In my life this week...
This was a tough week. I always seem to forget how I have to adjust to the hustle and bustle of school weeks. By the end of the week, both my daughter and I were absolutely beat! And no wonder: we went from Christmas holidays with no real structure, no real demands, to:
*Monday--school morning, I taught a class in the afternoon, picked up my nieces and nephew from school right after class, she had dance in the evening
*Tuesday--regular school day, regular after-school pick up, she had an activity in the evening
*Wednesday--appointment for blood work in the morning (completely stressed her out as she's never had blood taken before), followed by a visit to the library and lunch out, regular after school pick-up
*Thursday--French class in the morning (she is part of it), starting at 8:30, rush off a little after 10 am to a homeschool "co-op" of sorts (not a real co-op, but hard to otherwise explain), I had to stay for the parent meeting, got back at noon, had lunch and final prep before a class I teach from 1-3, after-school pick up, then went to pick up my 15yo at the co-op--complete opposite direction I need to go in compared to the school pick up
*Friday (we were both in rough shape by yesterday morning)--regular school day, except she had slept horribly, wasn't feeling well, I had a headache and sniffles all day, managed to get some work in, after-school pick up and then she had dance in the evening.
Add to all of this there is the flu going around and norovirus, which we haven't caught, but that doesn't mean we haven't come in contact and aren't fighting off! I still have a headache today, with my sinuses having now decided to join in, too, and my ears a bit. It's been a rough week.
In our homeschool this week...Kind of tied with above in terms of schedule. However, I've hit a home run with Life of Fred and my son! Woot!!! I had him just read the first chapter of the Fractions book, telling him, "Just read it, don't do the math yet. I want to know if you think you'd like to use it." Well, he ended up reading half the book over two days because he liked the story aspect of it so much. lol. We did manage one time to sit down and actually do the math required. We skipped the first lesson's work because he has already done some work like that this year and it's far too easy for him (< > = ), but the large multiplication with the second lesson sure did challenge him since he doesn't know his math facts!
We resumed Faith and Life, although I think we only did it once. A new Débrouillards magazine came in (a French science magazine for youth) which formed his science curriculum this week. He reads that thing from front to back. There was an interesting article in there about robots which has spurred on what we'll work on next week for science. I did come across some TOPS units in my school stuff and he picked a unit he'd like to do (a chemistry unit). I started prepping the stuff and realized we don't have everything we need. Will have to do some groceries for that.
My 15yo has resumed her work, but it's been slow. Her level of positivity isn't good when it comes to a lot of it. I have somewhat decided that I do just need to forge ahead with her when she's kind of holding back, resistant to any of the work. That's what I did and we got all the pre-novel-reading activities done. Now she just has to get the novel read. Math has been an issue, as usual. One of those things where she does the work nearly perfectly, but frustration and tears are common. We had a fantastic math session Wednesday evening where she painted her nails, I read the questions to her and either she told me what to write to work out the answers or she would manage to write out a part. We need to get some done this weekend.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share...
Make sure to have some down time, some time just for yourself, especially when things are chaotic!
I am inspired by...It just hit me that I haven't done any Bible reading nor my devotional this week. (No wonder things felt so chaotic! part of my brain says.) Other forms of inspiration this week have been the people online who have managed to make a living--and been completely honest about how long it took them to reach the level they are at and honest about how you have to work at it. Zig Ziglar (author of the book linked above) has also been inspiring me to be more positive.
Places we went and people we saw...Somewhat covered above, but let me write out a little more specifically. I saw all the kids in my classes. We saw the medical lab people, friends who are also part of the "co-op", dd saw her friends at Rangers (Girl Guides) and her dance classmates and instructor.
My favourite thing this week was...Watching movies in the evening with my girl. :)
What's working/not working for us...Working: Life of Fred! Woot!
Not working: Schedule. Lack of clear expectations on my part.