Saturday, June 13, 2009

Back to Blogging

One of the reasons I blog is because I have purchased an unknown number of cute journals or notebooks in which I had intended to use as a journal of our homeschool journey -- and just life in general -- but never did. The idea of snuggling under a blanket and writing about our homeschool journey is ideal -- and just doesn't fit into my life right now. Blogging is faster and I don't get writer's cramp (carpel tunnel syndrome, perhaps, bt not writer's cramp).

This year I did a horrible job of documenting our school year. It was far too hard to remember what we'd done each week. And, in all honesty, I didn't get done all I'd wanted to do for each child, and didn't want that glaring reality staring me in the face each week. There I said it. I feel better.

So now it is summer time and time to prepare for the coming school year. I want to get back into the habit of journaling about our journey. Mostly for me. But if someone happens upon a post that helps them to think, "I'm not the only one!" or "Wow, I can do this way better than this chick!" then that will be a good thing.

We've been on summer break since May 29th. The first week we had guests, and this week we've been getting adjusted to a less scheduled life. The boys do have educational goals for the summer. Ben is going to practice math, with math worksheets and Key to Fractions for review. Luke is going to work on reading. This week we went through our All About Spelling words from Level 1, which he completed a while ago. I thought this would be a gentle re-introduction to reading. I also plan on using The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading to help us move along. I'm pleased to see that Luke is still remembering the silent -e rule! Yea!

We have also been insanely busy with baseball this week, and I feel like today was the first day I've been able to come up for air. Although Ben had practice, it wasn't until the end of the day. We actually sat down together at the dining room table and ate an entire meal together that was cooked here at home. It was won.der.ful. No hotdogs or fries were allowed.

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