Saturday, May 17, 2014

Homeschool Mother's Journal: Mother's Day and TTD Edition

I had the best intentions of doing a journal last weekend, and even got started on it, but then our internet was out all day Saturday, so I skipped it.

In our homeschool... In Social Studies, we wrapped up Central America and the Caribbean last week, sorted through our list of "maybe we should try this" recipes from those regions, and got started on North America. So far we've really just looked at the geography.

Grammar and Composition - done for the year! And Kennady finished Literature a couple weeks ago.

Landon finished the unit of Algebra he had been working on, which might be a decent place for him to take a break, but I haven't discussed that with him yet. We also haven't looked at how much is in the next unit, which will affect that decision. Kennady has still been working on Math - combination of Life of Fred and CTC Math.

Things have been going much better with Science recently. I know both of them have been working harder on this subject, and Landon even did some dissection with his friend last week. Some of his notes suffered a little when a goat gave them a nibble, but they were salvageable. And it makes for a great story!
Landon has also been working hard at Economics, and the kids have been working on Micro-Business as well. Look for our full review of Micro Business for Teens this coming week!

We made some decisions about curriculum for next year. I allowed Landon to decide which Notgrass course he'd prefer for next year - Exploring America or Exploring World History. He decided on Exploring World History. Kennady wants to study Europe next year, concentrating on geography and culture and not so much on history. Do you know how many textbooks or study guides there are that do that? Practically none. I finally found something at the Teach Them Diligently conference this week. As for Science, Kennady wants to do Meteorology, which works out great, because I already have materials for that. I bought her some more Life of Fred at TTD, so all I have left to hunt down is the Lit and the Writing courses we've settled on.

In other news... we've been running all over the area playing softball. Or at least we did the previous week - this past week the games were rained out. That means we'll have double the games to play next week!

On Mother's Day, we did something very unusual - the family took me out for lunch ON Mother's Day! Most of the time we stay away from the restaurants on that Sunday because they are so busy. We went to a barbecue place nearby and got take-out, went to the park and had a picnic.

The last couple of days I was at Teach Them Diligently in Washington DC with four good friends from our local homeschool group. We drove down on Thursday afternoon, stayed overnight, and came home late yesterday. We got to hear some fantastic speakers in the different sessions, and got some of our shopping for the coming school year done in the Vendor hall.

Some of my favorite things in the past two weeks... seeing the hummingbirds back at our feeders, hearing the spring peepers at night, and being able to spend time with friends at TTD.

On my blog recently...

On the bookshelf...
  • Meet the Skeptic - Bill Foster
  • The Shadow Lamp - Stephen R Lawhead
  • Voyager - Diana Gabaldon
  • The Pelican Bride - Beth White
Finished Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick, and The Truth About Mr Darcy by Susan Adriani. See what I thought about these books (and others) 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 what other homeschoolers have been up to recently.

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Loving Learning said...

Drawn to take a peak at your blog because of the lovely name!

Kym said...

Thanks for visiting!

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