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Old 10-19-2012, 03:48 PM   #71
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Keegan's reading went very well today!! It was an encouragment to me, to be sure. Rachel's reading is also doing very well, but she does better with it on a day-to-day basis so it isn't as earthshattering to me. We have done all that we needed to do this morning, and I think we will spend the rest of the day enjoying the fall weather. The kids have been asking about a leaf pile for a few days, but there's not quite enough leaves down yet. Maybe after all the wind today we'll get to do that this weekend.
We lived in MO for a while, OH MAN did I love fall there. We live in the south now, on the coast and we have 3 summers and one "autumn", when we might have highs of 50s. If we're lucky. Sometimes it's 70s and 80s all "winter". I miss normal seasons.

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Old 10-21-2012, 01:42 PM   #72
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Thanks ladies, you made me feel better about my big-broad-wonderful catergory of lifeskills. DH insists that's the most important subject, but he also includes basic reading and basic math in that catergory. I do think that is a HUGE area where PS fails, as well as a lot of parents these days who don't have the skills themselves or don't think to pass them on. I think that's one of the areas where my un-schooling tendancies tend to flair up. Life is learning. This stuff is important. I don't have super huge dreams for my kids. I don't care if they go to college, I don't care if they have millions of dollars or a high tech fancy career. I want them to be responsible citizens. I want them to have the skills that they need to survive no matter what the economy. I want them to be happy doing what they choose to do, to know their place in a family structure and be able to function well inside that realm, and I want them to follow Christ. Those are the things that *really* matter to me. I do think that schooling is important, and that you will need a lot of those tools to get there, but it's not the end-all be-all that society seems to think it is IMO.
It's a shame we don't live closer to each other. We could totally hang out together! I just got the from a group of friends when I said that I didn't care if my kids went to college. I would much rather them find a passion and pursue it and find a way to make that important/helpful to the people they meet. If that means going to college then fine, but if that means trade school or no extra schooling at all, then so be it. I wish that I would've found my passion earlier in life. It would've been so much less costly!



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I agree. Public schools, however, are humanistic, and tend toward socialism, which doesn't really fit with God's view of things. And I am certainly not meaning to shed a bad light on amyone who believes in those things, so if you are a mama who believes in both of those, please don't be offended.

I love, though, that my children know how to gather eggs, pick vegetables, can make some basic food items (well, the 5 yr old not so much, but she'll get there), do laundry, clean, etc. And if you think about it, schools used to educate in some of those areas, to. I don't know when or why they got rid of home ec, but it was before my time.
When I was in jr. high, we had the option of wood shop, home ec or art. Then in high school we had to take a basic business class (calculating percentages, balancing a checkbook, etc.). I only wish there had been a bigger focus on the pros/cons of credit and how easy it is to use credit unwisely. I'm not sure if they still offer that now or not. Oh geez. I just realized I've been out of school 20 years.
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:38 PM   #73
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Happy Monday everyone! Today was actually a very good Monday for us. We got through all of our school day with very minimal fussing and whining. (I think the big motivator was that my best friend was coming over with her 2 little ones.) We also had gorgeous weather today and got the first wall up on the chicken coop. I hope you are all having good days too!
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Rain--our weather here is absolutely beautiful right now!! I'm am loving it! The kids and I went on a nature walk today. The downside of course is that in a couple months I will probably be iced in, and you could still be at the beach! There are pros-and-cons both ways. MO is kind of a compromise for us--I would like a state or so warmer, and DH would like a state or two colder. MO has everything.

Kristin--Living closer would be awesome! Want to move? Lol. I would love to know some more HSing families IRL. I am blessed to have a few closer to me, but sure would love some more.

As for today--We started long vowels today! I am both exicted and nervous to see how things go in the next few days. They did well with it today, so we'll see. We also passed the 300 hour mark today!! Only 700 more to go. Math was wierd today. We were reviewing counting by 5s (which they learned last year) and Rachel can still do it great....Keegan counted by 10, but on the 5s, if that makes sense. Like, 5, 15, 25, 35... I don't know what that's about. Hopefully it will work itself out soon. Tomorrow we'll be doing long Es, and it's a crazy run-around gymnastics day, and hopefully we'll spend some time at the park. It's supposed to be super nice tomorrow. Hope everyone had a fantastic day!
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We had a lazy day today. I didn't even do school with Natalie. The older two only did math and science. Tomorrow we will do a full day and go see DH graduate from his training. He will officially be a flight engineer as of tomorrow afternoon.
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Rain--our weather here is absolutely beautiful right now!! I'm am loving it! The kids and I went on a nature walk today. The downside of course is that in a couple months I will probably be iced in, and you could still be at the beach! There are pros-and-cons both ways. MO is kind of a compromise for us--I would like a state or so warmer, and DH would like a state or two colder. MO has everything.

Kristin--Living closer would be awesome! Want to move? Lol. I would love to know some more HSing families IRL. I am blessed to have a few closer to me, but sure would love some more.

As for today--We started long vowels today! I am both exicted and nervous to see how things go in the next few days. They did well with it today, so we'll see. We also passed the 300 hour mark today!! Only 700 more to go. Math was wierd today. We were reviewing counting by 5s (which they learned last year) and Rachel can still do it great....Keegan counted by 10, but on the 5s, if that makes sense. Like, 5, 15, 25, 35... I don't know what that's about. Hopefully it will work itself out soon. Tomorrow we'll be doing long Es, and it's a crazy run-around gymnastics day, and hopefully we'll spend some time at the park. It's supposed to be super nice tomorrow. Hope everyone had a fantastic day!
I'm enjoying the weather we're having right now, but I don't like the up and down temps. Pick one and stay there. It's supposed to be a high of 46 on Friday-today was 83 and by Thursday 88. My Dad is having a terrible go of it. He's a cattle farmer and the crazy temp changes are really bad for the cattle. Mom said that he's spent $500 in meds the last two days on them.

Jen-I think you should come to my neck of the woods. There are supposed to be around 900 homeschooling families in our county. Total rabbit trail here, but if there truly are 900 hsing families (and of the ones I've met most have at least 4 kids) and there are 8 parochial schools (k-8), and 3 private/parochial middle/high schools, what in the world would our school district do if all those kids whose families pay taxes into the system actually showed up on their doorstep and wanted an education? Granted, our school district does not serve the entire county, but probably 2/3 of the population. It's just nuts that they continue to want to pass high tax levies when have more $ per student than any place I know. It's crazy. Ok-I'm done now.

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We had a lazy day today. I didn't even do school with Natalie. The older two only did math and science. Tomorrow we will do a full day and go see DH graduate from his training. He will officially be a flight engineer as of tomorrow afternoon.
How exciting!
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Today was a good day of school here as well...surprised I am. Oldest boy was not fond of the fact we 'reviewed' some phonics. But he needs it. I am hoping this will help with his reading and spelling issues.
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Yesterday was a really good day of school for DS. We did his regular school stuff and then he helped back pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. He loves helping in the kitchen and this time I was the one who dropped the egg on the floor and made a mess.
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I'm not motivated at all this week!

Right now, I've got one reading in a geography magazine and the other is supposed to be reading about saints, but she and her bro are wrestling on the floor above me! I should go upstairs and end it and grab him to do reading, but I'm not feelin' the love right now.
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