I was planning on doing half days this week because its spring break for the public schools, but we've gotten very little schoolwork done. One day, I will not live two feet from my neighbors and have kids running up and down the street. I can't very well force mine inside while their friends are out playing.
I did take this week to do some reading, my own homework, and some cleaning. I spent about six hours cleaning out the garage. yes, it was THAT bad. I also finished the closets upstairs. We've been blessed with boxes and boxes of hand me downs that were just getting ridiculous to keep. I also decided that I don't have the room to hold onto clothes from Bug a Bug to Little Miss Trouble. Its four years difference adn way too many clothes. This house is too small and without adequate storage. So, I sorted through everything and even went through all of our coats and sweatshirts (really my kids have way too many) and got rid of eight bags of clothes!! My next step is to go through their dressers again and weed through the clothes there. The girls probably have at least 15 short and 15 long sleeved shirts. Way too many! Even with putting some in the camper, its still too many. I'm blessed with all the hand me downs, but its time to bless someone else!
TL's in 7th grade this year. Soon, too very soon, we'll be approaching high school. I need to start planning out our high school years, doing some planning, organizing, and researching on keeping records, making transcripts, etc. I got the book College prep Homeschooling that I've started reading. HSLDA also has a bunch of information on their website about homeschooling high school. I'm a planner, so its good to know what I need to start doing or looking at.
Meanwhile, I've also been reading about Thomas Jefferson education. If you are not familiar with it, I highly recommend reading A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille. The Thomas Jefferson "theory" states that our country does not produce leaders because we don't have children read quality books and we only teach them to "take the test". The quality books are classics. They encourage you and your child to read alot of them and to discuss them so that your child can critically and analytically discuss a book. By mentoring your child, you will help produce leaders. Through away the workbook method of reading a book, with its grammer, vocabulary, and discussion questions. There are several stages of learning and at the highest level, the kids help take ownership for their education. They help decide and plan what they will study. Yes, they'll still do math no matter how much they hate it, but as they get older they will be able to focus their learning on what interests them and towards their career and college goals. I'm going to a seminar next weekend, so I'm looking forward to finding out more.
Well, I'm off. The homeschooling teens are coming tonight to watch Lord of the Rings. I need to de-fur the house before they get here. Shadow sheds about a dog's worth of hair a day!! lol