There is no snow outside my window today! There’s nothing but bright, beautiful sunshine! And the 50 degree temps feel like a heat wave. I don’t have cabin fever this week, but I do have a slight case of spring fever. And the kids? Well, two of them just have fever.
Yep, I have sick kiddos this week, so, once again, my fun school plans have taken a hit. We did get the basics and even many of the extras done before the kids got sick, but I’d planned our fun science project for Thursday and Friday and, of course, Thursday was when the kids got sick. I think they’re feeling better today, though, thankfully.
I’m so excited about next week! Brianna is going to start History Odyssey: Modern Times from Pandia Press. I really like the looks of it and can’t wait to see what we think once we get into it. My only gripe is that the spine book is The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (2004 edition). Why does that gripe me? Because I had that very edition for several years and, because I wasn’t using it liked I’d planned (read: it was sitting on a shelf, gathering dust)…yep, you guessed it. I sold it. *sigh* Hindsight and all that.
Brianna has also, much to my delight, started writing a book! This from my kid who hates to write. She has, of course, informed me that she likes to write when it’s something of her choosing. I can understand that. Her story is Eragon-like, based on her love of dragons (not sure where that came from) and what she’s written so far is actually quite good.
I’ve gotten Josh back into Rocket Phonics, after taking a bit of a break from it. I don’t know if I ever mentioned why I decided to take a break from it. He started reading longer, more skill-level-appropriate books without complaining. My thought was that, as long as he was reading actual books and applying what he’d learned with Rocket Phonics, I was going to let him go with that.
That theory worked well, but he eventually got to the point where he needed to acquire new reading skills to progress. That’s when I decided to get back into Rocket Phonics. Although he certainly doesn’t do his reading practice without complaint, he does them and I can see the skill level improving. I think this next section of Rocket Phonics is exactly what he needs and I hope it’s really going to help him take off with his reading.
One of my biggest delights this week is that Megan has discovered the joys of chapter books!! One of my kids is finally enjoying reading! Thank you Boxcar Children books! She read the first one completely independently. She read part of the second one to me today for reading practice, but plans to finish it on her own…just because she likes them. I see a trip to the used bookstore in my near future. You avid-reader moms out there know what this means to me, right? Yay! Another reader in the family!
I’m hoping that all the kids are up to par tomorrow. Josh seems better today, but Megan is complaining about her ear. I hope it’s just a simply earache, rather than an ear infection. Brian’s parents are supposed to come get the kids tomorrow and take them out for the day, giving Brian and I some much-needed time alone. Since our date plans fell through last weekend (which was probably for the best since it was Valentine’s weekend and everything was so crowded), I’m really looking forward to getting out with my husband tomorrow.
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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.