My Homeschool Journal - February 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It is the last day of February! We have turned the corner on the winter, and I'm starting to see buds on the trees. We have been fortunate to have a very mild winter, but I'm ready for the sun to shine a little brighter. I am down to the wire on getting my February homeschool journal entry in. I decided to wait until the end of the month this time, so that what I share will have happened this month.

In my life this month…
I'm just really liking my kids right now. Of course I always love them, but sometimes you just get to enjoy them. Having a teenager can have a lot of up and downs, and right now is one of those really great seasons (ask me this in two weeks.) It's like sitting by a sunny window after a few rainy days, and just being thankful for the sunbeams of life.

In our homeschool this month…

I am feeling really great about how this year has gone so far. Silas still shudders a little at our detour into classical education for him last year. He has enjoyed what we are doing this year so much more. Both boys have learned so much this year, and I've seen so much progress across the board. As we have gotten further through our homeschool journey I find myself relaxing and taking a deep breath more often. It really is going to be ok after all. I'm starting to see it all coming together, but we of course still have a long way to go. The academics piece is ultimately the easiest part. It's the character and heart stuff (myself included) that is always still in process.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… 
We are gearing up for our spring co-op, and the boys are really looking forward to their classes. Both boys will take pottery wheel taught by a professional artist. Aedan will also take a digital art class with the same teacher. Silas will also take a class called Money Town where they learn to develop a business plan. At the end they will have to opportunity to sell their wares in a marketplace style setting. His best friend is also enrolling for the first time in our co-op and he thinks this news is just too good to be true. It will also be fun to have one of my very best friends in the world (his mom) there too.

My favorite thing this month…
After shamelessly watching 6,985 hours of Gilmore Girls this winter I have taken up an old favorite pastime - reading. Aedan will be reading a handful of classics next year in Lightning Lit. I was a literature major, so I totally geeked out when I got all of those beautiful books in the mail. The first book I read was Uncle Tom's Cabin. This is the first book in the Mid-Late 19th century set. Next, I chose to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird which is the final book he will read for the 8th grade set. I just turned the last page on that book last night, and I think I literally heard my brain turn back on. I'm of course always reading, but there's something about a classic that takes place during a tumultuous time that gets you back into the mood to really learn about a place in history or a person. A few of you had asked about my doing a Lightning Lit review, and that is (finally) in the works! I can't wait to share why I love it so much, and why it's not only a great program for your kids, but also for you.

What’s working/not working for us... 
Sticking to one particular writing program all year long, I have realized, will never work for us. I have learned to love picking and choosing, and seeing just how much my kids have grown since I relaxed about it all. When they boys were little I really worried far too much about them getting it right, and now that I see them actually loving writing, I have taken a great sigh of relief. There is still plenty time to get the mechanics right. To see joy in the writing process works for me far more than a perfectly edited paper. 

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

I have finally made all of our decisions for this coming year. Phew. Yes, I realize that sounds a little nuts. Going into our first year of high school, however, it feels nice to have those decisions off of my shoulders. The final decision was high school science. Boy, did that take me for-ever to decide. After much agonizing over it, I went with a company I already trust. I don't know I made it so hard on myself. I feel so much more peace after having shelved all that worry. Almost all of our other books and courses are purchased. I only have math to buy for Aedan and Silas's science kit. It will be so nice to stop spending money for a while. Well, as most homeschool moms know, there is always something left in our Amazon cart! 

A photo, or quote to share…

"There are in this world blessed souls, whose sorrows all spring up into joys for others; whose earthly hopes, laid in the grave with many tears, are the seed from which spring healing flowers and balm for the desolate and distressed." - Harper Lee from Uncle Tom's Cabin.

I have never been good at keeping quotes from books I have read, but I have started a reading journal. In school each week my boys do copywork, and why shouldn't I?

This being February we had lots of occasion to show love for one another. My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous meal at a favorite restaurant of ours. It was an unusually warm Midwest February night, and we even got to enjoy a night on the patio. I also made a special dinner for my other sweethearts.

It is a tradition that my boys make me special cards on holidays. They are always so clever, and I treasure them. We watch Doctor Who as a family (at the insistence of the 14 year old.) His card represents all the Doctors.

Silas can often be found cutting out pictures in magazines, and making characters. I loved his pop-up card. The front was colored beautifully as well. I love these creative and thoughtful boys!

On my blog in case you missed it…
Won-Ton-A-Fun - Our latest Raddish cooking kit adventure.

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  1. 6,985 hours! To funny that you added that up. I was feeling guilty about watching too much Netflix too, except that after GG, I shamelessly went on to watch 5 seasons of Parenthood and Season 3 of When Calls the Heart.

    I've been wanting to read through the upper level books coming up. I love that you do that! A lot of Sonlighters do this, but I never have (unless it's a read aloud) until now - I'm reading Pride and Prejudice. :)

    I love it when I like my kids too!

    And happy happy joy joy to have all your curriculum! I'm getting there! :)

    1. I'm not sure how many actual hours it was. I was being melodramatic ha! Reading Pride and Prejudice again is on my list too. So many books, so little time. I can't wait to see your final plans (which of course like most homeschoolers) is subject to change :)


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