In my life this week/Favorite resource this week… After reading this blog from FIMBY, I have been going back over my family's Myers Briggs personality profiles. I am ISTJ [introverted sensing thinking judging] aka The Duty Fulfiller. DH is INFJ [introverted intuitive feeling juding] aka The Protector. DS is ENFP [extroverted intuitive feeling perceiving] aka The Inspirer. I had forgotten DS and I are exact opposites, so this was a good reminder for us both. I also went to Kidzmet and did an assessment with both the girls. I was surprised to find they were identical in a lot of ways; they both have a "natural bent toward the kinesthetic learning style", and both are an "Introverted Intuitive Judging learner". As an ISTJ, I do not operate from intuition very comfortably, so it was very reassuring to read the girls' assessments and realize I had intuitively set up our days in ways well suited to my students. Where the girls differed was in their multiple intelligence perspective. ODD "most enjoys exploring the world through Self Smarts, Verbals Smarts and Visual Smarts lenses." YDD "most enjoys exploring the world through Nature Smarts, Visual Smarts and Music Smarts lenses."
OH MY GOODNESS OH MY GOODNESS!!! We have a gas insert in our fireplace and I hate the whole insert fireplace thing because it is a HUGE heat suck. You can stand a foot away from it and feel the cold radiating into the living room. Last night, my inlaws offered us $1200 for the insert! DH and I promptly began talking about putting floor to ceiling bookshelves along that wall! I am so excited about this idea! I will more than double my linear shelf feet. I love planning and we're now in the midst of planning bookshelves - what could be better?!?
|The most current version of the planning. The girls and I LOVE the ladder!|
|Not much different from a work period which makes me smile!|
The Story of India on PBS, so we've started watching that, too. The first episode covered the same time period as the 2 chapters we've covered in SOTW so far. It's really neat to see the girls connecting the various resources we've used. For spelling and memory work, I had the girls do the work cold turkey to see what they remembered after a 3 week break. I was pleased with the results. YDD continues to freak about testing or assessments [like doing a spelling test]. This summer both girls will need to take a state required test, so I keep the quizzes and tests coming. I am praying she will be able to test this summer without too much anxiety or rather that she will be able to perform well even with the anxiety. I don't think this child is going to shed her anxiety in 6 months. For math, we started Life of Fred: Dogs and the girls were pleased to get back to the story.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… we had a little too much going this week. I had meetings Monday and Tuesday evenings and the girls never go to sleep before I get home. Wednesday was a little rough because they were tired and we had to go again, so Thursday we stayed home from the going. Friday we're going to meet with our local homeschoolers for a science day.
My favorite thing this week was… my son getting 24/24 points on his English paper. This is the first time he has ever gotten 100% and I made sure he knew that. We're all pretty excited about this accomplishment.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share/What’s working for us… me relaxing. We had a good week of school but it did not go according to plan or schedule. Some times you just have to take a deep breath and let them sleep later or let them school in jammies for a day or spend the day reading aloud because they are tired. Had I been focused in keeping to our plan/schedule, there would have been many more tears and not as much accomplished.
Things I’m working on… counting calories. It's frustrating and not easy when you cook everything from scratch. HOWEVER, I have been doing it for over a week now. I am pleased to have that under my belt. The more we do it, the easier it will become so I'm just trying to stick with it. I have lost 4lbs since I started this on January 1 and I am pretty pleased with that but dreading that I may gain it all back at THAT time of the month. So for now I am working on keeping my eyes on losing 45lbs by November and taking the babysteps I need to take today to reach that goal. I will say that there is an aspect of counting calories is very freeing. I know that if I eat that many calories I will lose the weight, so I have less pressure about adding in exercise right now. It's also awesome to get to the end of the day and know I can have dessert because I have enough calories left. No guilt sweets? AWESOME.
I am inspired by… the cookbook I below.
We're reading… I just picked this up from the library:
|My 8YO girl finished this and says she would give it 4/5 stars|
|My 11YO girl finished this one and she liked it. She said it had a very surprising plot twist.|