Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas time!  Our house is a flurry of activity as we prepare for our big trip to Ohio.  We're busy packing for our trip, packing our belongings into boxes as we get ready to move, shopping and wrapping gifts, and closing on the house.

Being busy with so much going on, school has become rather light around here. :)  As we approach having some time off for the holidays, I'll have the opportunity to reflect on how our year is going and where I'd like to see it go in the future.  I'll post about our new year's goals and then the more realistic goal list in next week's end of year blog post. 

I know one of our biggest areas of focus will be writing.  I definitely want to cultivate good writers and right now, I have grumpy writers.  I think one of my biggest problems is assigning Adisson a topic and expecting him to write about it well, as opposed to allowing him to choose a topic so he writes what he's interested in.  So, I guess it's a process for both of us.  Finding some writing tips on better paragraph writing, sentence structure, and different writing techniques will be important.

While we are busy and have a lot going on, the tragedy in Newtown isn't far from my mind.  It's hard to grasp the fact that while I'm preparing for Christmas with my three wonderful children, 20 families had to plan a funeral for their child.  It's difficult to come to terms with that.  I know of a few families that have decided in the last week that homeschooling may be the route they would like to pursue.  While I will never doubt or downplay the benefits of homeschooling, there's a lot of thought and consideration that goes into deciding to educate your child(ren) at home.  There's a great article written on knee-jerk homeschooling that is worth the read. 

Well, we have a lot of stuff to do and only one adult here to get anything done.  I hope you have the Merriest of Christmases and I'll be back before the New Year.

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