Sunday, February 27, 2011

Week 8 Update

There was something really, really cool that I wanted to share and because I didn't write it down, when I thought of it, it went POOF right out of my brain and now I cannot recall the awesome homeschooling sage I wanted to pass on. 
Nope, nothing.  Still cannot remember. 
Okay, so this past week my youngest had off Monday and Tuesday which as I have shared in the past, his days off throw a wrench into Cody's homeschooling.  It's so distracting.  Knowing this, I pushed off all the work from Monday and Tuesday into the rest of the week, which really didn't work out too well.  So, my plan is to actually use the district calendar and plan for days off accordingly.  By the way, Pulaski day is the next day off that I have to deal with.  I think that's in like a week, maybe two.  I'll get around to worrying about it tomorrow when I do my planning.
Anyway - Cody and I sat down and talked - AH!  that was what I wanted to share...see it came to me.  Okay, so Cody and I sat down and talked about his History and Science studies.  Is there enough time, is it too much, what should we try to make it more manageable...that sort of thing.  History especially is very time consuming (hee, hee, hee - I'm probably the only one laughing at that).  We cover one chapter per week, with vocabulary, section review questions, a literature tie it reading with questions and then a chapter review - it's a lot to do.  So we agreed to break it down from 2 days per week to 3 days per week and then work from there.  Again, keeping myself as flexible as possible with all of this. 
We started a new science book.  I wasn't liking what we were using prior, I didn't think that there was enough supportive material so I got a Biology book geared for college prep high school kids and we are working our way through that.  I think that's maybe 3 or 4 days a week. 
What I didn't want to do was every subject every day.  We tried that at the beginning and it was draining.  But some subjects, like math, history and science, do need to be broken down into multiple days.  It's unrealistic to cram it all into one day.
So that is where we are at now.  I'm still trying to navigate doing this while going back to work.  Even though it's part time it's a time sucker working overnights.  It'll all work out though and I'm excited and so blessed to have such an accommodating and flexible kid. 
Again, I just want to gush over the relationship that I am forging with my son.  My god!  I am actually learning who he really is.  Very cool!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Week 7 Update

Nothing to really update on this week.  We went to Kalahari Waterpark in Baraboo, WI mid-week so it was pretty much a non-instructional week.  I had grand plans for all this waterpark science stuff and Kalahari history, geography and nature studies stuff and it all got thrown to the wayside. 
There are such cool sites out there for amusement park science and I thought that I had found something similar for waterpark science, but no =-(
That's okay, because I think the homeschooling highlight for me this past week was when we were at dinner and talking Cody shared how the topic (which I don't recall what exactly it was) was similar to in Hunger Games when Katniss and Peeta did blah, blah, blah...  Very cool indeed because we just finished our Hunger Games study the week prior. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Week 6 Update

I'm loving the new schedule and so is Cody!  It's working out good for now.  I do have to remind myself that I have to stay flexible though.  I know that things can change so nothing is set in stone. 
This is what we have been up to
Literature/Reading - Finished reading The Hunger Games and taking a week off (we will be going on vacation) and then we will continue on our Unit Study discussing the themes of the book and vocabulary.  For reading Cody will be able to read whatever he wants this week for a minimum of 30 minutes each day.
Vocabulary - 20 words per week, understanding demonstrated by writing a story using all the vocab words
Spelling - Ha!  He thought that I was joking about this.  All words missing get transferred to the next week list. And keep moving on until they are spelled correctly.
History - Just finished studying about Buddha and Hinduism. 
Poetry - Did a tie in with History and studied the Bghavda-Gita.  Found a book on it that broke it down to understandable themes.  Cody then had to write his own version of it.
Science - Started a new book.  Biology.  Love this book!
Nature Studies - Taking photos of the snow, making him slow down and be observant of what is around him.  We will be starting a table top garden a 2 weeks.
Art - Monet and Impressionism
Drawing - Mastering 3D shapes
Math - Dave is doing this, I've had Cody watch some DVD's from the library by Standard Deviants.  (Very Good!)
Geography - Finished learning about deserts

This upcoming week will be an off week for us.  We will be going out of town for 3 days and I've significantly cut back on school work for the week because of that.  We are going to an indoor water park in Wisconsin whose theme is the Kalahari region of Africa so I'll be using that as a springboard for History, Science, Geography, and Art.  Cody will be designing his own water park for drawing. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Week 5 Update

Still trying to get into the groove of the new schedule.  I have it mapped out in Excel, it looks good - lets just see if it can be put into place though. 
Cody is adjusting well to being at home.  I'm getting to know him better.  Isn't that weird?  I'm finding out things about my kid I never knew.  But I guess that's to be expected since I'm spending hours a day with him.
My own schedule has been thrown into a spin-cycle though.  I'm working overnights now, finding time to sleep and teach and do everything else is proving to be interesting to say the least.  Homeschooling trumps everything else though, it has to.  Once my set work schedule is in place it will become easier to plan things out.
Oh, I wanted to mention a little something about our incentive program that we have in place.  It isn't working.  Actually, more specifically, Cody isn't working it.  Except for the first week, which was only 3 days long, Cody has not received another 1 hour video game card or earned three consecutive weeks in a row to go on an outing.  Him not achieving this made me want to rethink what I had him doing school wise.  Is it too much?  Is it too hard?  I realize it's neither of these, he's just not rising to.  And there is nothing short of blatant bribery or lowering my expectations of him that I can do to help him.  This is on him.