Whew! This past six weeks has flown by. Hard to believe our summer is half over. The family went to visit the northeast and see some historical sites and geographical wonders. We flew into Connecticut and drove up to New Hampshire where we “set up camp” for the week. We stayed at the Village of Loon Mountain in Lincoln. It was a wonderful trip with beautiful and inspiring sights to see.
Almost as soon as we got back my daughter and I left with our church youth group for a trip to Montreat for a week of spiritual rejuvenation and encouragement. A wonderful week was had by all. I thank God for those opportunities to experience his peace and encouragement in times like these. I love the mountains and feel a sense of belonging in the Smokies. My family goes back generations on the Tennessee side. I’ve heard it said, “the air is thinner there”. I feel that every time I go, a closeness to God that I feel nowhere else.
After we returned my daughter came down with a bug that she then shared with me. It took us more than two weeks to get over it. Now I’m feeling ready to tackle my “summer list”. I’m setting goals for each day to move toward completion of the many projects I have lined up.
- New Flooring
- Update guest bathroom
- Cleaning out junk room …
The end of the school year is fast approaching. I am working diligently to get our ducks in a row. We have a few more lessons to complete and too few weeks in which to complete them. I’m guessing we will be schooling into our summer once more. I am working on updating the portfolio and getting papers graded and entered into the records. I’m updating the transcript and making every effort to stay on top of it all. I do not want to be panicking when we come to the end of our homeschool journey and make every effort to keep records updated as we go.
This year I will sadly, not be able to attend the Florida Home-School convention. We have a conflict that can’t be avoided. I’m feeling a little glum to miss the hoopla, but thrilled that I pretty much know what we want for next years curriculum. The only question I have is regarding Math. This past year we took (actually still are taking it) Geometry with Mr. D. It was great! We currently have a curriculum that was purchased two years ago for Algebra II. It’s great except it was recorded 30 years ago and my daughter can’t get past the out of date clothing. She watches the videos and instead of focussing on the skills she’s learning, she’s thinking about the odd clothing that the person presenting the lesson is wearing. I think we need to look at other options. I love Mr. D Math, but the cost is somewhat prohibitive for us. I’ve heard a great deal about The Life of Fred Curriculum. I’d love to get my hands on that and see if it could be an option for us. I’ve heard so many opposing views though, that I feel the need to hold it in my hands and read through some before spending more money on it. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
We were introduced to “The Homeschool Movie Club” a few weeks ago and signed up for an opportunity to preview “A Dog’s Purpose” which comes out on the 27th of January. We went to see it last night. It’s a good entertaining family movie. There were several funny comments and scenes and some sad upsetting ones as well. Your emotions run the full gamut. In my opinion, the previews gave away a bit too much and there were no real surprises. But overall, “enjoyable”.
Here’s what sort of got my goat. I struck up a conversation with a fellow homeschooler sitting next to me. We were sitting in the midst of a “regular” theater. I was talking about how spoiled we’d become with the new theaters that are emerging, the ones that have reclining chairs and cup holders that fit your cups. I actually had the thought that I’m not very comfortable (when in truth I was perfectly comfortable). His comment in return was that he just wanted popcorn at a reasonable price. And in truth, popcorn at movie theaters is, for sure and for certain, over priced. But when you are at a movie with a family of 4 and they have given you this outing for “nothing”. It’s not asking too much to buy a tub of popcorn that will feed your entire family, and a drink that you can share for “$17”. I understand if you can’t afford it. I admit there have been times when I’d bring water from home and baggies of popcorn in my purse. But I wouldn’t grumble over price when I’m getting everything else for free. Just my opinion! I’m working this year on being more grateful for the things we have and are given. Now if I can just get a handle on gumping over other people’s opinions. 🙂