Saturday, September 24, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal: In Which Family is More Important thanSchool

In our homeschool this week... We took it easy on schoolwork this week because we have family here visiting for two weeks.  We did get a music study in on Monday, and a Science lesson on the grasslands biomes - despite having run out of printer ink in the middle of printing out some of the information!  All the kids kept up with their individual studies during the week, but I allowed them to sleep a little later in the mornings, and as long as they worked on school, I wasn't very fussy about having them stick to the schedule.  This is one of the reasons we homeschool - so that we can set our own schedule and set our own priorities.  When Gramma and Papa and the Aunties are here for a visit, that's more important than getting the minimum required number of math pages done!  One really cool thing was that Kennady could work on the sewing portion of her Home Ec with Gramma! Instead of making the simple "feminine skirt" shown in the book (is there such a thing as a "masculine skirt" - I guess a kilt, right? - I just thought it was funny to call it a feminine skirt), which is a little too easy for Kennady's interest and skill level, Gramma showed her how to make a sundress.  We chose fabric for it on Friday, and she sewed the whole thing on Saturday morning, except for the hem.  Pictures coming!

In other news... My parents and aunts are here visiting!  I spent most of my day on Tuesday driving, it seems!  I dropped Spencer off at his Chemistry lab, then drove into Baltimore to pick up hockey tickets I won in a radio contest.  From there I drove into Washington to collect my parents and aunts from the train station.  Thankfully, on this occasion I was able to find my way straight to the station and directly into the parking lot! Yay, me!! (The last time I went to the train station, I drove around that block about 20 times trying to figure out how to get into the parking lot.  At long last, I rolled down my window and hollered to a cabbie next to me at a red light, and he was able to tell me how to do it.  It shouldn't be that hard, people.)  But before I congratulate myself TOO much, I should mention that I didn't bother to plan a route HOME from the train station, so I had no clue how to get back to the beltway from there.  LOL  I managed it, but I took a much longer route than I needed to.

Tuesday evening DH and I went to the Baltimore Hockey Classic - those were the hockey tickets I won.  It was a pretty good game overall, even though our Washington Capitals came away with the loss.  But the building was, to be honest, rather a dump.  LOL  Oh well, our tickets were free!

My favorite thing this week was... having my family here!

Questions/thoughts I have... WHERE did I leave my Inventions and Technology textbook from a couple years ago?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share...
"Large-scale education was never about teaching kids or creating scholars. It was invented to churn out adults who worked well within the system." ~Seth Godin

On the Bookshelf...

  • The Seven Wonders of the World by Ron Tagliapietra

  • The Devil's Queen by Jeanne Kaligordis

  • Pompeii: City on Fire by TL Higley

  • Already Compromised by Ken Ham and Greg Hall with Britt Beemer

Finished Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson (review still coming for this one - so let me just say that I LOVED it!)

A Parting Shot...

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="320" caption="Kennady as some kind of ninja super-hero. Very weird and cute at the same time."][/caption]

This post is linked to The Homeschool Chick - see what's important to other homeschoolers this week!

The Homeschool Mother's Journal


A Slice of Homeschool Pie - Clara said...

How true (your title)!

A Slice of Homeschool Pie

PrairieJenn said...

Family is more important than school! Thanks for sharing:) How did you like Jane Eyre?

kympossible said...

It bogged me down in the beginning. I slogged through those first chapters about her childhood wanting to smack her nasty aunt and the horrible schoolmaster around, and felt like it was dragging. But once the narration skipped ahead to Jane as a young adult, I truly enjoyed it and found it hard to put down!

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