Saturday, December 20, 2008

Wow!

Not only has it been almost a month since my last update; but there has been a lot going on and I should have updated sooner.

School - we got so far behind while we were getting ready for our Christmas trip to MI. We haven't even hit 90 days - which was definately a goal before we left. Know I guess we will have to somehow catch up.

Our MI trip - we were going to head up MI today to spend Christmas with my dad. CG really wanted to make a snowman and a snow angel. But, wintery weather put an end to our plans. So, we are spending our Christmas in GA with my brother in law and his family. I really love them so it's cool. I just worry about dad being alone on Christmas.

Updating more school - we have been reading more Magic Tree House Books. We have been reading Day of the Dragon King, Lions at Lunchtime, and Mummies in the Morning. It's another Sonlight break, then we are going to double up our weeks to finish Core 1 by the end of the year. Maybe. That was my plan but now that we are behind it seems silly to add even more to the schedule. I've learned to pretty much play everything by ear in the whole homeschooling world!

OK, I guess there really wasn't that much going on. Just the normal day to day stuff that could make you crazy if you let it. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't - it all depends on what it is exactly!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Another View

Yes, I had to show both sides!

CG's Handiwork

Here is a picture of CG's Christmas present. He did a mighty fine job for hating anything "artsy".

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Our Week

We took a break from our Sonlight this week and studied the First Thanksgiving.  It was a short week, only three days, but we stayed on track with math, grammar, spelling, and language arts.  Some things just need to be done!  CG enjoyed the unit; mostly because we got to read a Magic School Bus book!  He loves the MSB!  

I've been rethinking the whole "stretch this core to last until 4th grade".  First of all, I just don't think I'm creative enough to make it go that far.  Second, since Core 2 is also Intro to World History, I think it would be great if we moved on before CG got burned out!  So, I've finally decided on a schedule that will stretch this year and then I will worry about all the rest later.  See me relax?!  Now that I've decided on something I find it very interesting that I don't spend hours at night pouring over the IG and trying to tweak it.  That's how I know it's the right amount of everything everyday.

So, what is the "new and improved" schedule you ask?  Or maybe you didn't, but I'll tell you anyway since maybe it will help someone else.  
Monday - Wednesday: History
Wednesday - Friday: Science
Monday - Friday: Read Alouds, Spelling, Grammar, Language Arts or Handwriting, Reading, Math, and Geography as needed

I still have the History Pockets that we will work on when we finish a section in History, and I have found (on my book shelf no less!) some Magic Tree House books that will fit right in with some of the Civilizations we will be studying.  I will make those Read Alouds so we don't finish all our out loud reading before we are done with the Core.  

I'm not quite sure how it will all play out as far as finishing a core at the end of our school year.  Or finishing in time to finish the next core in a school year!  I feel pretty confident though that we will finish both Core 1 & 2 before 4th grade.  If not well, we'll cross that bridge when we get there.  

Wrapping it up - I'm on a 'spring cleaning' kick!  DH has promised us our own school room but I have to get rid of the 'extra junk' floating around first!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

There's a mouse in my garage (and other things)

Yes there is ~ I've seen him (her?) with my own eyes.  I suppose I could try and set out a mouse trap; but then I'd have to dispose of him myself too.  Um yeah, not so much my bag, know what I mean?

So State lost yesterday.  That's ok, we will still get a bowl bid.  How exciting!  I've looked at some predictions and they say MSU vs. USC (o.k. that's the University of South Carolina - not the real USC).  That would be cool since I totally live in Gamecock Country!  

This week is Thanksgiving Week.  Take a moment to be thankful for all we have, the great country we live in, and the men and women who keep us free.  For school we are going to do a three day study on the First Thanksgiving.  I know, it doesn't seem like long enough, but since we will be homeschooling for a long time we can cover it more in depth in future years.  Since we are taking Thursday and Friday off I only had three days.  Hopefully next year my planning skills will be more advanced!  I'm trying to cut myself some slack since this is our first year.  Next year I want to do a Christmas study.  You know, traditions from around the world and stuff - but once again, it was the whole planning thing.  Yeah, homeschooling is definitely a work in progress.

What a busy week.  Two Thanksgiving Luncheons (well, one was a dinner), Cub Scout Popcorn delivery, plus all our regular school stuff.  I'm trying to get a head so we can take some time off when DH gets home - but we seem to be taking two steps forward and one step back.  So, we will either be working into June or we will have to really buckle down after the holidays.  I'm trying not to stress.  After all, I have until August to get all 180 days done - I just don't want to take that long.

After months and months of fighting with CG's old school about getting his records they finally arrived.  Of course it was my third trip to the school and I finally had to talk to the principal, but I guess whatever it takes.  I do know that if homeschooling doesn't pan out we probably won't be welcome back at that school!  Of course, if we had been happy with the place I guess he would still be in school there anyway.

And here is my most random thought of the day - Guns N Roses.  Yes, they put out an album but it's just Axl and some other random musicians.  I know Mr. Thinks he walks on water  is pretty sure he is GnR.  I'm not convinced.  I've only listened to part of one track (it's up on myspace) and it sounds good - but come on - no Slash? no Izzy? yeah, it's just the same.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Stuff and Stuff

So, I have made my decision about belonging to two groups.  Since it's just really not possible I have opted to stay with the group here on base.  I really loved the Eastover group - but I had to add 45 minutes to an hour to everything we did and I was just losing too much time out of the school day.  So, there it is.  Decision made.

I have also decided to use Core 1 for the duration of 2nd and all of 3rd grade.  This does require some stretching and adding on my part - but I worked out the numbers and I think I can make it work.  If my math is faulty I will find out next year and then I can either slow it down some more or speed it back up.  For math, reading, language arts/handwriting, grammar, and spelling we are staying right on track.  Everyday for those subjects.  Then we will alternate history, geography, read-alouds, and science on a 2 day/week or 3 day/week schedule.  This will stretch out what I currently have to 62 weeks - which does leave me about 6 weeks short in third grade.  No problem I say!  We are going to study Thanksgiving all next week- so now we are only 5 weeks short!  When this works then we will start Core 2 for 4th grade and do one core a school year after that.  *whew*  There has been a lot of decision making going on around here lately!  And, as you can see, a lot more releasing of box checking!

Last week we went to a My Mad Platter a pottery painting place in Columbia.  At first I didn't think it would go over.  After all CG thinks art is a huge waste of time.  But he had a good time and painted a coffee mug for Grandpa for Christmas.  He even asked if we could go back!  So it went way better than I expected!  Sadly, not only did I have my regular camera but also my phone and neglected to use either to take a picture.  Some things I still need to work on!  

Except for the deep gum cleaning (OMG that is definitely another day!) all has been going well here in semi small town SC!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A good week

We had a good week last week overall.  CG actually started listening to Charlotte's Web.  I know this because we got to the chapter where Charlotte dies and he was crying and upset with me for not warning him that Charlotte died!  I read that book in 4th or 5th grade - which was too many years ago for me to calculate in my head - and I honestly didn't remember that Charlotte died!  I only remembered all the good stuff.  Ah, selective memory is a wonderful thing!  Well, most of the time anyway!  Friday night we went on an Owl Prowl at the Congaree National Park.  They only do this a couple times a year (spring and fall) if you live close to Columbia  I suggest making a reservation to go.  We didn't see any owls, but we heard them.  We also saw trees that are over 600 years old!  Sadly, no pictures.  We are going to go back this week during the day though.  We want to see the fall colors and the big trees in the daylight!  I will definitely take that camera for that trip!  

I am so over all the back-biting and name calling that has been going on since the election.  Time to work together as a country and quit being divided.  Will I agree with all the changes that will be happening?  Probably not - but as is the American way I will make the best of it and press on.  Everyone else needs to do the same.  Realize that this is history in the making.  Your kids (or grandkids) will be reading about this election in their history books - so whether you were for or against you were around when history was made.  That in itself is pretty awesome.

I finally gave myself permission to relax about school assignments.  For instance, Friday we did the Owl Prowl and spent about an hour outside doing PE type things.  I counted this as school and pushed his 'regular' assignments back a day (to Monday).  The me of last month would have made him do the assignments over the weekend to stay 'on track'.  I actually feel good about letting homeschool actually 'be' homeschool.  I'm very proud of myself for being able to let go of the box checking, even a little bit!  I may finally be getting the hang of this thing!!

I'm still undecided about staying with both homeschool groups.  Will I ever make a decision?  I don't know.  I love the ladies (and kids) in the Eastover group.  They are awesome and I love spending time with them.  The drive to stuff is the only drawback - but worth it to me for the quality of the company.  The base group has a lot of wonderful people in it too.  But belonging to both groups is probably not an option.  Between the two we do so much stuff away from the house that sometimes it's hard to get our actual work done.  My main goal it to educate CG and prepare him for life.  And yes, he needs to be around other children - but this can be accomplished by belonging to only one group, I don't need to belong to two.  So I think about it daily.  I know that if I choose I will choose the Eastover group; but then that will put all of Zach's friends closer to Columbia.  On the other hand, the military kids move so much would it really matter?  As you can see, it's a tough call to make!

And my rambling must finally come to an end.  I have many things to accomplish today and they won't get done if I sit here and blather on and on!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's done

So McCain lost.  I'm not a sore loser, so congrats to Obama.  For everyone that voted for him please make him accountable for everything that goes wrong during his Presidency.  Don't pull the "it's because of Bush" crap.  The Democrats now have control of the House, the Senate, and the White House - when the country goes even more insane please remember - these are the changes you voted for and take responsibility for them.  It's easy to blame; hard to take responsibility.  Good luck with that.

OTOH - I'm glad I can post from my blackberry!

And one more thing - I received a comment about my 'things that bug me about homeschooling' blog.  I want to answer that.  I know that many homeschoolers are fundamentalist Christians but don't homeschool for that reason.  I apologize for not stating that in my original post.  I believe the majority of people homeschool only to give their children the education they can't get in public school.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Trial run

I am trying to post from my blackberry.

That wasn't so bad

I thought that voting would be a PITA given all the media hype about long lines and troublesome machines.  However, in my little neck of the woods everything went great!  I was in and out in under 30 minutes.  Now we just watch and wait.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Don't Forget!

To vote tomorrow!  It's so very important to get out there and make yourself heard.  Even if you feel your vote won't count on the national level make sure you vote for your state and local choices.  You can't bitch if you don't vote!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Finally!

We made it to the corn maze!  OMG what fun that was!  Well worth the money and time we spent.  Now I know it is something we will have to do every year!  

Here's my beef - people who think homeschoolers are unsocialized.  "Pardon me, I don't think I heard you correctly."  We probably do more now than when CG was in 'regular school'.  Oh, and by the way, more fun stuff.  Oh, and also - he's learning how to get along with people of all ages.  Not just 30 other random children his own age.  Oh, and one more oh - we can choose the children we hang out with.  Sorry, I just don't see a bad side there.  So, in my short time that I've been homeschooling I've decided here are the ideas that bother me the most:
1. We are not socialized - covered above - bunk, as far as I'm concerned
2. We just sit around a watch TV or play video games (or whatever).  This is a blog for another day, seriously.  We work our butts off in this house. Are there people who use the guise of homeschooling to not do school?  I'm sure there are - but for the most part all the parents I know expect a lot out of their kids and want the best for them.  OK I guess that wasn't a blog for another day.
3. All homeschoolers are fundamentalist Christians.  We are not.  A lot of homeschoolers are not.  We chose to homeschool because the public school system here is terrible and we couldn't afford private school.  I know a lot of military people who homeschool and they do so because they get transferred in the middle of a traditional school year.  Homeschooling is consistent schooling for them.
4. We don't pay taxes.  HUH?  We do pay taxes - a lot of taxes - taxes that go straight to the public school system we don't use.  Fine by me.  Take my money, but you aren't getting my son.  I also don't want any kind of credit or voucher because I don't use the public school system.  Why?  Because then you - the public school system that is already terrible might want to tell me what to teach my son.  You can't handle the kids that you are in charge of - leave mine alone.  If you can ever get your junk together and not rank 49th in country then let me know.  Until then MYOB and we will do just fine.  

Soapbox put away.

Update on the base group: the constitution is being revised.  Now, just waiting to see where it finally ends up.  Then I will decide if we can stay in the group or not.  For now we are staying and I don't think about the constitution too much.  Less stress for me and for more fun times for CG.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Well OK

It's been a little while since my last post.  We have been trying to get to the corn maze (on a non rainy day!) and doing other stuff.  Our lives are pretty much like everyone else's - we do our thing and press on day to day.  Sometimes it's not even that interesting to me!

I still love being home and homeschooling CG.  It's tremendous fun (and sometimes tremendous stress!) and I wouldn't change it for the world.  Is every day roses and happiness?  H-E-L-L NO!  But overall every day is interesting and usually fun.

I'm still on the fence about the group on base.  I was going to quit (to help alleviate some stress) but then I'm not sure.  The people are nice - the get-togethers are close - so who knows.  My dearest husband tells me to stick it out and see where it all goes.  If I don't like the outcome, then leave.  I guess I could do that.  {everybody sing - Things that make ya go hmm}

I'm out.  Remember to vote!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Election Thoughts

Anyone who is looking at the recent polls and projected winner of November 4th could be either extremely happy or incredibly disappointed.  Either way I believe you still need to get out there and vote.  Supporters of Obama are saying "we've got this sewn up - I'm not wasting my time" and supporters of McCain are saying "it's a lost cause - my vote won't matter anyway".  Don't do that!  Get out there and practice your right to decide!  The person you choose could win or maybe not - don't think it doesn't matter.  Besides, look at all the countries in the world where the people don't have a say ~ when you don't vote you are practically saying "I don't care".  People, we need to care.  Don't assume your candidate is safe or out of it completely.  If too many people think that way you may end up with the other person in the White House.  The election is November 4th.  My calendar says October 11th.  No matter who you decide to vote for - don't rely on everyone else to put your candidate in the Oval Office - remember - you can't bitch about it if you don't vote!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Dang it!

So, my precious Cubbies stayed true to form.  Is it a curse?  I don't know - but I know this - "There's always next year."  {big sigh}

Now, on a better note - I did get some support from one member of the base group about the statement of faith.  Are there more out there?  Maybe.  But it does make me feel a little better to realize that I'm not the only one.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

No they didn't

For the record - the meeting last night did not discuss the statement of faith.  Unless the coordinators did it before the meeting without everyone there.  I'm waiting for the minutes but I don't think it was mentioned at all.  Shocker.  Not.  

Well, at least we still have our non military group - which is nice and has park day today - so off we go!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

So

Can you believe how my teams are doing?

First lets talk about MSU (that's Michigan State for anyone who is confused!).  They look good this year.  I'm hopeful we will have an outstanding season!

Now the team that warms my heart the CUBBIES!  I know, after all they are the Cubs, but we have such a good shot at the World Series.  I've been waiting 41 years for this (I know, not quite as long as other people but hey, 41 years is a long time!).  Waiting and watching without daring to take a breath.....

Now onto other things....

My base homeschool group - we have a meeting tonight.  According to the coordinator there are "a lot" of things to discuss.  Is one of them going to be my suggestion that we abandon the whole Statement of Faith and be a Christian based group?  My guess is probably not - but I already know that I won't sign a statement of faith.  Yes, I'm a Christian, but my religion is not why I homeschool - and a group that is limited in it's membership to military families should not have a religious foundation.  MHO of course.  We will not stay members if that doesn't change.  Military families need support regardless of the religion they practice (or don't).  OK, putting the soapbox away for now....

The election - wow, what is there to say about that?  Obama is ahead in the polls, but living in the south (I like to say the deep south because, well, I'm not from here and it's pretty deep IMO!) I have to say I've personally seen a lot of racism still going on.  Will the 'deep south' (or just the south) Dems be able to pull the handle (ok, I guess we push buttons now) for Obama?  I don't know.  I know who I'm voting for - so we will have to see how it plays out.  Speaking of voting - this is the first year in my voting life I won't be voting absentee!  For the first time I actually get to go to a voting booth and vote!  I'm so excited about that!

Wow, could I have covered anything else controversial in this blog?  Probably.  Will I next time?  Maybe.  Or next time I might just gripe about the weather or something!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

It's an entry

So, I thought I would be able to post entries here a lot, well, because I usually have something to say and no one to listen!  It's been a couple days which is still better than I was doing before - but hey, I am a busy woman so whatever.

Today I went to an Usborne Book Party.  Don't get me wrong - I love their books - which is the main problem!  Anyway, I didn't have to take CG because my dad is here visiting so I did get like an hour and a half without him.  Very nice.  Love my son to death - just a little tired of doing the single parent thing.  I always get like that though.

We started attending Lutheran Church again.  Today was the first day of Sunday School.  CG said he liked that much better than CCD last year.  He said because it was 'shorter' but it really wasn't- I think they just had more fun in there.  He says the craziest things sometimes.  I like it - the church we attend.  I realize now that my mom would not be offended by me going to Lutheran Church - she was very supportive of that when she was alive and me trying to go back to Catholic Church to someone honor her memory was a bad idea.  I'm at peace with that and I know she is too.

While we were waiting for Sunday School to start the lady in charge asked CG what grade he was in - he says "2nd" then blurts out for no apparent reason "I'm homeschooled"  He's very proud of that - while I somehow am still trying to fly under the radar with the whole thing.  I guess I should just follow his lead on that note.

I picked a random font to post in - hmmm wonder how that will turn out

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Moving my homeschool blog

I'm moving my homeschool blog.  I wanted to make another blog to rant and vent and well, every name I tried on blogspot was taken - so I made a new homeschool blog at homeschoolblogger.com  So, to anyone who was following our ups and downs all the information for All Saints can now be found at www.homeschoolblogger.com/allsaintsacademy

Hope to see you all there!

Correction

Just wanted to correct myself - we are reading Polar Bears Past Bedtime - not Polar Bears Past Midnight.  Just in case anyone is looking for the book!  I recommend the Magic Tree House Series - they are very grade level appropriate and interesting.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Updates that are long overdue

Well, things are still moving forward at a pretty good pace.  I finally decided on a complete schedule for All Saints - we are doing 45 days on and 15 days off.  It will be a complete year round schedule; pretty much starting in July and ending in June.  CG doesn't do too well with tons of time off - so we may knock it down to 45/10 - we'll have to see.

We are almost completely done with our All About Spelling Level One.  I ordered Level two and it is ready and waiting for us.  As the only program we have not had to change this year I cannot say enough about this program!  It is awesome.  And as a first time homeschooler it's very easy to use.  CG still says spelling is his favorite time of the day!  A very different view from when he was in school!

We still haven't started using Sonlight.  It's a long (very long) story with Core changes - from 1+2 to 1.  I'm expecting the books now on Monday - so we will probably start Sonlight after our first break which is at the end of this month.  Seems like it might be easier to start something new when we start our new term.  In the meantime we are plugging ahead with another Magic Treehouse Book - Polar Bears Past Midnight.  CG likes these books and even though I didn't make it a complete read aloud like I did with Midnight on the Moon he still doesn't mind.

We did start our Apologia Science - we are only doing science M,W,F so the Astronomy book should last us until we start our next year of school next July.  Then we will start Botany if he likes the way this program is written.

Math is finally getting to some things he doesn't know - so I feel better about the level I chose for that.  CG even likes the review - I think he realizes it's helping him remember more.

All in all, it's been a very productive time for us.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Moving Along

Well things are clipping along at a pretty even pace here at All Saints.  I hoped that we would be able to start our Sonlight and Apologia Science next week - but we haven't quite finished up some of the things we are currently working on.  We have to finish reading Midnight on the Moon and studying Arctic Penguins - two things CG specifically asked to do - so we are now looking at starting our newest new curricula on the week of the 8th.

We did get our Sonlight order this week and let me tell you - that was exciting!  They call it Box Day in the Sonlight realm - and it is super cool.  We did an easy day that day so I could go through all the books and set up the library shelves and stuff.  Let's face it - I was way more excited than CG - but his favorite time of the day is reading time (we are reading Midnight on the Moon out loud) so I think that this may really be a good fit for us.  Apologia is also read aloud - so I fear I may lose my voice until I'm used to reading all that stuff every day.  

Today I spent figuring out the schedule for the rest of the year (days - not exactly what we are studying - I do that every week kind of) and after church tomorrow I will try to figure out exactly how to break up the new stuff so there is not so much out loud reading every day.  Maybe Science three times a week instead of five?  I love planning stuff out - I love it more when we can actually stick to the plan!!  At least I have a whole week to think about it before I try to put it into play.

So I'm very excited to finish up our current lessons and start on the new stuff.  The first read aloud of Red Sails of Capri (which I never heard of) so I've been reading that book since I unpacked it.  I hope to read all the read alouds before I actually read them out loud!


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Even More Changes

Who would have thought that choosing the right curriculum would be so hard?  But alas, that is the way of homeschooling.  I have been congratulated on a couple of my online groups for being brave enough to change.  Apparently that's something that "newbies" don't do very often.

This past week I ordered Apologia Science (Elementary Astronomy) and Sonlight Core 1+2.  The Sonlight is for reading, history, and geography.  Even though CG is not a huge fan of reading we are going to give it a whirl.  He likes to be read to and enjoys the days we curl up on the couch and read together - so this should make school a lot more fun for him.  I also ordered a kit to go with the science - it has all the things you need to do the hands on in the science book.  Science + hands on = extremely happy CG!

I also ordered some grade one books on the Lutheran Faith.  I know, he's in second - but lets face it; our church ways have been pretty minimal.  So I figured we could do the grade one stuff here at home - he'll get the grade two stuff at Sunday School.

So, after we get all our new stuff next week I will hopefully be able to tell you we are settled and finally loving everything about homeschooling!


Friday, August 15, 2008

More Changes

Well more changes arrived at All Saints Academy the past couple weeks.  The unit study went very well!  CG loved doing little projects and different things.  He didn't like putting the stuff into the lapbook when done though.  So - this past week we focused our science study on all (of all things) bubbles.  Of course CG LOVES bubbles so I figured we can't go wrong here.  We didn't, but this time instead of making a lapbook we made a notebook.  I still ended up glueing most of the stuff onto the pages though.  While it seems like it's working better as far as him retaining information he's not the 'put it together' kind of kid.  I think we are going to stick with this style of learning though - or maybe try some of the Charlotte Mason techniques.  

Math - we have changed.  We now use Saxon Math.  You either love or hate this program and we love it.  A lot of hands on with a worksheet every day.  CG loves it and is doing very well so far at remembering stuff we have covered.  Plus it has the wonderful review every day (much like AAS) which is something he definitely needs.

And that's a wrap for now.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Two Weeks Already?

OK, so it may not be a big deal to all the 'seasoned' homeschoolers out there - but we did finish our second week of homeschool.  This week went much less smoothly than the first.  CG was wondering why he had to do "so many" worksheets.  I didn't have a good answer.  So we are deviating from our "very much like school" approach next week.

For one week we are trying a unit study.  I found an awesome site called home school share (I will add it to the links).  Anyway they have free unit studies that other people (who are way more experienced and creative than I) have put together.  We are trying a literature based unit on "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs".  The unit (for those of you who don't know) will include everything except math (unfortunately still worksheets) and spelling.  So, hopefully CG will like this approach and actually be able to tell people what he's learned over the week (because, yes, they do ask - which is rude I think - I don't ask their kids what they learned in Public/Private school - but that's another day).

So, basically it boils down to a whole revamping of the home school.  MCP math is still in - and so is All About Spelling (the only subject CG wants to do every day!).  Will let you know how it goes!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Week One Finished!

I know, should I be so excited about finishing week one?  I think yes!  We had a couple 'moments' but other than that I think it went pretty well.

We started a few notebooks.  One for our field trips (yes, we already took one - to the recycling center), one for our continent study, and one for our vocabulary.  Oh wait!  We also started one that will track Curious George's (and I mean that in the most loving way) growth compared to the three trees that we recently planted in our back yard.  Ok, a couple just look like sticks with leaves right now, but it is my fervent hope that they will show some growth over the next 10 months that it will be fun to track throughout the year.  CG is not big on writing or coloring - but I also hope that with a few notebooks to do everyday he will get over that.

I have decided to nix the Catholic Curriculum.  I totally don't have anything against the Catholic Church, I was raised in that church.  Many years ago my DH and I decided to go to Lutheran Church - and we have been pretty much Lutheran ever since.  CG was baptized Lutheran so it seemed like the most practical progression for his religious education.  Besides, DH is willing to attend Lutheran Church; not so much Catholic.

So, all in all I feel we are making progress.  The growing pains will continue I'm sure - that's all part of the learning curve!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Starting Early

We have decided to start homeschooling a little earlier than originally planned.  DS is getting bored and wasting his summer away anyway, so we may as well do something productive with it!  Plus, the earlier we start the earlier we finish.  Maybe, we'll see.  Nerves are kicking in now.

I'm rethinking the Catholic choice I went back to after mom died.  We attended Lutheran Church for years and that's where DS was baptized - since DH doesn't go to church with us anyway, I think DS and I may end up back at Lutheran Church.  I did get a lot of Catholic Curricula - but I could just cut out the religion part maybe.  Hmm.  I'm gonna have to ponder this one some more.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

All About Spelling

Well, I received the All About Spelling program the other day.  I ordered level one and when I opened it I was kind of scared that I ordered too easy a level for my son.  It's so very basic that I got scared.  But then tonight I spelled the word bug (because I didn't want DS to freak out - but in retrospect he should be able to spell that word) and he couldn't tell me the sound of the U so I guess it was a good choice overall.

Also, my DH is requiring me to test the boy at the end of the year (not a requirement in SC, but one of his requirements to let me homeschool) so I needed a basis.  Now DS did take some kind of PACE or other SC state test at the end of the school year, but he is not taking that test next year, so I ordered the 1st grade CAT test from Seton (I'll add it to my links).  We took the test and sent it back, so now when I test him next year I have the base for the same test he will be taking.  The test was $25 and that includes scoring.  Check it out.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Let the Journey Begin!

We start homeschooling this month.  I officially picked the 28th but since DS is chomping at the bit to "do something" we may start earlier.

We are a family of three humans, three cats.  DS is starting 2nd grade.  I had a hard time picking curricula, but finally (mostly) decided on Catholic Heritage Curricula (www.chcweb.com) with some other stuff thrown in.

We are going to try notebooking our continent study I found a continent notebook/ebook ( I will have to look up where and get back to you on that!)  Since DS (I guess I will eventually have to come up with a nickname for him!) isn't very creative it may be a difficult journey at first, but I hope it will be worth it in the end.

For spelling we are going to try All About Spelling.  Will let you know how that goes too.  Of course, I've probably purchased way more curricula than I need, with all the second guessing going on in my head - so we will see what exactly works for us or not.

I'm nervous, excited, and scared.  DS is excited - which is good I hope!