Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with the self-directed studies and the new job

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, y’all! How was your week? Mine was busy. Yesterday was almost my undoing. It always seems like a good idea to cram all my errands and appointments into one day until I’m living that day.

Monday was a rare day in which everyone was home. It wasn’t a vacation day or anything; it just worked out that way. Josh and Megan carried on with school, which has been pretty fun this week, as usual. Josh is loving his self-directed computer class. He’s rebuilding a computer from parts he bought from a friend and other parts he’s ordered online.

Megan has jumped right into her Titanic study. We had contemplated going to the Titanic museum a little later this month, but I’m glad we decided to go the first week of school. I think it’s helped Megan picture some of the things she’s reading and it sparked some topics of interest that she wouldn’t have considered otherwise.

Josh started his job at Chick-fil-A on Tuesday. He had to be there at 2:00, which was tricky for us since the kids usually do the bulk of their schoolwork in the afternoon. This is going to take some adjusting. I will say, though, it was nice getting algebra – the problems he needed my help with – out of the way so early in the day.

Josh CFA

Wednesday was crazy. That was the day I tried to cram everything into one day. Brianna and I had breakfast before she headed off to two doctor’s appointments (I’m so glad she can take herself!) and I headed off to an eye exam and a hair appointment.

I also had  to go to the bank, the post office, and a store for a return. I’m glad Josh and Megan are capable of doing what they need to do on their own, too.


Don’t I look thrilled to be trying to choose new glasses? I really wasn’t mad. I was just taking pictures so I could remember which ones I liked. Then, I decided to put in on Instagram, resting b-face and all. 🙂

I would like to say Thursday was better, but it was crazy busy at home. The highlight of the day is that algebra is coming back to me and I was able to explain a couple of the problems to Josh in a way that made sense. I am so thankful for Teaching Textbooks that explains most of it!

It is, however, bringing up residual anger toward my high school teacher who, I’m starting to think, made it seem more difficult than it had to. I think if my 8th-grade teacher had taught in high school, too, I would have done much better – and I wouldn’t have made that one C that kept me out of the National Honor Society and the top 10% of my class.

Not that I’m holding a grudge or anything.

Jack International Cat Day

So, apparently Monday was International Cat Day – or, you know, just another day at our house.

Today Josh will be cramming in chemistry, the one class he got behind in, and Megan will be making up a math lesson. I’m so thankful that I learned the value of a built-in catch up day years ago, especially in the first few weeks of school as we’re still adjusting.

In case you missed it, I interviewed Shelley of STEAM Powered Family on About.com this week. She was addressing the question, what is dsygraphia? If you suspect your student may have dysgraphia, check it out to learn the symptoms and why homeschooling is a great option for dysgraphic kids.

Now, I’m off to get ready to enjoy my weekend. I hope you enjoy yours, too!

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. You give me hope, for Algebra.
    Oh my goodness. Pre-Algebra in 7th grade and I’m a little panicked. I hope to be up to speed when we start Algebra.

    I haven’t done your link-up in years. One of my goals this year is to get back to it.
    Hugs & Blessings,

    1. That sounds like a great goal. 🙂 Good luck getting ready for algebra. I’m so thankful for Teaching Textbooks!

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