News: Had strep throat over the weekend and a houseguest. This is not the best combination, as even though the guest was really Mark’s guest, I felt bad I couldn’t be more “hostessy.” Thankfully, I went to urgent care on Sunday, tested positive for strep, and the appropriate antibiotics were prescribed. Tonight, I feel no soreness in my throat. It is just a little dry. So I think I am officially “over it!”
School: No. 1 son visited a local Christian high school for 8th grade visitation. He was thrilled with the place. Now, we are praying for a miracle that we will be able to send him there next year. Honestly, we are praying that Mark will continue to get business and that if needed, I would be able to get a real job that pays decently by the time next school year roles around.
No. 2 son kicked into gear today and finished all his school work for the week. I have wondered how long it would take him to realize that homeschooling would be easy for him. Now he is free to read all the other books he wants to read until Monday. BONUS: He thinks he’s just having fun, and he doesn’t even realize he is still learning something. 🙂
Eldest Daughter is still distracted by the things of life outside school work like her DS, riding her bike with the neighbor kids, “writing songs,” getting her ears pierced, etc. She has to think about all these things a lot. Then she has to ask me questions about them. She will get her work done . . . it will just take a while.
Wee Girl, otherwise known as Sweet Petunia, is improving in reading. I started using a simpler phonics curriculum (Phonics Pathways), and she likes it. She also still does lessons in Explode the Code everyday, and I think the writing and practicing of the different words in each exercise is making a difference. Finally, I was encouraged by a veteran homeschooling mom from church who told me that her older girls (19 and 16) were not fluid readers until 3rd grade. They both eventually became fine students/readers.
I also finally dug out some of my old homeschool books, and I found all my “Five in A Row” books. I plan to start using some lessons from them to incorporate a little “art” and other unit study elements for the girls.
Simon seems to be feeling better. Yay!
Books: I finished the second Harry Potter book a few weeks back, and I thought for sure we had the paper back of book 3 laying around. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it. So I requested book 3 from the library. I am looking forward to reading it.
I also picked up a McCall Smith book (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) for 70 cents from Goodwill. I had to return the ones I started to the library before I finished, so I am looking forward to reading this one at my leisure.
Finally, I am re-reading Anne of Green Gables–out loud to the girls some and ahead on my own. It is just a decadent little pleasure for me to read Anne again.
Thankful that football season is half over. I can’t wait to have our lives back to normal and to rid my house of the horrid lockerroom smell currently residing here. Ew . . . Gross . . . Disgusting No words can describe the awful odor eminating from my basement. Febreeze and air freshner are not enough, but we’re trying to make use of these tools to get us through to the end of October. What will I do with my evenings when there’s no football practice?