Saturday, April 26, 2014

Homeschool Mother's Journal: End in Sight Edition

In our homeschool... we tried ever so hard to focus and get things done this week. I guess we did okay, and the end really is in sight for English, if nothing else. Landon and Kennady are finishing up their final writing assignments, and Kennady is in the last unit of her Lit study. The novel she's reading is All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott, and it's not turning out to be a favorite of hers. I am toying with the idea of saying 'good enough' on what she's read and just being done with it. We'll see what happens this coming week.

We have finished our country studies of all but the United States and Canada, so in a way we are nearing the end of Social Studies as well. Obviously the US and Canada are huge in the amount of history we could cover, but since we spent all of last year on American history, we are not going to spend time on it this year. Instead, it will be sort of an overview of the geography of North America, and a quick look at some regional culture and folk art things. We'll give a little more time to Canadian history and culture, and that will finish out the school year. I still have a huge list of recipes we need to go through and pick some things from Central America and the Caribbean.

Both kids are doing well in math right now. Kennady actually likes CTCMath quite well (see our complete Schoolhouse Crew review), so she will continue with that along with Life of Fred through the end of the school year, and I think I'll have her keep working on math through the summer, so she doesn't lose ground.
Science continues to be the least favorite subject here, and neither one of them really wants to apply themselves very heartily to their studies. On the plus side, Kennady has decided she wants to study meteorology next year, and I do have resources already, so at least we have that decision made.

Landon has been working on an Economics course, and more recently he's also had MicroBusiness for Teens on the go. (We received that to review, so watch for our full review coming up in a few weeks!) Kennady has been doing the MicroBusiness course along with him, so that's interesting!

In other news... this week was a lot more "ordinary" than last week, although we were still busy! I guess "busy" is pretty "normal" around here. Kennady had softball games on Monday and Wednesday. Oh - Monday I ran out of gas!!!!!!! on the way to her softball game! Are you kidding me??? Who does that??? Me. Apparently. I was really low on fuel but should have had enough to drop her at her game (because we had barely enough time to get there) and then scoot to the nearest station and fill up EXCEPT that we got stuck in an epic traffic jam and couldn't get off the highway. Gaaah. So I figured we were late anyway, I was getting off at the first exit and get gas. Yeah, not so much, because the van stalled right at the end of the exit ramp - in sight of the station, really, but it wasn't safe to get out and walk over there because of traffic and all, and I couldn't abandon the vehicle. Also, I didn't happen to have a gas can with me anyway. Stupid. So I had to call AAA and they brought me some gas. On the plus side, we have definitely received our money's worth from the AAA membership this year!! LOL

Okay, back to the more normal stuff.... choirs on Tuesday night. Youth group on Wednesday night. Last night I went to the state curriculum fair, but didn't even buy anything. Other than a frappucino from a homeschool group's yearbook club fundraiser. Cheapest trip to a homeschool fair/convention I have EVER made.

While I was at the fair, Landon was at his first ever Junior-Senior Banquet. Which actually is for junior and senior high homeschool students, not just juniors and seniors. Who knew?! He got his first lesson in tying a tie earlier in the evening.
This morning I went out with friends for breakfast, then took Kennady to choir rehearsal, then to an Eagle Scout Court of Honor, then took Spencer to work. Pretty soon Landon will be home (he went with the youth group to HersheyPark today) and he has a friend coming over. I think I am just going to have a nap. I'm beat. I've stayed up too late watching playoff hockey a few nights this week.
final rehearsal before the Spring Celebration concert tomorrow!
One of my favorite things this week... Resurrection Sunday service. Probably my favorite Sunday of the year.

I recommend...  - Yes, I have recommended it before, and I will again. I just recommended it to a couple of friends again this past week, which reminded me to look again, and they are always adding new stuff!! And if you're not already a member, right now is an excellent time to check it out because for now, all content is Open Source so you can try before you buy.

On my blog this week...

On the bookshelf...

  • The Lady of the English - Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Meet the Skeptic - Bill Foster
  • Falling in Love Again - Marie Higgins
I finished The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall, but haven't written about it yet. Keep up with what's on my reading list on my book blog, "Just A Second"

A parting shot...

   For the Display of His Splendor

This post is linked at Managing Your Blessings, at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers,  and at For the Display of His Splendor -  see if other homeschoolers have the end of the school year in sight yet.

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Stacie said...

I have ran out of gas before. I almost had to wait 45 minutes for a tow truck to bring me gas. Thankfully my husband wasn't far behind me and brought me gas. I don't think I have heard of the book your daughter is reading. It's hard when they are just not interested in the book. The banquet sounds interesting. Look forward to reading your review to the mircro business class.

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