Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thankful for Family

Last week was an odd week for us--at home and in our homeschool.  Adam was away for some training for the week so everything was kind of "off."  The kids would ask about him frequently and want an exact time of his return home.  I knew the week would be a little scattered.  This week will also be different than a typical week because we're working on a Thanksgiving study on Monday and Tuesday before taking off for the rest of the week.

Recap Time

Zander has been doing very well with his lessons lately.  He does much better with his online reading lessons than he does with anything else I've tried.  We still read books aloud together, but he gets frustrated a little quicker when he's reading beside me.  When he's reading his lessons online, he's wearing headphones (to drown out the noise of his brothers) and I think it gives him the feeling that no one else is there but him.  We'll continue to work on his confidence together.  His math skills, however, are amazing.  He picks up things I'd have never thought he'd be able to grasp so quickly.

Jaxon is busy each day, playing with Legos and listening to stories.  We play games, color pictures, and put puzzles together.  I can't get him to sit still for long.  And that's ok.  :)  His time of sitting and listening will come.  For now, though, it's time to be three years old and play the day away.

Over the last week, Adisson finished up a big social studies unit and took his unit test.  He was a little apprehensive (because he hates the word test) but he completed it and did pretty well.  We're still slowly chugging along through an electricity unit in Science but he really needs his Dad's help on a few things so hopefully we can work on that in the coming days.  His language arts lessons have been about adjectives and adverbs.  He's done ok, but when he's not interested, it is hard for him to be excited about learning.

When You Need Homeschool Help

We've had to take a break from Time4Learning's math lessons for Adisson.  They are great lessons and I love the curriculum, but Adisson struggles in math quite a bit and was finding the lessons too advanced.  We have the option to adjust his math grade level based on abilities, but even that wasn't helping.  We started using Life of Fred a few months ago and I think we may have found something that will work for him.  It's a gentle approach to math and the lessons read like a story.  He's a great reader, so I thought that would be a good fit.  It is.

As a homeschool mom, I need to know when something isn't working and when we need to fill a void.  It took me several years of trying various curricula for our homeschool before I felt like we had finally found "it" in Time4Learning.  We don't supplement it much, aside from Adisson's math and adding in our own reading and handwriting for each boy.  If we needed additional help in a specific subject or review of a difficult topic, there is so much available to homeschooling families today.  From SAT essay writing help to those with high school students to science videos for visual learners to multiplication games for struggling students, there is so much available with a few keystrokes.  If you need help, find it!

Thanksgiving

This week is finally Thanksgiving and I haven't necessarily been looking forward to it.  It's my favorite holiday, but we haven't been able to "go home" for the last few years. With no one coming over, we will be dining alone this week.  All month, I've been sad about that and had decided I wasn't cooking a big dinner for just us.  (Side note: we'll be having a VERY large dinner with our military family on Wednesday.)  When my oldest found out that there wouldn't be turkey at home, he was pretty upset.  Then, I realized it's not about me, it's about us.  While I'm sad we won't be spending my most favorite day with all of our loved ones in Ohio, we're so very fortunate to spend it together...all five of us here in North Carolina. And I'm very thankful for that.  

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