Showing posts from January, 2009

New News

This week has been a good week.  CG did very well in school.  The new schedule is going extremely well.  He is much more relaxed and so am I.  School is fun again!
Today is my sister's baby shower.  I'm so excited!  I get to have another niece!  The last niece was born over a decade ago so it's going to be so great to have a new baby in the family!  We also finally live close enough that we can enjoy the baby in person - rather than watch her grow through pictures.  This will be the first time we'll be able to do that - with any of our nieces and nephews!
So, Monday was an excellent day.  Hubby finally came home from the desert.  Believe me, those were the longest six months of my life ever!  It was so great to see him again and incredibly awesome to have him home.
Tuesday we had a homeschool group meeting.  The wording has been changed to 'faith based' group instead of 'Christian'.  I think I'm good with that for now.  We will see what happens when a …

Of Christians and Homeschooling

As many of you may know, several months ago I had issues with my support group wanting everyone to sign a statement of faith.  Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a Christian.  It was more of a principle thing - a group for military homeschoolers, that meets on base, shouldn't have a religious requirement.  One of the reasons I enjoy homeschooling so much is showing CG that there are other views and allowing him to decide for himself.
I've noticed in the Christian Homeschooling realm that there are two distinct beliefs about Creation.  The first is Young Earth (YE); from what I can understand (and please correct me if I'm wrong) this is the belief that God created the earth in 6 days (six 24 hour periods).  This is basically the literal interpretation of the Bible.  The second set (now just Christians, of course) is Old Earth (OE).  This is the belief (as I understand it - again correct me if I'm wrong) that while God did indeed create the earth we don't know how l…

What a Surprise!

When I woke up this morning and saw this!  This is our neighborhood.

And this is my backyard.  Now I realize that this is really no snow at all (and it's gone now too!) but I was shocked - especially living in South Carolina!
CG was happy.  After our non trip to MI he was really bummed that he wouldn't get to see snow, so this little bit helped a lot!

What a week!

But I mean that in a good way - seriously.  OK, well except for the master bath not having any water this morning!  Everything else went very good.
We started a new schedule at school.  It is working very well.  We are ahead now in a lot of things and right on with a couple others.  I'm good with that though.  CG likes the new schedule a lot better and I feel like we are accomplishing more every day.  I don't know that we are - but it feels right to spend 30 minutes on a subject instead of just reading a couple pages and moving on.  Barring any weirdness it will be the schedule we keep for the rest of the year.
It got so cold here last night (hence the no water in the master - frozen pipes I think).  Now when we lived in Spokane I can remember 20 degree days and thinking "oh it's warmer today than it was yesterday" however, now that I live in SC I'm definitely NOT used to that anymore.  We have been doing as little outside as possible the past couple days.

Homeschool updates

Are now going to be here - homeschool journal.  
I'm going to try and update daily with the assignments we've done.  It's just another way for me to keep track of stuff in case the state asks!
We started a new "loop" or "block" schedule today and it worked wonderfully.  I don't feel quite so freaked out (at least today!).  As we continue this schedule the rest of the week (and year) we will see how it works out in the end.
Luke and Judy - thanks for your wonderful and supportive comments.  A serious blessing right when I needed it!

When to quit?

Oh holy crap.  I've been so stressed out lately.  Seriously - I honestly don't know how much more I can take.  I love my son dearly.  I want to do what's best for him.  But I don't know how well homeschooling is working out.  I'm so tired all the time.  I'm basically a yelling fool most of the time - sometimes over big things (not listening is huge on our list right now!), but usually over small things.  I thought the break over Christmas would help calm me down, but I don't think it has.  Do I think I'm giving him a good education?  Yes.  I guess when he takes his test at the end of the year we will know for sure though.  So, I've been thisclose to putting him back in "regular" school - but the same problem still exists...I have no faith in the public school system here and private school is (financially) out of the question.  Then, today we were at Walmart and this older lady asks where he goes to school.  He says (proudly, as usual) I&#…

Happy New Year!

A day late, of course, but really - when am I ever on time for something anymore?  
Wow!  This year holds so much promise and fear.  Soon we will have a new president.  Can he turn things around?  What is going to happen with the economy?  So many questions rolling around in my head; we'll just have to see how everything plays out.
We have been doing a little bit of school this week.  So far just two days; but I want to do two more.  Like I said before we are getting so far behind with Sonlight I just don't know how we are going to catch back up.  My ultimate goal is to have him in Core 3 for 4th grade - but I don't know if that can or will happen anymore.  I'm going to try but who knows?  Sometimes I plan it out so much it makes my brain hurt, then it doesn't work out the way I planned and I think "oh, what a waste of time" so I'm trying to just set one long term goal (Core 3 for 4th) and work it so I can make it happen.
Christmas was wonderful.  Like m…