Saturday, April 14, 2012
Weekly Wrap Up: Stop and Take a Deep Breath
After a week of almost no extracurricular activities last week, we were off and running this week. For some reason spring seems to launch us into a very busy season. Thankfully, we are still finding time to get regular school work done; and I still have high hopes of finishing up in early May.
One of the great things about homeschooling is the ability to adapt and adjust when we need a change. I have loved our Apologia science book this year. This is the first time I have used Apologia as a complete science curriculum, and I think it is great. We've made it through Module 12- out of 16 in the book. The last few modules are about body systems. When I read through the modules, I saw that they were very, very detailed. I was quite concerned that we would never be able to keep moving along at the speed we were and still comprehend the material. I also felt like this should just be an overview, as we would have more in depth study of body systems in biology. So, I adjusted. Instead of reading each module, we are watching some videos from Discovery Education about each body system and then going through the study guides from each Apologia module. I've been very pleased so far with the three body systems we've studied. The videos I found are informative, and Kathryne and Charles are labeling a diagram of each system as we study it.
Another wonderful thing about homeschooling is the flexibility of our schedule. The kids' cousins, who go to our church's school, were on spring break this weekend and camping. On Wednesday, we went out and spent the day at the campground with them. The cousins played at the lake, hiked around the campground circle, and played at the playground. It's nice to be able to take off when we'd like and do fun things.
On Tuesday when we finished school, we headed out to our local Children's Attention Home and played with the kids there. This is something we are going to do on a regular basis, volunteering every other Tuesday to help with homework and play with kids. I'm very thankful for the opportunity to do a service project as a family.
In extracurricular news, Kathryne played in her first volleyball game last night. She is enjoying volleyball, and I'm proud of her for trying something new. She is not a sports person, but she wanted to try this season, and she is leanring quite a bit.
The next few weeks will be a whirlwind (as usual). We are babysitting for one of our favorite toddlers- the baby I kept a couple of years ago who is now such a big girl at almost three! We are very excited. She's been here periodically as her dad has looked for work and done some temporary jobs, but she'll be her a little more regularly the next few weeks. Again, I 'm thankful for the flexibility of homeschooling. We can adapt and adjust, so we can keep right on with school but still get to play with our girl.
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