Happy Friday, y’all! I hope you’ve had an excellent week. We’ve had a strange one. For one thing, we’ve done just the very basics of school because, after an epiphany Sunday night and a long discussion with the kids Monday morning, we’ve decided to make a major curriculum change.
How major, you ask? I ordered workbooks for both kids for history, science, and language arts.
You know how I feel about workbooks, right? I recently told someone that the homeschool section of our local used bookstore is enough to make me break out in hives because it’s all dry, boring (in my opinion) workbooks.
That being said, the kids had valid reasons for wanting to change – including the desire for greater independence and autonomy with their schoolwork – and the subject they like best is grammar, for which they use Easy Grammar and Daily Grams. Which are workbooks. It never occurred to me that the fact that their grammar is composed of workbooks might be one reason they like it so much.
So, I ordered the books, which will be here today, and the kids will start them on Monday. Have no doubt, if this goes the way they’re thinking it will, there will be an entire blog post dedicated to this in the future. It will be something about doing what works for your kids even if it makes you want to gouge your eyes out. Of course, that’s just the working title.
And, of course, I fully intend to look for opportunities to supplement what they’re learning with hands-on activities. That also means that my day in the life post that I just shared at Simple Homeschool might look drastically different in a couple of weeks.
My babies all grown up and ready for their first dance last Friday. It’s humorous to note that even Facebook thinks Megan is my mini-me. I was going to tag the kids in the picture and when I hovered over Megan’s face, my avatar popped up with the question, “Do you want to tag yourself?”
In our lengthy discussion on Monday, we also chose the book we’re going to read for our family book club – The Scorch Trials, the second book in the Maze Runner series. Josh read The Maze Runner. The rest of us watched the movie. I’d rather read the first book first, but to find something we all agree on, I’ll deal with starting the second book without having read the first. Let the record show that I don’t like it, though.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love the fact that each of my kids has found their niche? Brianna heads off to cosmetology school each day. I regularly work to the sounds of the drums or electric guitar in the background as Josh practices his music. And, Megan cannot get enough of gymnastics even though she practices 3.5 hours a day, three days per week.
To me, that is one of the greatest benefits of homeschooling – being able to give kids time and space to discover, nurture, and invest in their gifts.
He’s so stinking handsome, if I do say so myself.
Yesterday was a busy day. I babysat my niece early in the morning while my sister ran an errand. Then, almost as soon as she left, Megan and I were out the door for back-to-back haircuts. I figured I should get them out of the way since we had a lighter school week this week waiting on books.
We’ve got the baseball bat all ready for beating the boys away from my beautiful baby, who was rocking the Converse with her dress.
We had lunch together, then, came home in time for her to get the basics completed before a friend came over to hang out. I did some online work and baked a cake for my other niece’s birthday before we headed out for her birthday dinner.
And, there was snow. I didn’t even realize it was in the forecast. It was just a little dusting – the good kind of snow that is pretty, but not too messy, and goes away quickly.
It’s another busy day for us today, so I’m off, leaving you with a wish for a wonderful weekend.
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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.