Saturday, April 10, 2010

Not going so well at the moment

We have been so sidetracked that school has been mostly a hit and miss lately.  Between having to get rid of the dog, then our cat disappeared, then he reappeared but he was injured, then yesterday we had to put him to sleep, to me being sick and tired from all of the stress it causes me.....we've been having a hard time.
I am so excited to use the materials that I have bought for our new school ways, but I can hardly get the motivation to do anything.  I have been trying to rotate school with house....but not getting far on either.
The sad thing is I really can't say what I have been doing.  I have hardly been on Facebook for the last 2 weeks.  I check it on and off, but I am not on it all day long like I was before.  I guess I have just been existing.
Anyways, we are studying how things move and work in Science.  The focus of this study is on toys.  That appeals to children I suppose.
We started reading Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne and they love this.  The chapters are only about 3-4 pages and it's large print for children, so a chapter goes by fast.  They have wanted me to read more than one chapter each time.  I love that!
We will finish this book this week and I will decide what we will read next.  I have the next 3 of that series, but I don't want to read them all at once.  So I may space them out a bit.  I might start a book about birds since that is our next study in Science.
I have ditched A Beka's plan for reading along with the math and Science.  I am still using the A Beka guidelines and books, just at a different pace.  I am not using their suggestions for homework reading either, I am adding our own books for her to read.  I like this a lot better.  It is more fuller and enriching.  The next things that I am going to disect is Kyle's lesson plans.  Either that, or all this summer, just get him onto the same level as Amanda, this Kindergarten A Beka math is kinds silly I think.   
Anyhow, hopefully next week we can actually get a full week of school done, despite leaving for a vacation on Thursday.  It's about a 6-7 hour drive to our destination, so I am thinking that we can do some school work in the car.  Then I heard that the other children that will be there will be having homework to do since they are missing school, so I figure we might as well plan to do some of our schoolwork there.


  1. Motivation can be such a challenge! Stick with it and I know you'll be glad you did :) Praying for you!

  2. Dani...I know, I know, I know! Life can sometimes get in the way of life, can't it?? Sorry to hear about Hemi. One of the best things about homeschool is even if you 'miss' a week or two, you aren't behind and you haven't missed anything! It's all still there and you just begin again :) Sorry that you've been struggling, I blame my homeschooling issues right now on spring fever, I just WANNA PLAY, not teach...LOL! So we've taken a short break and are forging ahead again this week. You can do it, glad ot know that you are doing school even though you are taking a vacation this week. Way to keep at it! Your efforts will be rewarded, I'm sure of it.

  3. So sorry you are having a hard time Danielle. I miss seeing you on facebook and you funny postings. Praying for you all and I want to hear more about this vacatin!! Hugs and prayers my dear sweet sister.

  4. Thank you so much ladies for your nice comments. I will get through this! Thank you for your prayers.

  5. <<<< needs to proof read her postings I believe lol!!!