The past couple of weeks has kept us busy. The kids are gradually finishing up their school material for 2012/2013 school year. JR is the only one with school work left. He is finishing up his last chapter of math. As each one finished I give them a Brain Quest or Bridging workbooks to begin for review and to keep us in the “school-time” habit. I am considering year round schooling and need something to have them work on until we begin our summer session on weak areas. I am very happy with our first year of homeschooling and just need some time to evaluate the year and make changes based on their needs and gather material for next year. My biggest question right now is do I hold them to a regular school year calendar or just let them go academically? JR is ready for second grade but all of his peers are still in Kindergarten. Oldest wants to begin fourth grade work now. I am struggling with this dilemma at the moment. For now, during our little break, I plan to get Littlest potty trained…no fun…blah!
I did get to go see my friend who lives near Nashville. Her husband tried to throw her a secret birthday party. I get the feeling there are few secrets around her. Anyway, she is a joy to know and is one of the sweetest (and prettiest) people I personally know. I took my brother and the younger three to the party with me. My husband and Oldest spent the day together at Sharp Shooters training. I hope to see her again this year and not wait another four years. The kids and I had a great time visiting and playing. I needed the time with friends and I am glad that my husband didn’t let me talk myself out of going despite the obstacles. I love my husband, he is the best.
We enjoyed the First Homeschool Days at Land Between the Lakes (LBL). The kids learned about owls and got to see a Barn Owl during the presentation time. The owl had been injured by a car and was now being cared for at LBL. Even Littlest sat with all of the other children and listened to the talk about owls. I am hoping for many more Homeschooling Days at LBL. My favorite part of the day was when the turkeys startled all of the kids with their gobbling. Everyone backed away from the fence right away and I’m sure I heard a few screams! It was really funny to watch.
We have been busy. Most of what keeps me busy is fun and enjoyable. Some of it…well…not so much. I need some quiet time…just not sure how to find the time.