Our Odd Week in Review: To Conference or Not to Conference

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...

I finally got back into my routine of waking up at 5am to have some “me” time before the kids get up. I managed it all week while the kids actually got up between the hours of 6 and 7:30. This is a big change from the slump of staying up until 11pm or later and sleeping in until 9 with the kids that we fell into with the last time change.

The downside, it took way too long to get back on track and now the time change approaches again and our schedule will be thrown off kilter again.

I was also super excited to get the big “okay” from houseparty.com to host my Durex Girl Talk party virtually since my in-home party did not occur. The party is tonight and I can’t wait for fun games, and chitchat with GROWN UPS. If you want to join in check out my post HERE.

In our homeschool this week...

Baby Bear finished his science study on how the Earth changes and how it has changed from long ago and we took some time to learn about the prehistoric creatures that lived before the dinosaurs.

I had him read, read and read some more as we diligently work on his comprehension, though I’m still not seeing any improvement.

Goldilocks is getting close to finishing lessons as of this week and we do not finish our school year until July. Though her scores are still high, she doesn’t seem able to apply the skills in real life or when using a workbook though.

Both kids have been working on measurement in math and seem as though they could care less about the subject, so I think we will spend some time next week putting measurements to use in the kitchen and outdoors.

Places we're going and people we're seeing...

Nowhere in particular at the moment, though I am considering attending the FPEA Homeschool Convention this May. I went two years ago, but being the type that doesn’t play well with traditional curriculum I did not take much from it.

I’ve downloaded some of the convention mps’s from last year to listen to and may go this year mainly for that. Though there are a few curriculum choices I am interested in viewing first hand.

My favorite thing this week was...

When we were watching “Walking with Monsters” Baby Bear paused it and asked me, “Mommy! What do you think Daddy is going to do tomorrow with me and Goldilocks (name substituted of course) tomorrow in the FUTURE?” To which I replied, “I don’t know honey, what do you think he is going to do with you?” To receive the funniest answer, “Well, how am I supposed to know, it is the FUTURE!”

I almost fell out of my chair laughing but had to contain myself as to not curb his interest in how thing s on Earth are always changing and we do not know what will happen in the future. It is great to have his fascinated with the topic; I really don’t want to screw it up with my amusement.

What's working/not working for us...

I picked up an old Childcraft book on prehistoric life, that while written well above my children’s level is keeping them completely engaged in the topic. I plan to seek out more books from them in the future.

I also love the Houghton Mifflin Spelling and Vocabulary textbook that I snagged up from the Thrift store for $.50. It is proving to be a great supplement for Baby Bear as the variety of exercises are helping him to really focus and decode to understand spelling.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...

Do you go to home school conventions? If you do, are you going for the curriculum and resources or for the lectures? Do you bring your kids along to participate in the kid programs or do you leave them at home?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share...

What Baby Bear has repeated at me over and over for the past week "I want to go to Hawaii!" Why you ask? Not because it is a beautiful place, nor for the beaches, he wants to go and see "Dog the Bounty Hunter!"