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.