Simple Woman




Outside my window...
Volley Ball in the Hood- Izzy, Rosie, Sarah and T all playing make shift volley ball after Izzy's birthday party on Saturday.

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I am thinking...
about how busy summer time is and I am reflecting on some of the great talks I heard at the CHEO convention over the weekend.

I have been going to these conventions off and on for 15 years and this year when I went into the huge vendors hall I had a moment of calm and the a moment of, "I got this."  When I was a newbie the entire hall seemed so huge with so many things to see and buy and I had tremendous guilt that I couldn't buy all of this wonderful educational material for my children.

But now, as a seasoned homeschooler I was able to go by each booth and politely say to myself, "We don't need that, I would never use this, I can get that cheaper on line."  I only bought stuff I knew we would use and needed and I felt really good about it.

I am thankful for...
my husband, who went with me to the convention on Saturday. I am also grateful to my children who went with me on Friday.  There were some excellent talks given, especially by Voodie Baucham that were simply amazing.

From the learning rooms...

Swimming lessons start today and go for the nest two weeks for Izzy, Noah and Rosie!

Gabe and Noah

  • Old Testament t Survey  from Homeschool Connections. 
  • Rosetta Stone Latin 2.  
  • Saxon math for Noah, Geometry for Gabe.  
  • Apologia Science General for Noah and Physical for Gabe.  Big push now to get it done. 
  • William Bennett America: American History.  Which is hands down the best history book I've ever read for my kids! I'm signing up for Instacert to be ready for the CLEP test in American History by the end of the summer.  Also watching the DVDs on John Adams











  • Writing Institute assignments, Spelling Power. 
  • Gabe is almost done with his Vocab book!
  • Also reading 




Izzy

  • Saxon Math 67
  • Apologia Creation Science Anatomy and Physiology - nervous system.
  • Diane Craft right- brain training for language arts and reading. 
  • History with Gabe and Noah

Farmer Boy with Prairie Primer



Rosie

  • Pathway Readers
  • Saxon Math
  • MCP Phonics




    From the kitchen...

    I don't know but it will be something grilled!

    I am wearing...
    Blue shorts, white T-shirt with 3/4 length sleeves. .



    I am going...
    to another convention at the end of the week - this one is Catholic Based and will have Catholic vendors.

    I am reading...




    and I was surprised but - I didn't really like it very much. I also have Managers of their Homes which I enjoyed and used, but this book just left me a little flat.  The gist of it to me was that the mom in the home had depression and insecurity issues so she felt it was best to just put all of their kids in text books so that she would feel secure that nothing would be missed.  Big hunks of the book then were devoted to the praises of using text books and then the back was all about Abeka Books and how they scheduled them.

    I'm not against textbooks - in fact I use them for math and science without fail.  But I'm not using them for everything and I don't intend to start.  I also don't think there will be big gaps in my children's education - although there will indeed be some gaps because there is only so much you can cover in 12 years!   What I hope they have is a love for learning and the skills to look things up and research and I just don't think you get that in a curriculum that is entirely textbook centered. Sorry.  My copy of this book is band new so I'll be putting it for sale on Amazon or e-Bay shortly!


    I am hoping...
    Rosie can be put in level 2 swimming today.  The only skill she hadn't mastered last year was floating on her back.

    I am hearing...
    the hum of the air conditioner


    Picture I am Sharing Izzy Art

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