Happy Friday! It’s finally warming up a bit here. I hope it is where you are, too. I am so very ready for spring! I’m not sure I’m ready for next week, though. My oldest leaves for New York Sunday morning and will be gone for a week with a group of college kids and some adult chaperones from church. Please pray for safety for the team and that they will be Jesus to the people they minister to while they’re in New York.
On the home front, I’ve had a really productive week. Are y’all ready to hear something amazing? I got up before 8:00 every day this week! Until yesterday, I could have said that I got up by 7:30 every day. I was feeling sluggish yesterday, though. If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know what an amazing accomplishment this is for me.
You know what’s really odd, though? I actually like getting up early now. I won’t say it’s always easy to get up, but I really like the peace and quiet of the morning hours. I also love the way the sun hits our house at that time of day. If I get up early enough, I can soak in a little Vitamin D before getting my day going.
Now, if I could just get caught up in my work, I might be able to stay on top of things. Maybe.
Our first week back to school is going well. My favorite part (and Megan’s, too, I think) is reading Robin Hood as part of History Odyssey. (I just noticed that Pandia Press is having a March Sale.) I have never read Robin Hood before. Now I’m wishing we’d read it years ago. It had both of us laughing out loud on more than one occasion this week. That Lady Marian has some spunk!
Writing has been going really, really well lately. We’re using WriteShop and I’ve changed up our lesson plans a bit. The way we’re doing things now means that we aren’t getting as many assignments accomplished each six weeks, but it’s more doable with our schedule and the kids’ finished writing projects have been better. I don’t know if it’s because they’re just naturally improving as we continue through WriteShop – which is very likely – or if slowing down has made writing less stressful or less of a chore for them.
It doesn’t matter to me which it is. I’m happy to see improved writing and I don’t mind slowing down a bit. We’ve got several years to get through the curriculum. I’m not in a rush.
Brianna has been doing some self-directed learning with a new online resource that I’ll probably be telling you more about later. It’s called Freshi Learning Online (or FLO) and it’s a series of self-directed courses on topics such as: video game design, stop-motion animation, script-writing, and digital film-making. Very cool stuff!
They have a variety of pricing plans and are currently offering 50% off their online courses using coupon code FLOCA50. There is software that you have to purchase for most of the courses, but it’s standard software used by anyone in those industries, not something that FLO sells for their own gain. They are able to offer discounts through their site.
We haven’t purchased any software yet since Brianna is still trying out some of the different courses to see which she’d like to delve into first. However, I have checked out the prices and was pleasantly surprised to find that the prices through FLO are less expensive than my usual sources.
I’ve also been working my way through a course on creating my own media kit for my blog. I’ve had a media kit for years, but it’s nothing to write home about, so I’m totally revamping it as I go through this online course. One of the assignments is to ask for testimonials from readers. Two or three of these will be included in my new kit.
If you’d like to participate, I’d love to hear your comments. All you need to do is tell me, in a sentence or two, why you enjoy reading Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. It should be written as if you’re telling someone other than me (because, really, you will be if I use your quote). If I use your quote in my revamped media kit, I’ll credit you by first name and last initial, unless you have another preference. Thanks in advance!
Now, I’m ready to enjoy a relaxing – and hopefully warmer – weekend with my family before Brianna heads out of town. Have a wonderful weekend!
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