In my life this week… I am still struggling to get a handle on my workload ... marital intimacy and consistent sleep are not on the table right now. :-) I got kicked down by a virus and bounced back. Watching leaves starting to turn shades of orange and brown, marking the turn of another year, makes me both happy and sad.
In our homeschool this week… We're still accomplishing little by way of establishing consistent rhythms and routines for our school year. The older kids and I are trudging very slowly through our history curriculum and floundering with math.
On the other hand, exciting things are happening, particularly with the kids' writing. And Eliza and I had a GREAT field trip day ... please see Field Trips & Nature Study at Raw Learning and Other Updates! River and I also started our English, Philosophy and Film Unit, and I'm becoming more and more excited about her writing ... she's nearing page 100 in her novel!
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
I recently purchased Learn to Write the Novel Way for my 13-year-old, who is resistant to writing, although when he does buckle down in front of a keyboard, he shows some talent. It seems to be designed as a year-long unit study, culminating in writing a novel. It breaks the process into manageable steps. The first chapter, which we completed this week, is on choosing something to write about, the second chapter delves into developing the story, including creating characters, and so forth.
Each chapter is designed to be done independently, with checkboxes to tick off when each mini-assignment is completed. When the student completes a chapter, he's prompted to share it with his writing coach, and get feedback, before moving to the next stage. However, Seamus and I did a lot of the work together, as he needed a bit of prodding. But with just a little prompting and discussion, he came up with a GREAT idea for a novel ... I'm really excited to see where it goes.
This curriculum is clearly written from a Christian perspective, in case that either encourages or deters you. Since we're a secular homeschooling family, we skipped the prompts with scriptural content, along with anything else we didn't find relevant to the immediate task at hand. :-)
One thing I like about this curriculum is that it seems like it would be a good fit for both traditional homeschoolers and us relaxed eclectic/unschoolish types. And a student learns grammar and writing techniques with a specific purpose in mind.
I am inspired by… My hubby, who keeps a positive attitude when he's overwhelmed and sleep deprived.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… Tomorrow is soccer day, and River and I will be seeing our dear friend Christine.
My favorite thing this week was… Right now, just hanging out with the family and blogging.
What’s working/not working for us… What's not working right now is trying to balance the needs of 3 kids at very different developmental stages and with vastly different needs and learning styles, plus managing my own work schedule and carving out time for myself. Does anybody know where I can get a time turner?
Questions/thoughts I have… I've been wondering whether I should keep up this blog, since I get so few visitors and commenters. I know that's not supposed to be the point of doing this, but still ...
I’m cooking… Homemade tomato soup and butternut soup with apple and curry.
I’m praying for… A friend who's observing the anniversary of her baby girl's death tomorrow.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
Eliza at school with her brand new BFF