Sunday, February 19, 2012

HS Mother's Journal

This post is linked up at The Homeschool Chick

My life this week…  This week started out TOUGH.  Emily was so sick and it brought me to tears just to look at her - pale face, big round eyes :(   Valentine's Day was her 12th birthday and she was too sick to even get out from under the covers.  Thanks to God that she is now fully recovered and we celebrated her birthday yesterday! 

My favorite thing this week was… obviously it was seeing Emily recover!  I requested prayer from friends and family and she made the fastest recovery I've ever seen!  One minute she was weak, tired, and sad and the next she was back to normal! 

In our homeschool this week… Again, not too much going on there.  She spent some time writing stories and drawing pictures.  We did some vocabulary work, a little bit of science, and not much else.  Back to normal on Monday!

Questions/thoughts I have…  Answering the question of what homeschool subject do I hate, it has to be math.  Emily really hates it and it is very difficult for her.  I have not found a way for her to enjoy it.  We just take it as slow as she needs to go and move at her pace!  If anyone has any ideas how to make math more fun for a 12-year-old, I'm all ears!  

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

A free Mardi Gras lapbook on Squidoo

and a funny: 

Have a blessed week with your homeschoolers!


Weekly Wrap Up - Sick Kid Edition

Em's been really sick this week with a bacterial infection - so not much schoolwork was done. 

I would have to say that this week was all about the "unschooling".   I guess I'm part unschooler, part Charlotte Mason, part traditional, and a little piece of just about everything else!  LOL  You don't get much more eclectic than that. 

This post is linked up with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers!

We found the most awesome free link through Homeschool Freebies and checked out the size of the universe.  If you haven't gone to this site, it's a must see!  Amazing to realize just how small we are in the gist of things.

Another wonderful link that was posted this week was Free Rice.  I've seen similar ones before, but on this site you can practice multiplication tables, geography, language skills and even human anatomy while 'earning' rice that will be donated to the hungry.  I think it's a great way to give your child a heart to give while practicing skills. 

Oddly enough, I got the song from Lady & the Tramp stuck in my head and sang it to Emme "We are Siamese if you please, We are Siamese if you don't please" - remember that?  We looked up the clip on You Tube which led us to a study of racism in Disney movies.  I remember going to see "Aladdin" in the theater with my ex-husband on one of our first dates.  (He's from Jordan)  I remember feeling uncomfortable with the portrayal of several of the Arab characters in the movie - very stereotypical.  Anyway - I'm not banning Disney movies or anything - but there were some pretty disgraceful portrayals of Latinos, African-Americans, Arabs, Orientals, etc. 

Emily also worked a lot on her creative writing skills and drawing - she is writing and illustrating two different stories. 

Anything to keep a kid busy when they are sick!

By the way - she is fully recovered now and we will be back to full speed Monday!