Friday, May 27, 2011

Side Bar Curriculum Lists

Okay.  I 'll admit it.  All of the curriculum in the side bar, it's just for looks.    Who am I fooling?  We don't come anywhere close to doing that much.  But, having it there is actually a good thing.  When I visit the blog after long periods of absence, seeing those beautiful lists jogs my memory that we ought to be getting back to some of it.  

It makes me sad sometimes too.  For example, when I see the plans I had for 15yo and realize that we aren't accomplishing ANYTHING from that list.  Somewhere along the way we fell off the wagon and have never been able to regain our footing.  When she was in 5th grade we read Homer's The Odyssey (Butler trans.).  Later we read The Iliad (Fitzgerald).  Then...depression at 12 years old.  My goal became to get her out of her bedroom, take her to dr.'s appointments, and to try to find medication that helped.  Once we found a groove battling depression, we took on her sleep problems.  She became "addicted" to an online game (Runescape).  It has become a great way to practice social relationships and a way for us to connect (I play too).  In all of this, academics was not only pushed to the back burner, it was shoved off the stove top altogether.

It has been three years and I finally felt like we were coming out of the deep dark woods into the light.  She recently tested positive for an anti nuclear antibody test.  It may mean  that she has an autoimmune problem, and it may not.  We've started the process to see if it is a possibility.  What does that mean for homeschool?  Recently, she started seriously studying for the GED.  I never imagined that I would be happy to see one of my kids wanting to take the GED.  I think the truth is I'm happy to see her pursuing her education with determination whether it is to be classically educated or to obtain a general education diploma.

Current side bar:
  • Early Morning Seminary
  • Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1
  • Key to Algebra (+online)
  • First Form Latin
  • R&S English 6 (grammar only)
  • IEW's Phonetic Zoo (A, B,and C)
  • Spielvogel's Western Civilization
  • DK's History: The Definitive Guide
  • Biology (Prentice Hall)
  • Guten Tag!
  • goPimsleur German


  • Rod & Staff 7 Arithmetic
  • Key to Fractions/Key to Online
  • Lively Latin 2
  • Writing With Ease
  • R&S 4/5 English combo (grammar)
  • IEW's Phonetic Zoo (A)
  • K12's The Human Odyssey: Prehistory Through the Middle Ages
  • R&S 6 God's Inhabited World (science)
  • Le Francais Facile
  • MP's Christian Studies Vol.1
  • Discover the Old Testament (older)
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Typing Instructor
  • R&S Math 1
  • Singapore Math Practice 1A (Frank Schaffer)
  • 100 number chart/Calendar
  • Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
  • AAS's Beehive Reader 1
  • Oral Language Lessons (Abeka)
  • First Language Lessons
  • All About Spelling 1 CD
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Story of the World Ancients
  • R&S Science 2
  • Christian Studies (Memoria Press)
  • Discover the Old Testament

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Push the reset button

My oldest child and her family have been living in the other half of our duplex for a couple of months.  When they first arrived I tried to continue homeschooling but there were too many interruptions.  I lowered my expectations for what we could accomplish but I kept trying to do a little something.  Halfway into their stay, my daughter gave birth to baby #3 (3 babies in 3 1/2 years).  All efforts to homeschool ceased as we attempted to help with the little people.

We're trying to get back in the groove this week and guess who is the problem? ME!  I feel agitated.  And, it isn't helping that my right hip and ankle are annoying me.  Apparently those body parts don't like homeschooling on my bed anymore.  I also haven't had much patience with my younger two.  Their math brains apparently turned to mush during this break.

I would like to pat 15yo on the back.  She has been consistently studying for the GED.  Self-motivation...I love it. : )