Friday, April 17, 2009

Hanging in there for the end of the year....

There is just so much going on here. I just can't even get into what all I have to do on top of the things I'm going through. The passing of the tests was a huge relief. I can only wonder how well they would have done if this year hadn't been as messed up as it was. That's life I guess.

I'm just trying to ride out the rest of the year for now. We're going light and easy for experiments, science videos...etc. We have tried the rock candy experiments twice. It wasn't a complete success the first time but it was still good enough to prove the point of the experiment, but still very liquidy. We tried it again and it looks like it's going to turn out the same.

For History, we're just watching video's about Tall Tales and Legends. It's a really cool series on the Netflix instant watch from the 80's maybe....full of stars. I'm thinking of switching History next year. I am thinking of doing the Va History that I got and just forget about Story of the world for now (I love the chronological order, but I hate how they're missing the general basics for now).

I am seriously considering ditching Saxon math. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Saxon, but it is so is the one thing of our homeschool day that makes me cringe! I love what is taught but it's just so huge of an undertaking each day. 30 minutes for morning meeting and then 1 hour for the lesson which includes teaching, timed facts and worksheet review.

If I switch, it would be to something we could do a little quicker. It is just a big decision for me. I love how thorough Saxon is but my takes too much time!
We'll see, I'll have to think about it...and I have plenty of time.

I just want to make school as easy as possible. It might end up that our life experience right now is too great to overcome and be able to do homeschool at the same time, but right now...I'm really hoping not. I think we can climb the mountain while maintaining our school preference.

But to end on a much more positive note....Sierra now "teaches" me. She has a tone that she uses and goes right into instructional mode whenever she tells you about anything she's showing you. It's really funny. :D


Homeschooling Mommy said...

The rock candy looks like a neat experiment! We'll have to try that.

Prayers that you're all able to hang in there. Just remember "this too shall pass".


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