The Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Where We Played Hooky

Babydoll and I pretty much played hooky this entire week. We’ll save the discussion about whether or not I’m a bad influence on Babydoll for another day and time…

We did manage to finish Pippi Longstocking and Babydoll worked on her new Highlights Top Secret Adventure {which she loved}.  Other than that, there wasn’t very much actual schooling going on.

Monday was our usual drop Winston off at the groomer and head to breakfast day.  Then we spent some time at the dealership getting my oil changed.

Tuesday we went to the sheriff’s department for a tour that ended up lasting almost two hours.  It was amazing; the girls really loved it!  They visited the investigative department, got souvenirs, saw a narcotics dog find drugs, meet the sheriff, and many other things.  Here’s a picture of the girls that appeared on the sheriff’s department website.

In actual schooling, there isn’t much else to report {I know, how boring!}.  I got some reading done {for pleasure and for work}, some cleaning done, and spent some time with the family.

We’re hitting the books and the field trips hard next week, so hopefully I’ll have something more interesting to report next week!

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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal

In My Life This Week…

I’ve been such a slacker.  But it’s been fun slacking.  I got some work done around the house {and I do mean “some”}, went to the grand opening of our Publix {I adore Publix}, and did a lot of behind the scenes stuff with and thinking about my blog.

In Our Homeschool This Week…

We were slackers.  :o)  We finished Pippi Longstocking and Babydoll worked on her new Highlight’s Top Secret Adventure {more to come on that soon!}, but other than that, we really didn’t do much.

Places We’re Going and People We’re Seeing…

We’ve got a lot coming up this week.  A soccer game and just-for-fun dog show tomorrow, another soccer game on Sunday, three nights of soccer practice, and the symphony and archaeological center next week.  I think we’re sufficiently busy…

My Favorite Thing This Week Was…

Fishing in the pond behind the house with Vince.  Now, I am not a fisherwoman, but it was such a nice breezy evening and I enjoyed his company.

What’s Working/Not Working For Us…

We’re having trouble with composition.  Babydoll can answer questions and discuss things with you for hours, but ask her to write it down on a sheet of paper in proper form and we’ve got at least an hour ahead of us of revisions…  Maybe it’s the age, maybe I’m not explaining it well, maybe she just really hates writing, maybe the curriculum is asking too much.  Hopefully IEW will help solve this problem.

Blogger.  The more involved I get with my blog, the more I dislike Blogger.  I’m seriously considering the change to WordPress {as in, my blog designer is getting the files together to make the switch}, but I’m scared.  I continue to read the whole “do it sooner rather than later” thing, and know it’s correct.  I have a tiny bit of experience with coding and other such stuff, but the move scares me and I’m debating on whether or not to DIY or hire someone.

Homeschool Questions/Thoughts I Have…

How much composition do you do with your eight year old?

A Photo/Video/Link/Quote to Share…

While participating in the Ultimate Blog Party this week I came upon this post about using MS OneNote to lesson plan.  I really like it and thought maybe you guys could get some benefit out of it too.

 

New Comment System

Today I made the switch to Disqus for comments on the blog. I synced the old Blogger comments with Disqus so they’d appear on the site, and I think it’s worked {although if you click on a comment link it’s showing the same comment twice…}.

Since I subscribe via email to all the comments, I got about 112 emails just now from the import. I wanted to apologize in case any of you got a plethora of emails just now as well.  I was fed up with the lack of functionality in the Blogger commenting system, so I made the switch and like it tons already.

I’m also thinking of moving over to WordPress, so I apologize for any remodel dust you might see here in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for sticking around!

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Learn More About K12

I know over the past couple of weeks I’ve continued to mention the fact that we’re moving farther and farther away from using K12, however, I do still like certain aspects of it.  At any rate, I wanted to post a few links for anyone interested in getting more information about K12.

K12 does an online xPo each year, and it provides tons of information about all of your schooling options with K12.  Generally you can view curriculum in the curriculum hall and talk to K12 parents who have been using the program for several years.  View information about the xPo here.

In addition, K12 also shorter, concentrated versions that still allow you to learn more and get your questions answered.  Information about these can be found here.

As always, feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal

In my life this week…

I did a lot of school with Babydoll and went to lunch with a couple of friends.  My week was pretty centered around Babydoll.

In our homeschool this week…

We really did have a ton of fun.  We did a lot of reading, a science experiment, and found some new curriculum {which is always fun}.

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

We went to IHOP, the library, Publix for a tour, and lots of soccer practice.

My favorite thing this week was…

Seeing Babydoll and Vince spending an afternoon outside together fishing, playing soccer, and doing yard work.

What’s working/not working for us…

Amazon Prime.  I am doing the trial right now, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be signing up.  Love free two day shipping!

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

I can’t wait to start next school year!

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

Making green smoothies