but I sucked it up until Lil Man announced “This stinks, I’m not catching fish and I’m cold. Let’s go home and have hot cocoa”! Yep, works for me.

I think they have an egg hunt coming up in a week or two. We’ll hit that since it’s more our speed anyway. lol.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Go Me!

Today has been a pretty good day, I have to admit. This morning I received an email telling me that it’s my turn up at TopMomma (so be sure to go vote for me) which seems like alot of fun.

We also made progress on our “schoolwork” today, I got some of my writing done (for the free sites and the pays me money sites I write for), Big B is in a good mood because he talked to his girlfriend last night which means he isn’t moping around, Sis did her journals without World War III breaking out, and I bought myself some cupcakes when I went to the store earlier. Okay so I’ll admit it, the cupcakes I mean kids are what made the day so good. Yeah, I meant the kids. LOL.

Lil Man and I are currently reading the book From Seed To Plant by Gail Gibbons so he understands what is going on when we plant our tomato seeds this weekend plus he can feel more a part of things when we landscape our yard this Spring. So far he is very excited and even though today is an extremely cold day, he feels we should go do some planting now. LOL

Not a bad ending to the week and hopefully next week will be even better!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Crossing Fingers

Just a quick rundown since I haven’t been around in so long… we bought a house about 40 minutes outside of the city. Since moving here the kids and I have been pretty much housebound. A big part of that was because I was sick but it was also because there was nothing for us to do that was close by.

We knew of one homeschool association out here but it didn’t seem like the right fit for us right now. I figured that would be that and we would just have to figure out things for ourselves. Thankfully though the other day I came across another homeschool group out here that does sound like the right fit for us. They have children that are the same ages as all three of my kids and they do group field trips which would be nice for us.

“School wise” this coming week we’re going to try to get as much done as possible. Big B has been doing very well with the unschooling approach I took with him awhile back. He makes sure he does the things he needs in order to maybe get to start a dual program at the college this summer. Sis is still having trouble with Math so that will be our main focus again and Lil Man just likes doing tons of fun little worksheets, making crafts, and reading. So easy to please that one is. lol

I’m trying to get together a Unit Study on the Aztecs and Mayans that both the Middle Schooler and High Schooler can use. If they were a few years younger this would be easier but then it wouldn’t be MY life now would it? lol

Also there are some new “Homeschool” Pictures on our Flickr if you’d like to check them out.