Happy Friday! You know, we must be doing something right this year because even with an extra afternoon out of the house, which is mentally and emotionally challenging for this homebody, I am not feeling stressed out and burned out like I was near the end of last year. I think it’s possibly because I’m trying to take a much more relaxed approach this year.
We’ve already dropped a few curriculum extras that were good, but not best for our homeschool — “good” in terms of good things to learn and be doing, but “not best” in terms of burn out and overload. I’m tossing around the idea of tackling them as mini-unit studies here and there throughout the year, which would work them in and provide a fun, but educational break from our regular studies. In what ways do you mix things up to avoid overload and burnout?
So, the big highlight from this week was that my family and I have finally, ten years into it, moved into the new millennium — we finally have texting! Now, I could have lived without it (but I will admit that it’s fun!), but we wanted to get Brianna a cell phone and the package we were looking at included unlimited texting. I’ve avoided the whole cell phone thing for her up until now, but she’s now getting to the age where I’m dropping her off for outside classes or she’s going places with her friends and I’d like her to be able to call us whenever she might need us and vice versa.
How’s that going, you may ask? Well, let’s just say that I’m thankful for unlimited texting. I checked her usage last night around 11:00. From the time she got her phone on Wednesday night until I checked last night, she’d already sent and received 487 texts! I’m sincerely hoping that she’s just making up for lost time and that it will level off soon. If not, I’ve already warned her that, for $4.99 per month, I can put limits on when and how often she can use her phone. *insert evil mom laugh here*
School-wise, Josh, Megan and I have been learning about the Industrial Revolution and the nervous system. To that end, we had a failed history project about how steam engines work (note to self: always test the project yourself before presenting it to the kids) and a really fun science experiment on reaction times. In the science experiment, I would drop a ruler and the kids had to catch it between their thumb and forefinger. We’d see what number they caught it on to determine their reaction times. It was pretty cool.
Those are probably the big, exciting highlights from our week, but really? That’s okay. A fairly uneventful week with few outside commitments is nice every once in awhile.
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