AND....... I am going to tweak a few things and make some changes.
One of the benefits of home education is that you can tweak your studies and tailor them to the specific needs of your children. I have been fighting change because I really DO NOT like to waste money.....
Translated: I purchased a curriculum that I thought would be great and it ISN'T! :/
It might be great for some and it is working for one of my children, but not for the other three!
Soooo, we are returning to old faithful "Rod and Staff". I don't know what I was thinking, making a change..... I have been using it since 1994! It has ALWAYS been "right". I just thought a change would be good! WRONG!
I'm glad it is the beginning of the school year and that we are making this change now. There is no sense trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. So, I faced the music and it is done. If anybody is interested in Saxon Hakes Grammar and Writing book 7 and book 5, with Writing assignments and correction books, let me know. I have it for sale.
Until I made my decision, I felt like pulling my hair out. I was struggling with change.... and the drama of something that does not work! So I feel like a HUGE weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
EVERYTHING ELSE is going GREAT! We are REALLY enjoying History and Geography. In our history, we are learning about specific people, one being Michelangelo. One of the assignments was to tape paper under a table, and lay on the floor and paint the painting up under the table......My guess is to see just how hard it is to paint a ceiling! LOL
Over the last couple of days I have walked through the kitchen to find our girls in a most interesting painting posture! :)
Sarah was smart and used pillows! LOL
We are all enjoying learning about finances too! Our studies today about savings being savings accounts and not "spending accounts" led to some questions about how to save for short term vs. long term and how long it will take to save for some things. This opened a dialogue about how to "buy money" when you are too young to be employed. There were some really great ideas floating around.
I think I have a few pedicures and foot rubs in my future. :)
OVERALL, I think we have had a really great 2 weeks. There is MUCH to learn and we are ready to learn it!
I have a question:
Do you give your children an allowance? We do, but it is not based upon chores. It is a gift. We do chores because that is what families do.... I am wondering, if you DO give allowance, how much do you give and how often? Right now, we give 5 dollars a week. Please feel free to comment. :)
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)