Our Odd Week in Review: Planning for Our Next School Year

                                                                                                                                    A Girl and her bugs

                                                                                                                                    A Girl and her bugs

It's the time of year when homeschoolers are scrambling to figure out what they are going to do for the next school year. They are hitting up conventions and firing questions out on Facebook at rapid speed, contemplating curriculum changes and in some cases trying out a new method. 

For the first time in all of our years of homeschooling, I can't help but find it amusing because I've entered this season calm and at peace with where we are in our educational journey. The kids passed their SAT-10's over a month ago and we are happily going about our days with interest led learning as usual. That's a good thing, because I didn't have a great week last week.

In my life this week…

I had the WORST migraine I've had in a really long time on Thursday. By 9 am I was curled up the bed, teetering the line between bawling my eyes out and puking my guts out. I spent a full day in the bed (my kids were AWESOME little angels this day!!) alternating advil, tylenol, the heating pad and a steaming hot shower. 

Luckily, I don't get migraines as often as I used to because it left me drained for the rest of the week and I can say accomplished absolutely nothing. 

In our homeschool this week…

Natalie has continued her obsession with bugs, taking a pile of crickets that were meant to be fishing bait and turning them into her pets. We also played language games, practicing letter and word sounds. On her own Ali has started reading large numbers and is constantly practicing counting. 

Ema is back on her drawing kick, watching plenty of YouTube videos to teach her more technique and she has found a wonderful new love for math, hoping on KhanAcademy often.

Matt has been working on graphics for his game design and has worked a lot with 3D shapes this past week. In this process he's knocked a big chunk of geometry skills off the checklist. The science loving kiddo has also found a new show to devour, I mean watch, Through the Wormhole. 

Books we read, are reading or listening to...

Matt broke out our CSI book this week, we are continuing to enjoy Wonder and surprisingly, (though meant for the high school/college level) the kids are really enjoying the Heroes and Legends lectures.  I'm looking forward to starting A Cricket in Times Square soon, for the bug lover of course. 

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

I wanted to go to an Indian Pow-wow this past weekend, but everyone else vetoed the 2.5 hour drive. Boo!!! We have no plans for the long weekend coming up, except for possibly popping into the passholder preview day of Soak City at Kings Dominion. I don't know about you, but a nice float on a lazy river sounds nice right now.

My favorite thing this week was…

Enjoying some one on one time with Matt while the hubs took the girls fishing. We watched Ghost Adventures and battled in a game of Risk. Mostly though, we just talked and enjoyed the quiet time. 

Introverts NEED quiet down time.

Things I’m working on…

Writing my review of products from The Laundress and a post about our families recent experience with Ancestry DNA. The migraine stopped me from getting both done last week, so my to-do list is rather long this week.

I’m cooking…

Monday - Turkey and mushroom ravioli (hopefully my pasta dough is still good!) with a sun-dried tomato sauce and salad

Tuesday - Scalloped Potatoes with Ham with sauteed yellow squash and zucchini 

WednesdayHealthy Shredded Chicken Burrito Bowl

Thursday - Leftover Buffet

FridayChicken and Broccoli Alfredo

Saturday - BBQ chicken, baked mac-n-cheese and salad

Sunday - Beef Stew and fresh honey whole-wheat bread