Thinking of Curriculum Changes and Setting Off on a Family Trip

It is that time of the week again to link up with the Homeschool Mother’s Journal from The Homeschool Chick and share your thoughts of your family’s home school adventure for the week. I really should start keeping more notes throughout the week though because there is always so much I want to share and by Friday I always forget.

At least I remember this…

In my life this week...

I managed to stick to my “to do” list rather well and spring cleaned 90% of the kitchen. There is still the dreaded “container” cabinet (you know the one full of various sizes of plastic storage dishes and random lids) to tackle as well as the baking dish cabinet. I’m really dreading that one more because it is SUPER cluttered but I can’t stand to part with part with any of the dishes.

In our homeschool this week...

I questioned our curriculum choices as I often do, frustrated with the fact that with kindergarten more than halfway over Goldilocks is still holding strong in her resistance to phonics.

I read up quite a bit on the Classical model and while I like some of the principles, we are a secular family and from what I can tell, the packaged curriculum is not. So I will continue to mull it over and probably wait until I head to the FPEA convention in May before I make decisions for next year.

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

We are heading to Orlando tonight (1 hr drive) and staying until Monday afternoon to celebrate Goldilocks 6th birthday with a stay on I-Drive and a visit to SeaWorld ( I’ll be sneaking in a few lessons while were there, don’t tell)

This may seem extravagant for a B-day but let me explain our family’s process:

1st – Big Party

2nd – Cake & presents with immediate family

3rd – Small Party (no more than 10 guest)

4th – Cake & presents with immediate family

5th -  Big Party

6th – 3-Day mini-vaca theme park trip

7th – Small party

8th – Cake & presents with immediate family

9th -  Small party

10th – Cake & presents with immediate family

11th – Small party

12th – Last B-day before teenage years kick in so one last b-day theme park trip

13th – Big party

14th – Cake & presents with immediate family

15th – Small party or outing of choice

16th – Kid’s choice within reason

17th – Kid’s choice within reason

18th – Kid’s choice within reason

You see, I have many friends and family that feel the need to provide their children with extravagant birthday parties every year with 40+ guests with the gifts increasing in extravagance each year as well.

I do not agree with this at all and pity them when the kids reach their early teens, what will they expect then?

It took a while for my children to understand our birthday method and why they do not receive 20 gifts each with some valued over $500 as their cousins do, but they do now, and truly appreciate their birthdays the way they should.

My favorite thing this week was...

Lying out in the warm Florida sun with great breezes, we had for our reading times. It was beautiful here this week and the kids even seemed more engaged in what I was reading though I allowed them to wander within listening distance around me.

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

Time4Learning is failing me for math for Baby Bear; I’m leaning towards purchasing Teaching Textbooks soon.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...

Do you constantly battle wondering which home school method your family falls under or are you secure in your choices and stance?

And Non-Home School

Why is that Aunt Flo has to arrive at the same time that I caught my husbands nasty cold WHEN we have trip planned?

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

“Acclinis falsis animus meliora recusat”

“The mind intent upon false appearances refuses to admit better things”

-Horace