Monday, September 15, 2014

DayBook 9.15.14


Outside my window... crisp, cool morning. Clear sky. Going to be beautiful. Going to be difficult to stay inside and homeschool.

I am hearing... highway noise. We usually don't hear it much, but there must be something about today.

I am feeling... a bit tired. A bit overwhelmed. A bit motivated to get it all done.

I am thinking... a lot about the balance between supporting a child in reaching their potential and how much that should affect the rest of life or rather your vision for your life.
I am thankful for... almost 42 spins around the sun
From the kitchen... I have NO IDEA what we are going to eat this week. We need to use up some meat that defrosted during camping. Will probably keep it simple. Spaghetti, ham and peas with pesto pasta, grilled chicken, and a smoked salmon pasta.
I am wearing... haven't really gotten dressed for the day. Athletic pants, black wool t-shirt that I've worn for too many days, a black cardigan, and my ratty slippers. It's my I-might-look-homeles-but-I'm-comfy look.
I am creating... nothing! I feel like I might never make it back into my sewing room! Hoping it was just a summer break and that cooler weather will find me sewing more often.
I am going... to run errands today. Costco, library, grocery.
I am reading... #2 in the Vampire Academy series. These really aren't great books. And I'll probably read them all! I also have finished the first two books in the Fifty Shades series. I was NOT going to read them, but then I did. So trashy... and I'll finish that series also!
I am hoping... for beautiful autumn weather the next couple months.

Around the house... always in process. Still recovering from unloading the car yesterday. Laundry will probably take a week to catch up. And I think I'm ready to pull the trigger on a new couch. Might go take a look at fabric samples again this week.

In the homeschool room... back to the routine today. Still haven't started on some curriculum that I ordered through our homeschool program. Should get that Wednesday. Fun subjects include Old Testament, Wild West, wolves and illustrator Quentin Blake.

How I'm exercising... I think I over committed to tennis this fall. Oops! This week is back to running and strength training.
Something that irks me... kids. Love 'em, but sometimes...
One of my favorite things... cool weather camping

A few plans for the next week: did I mention I overcommitted to tennis? I have 5 matches this week! Kids start back with swim team practice. We have a homeschool outing to a historical house nearby. Plus I have a friends-with-birthdays-in-September dinner celebration. 

Here is a picture I am sharing: Kids on first day of homeschool program a couple weeks ago

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Homeschool Plan - September 2014

September is a bit of an unknown since we have a trip this month. Hoping to keep up with most work, but also trying to be realistic about homeschool while camping.

  • KhanAcademy - continue to review using this program
  • Calculadder - Jack on Level 4, Kate on Level 8 - complete drill 4-5x/week
  • Life of Fred - Matt will do the 2nd reading of Edgewood, then we'll start Farming
  • MathUSee - will re-start where we left off last year when we return from camping
Language Arts 
  • Scribblers online writing class (Kate)
  • Tutoring (Jack)
  • Increasing Fluency (Jack) - one lesson/week
  • First Language Lessons Level 4 - will start after trip
  • SpellingUSee - will start after trip
  • AlphaBetter drills - 2-3x/week
  • Using Picture Books to Teach Writing With Traits - complete chapter 1, maybe start chapter 2
  • Reading - kids went through books so fast in August that I need to figure out new books for Sept! Jack will probably continue with Magic Tree House. Will make a list for Kate
  • Gratitude Journal - 2-3x/week
History/Social Studies/Geography/Biography/Religion/Literature/Art
  • Story of the World Vol I - finish ch 21-25 plus additional reading
  • The Old Testament - study patriarchs
  • Wild West - Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, RA Cowboy Preacher diaries (this is my great grandfather)
  • EHM's Storybook Artists - Quentin Blake
  • Rascal audiobook - complete then EdHelper vocal and literary guide
  • Summer of the Monkeys RA for Jack & Matt, IR for Kate
  • Listen to Call of the Wild audiobook as a family on trip
  • Physics - finish What's Physics All About? book, continue to work through experiments in physics workbook
  • Planet Earth test worksheets from Enchanted Homeschool Mom that we started last year
  • Wolves - oh, oh, oh! This is going to be fun!!
  • Speech therapy (Jack
  • Keyboarding Without Tears - Level 3 - 4-5x/week
  • The Story of Stuff curriculum program
  • HTML programming class online (I'm doing this also!)
  • Cursive Without Tears (Jack) -3-4 pages/week
  • Latin (Kate) - 2 lessons/week
  • Homeschool Enrichment Program - weekly
  • Swim Team
  • Volleyball - Kate
  • Lego Class - Jack
  • C25K program - start back at it!
  • Field Trips - Grand Teton NP, Yellowstone NP, Jackson Hole WY, Cody WY, McAllister House, Trolley Museum, Elk viewing

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Homeschool Moment

From last Friday when we went to the Florrisant Fossil Beds NM. Did the Junior Ranger program, hiked, wowed over the petrified redwood stumps, looked at cool fossils (my favorite was a snout nosed beetle that was so small we had to look at it under the microscope - yet preserved in amazing detail!), and got caught in the rain. I'm a little embarrassed that we've driven past the turnoff hundreds of times over the past decade and never stopped... we'll definitely go again.