Saturday, June 6, 2015

Homeschool Weekly - Home Improvement Edition

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In our homeschool... finding a rhythm for our schoolwork was a challenge this week because every morning Landon had to be at Drivers Ed, which meant I was in and out quite a bit. I printed out updated assignment lists for Kennady, so it was easy to see what she had left to do in Science, Geography, and Math. It actually wasn't as bad as I'd thought - she should be able to finish by the end of the month. Even allowing for the two trips she will be taking, and one day 'lost' to a field trip. She worked on those subjects during the week, as well as on parts of the Student Writing Intensive from Institute for Excellence in Writing that we are reviewing.

I didn't print out updated assignment lists for Landon, but we quickly talked through where he was in History, Algebra, and Drafting, and made some decisions about how to handle those for the next couple of weeks. We decided that he needs to focus on History (which includes English and Bible) and Algebra, so the Drafting can go to the side for now. It's not terribly time-consuming, but I don't want him to rush through the rest of it either. So he worked on History and Algebra this week, and he is also doing the Student Writing Intensive.

Look for our reviews of Student Writing Intensive from Institute for Excellence in Writing, and the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal from Apologia next week. We are also reviewing a Bible study from Prasso Ministries.  I just got started using the Homeschool Planet online planner from Homeschool Buyers Co-op, and will be reviewing that later this summer as well.

In other news... we finally got a settlement ironed out with our insurance company for the restoration after our February water damage, so we could get going with the repairs this week! The first step was to repair of the ceiling, and the contractors were here Monday and Tuesday to do that and the painting. That meant that we spent a couple of hours Sunday afternoon moving everything we could out of the living room. Here's what it looked like when we were done:
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Of course, that meant my dining room has looked like this all week - extra cluttered!
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Work in progress:
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And finally, no more holes in the ceiling, and a fresh coat of paint on the ceilings and on the one wall in the living room. Yay!
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But honestly, once I looked at the beautiful pristine ceiling in the entry, my first thought was, "Goodness, we need to paint the walls in here SOON!" Ha!

Also, as I said, Landon was taking Drivers Ed this week, so I did a lot of driving back and forth to get him and his friend there. Thankfully, the friend's mom is sharing taxi duty with me, so it cuts down the number of trips and interruptions to our schedules for both families.

And we got our pool area cleaned out last weekend, so we started setting up our new pool last night. Today we are filling it up. It looks pretty red-neck - I'm not gonna lie. But who cares, we will all enjoy the chance to jump in the pool this summer!
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34 Weeks of Clean...
I'm participating in a weekly challenge and link-up at Family, Faith, and Fridays and really did plan on working on our laundry area this week. But when I got the word that we needed to be prepared for the drywall work in the living room, and then realized how often I'd be out of the house this week, I figured that it probably wouldn't happen the way I'd pictured. And I was right. I tidied up a little down there, and had my oldest son start working on it as well, but we didn't get very far.

We did get rid of quite a bit of stuff though - I took several loads of things for Landon's Civil Air Patrol squadron to try and sell and their fundraising yard sale today.

 For Week 23, the assignment is the Linen Closet - yay! I'm excited about that, because that's the other thing that wasn't assigned this week, but we worked on it anyway! And I'm pretty sure we can finish up this coming week. For the details of the assignment, go to Family, Faith, and Fridays. Join in if you haven't already, and check back next week for our progress!

I recommend... keeping an eye on my blog and the other seventeen or so participating in the Homeschooling High School Blog Hop. Each month from June through December we will be blogging about a topic related to the adventure of home educating all the way through high school. Start with my Introduction, Meet the Homeschooling High School Bloggers!, and meet my friends who are joining in!

On the bookshelf...

The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
Abigail: A Novel (The Wives of King David) by Jill Eileen Smith
Laiden's Daughter by Suzan Tisdale

You can find out more about what I'm currently reading, and other book-related posts on my book blog, Just A Second.

A parting shot... this Slovakian style garlic bread we had for lunch last Saturday was so easy and yummy! Wish I could make it again today, but I don't have the right kind of bread. I do need to go make brunch for the family now, so I'll sign off!
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Weekly Wrap-Up

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aspiritofsimplicity said...

Sounds like a busy week. All that driving your son to driver's ed. will pay off when he gets a license and can do some of the other driving for you.

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