Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Homeschool Status Report - April 19, 2016

We are DONE with grad school!!!! Very excited about that. Dad has been able to be much more involved in family life and homeschool which we love.

The Boy had a very rough first term in college only passing one class. His second term is going much better so far. Today he got a 97% on a math test which is beyond awesome.

ODD is working through the aftermath of Dad's heart transplant with a counselor. It is work, and so we've lightened her school load. We're taking it one day at a time because some are awful and some are great.

We've reached World War 2 in Story of the World. Reading Bomb: The Race to Build - And Steal - The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin; I HIGHLY recommend it. This is the 2nd of his books I've read and I will be searching out the rest. All of us are reading various books by John Eldredge, and loving them. Both girls continue to work on learning German just using Duolingo right no. We're still using Fred for math although ODD has taken a break from it and is working on Khan Academy to strengthen her decimals and percents knowledge.

YDD, my very reluctant writer, has produced 3 quality essays since January using Jump In! by Sharon Watson. This also is extremely cool. Her walk with God is deepening and growing and it's visible; I love witnessing that.

Life is moving along. We're working through some challenging issues and trying to focus on the good days and not getting derailed by the awful ones. We're going to celebrate Dad's Master's Degree next week, and everyone is looking forward to that. Homeschool continues to be a blessing. I ca't imagine trying to public school through all this. Hopefully next time I will be able to include pictures.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Choosing My Focus

1. Prussia only had to be in her kennel a couple hours today.

2. ODD and I attended a lecture we both loved.

3. I got to help a friend.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Choosing My Focus

1. It is sunny and beautiful today.

2. I am more caught up on my chores than I have been in a long time.

3. I have reliable close friends [PLURAL] whom I trust.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Homeschool Report - March 16, 2016

Life is going far better this year than last year, but I still haven't been able to get back in the groove of blogging every week. That makes me sad since my primary goal for this blog is to create a scrap book for my family. So I am starting small with this post hoping I can increase in the coming days and months.

So how are we doing?

Dad and Grad School - tonight at midnight is the deadline for his capstone project and presentation. Next Wednesday is his last day of school. He has been fighting the "I just don't care any mores" for a few weeks. We are all very thankful he's almost done.

The boy and college - This is finals week for his first term of full time and it's been a rocky term. He's not sure if he's going to pass all his classes, but he's learned some valuable lessons and I am keeping my focus there.

ODD - My girl is struggling with the psychological aftermath of Dad's heart transplant and that's reflected in her coursework. We've been struggling with how do we determine an appropriate workload. Thankfully we have a new counselor she really connects with and we put him in charge of that decision. That's been very helpful. So until he says otherwise, she is focusing on reading history, God time, memory work, her writing textbook, assigned reading and 30 minutes on Khan Academy for math.

My girls presenting their science project in February 2016.
YDD - My baby is not so much a baby and working through the onslaught of hormones. She continues to work through almost our full load. I've lightened her history writing, German and memory work since her sister's load is lighter. This one keeps stressing about being behind in school and I can't convince her otherwise. That's making me a bit nuts. Otherwise she's managing well right now.

YDD and Prussia watching TV

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Choosing My Focus

1. We liked the new psychiatrist.

2. David is done with school work for a couple days.

3. David handles boy issues.

Friday, December 4, 2015

My Homeschool Mother's Journal - December 4

Weekly Wrap-Up


In my life this week…I am so stoked to get this up!! I have been trying to get one of these weekly posts done since October! I have partially edited pictures and collages and everything. I am hoping to get some pictures in this one, but I'm not promising anything. My life. Nuts. Seriously nuts. Pills 4 times a day and a crazy diet. The upside is everything is working which means I have hopes of weaning off pills. The diet is worth all the effort because I am feeling better.

Another change in our world is that our boy moved back home.  The year with his grandparents was very good for his maturation process, but there are limited opportunities for a job and community college in their location, so he's back with us for a while. He registers for Winter Term at our local community college next week.

In our homeschool this week…we made yet another tweak. Last year, we discovered that my oldest girl [ODD] didn't have enough accountability. This year she's worked much closer with me and her sister [YDD]. The problem with that is my girl is still struggling with disassociation, and she's discovered that she works better with paper [not digital] and in her room. I keep track of the girls school progress with a Google Docs spreadsheet my husband made for me. So I made ODD a paper checklist for her to use and I will do her data entry. We also have a plan for her to check in with me every 2 hours.

So what are we doing for school? We're in the fourth volume of Story of the World; I'm excited to finish this one and start digging in deeper in high school next year. [YES NEXT YEAR I WILL HAVE A HIGH SCHOOLER - ACK!] ODD finished Apologia's Exploring Creation: General Science this year and hated it. [YDD finished it last year in about 4 months.] So we got a couple of Joy Hakim's The Story of Science from the library, and ODD approved. I bought the first one, and both girls are working through that. Foreign language is German; we're primarily using Duolingo for practice and German Made Simple. Math continues to be Life of Fred because it just works best for my girls. This week, YDD is finishing Fractions, and ODD is in Decimals and Percents. The math goal for ODD is to finish all 3 Pre-Algebra books by the end of June; YDD's goal is just to see how far she can get on the same track of books. YDD is working through 7th grade Daily Grams for grammar; I am simply correcting ODD's grammar in her writing. Our memory work is Bible verses I've picked and English from the Roots Up.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… persevere. Last year was rough with my health and it impacted the girls' schooling. We kept at it and we're back on track this year. We're also on version 6.0 or something like that for how we do school. I continue to get my girls' input for how they would like things to run; that's one of my favorite parts of homeschool.

DH's Grad School . . . the class he just finished was the worst worst worst. Everyone in the house is burned out from it. *sigh* Thankfully he has 1 more class [which he is in right now], then a couple months of working on his capstone project, and then we're done!!! He'll be done about the 3rd week of March, and our Spring Break is right after he's done.

What we are reading . . . ODD is working through The War That Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan. I had started reading it, but wanted to know about the history preceding that book, so I started this series: A History of Modern Germany by Hajo Holborn. I am currently on volume 2. YDD is reading a new series: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates by Caroline Carlson, and she says it is very funny.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… we're very blessed to be close to both sides of our extended family. On Thanksgiving proper, we spent the day with my family, and the following Saturday, we spent with DH's family.

Things I’m working on… getting the house cleaned so we can decorate this weekend.

My favorite things this week . . .surprising a friend for her birthday! AND THE PACKERS WINNING WITH NO TIME LEFT ON THE CLOCK!!! GO PACK GO!

I’m learning to cook…without wheat. My first attempt at gravy with cornstarch instead of a roux was tasty but THIN. I am also starting to get the hang of modifying my part and making the same meal for everyone. When I first started this no FODMAP diet in September, I would make dinner for everyone else and my husband would make me an omelette. Progress!

I’m thankful for… animals my girls love. I am thankful for a house to clean. I am so thankful for the opportunity homeschool my girls. I am thankful for my husband's help with math when the girls get stuck. I'm thankful the diet is working for me and I feel good enough to care for my family.

Things I am pondering…
 what size cage to get for our guinea pigs. We have 4 boys which is both good and bad. It is good that we don't have any girls so we won't have any babies. It's bad because our current cage is not big enough. We're pondering which size to get and whether we can split the boys 2 and 2 or if we need to get a 5th so no one lives alone. Guinea pigs have turned out to be far more complicated than we expected! :D


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Choosing My Focus

1. I was able to help a friend with a science book and contact info for art class.

2. My girls got a good day of school in.

3. The boy got his chores done in the morning as expected.

Bonus Good Thing: exciting win for my favorite football team, The Packers.