Thursday, January 21, 2010

Two Months - Really??

It has been a while since I took so long to blog. The weather has been frightful the last few months and our computer was in a room that we don't heat up often. I came in today and realized there was much to blog on. However, I will just have to play catch up at another time.

There isn't a whole lot I can just begin blogging about because so much has happened since November!! I will attempt in the next few weeks to get you all caught up on our life since November.

The biggest news is that Farm Boy did not return to public school after the break. We are enjoying having him home with us and it has been good for Music Man and they learn from one another.

Explode the Code 1
Handwriting Without Tears
basic math - time, calendar, money, memorizing math facts
Bob Books
Exploring Creation with Zoology 1
Unit Study on Georgia

We are also taking some extra-curricular classes (PE, dance therapy class for Music Man and taekwondo for Farm Boy.) Several of the moms from the PE class are also talking about an American Sign Language class. We stay busy and it is tiring but I wouldn't have it any other way!!

Music Man still attends physical, occupational and speech therapies. So that's what we are up to at the moment.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A New Year and a New Student

(Note: When we moved to GA last year, we continually hyped to the boys that they would be "farm boys" once they moved to GA. We explained that they would be living in the country full time, something they had only done for a week at a time on visits to see their grandparents. My youngest son quickly adopted the name "Farm Boy" once I began using anonymous names for them online.)

Around Farm Boy's birthday, we gave him the choice between going back to "school-school" or staying home with us. He overwhelmingly chose to homeschool. We continued our regular homeschool plan through the Christmas break taking the week between Christmas and New Year's off, but getting in our regular three days with him during his break. We hit a few snags since he is a rule follower, lol! He kept wanting to tell me how to do things and that I was making a "sad /l/." His teacher at school-school apparently used this term as they were beginning to form their letters. I finally had to tell Farm Boy that Music Man and I wrote differently than he was taught and that he was going to have to choose which way he wanted to write. We'll see.

As we hit the mid-year slump that always visits in January, I am exploring new curriculums. Both boys are on the same level for many things (math, science and social studies.) I am planning to go back to Explode the Code 1 to teach them both all the way through. Farm Boy loves workbooks and worksheets. Music Man does not care for them.

So here we go! Two students! I am so glad to have us all together again and to be embarking fully on this adventure called homeschooling!
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