23 March 2017

It's Convention Season!

Aaand I'm not going.  I might spend some time re-organising what I have or at most ordering like, $100 worth of stuff online from my fave people.  Not going to the local  homeschooling convention and laying down $500 on stuff that I didn't know I needed.

I mean, I love going to the conventions and all, but it's a rather expensive proposition at best.  You spend $50 for a membership that includes admission to the conference and you wind up spending far more than you meant to.  Not that the stuff there isn't nifty... but I'm just not up to battling crowds and overspending this year.

It seems odd but this year I think I should focus more on cleaning out my closets or something.  I feel like I have a bunch of STUFF I hardly use and I don't want to go out and get more STUFF even if I will use it.  Because that would mean the stuff I already have won't get used. 

Ahhh well.  I know eventually I'll need to get some STUFF for Woodjie just because he learns a bit differently, especially with writing/ English, but I'm putting it off a bit.

16 March 2017

Hello!

Woodjie cooking tacos.
Sorry I've been away so long from the blog.  I've missed reading what my friends are up to, but I've been in sort of a "downer" place for a bit here.  I'm ok... but just having a hard time saying hello to people and getting up and out and being CHEERFUL.  And I don't want to blog a big pity-party or anything like that.

No, I'm really ok!  Just having a bit of a hard time in my (pretty normal) life.  I think everyone goes there sometimes.

One thing I have realised from binge-watching a million shows while I've been away is that 1. I will never be a super-hero; and 2. oh my goodness, do I have a lot in common with the stars of My 600 Pound Life.  Only thing is the degree to which these people act stupid and let the cameras in, ya know?

So how are you?  No, I'd better go visit y'all and find out for myself.  I have missed you.  :)

04 March 2017

Washington Post on Homeschool "Monitoring."

Patrick has been accepted to college!  He'll be leaving this summer.  We're knee deep in FAFSA forms and all sorts of paperwork.  He has tests to take to determine placement in math classes and so on.  Over the next two months, he'll have to apply for individual classes and find a spot in one of the residence halls.  Yep, he's going away to school finally!

So I came across this article about adult children trying to leave home and I found it rather odd.  I just knew when I saw the homeschool "fortress" picture that this was gonna be a rilly rilly unbiased article (not).
 
Some of these stories do sound like abuse. But it's hardly fair to expect or require Mom and Dad to cash out their 401K and sell the house to pay for Missy's college if they don't think girls should have an education past grade 12.

The larger problem here has to do with colleges requiring parental income and so on to fill out a FAFSA?

What can these students do if parents say NO to college? So far as I understand it, there is nothing until the applicant is 25. That's not the parents' fault and they shouldn't be forced to pay for an education with which they disagree.
 
Unless and until college is taxpayer-funded (what Bernie Sanders calls "free") or financial aid's based solely on a student's income, parents will always decide where and if their adult child can attend.  We're not talking of a small amount of money here, but tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars that took parents decades to save.

03 March 2017

Snuffle Days on the Couch.

About a month ago, D got pretty sick.  Took almost a week off work.  He still isn't completely better!  Then Elf came down with it and had to go to the doctor to get the entire asthma regimen.  Poor guy was hopped up on albuterol and three other things and some antibiotics.

Now he's pretty well.  And Rose came down with stuff last week... off to the doctor, shots and antibiotics.


It's Woodjie who is most ill now.  This whole week has been mostly "sit on the couch and read a book" and not much academic has gotten done at all.  I don't know how we would have handled this were the children in school.  Woodjie doesn't have a fever but he's hacking something fierce and he's been sick for almost two weeks.  At first it started with the sniffles so I thought nothing of it for a while until it kept getting worse.  Doc gave him antibiotics also.

Patrick is snuffling, headache-y and feeling poorly.  And this morning I woke up with a little sniffle.  Oh no!  I hope this is not going to be a two-week long festival for me, culminating in yet another physician appointment.  I think those people are tired of seeing us.

I can't blame the weather either, as it is quite nice.  I do wish, though, if we had to get sick, that we all could have come down with the same thing all at once.  OR, we could all come down with things one after another, but please next time, does each person have to be all germ-y for three weeks at a time?  Just asking.

24 February 2017

Sunshine-y Inside and Out!

Simply written and absolutely sweet, this hardcover devotional book will enrapture your little reader.  Oh my goodness, Woodjie pounced on the packet when it came in and went right over to his birthdate to read what his "fortune" would be.  Hey well, hence the need for the devotional, right?  Ten-year-olds are not known for their strong doctrinal knowledge.

It's a good "fortune," though.

The entries are incredibly positive, uplifting and encouraging, the pages are glossy and the print is large enough to be easy on the eyes.  I would wholeheartedly recommend this one for your home or church library. 
This book was difficult to review because SOME little kid had his mitts on it all day.  When asked what he most enjoys about the book, he said it's in his favourite colour (yellow) and when he reads it, it makes him happy.



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20 February 2017

Stuff We've Been Doing Lately

Rose got a new paint-by-numbers set.  Thanks, Nana and Grandpa!

She has already made great progress on the picture.  It's visiting with Mr. Salt and Our Lady of Perpetual Pepper.


My new easel.  I bought it to hold all my dry-erase boards just because.  Not that I needed more stuff...

Woodjie decided he'd like to spend a little time with a book today.

Snap Circuits are really nifty things.  They are what you would call "educational toys," but I count the time they spend with these toward their science hours in homeschooling. 

Glimmer Girls Light Up New York

Girls ages 8-13 travel with twins Maddie and Mia and their little sister Lulu as they read Light Up New York.  They'll visit the Statue of Liberty, tour the New York Public Library, ride a cab, and go ice skating - these Glimmer Girls always seem to wind up solving a new mystery while they explore new places and have fun!

As a mother, what I love about these books is that my daughter can read them without "discussions" from me.  The family is a great model of what a family should look like.  The parents are very good at setting limits and giving their girls choices at the same time without being too... preachy.  The girls are also respectful (most of the time) and learn to deal with rivalry in a healthy way.  My nine-year-old daughter enjoys the whole series.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”