The Homeschool Mother’s Journal Entry #10

by Darla on May 7, 2011

in Homeschool Mother's Journal

The Homeschool Mother's Journal In my life this week…

Funny how some weeks you get to Friday and you aren’t really sure what happened in the week, it just went.  Our weather warmed up so there were mostly 70 degree days.  Perfect time to get outside and play.  Our boulders came this week so we had fun figuring out where to put them in the back yard.  Next week, trees.

The ground is so hard, they put road base to keep the site from getting to muddy while building, which makes it a bear when it is time to do the landscaping.  There have been a few issues with getting the timing right on the irrigation.   For the past couple days, despite adjustments the yard and surrounding areas have been ponds.  So yesterday I got out my rake and shovel and went to work.  This is what it looks like from the 2nd story of our house when the water was moving towards our drainage system.  The dirt soften because it sat for awhile and I was able to move it and get the water flowing.  The awesome part is now we have an outline for our dry creek bed that doesn’t look like I planned it.  I don’t advocate wasting water but since it was already there, might as well make lemonade.  There are some adjustments that will need to be made once the drainage pipe is in but it is good.   It was so much fun to play in the mud.  Lilly had a good time playing with me so we both got a bath when it was all over. 

Lilly had her dental appointment this week.  The poor thing had 13 teeth removed.  She was a little sore but is recovering well.  They said she would adjust to not having those teeth, it just amazes me how adaptable they can be.  She must have been feeling better despite the surgery because she came out to the car and jumped right in.  It shocked me because we’ve been lifting her in.  Same at the house she ran up the stairs two at a time.  Now that the meds have worn off a bit she has slowed down but she is ready to play and run on her walks.

Lilly before surgery.  She is feeling a bit tough

Here is the funny for the week.  I’ve been trying to figure out how to keep up with Lily on her walks without running.  She doesn’t do very well running while you ride a bicycle so I thought inline skates would be a great idea.  They say how much it is like ice skates and I certainly know how to do that.  After some research I found that our local Sports Authority had them in stock.  So I went to try them on and see how they would work.  Well I got them on and couldn’t figure out how to get up.  Some how I managed to get that done, then nearly crashed into the display.  I made it back to the bench and had visions of Lilly running down the street with me just about killing myself.  As I looked over at the display I realized they had roller derby skates.  Well I’m a pretty good roller skater but it has been a few years, at least the wheels give you a wider base and not so tippy.  So gave those a whirl and did really well until it was time to sit down to take them off.  I missed the bench and sat on the floor thank goodness not too hard.  My ego was injured for a second until I started to laugh.  The thought came that I was so much better off sticking to shoes and walking/running.  I shouldn’t need to worry about a head injury and the long term costs were so much cheaper as I wouldn’t have to worry about medical bills.  So I bought a new pair of walking sandals instead.  I’m not giving up on inline skates yet just postponing it for awhile. 

In our homeschool this week…

Bekah and Ginny are double timing their science assignments now that we are finished with history.  

Samuel finished up his science and math this week.  He also presented his report at his invention class on his Tall Calls.  He was really pleased that so many asked him questions about his invention and thought it was really cool.

Samuel presenting his “Tall Calls” for Invention Class

There are 12 days left in our school year so I’ll need to come up with some creative plans for the next couple weeks for Samuel.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We took a little side trip to the Dry Creek Garden Nursery this week.  I’m amazed that despite living in the high desert that there were quite a few varieties that were familiar to me.  My favorite was the San Francisco Broom

My favorite thing this week was… playing in the mud in our back yard and seeing Lilly feeling so much better.

What’s working/not working for us… The lack of social engagements.   I like co-op because it gives the kids an opportunity to meet new faces but with the time schedule there isn’t much time to get to know each other.  I’m not really sure of the solution.  They have a teens group called Coyotes so that may be one option.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

A Day In A Life inspired me in her post about a Homeschool Evaluation.   (Click on her blog title to take you to the specific post)  All of us filled out a sheet that evaluated the good and not so good.   What I learned is to not to assume from the children’s reactions what is going well or what needs to be changed.  All of the children are interested in social engagements.  Some more formal such as co-op classes and others getting to know other kids.  As a result of the evaluation, some of our plans for next year’s curriculum have changed.  This worked out better because most of the changes involve materials that are owned rather than requiring expensive purchases.  This was a definite win as the budget needed to be reduced a bit anyways.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Inspiration for our bridge

How to build a butterfly garden.

Evaluating Your Homeschool

Our favorite Writing tool We’ve used My Access for two years.  It isn’t the same as a live person but helps me to evaluate the children’s work so I know their strong/weak points.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristen H. May 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I’m so happy you were able to use my evaluation questions! I loved your trying on skates story. I actually went roller skating with the kids a couple of weeks ago. It was the first time I had been in about 20 years! It took a little getting used to, but I could still skate 🙂

2 Margaret May 8, 2011 at 7:19 am

Lol, you so had me at your first sentence! That is SOOO true!

3 Jodi May 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Playing in the mud is always fun! Love the bridge…

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