Homeschool Weekly Moments and Musings – Out and About

Homeschool Weekly Moments and Musings

Out and About…Again

*Link up at the bottom – as for my post, this is a general overview of our family’s week*

This week, the biggest school district in my county went on strike. Over 600 teachers handed in their keys, lessons plans, and badges, accepting their last check! Children victim to this strike, were sent home Wednesday with all their school supplies in tow. School is canceled until next week when the school district can start up again with security guards, substitute teachers brought in from other places (even out of state), and half day classes with 12,000 students crammed only into the biggest schools in my area.

Depending on who you talk to, some believe the school district is right and some believe the teachers are right. And then there are the people like my husband and I who feel that both sides are wrong. This is just another reason why we choose to homeschool. We get to bypass all this BS – yes, it is b.s. –  that goes with a government run organization that failed a long time ago.

{I try not to bring politics into this blog, but this has been a pretty big deal in my area and it has affected quite a few people and is damaging the children that attend these schools}.

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As pictured above, we have seen hundreds and hundreds of picketers all over town when we are out and about. Children going to and from school have seen this. It breaks my heart.

Again, I’m so glad I’m homeschooling….even when it is challenging (which is like everyday) and even when I feel like I’m not good enough (which is like every day). The last few weeks have been rough for my family in regards to “doing homeschool” and trying to fit everything in. We have struggled to have any routine because of countless interruptions from night-time work callouts, to Grand Jury, to doctor’s appointments, to speech evaluations, and normal everyday stuff like grocery shopping and laundry.

I even had a moment of, “I don’t want to do this anymore.” Lame, isn’t it? Thankfully, God made me a stubborn, I mean a STUBBORN person, and I don’t give up easily on something I believe in. I made the decision at the beginning of the year we were going to continue through high school and that’s exactly what I intend to do.

With that said, this week has gone more smoothly. Although, I’m not sure “smoothly” is the correct word for it. Put another way, we’ve learned how to drive over speed bumps and pot holes without getting knocked around so much. We still had a crazy time. I once again had Grand Jury, the hubs once again got sucked into his own work stuff, and we once again had multiple appointments. It was one of those weeks when you find out you owe a ton to the feds, one child needs two separate surgeries (knee cyst and oral surgery) plus a 6 grand set of braces now or else, and one child is sucking up the bank account with speech therapy. Tension has been high.

And then to throw in some extra excitement, my Little Man had a volcanic explosion of chocolate ice-cream puke sessions in his top bunk. Dang it…

But some how – I’m sure God had something to do with it – we got more done with school than we have in a very long time. I don’t really understand how we got so much done. We still didn’t meet our goal but we were so so close. The only reason we got things done is because we took school everywhere and did school in little chunks when we had time. None of our days were large chunks of time in the morning. It was spread throughout the entire day…even at night. But it seemed to work better.

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Above we sit in the van with my Little Bug snoring away in her car seat while the Little Man does speech therapy. Accomplishing our Essentials stuff hardly ever happens because there are so many distractions. I anticipate we will do Essentials like this every week for a while. Tee actually preferred this because it was quiet and she had the one on one time.

At a different time, Tee took her Saxon math to the orthopedic doc’s and we went through the lesson in a very large and hectic lobby. We then continued that lesson while waiting in the exam room. We got it all done and once again, Tee was appreciative of the one on one time. Don’t ask me why this actually worked…I have no clue. She normally gets super irritable with the lack of routine and noise but that didn’t happen! And to make it even better, not a single soul asked what school or grade my daughter was in. Can I get a high-five!!!??? :)

Part of me also feels that Tee is finally excepting the fact that just because she is homeschooled, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t have work hard. Somehow she got into her head that school was only supposed to last a certain amount of time and was supposed to be easy. Whoever tells kids this, STOP IT!

At home, I let go of my OCD tendencies and let my son do school in what ever way we could get it done. Even if this meant squirming endlessly while doing his science with Science4Us.com.

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I also dumped our Saxon K Math curriculum. The more time I spend teaching my son, the more I realize there are certain math things that come naturally to him without being taught. This isn’t the case for all math – some abstract things I’m still struggling to figure out with him – but forcing him to go through each lesson is ridiculous. We had 30 lessons left in the kindergarten math. We switched to the first grade math and he still is not needing to be taught so we are doing 2-3 lessons a day and I’m cherry picking what I want to do in each lesson.

We’ve also had a bit more success with reading this week. I’ve paused most of our reading/writing stuff because I’m at a loss on what to do. We are stuck until he starts gaining some skills from his speech therapy. If you missed recent posts, my son has been diagnosed with a severe language disorder…and with the knowledge that he has APD (Auditory Processing Disorder). He isn’t officially diagnosed with the APD yet because he isn’t old enough but we are still treating it. So this week has been a lot of review. Today was the first day in a while that I saw him excited about learning something. And I’m stoked!!!

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We’ve discovered a new curriculum called, Spelling You See. This company is the same maker of Math U See. I get to review this product as part of the TOS Review Crew! I am seriously so excited about this program! This curriculum is geared towards struggling learners and it uses more visual/kinetic learning. I am so excited to use this product with the Little Man and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

In other news, Tee is developing quite the artistic ability. She continues to receive art lessons from a very reputable artist in our area every week. Below, is Tee’s latest piece.

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Isn’t it beautiful? When I first saw this picture, I stood there looking at it blankly not knowing what it was. I seriously thought this was something printed from the computer and I thought she was playing me. It is actually a charcoal/white pencil 3×5 image she drew. I am truly amazed. I hope this grows into something wonderful for my daughter. Did I mention she is barely 11 years old?

That’s a wrap! I hope you all are having a great week. And if it is a rough one, keep on going!

I would love to hear from you. I believe connecting with other homeschoolers is great encouragement and keeps us from feeling like a failure. Share your experiences in the comments and link up!

Heather

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*****This post is part of the weekly link-up called, Homeschool Weekly Moments and Musings. Documenting your homeschool adventure is a great way to keep track, look back at the good times (and not so good ones), and at life’s lessons. Whether you document your daily plans, achievements, or have a random thought, lesson learned, or an aha moment, you are welcome to join the link-up.  Link up at the bottom of the page.

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Heather is a Christian gal who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where she married her high school sweetheart, Levi, in January, 2001. She is newer to homeschool and tries to “keep it simple” while teaching her three “active” children with Classical Conversations. Heather also juggles the responsibilities of being a part-time emergency room RN and police officer’s wife. She has a reputation of creating kitchen disasters, but loves collecting new recipes and learning about natural, holistic living. She is also a wanna-be urban homesteader and has a bunch of chickens, 3 goats, and 1 rabbit!

Comments

  1. Esther says

    It certainly does take a stubborn and strong willed mom to homeschool kids, especially those with learning disabilities. I am one very strong willed and stubborn mom too. Your daughter’s artwork is beautiful! God bless you and your family!
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  2. Sylvia says

    Wow! I’ll bet you are glad to be homeschooling! Sorry it was such a stressful week for you all. Also sorry about all the medical/ dental issues your going through. I seriously don’t know how you do all that you do! Sheer determination, the stubborness that you mentioned, and the Lord I suppose! Hope this week is a bit calmer for you!
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