Saturday, July 27, 2013

Homeschool Mother's Journal: Good News/Bad News Edition

In our homeschool... At last! A summer break! Landon took advantage of his break this week by sleeping late almost every day. Kennady continued working the first half of the week on her web design course, but her break started on Thursday. (Even though I didn't actually post the review of Homeschool Programming's KidCoder Web Series till Friday.) Sadly, their breaktime didn't result in my getting any further with lesson planning. Most things are planned in my head but still haven't made it to paper or to the Homeschool Tracker.  Landon will be back to work on Monday, with a Bible study course, and Kennady has a Project Pack from Hands of A Child that she will be working on two or three days next week. I think we're all glad the pace is very relaxed right now.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share... If you're still putting together curriculum choices for the coming year, or starting to think ahead beyond that, I recommend checking out the Homeschool Moms Share list of favorites at Teach Beside Me. The most recent list is Favorite History and Geography Curriculum. And a couple of my favorites are on the list - can you guess what they are?
Go to: Teach Beside Me: Homeschool Moms Share
In other news... Good news: we had a lot of fun with our redneck waterslide on Wednesday night with our church youth group - and no injuries! Always a good thing! Mail delivery was pretty fun this week - my eagerly anticipated gift card arrived on Monday so I ordered my camera. A new guitar book and a novel I've been excited about arrived on Wednesday - the guitar book just in time for Kennady's lesson! And I was pleasantly surprised that my camera arrived on Friday! Hooray!

Not so good news: I had developed a toothache which reached critical mass proportions early in the week, so I went to the dentist on Thursday morning. Found out that a new filling won't solve the problem, and I will need a root canal and a crown. Seeing the estimate for the crown and hearing how much the root canal will cost wasn't that much fun either. Boo. I was in horrible pain late Thursday and all day Friday, but thankfully today has been a bit better.

One of my favorite things this week... Getting my new camera! (I still have to figure out all the extra features though.) Here's a silly selfie I took to celebrate!

Things I'm working on... I guess I'll separate my 5 Weekly Goals from my HMJ this week, but I actually did work on most of them. What I need to work on is my posts for the Blog Hop that starts next Monday, which is why I decided to post the HMJ on the weekend. Good news: I did get some stuff on my list done. Not so good news: There were a couple things I didn't even work on!

A photo (or several photos) to share...  some waterslide pictures, courtesy of our Youth Director and awesome photographer, Mrs Bonnie.

On the bookshelf...
  • The Good Knight by Sarah Woodbury
  • The Whiskey Tide by M.Ruth Myers
  • The Changeling by Philippa Carr
Good news: I wrote about A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander which I LOVED. She is one of my new favorite authors! Not so good news: Just finished Mr & Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy - Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan, and I have to say I do not know why Lathan is so highly praised as a Jane Austen Fan Fiction author. It puzzles me, frankly, because I didn't think this book was anything to get very excited about on any level. Pretty big disappointment.

A parting shot... This afternoon's rainstorm. The good news was that I didn't have laundry on the line. LOL

HMJ SUMMER logo landscape

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~Leslie said...

Congrats on the new camera!
The pics look great.
Kids look like they had a blast on the slide.
This is my first time coming by....but not my last. The 'smell' of coffee is here (smile).
Have a great weekend.

tammy said...

Hey there Kym...question about the computer course. Would you consider the curriculum adequate for a half credit in Tech Ed for a high schooler?

Unknown said...

Oh, Kym, I don't seem to get over here to visit often enough! Planning? EVERYTHING is in my head, nothing written down. I guess I've turned into a "go with the flow" homeschooler? My planning consists of counting lessons and deciding how many should be done each day to finish it for the year. LOL So sorry to read about your tooth. I had to have a root canal and "rebuilt" tooth last year when I cracked it chewing ice. (I know - bad!) The procedure is long, but afterward there was little pain. I had to LOL at the laundry on the line during rain. It seems lately that we can have sunny skies and no predicted rain...but as soon as I get that laundry on the line...Grrr! 2nd rinse!

Kym said...

Welcome, Leslie - thanks for stopping by!

Tammy - I really think the computer course would be worth a full credit, but a half credit for sure. I'd suggest checking some of the other reviews for their thoughts, as some of them had a high school age student trying the course.

Jessy - I don't get over to your blog to visit enough either. LOL at the second rinse - that's what we call it too! ;-)

Jen said...

I think you've got the most beautiful yard I have ever seen!! And the kids look like they had such a blast on the water slide!

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