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In our homeschool this week…DS FINISHED ALL HIS HIGH SCHOOL ASSIGNMENTS!!!!! We're waiting for grades on 2 history assignments before we know that final grade. He passed everything else including Pre-Calc which he was concerned about the most. So we're all pretty excited around here. We're letting DS stay up late and sleep in late, and just generally enjoy a bit of a break since he worked so hard. His graduation ceremony is June 15, and I for one am pretty thrilled about that.
The girls and I have had a good week. It was not routine, but our routine is changing. ODD is sleeping in and so the girls are not schooling quite as together as they have previously. YDD still gets up at a typical time so she's on our typical schedule, but with ODD getting up later, she's taking less breaks and working when YDD isn't. She says it's worth it and she's willing to put in the effort, so it's working for us so far. We finished Life of Fred: Farming and started LoF: Goldfish. ODD commented on how fast we worked through Farming; I was pleased she noticed. We've also continued to work through SOTW vol 2; we're in chapter 3 "Christianity Comes to Britain". Yesterday YDD wrote her entire narration instead of dictating it to me like usual. My goal is to move her more to writing her own thoughts for these narrations. This is hard because she thinks so much faster than she writes and so gets frustrated easily. I was pleasantly surprised when she asked to learn cursive this week. June is our last month of full time schooling, so she and I decided to start cursive next October when we pick full time back up which means I need to check into how I am going to teach her this before then!
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…do not be married to your homeschooling choices. This week, ODD upended my God time study plan and YDD asked for something I hadn't planned on teaching yet. I think the corollary to this tip is be responsive to your children's input for their schooling.
This week's art . . .
|ODD tried a new medium: water color pencils. She liked them and wants some, but intends to try this picture again with actual watercolors because she said it was hard to get the pencils to drip like she wanted.|
What we are reading . . .
|We started birthday on the porch with the gifts and cards that arrived from family.|
|Her party was a friend over to play Hexbugs and Harry Potter Lego video game for the afternoon.|
|These were the party decorations she chose. The plan had been for lemon cookies, but Momma could not get her head on straight and mucked them up. Daddy saved the day by going to a local bakery for Red Velvet cupcakes.|
Things I’m working on…getting my husband to work WITH his lunch. This is my current plan:
I’m cooking…last Friday was our last Harry Potter Book Club until next October and here's the steak and steak pudding [as opposed to the steak and kidney pudding as the recipe was written:
|It's essentially a pot pie that get steamed instead of baked. It was tasty but the steamed pie crust was a bit weird.|
I’m praying for…a friend of mine and her family. I met Miriam because her oldest, L, was in the same class as YDD when she was in public school. With L, Miriam was facing many of the same challenges we faced with DS and so we often talked about their challenges and living with those. About 3 months after DH's heart transplant, her husband, Chad, got very sick. Since last August, he has struggled so much with pain and medications [some of which are the same as DH takes or has taken]. So again we've talked about the challenges of a sick husband and living with a man on steroids. Nothing like talking to someone who lives what you live. This week, her husband was at work on Monday and in the ICU on Wednesday. It's been a rough week for them all as he has been so sick. Thankfully, the doctors now know what they are dealing with [which they didn't when he was first admitted] and that helps, but he's still in ICU and very sick. So I've been praying for them all this week, and would appreciate it if you would join me in praying for Miriam and Chad and their 2 kids.