Happy Friday! I, for one, am very happy that it’s Friday. It’s been a crazy busy week and I’m ready for some time to relax and catch up on things at home. Next week promises to be more of the same, so I’ll be spending some time this weekend adjusting our schedule. It’s either that or we’ll all be suffering from burn out by Labor Day, which, as you know, is just a little more than a week away.
Although it’s been busy, it’s been a fun week. Monday started with Brianna’s first Spanish class. There were more kids than I expected in the class — I’d say about 20 — and it was nice to see some familiar faces. Brianna isn’t totally thrilled about taking the class, but two years of a foreign language is a requirement for just about any college she’d want to attend, therefore it’s a requirement for graduation from our homeschool. I think it helps, though, that she already knows some of the kids in her class. We can mark that socialization thing off the checklist once a week.
While Brianna had her class, Josh, Megan, and I went to a nearby McDonald’s and had something to drink while we did history and science. That’s going to be my plan each week since Brianna’s class is an hour and a half and we’re not allowed to use another classroom at the church. I think it’s going to work well for us, though, because the kids get to have a Coke and Mom gets a sweet tea — treats for all of us — and the kids get to play in the play area once their work is done.
Brianna also had a volleyball game Monday night. They lost again, but they played really well. They played this same team a couple of times last year and I’m sure that the other team could even tell how much our team has improved. A couple of the games were really close.
Tuesday we were actually able to stay at home for the day and get some stuff done. We hit the books pretty hard since it was one of the few days this week that we were able to be home all day. Wednesday we had an orthodontist appointment, but I was impressed with how well everyone was able to get back on track and finish up once we got home. It’s usually pretty difficult for us to do that.
If you saw my review of Science Odyssey yesterday, you know some of the fun things we’ve been doing in science. We also had a chance, this past week, to use the microscope. That was fun! One of the books recommended with one of our recent Science Odyssey units was Greg’s Microscope. I highly recommend the book if you’ve got younger kids who’ll be using a microscope. It was a great introduction and Greg looked at many of the same things in his microscope that we were able to look at in ours.
We’ve also been working on sun king plaques in history. We were supposed to just do a simple paper plate version, but I thought a salt dough version would be more fun. They’re not quite finished yet. After the paint dries, I’ve got some clear shellac to spray on them.
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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.