Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Been a Little Crazy Around Here

I know it has been awhile since I have written anything of substance, but after I decided to change my blog to focus more on my art I decided I wouldn't write anything. I have been feeling a pull lately that is urging me to get back into writing, one way or another, so I figured here is as good a place as any!

A lot has happened in the past year or so. I think my last blog post was about why I decided to homeschool. Well an update is that it is still working out. There are days where I want to kick and scream and threaten to send them to public school if they don't get their acts together, but then there are days like this where big brother is teaching little brother and they are playing and getting along great.
We hatched baby chicks for a lesson over last winter and we fell in love so we decided to keep them. Then 4 out of 5 ended up being roosters so we had to take them back to the farm. So then we had a lone chicken. Our farmer friend gave us 2 more chicks to give her friends. Then we decided to try hatching some more and we actually hatched quite a bit of chickens and then some quails for him. This last time was pretty rough because we got 20 eggs and only 1 hatched out of all of them. We are keeping her as long as she isn't a he! And we purchased 2 more babies so we can have the amount of eggs we need when they all start laying. This was an adventure I never thought I would embark on, but it has been fun and the boys are learning so much from it.

My oldest is in 2nd grade now and my youngest is pre-k. I was very nervous last year about if I was doing enough, if I covered enough topics, if if if.... The test was quickly approaching and I was scared. I was scared that he would fail and it would tear him up. I was scared he would fail and it would tear me up and we would have to quit homeschooling. Well, we survived. It was 64 pages of a test that he, as a first grader, mostly had to read himself. It was a trying week full of tears and frustrations for both of us. But when we got his scores back he passed with flying colors. I didn't realize how insufficient I felt until he passed the test and all of those feelings went away. I didn't feel like I was doing what I was supposed to be doing, and that I was somehow failing him. Luckily I was way wrong.

So this year we are taking a more relaxed and fun approach to school, especially since the little one is joining in. Some days we just have workbook pages, but others we don't have any. We are incorporating a nature study once a week and following a curriculum which is super easy to follow and not strict at all. Today we build a ping pong ball roller coaster out of straws. Unfortunately I did most of the work because I don't quite trust the kids with a glue gun, but it was fun, and they got to help decide how the track would be built and helped remedy any track problems we came across. All in all I think it was a good day.

We have been dealing with some behavior issues lately. The 2 big ones are talking back from the older one, and hitting from the little one. I checked out the book Siblings without Rivalry and so far I tried some of the tips today and they are working. I am also planning on binge watching Super Nanny! That is all for tonight. Thanks for reading!

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