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If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. ~ Adlai Stevenson

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Thoughts on a Sunday...

The sun keeps peeking out at us--after weeks of off and on rain, it is a welcome sight! We're supposed to have rain again this week, but I'll enjoy the sun while I can.

I'm thinking ahead to the rest of this week... we're now homeschooling Sunday through Thursday, since Fridays are so busy with other things, and we honestly never get to schoolwork. A four day school week would be nice, but since we love our shorter lessons, five days it is. I'm using this schedule for my general planning, but switching their Friday to my Sunday.

We're kind of in a gap space with science. I really want BFSU (Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding) to work, but somehow it never seems to come together for us. I own Elemental Science Biology (logic stage), but then heard it is dry. And I'm not sure if my haphazard approach of books and random experiments is working either. Unit studies are not happening right now, because I swear every time I take the time and energy to plan it all out, the kids lose interest, and we all get frustrated.

I don't know...

I think for the upcoming week, I am going to simply focus on reading (The Story Book of Science), and add in the gardening "badge" work from Spiral Scouts. Maybe.

Other than that, I plan to continue all the readings from the last week. I'd like to do a Poetry Teatime. And have Beetle finish his alliterative poem-of-sorts. I also want to get around to making copywork jars for each of them. And I need to print out math worksheets for the week, Beetle's spelling work, and probably something else I am forgetting right now.

On my reading list this week:
The Writer's Jungle
More of Mere Christianity
Finish the stack of books I have on the life behind the Little House series

Today's plans for the afternoon:
  • hit up the local garden center/home improvement store that is having a 50% off sale on vegetable starts
  • laundry - I did wash two loads already, but things need to be folded and put away
  • baths/showers for the kids
  • getting set up for work tomorrow, which means making sure jackets, slippers, and so forth are ready; anything the kids want to take to my mom's is by the front door; and things of that nature
  • We're going to "force" M to watch Hugo with us tonight. Such a good movie!
Hope you're all having a good weekend, and Happy April Fools!

3 comments :

  1. Science is a hard one. We seem to constantly switch what we are doing. We're going to try going back to Sonlight- it isn't perfect, but I'm hoping it will "stick" this time. I have been very tempted to just ignore the subject entirely until high school!

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  2. I'm feeling a bit wibbly wobbly, too. I have books on gravity to look through--for the next thread in BFSU but just never get to it. And, I've been doing a bit of research into dyslexia & methods for teaching reading (as Benjamin is so bright but he just isn't 'getting' it). I've found a wonderful FREE reading program and think I'm going to focus on it for the summer--then, hopefully (fingers crossed) start 2nd grade with a confident reader.

    Anyway--my original point was...I feel wibbly wobbly. So, I 'get" it every single time you share your thoughts! :)

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  3. I'm slowly getting back into the social swing of things... Needed to withdraw for a while. :)

    We also do five days, with shorter lessons. It seems to work well for us.

    What I need to do is ramp up our homeschooling. Heh. Moar edumactions! ;)

    I can't think of anything for science. We always enjoyed the Magic School Bus series, and then doing the experiments that came with the cards that accompanied the books. It's a whole set, with a notebook of the cards. Not quite sure if it still exists, but I bet you can find it used or on ebay somewhere.

    Since we use "The Well-Trained Mind", I organized the series by biology, earth science, astronomy, chemistry, and physics, and we did the books that were pertinent to the school year's science "class".

    Oh my gosh, I need to visit the garden/home improvement store too. We have to do that on the British economy, though, so it's doubly expensive. Baaah.

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