Homeschool Update

We started back this week and it’s been a good one. I’ve managed to make an actual cooked breakfast two mornings in a row, read the Bible to the girls at the table, kept them off the computer all morning, started chores, and began real schooling by 9 each day. This is a pretty major feat around here. Here’s our update, by subject:

Language Arts: Maddie learned about “hyperbole” this week (as if we needed anymore hyper anything around here). After getting the pronunciation down, she showed me a list of examples she came up with. My favorite? “That movie is so old it was narrated by Adam.” Get it? I thought that was pretty clever of her.

Math: I taught the girls how to play real Monopoly this week. Be gone, boring JV Squad Monopoly! Chloe is begging anyone and everyone to play with her and is getting a crash course in three digit subtraction. “No, if she owes $280 and she gave you $500, then she gets $220 back, not $320.” I like this way of doing math.

Science: Katie and I read several pages in one of our science books today and answered a lot of activity questions about birds. We read about 8 pages (all about birds), and answered about 6 questions (all about birds). As I was turning to the last page, she said, “So, I guess we’re learning about birds today, huh?” And the Captain Obvious Badge of the Day goes to…

Drama:
Our Sweet Wild Card

We’ve really had a pretty relaxing day and I’m liking it. Crossing my fingers for the rest of the semester.

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12 thoughts on “Homeschool Update

  1. Lindsey @ enjoythejourney says:

    But have *you* stayed off the computer, away from cash cow?? HMMMMM???
    We’ve gotten back into the swing too around here. Today I’ve had some “life issues” come into play and had to do a real no-school day, but otherwise we’ve had a nice relaxed week of reading, math and such.

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  2. martha10 says:

    for the monopoly change, while they are learning to do the real math in their heads, are they learning to make change the “old-fashioned” way we used to b/f computers told us how much we were supposed to get? i still use it to check if i have the right change:)
    you know, where you start with the price ($280), then give a $20 to make $300 and 2-$100’s to make $500. it is one of the easiest and most failproof ways to make the right change…especially if you are not a “number” oriented person.
    glad you’re feeling like you have things together more. nothing like getting back a gift of 35+ hrs. a week. once you catch up, you’ll probably find yourself working more efficiently with the time you do have…if it is possible:) this will probably be the story of your life. some years will be higher stress than others due to outside responsibilities that you often have no control over such as family emergencies, times when you need to work for short periods, etc. these stable times are good for setting the stage for order, follow-through on chores, etc. so that when those other times come, life isn’t as crazy.
    i’m glad life is in a calmer time for you. mine isn’t right now, but it isn’t a bad thing. m

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  3. Megan says:

    Nothing missed – I was referring to Tuesday and Wednesday in my post, though I didn’t exactly say that. We’re paid up on the 2-day school through the end of the school year, so we’re not pulling them. Plus, they really like it. They are already starting to talk about going back next year… that’s a conversation for another day as I’m not sure we’ll have either the money or the desire to do this again. We’ll see.
    For now, though, I’m finding I like the 2-day school much better when I don’t have a 35 hour/week job on top of things. I’m actually getting the home things done on those two days that stressed me out so much last semester!

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  4. TulipGirl says:

    You know Hubby does most of the h/sing around here these days. . . but today was my day. Oh, how good it felt! I read to the boys and corrected work and talked with them and made hummus and. . . It was a good day.

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  5. Lindsey @ enjoythejourney says:

    But have *you* stayed off the computer, away from cash cow?? HMMMMM???
    We’ve gotten back into the swing too around here. Today I’ve had some “life issues” come into play and had to do a real no-school day, but otherwise we’ve had a nice relaxed week of reading, math and such.

    Like

  6. martha10 says:

    for the monopoly change, while they are learning to do the real math in their heads, are they learning to make change the “old-fashioned” way we used to b/f computers told us how much we were supposed to get? i still use it to check if i have the right change:)
    you know, where you start with the price ($280), then give a $20 to make $300 and 2-$100’s to make $500. it is one of the easiest and most failproof ways to make the right change…especially if you are not a “number” oriented person.
    glad you’re feeling like you have things together more. nothing like getting back a gift of 35+ hrs. a week. once you catch up, you’ll probably find yourself working more efficiently with the time you do have…if it is possible:) this will probably be the story of your life. some years will be higher stress than others due to outside responsibilities that you often have no control over such as family emergencies, times when you need to work for short periods, etc. these stable times are good for setting the stage for order, follow-through on chores, etc. so that when those other times come, life isn’t as crazy.
    i’m glad life is in a calmer time for you. mine isn’t right now, but it isn’t a bad thing. m

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  7. Megan says:

    Nothing missed – I was referring to Tuesday and Wednesday in my post, though I didn’t exactly say that. We’re paid up on the 2-day school through the end of the school year, so we’re not pulling them. Plus, they really like it. They are already starting to talk about going back next year… that’s a conversation for another day as I’m not sure we’ll have either the money or the desire to do this again. We’ll see.
    For now, though, I’m finding I like the 2-day school much better when I don’t have a 35 hour/week job on top of things. I’m actually getting the home things done on those two days that stressed me out so much last semester!

    Like

  8. TulipGirl says:

    You know Hubby does most of the h/sing around here these days. . . but today was my day. Oh, how good it felt! I read to the boys and corrected work and talked with them and made hummus and. . . It was a good day.

    Like

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