As I was driving to the TITUS board meeting brunch this morning, I heard on WMBW (local Christian radio station) that they were having an Open House today, until 6pm.
Got home from board meeting at 2; went to McKays and Panera with my mom and got home at 4pm; loaded up the kids and Vitaliy’s mom, and we went down to the Open House.
I grew up listening to this radio station, and it was interesting hearing some familiar voices IRL!!!
Didn’t get great pictures, but here are two:
And, I just want to add that V’s mom has been knitting up a storm while here, and she’s taught Vika to knit, is teaching Skyla, and she made this little sleeveless sweater for Andre–Isn’t it cute!
I should show you the camouflage socks she knitted for my nephew! (from camouflage yarn!)
One of my main jobs this time in the States is to get a positive handle on homeschooling. And that is happening!
One book I ordered was the Clarkson’s Educating the WholeHearted Child.
I love this book.
I love this book.
I l.o.v.e. this book!
I’ve added notes from several chapters into my prayer notebook– well, I started this process today. Because I want to regularly pray about these concepts to be incorporated into our family.
I have come to Homeschool Heaven, ya’ll. I’m very thankful for this time, and I’m hoping to buy homeschooling stuff for the next three years of schooling before we leave 😀
We’ll see if it happens, but I’m excited!
I also got a book to help me learn how to homeschool better, and I’m really enjoying it:
I’ve been praying and others are praying that I get a good homeschool experience going. You know, good homeschooling doesn’t just happen–and I always assumed I just had to wiggle my pinky finger as I go about my life as usual.
Hey, we’ve made big improvements, and I’m thankful. And now we’re making even more improvements!
I’ve spent over 500 dollars on books and stuff, and this is also a good thing. I ordered two more units of Tapestry of Grace, then some spelling, handwriting, and Math-It (for learning math facts), books for Tapestry of Grace, and some extras from the used book store.
We’re getting into ancient cultures– China, Greece, Indus Valley. And waiting for our things to arrive!
Today I was prompted to make a little list of the factors that are sabotaging my home schooling experience. So I can address and change them.
1. Ordering materials and the mail system
2. disciplining myself to school daily
3. having respectful attitudes and words (both me and the girls)
4. valuing my children’s education as worthy of an enormous investment of my time, energy, effort, emotions, etc.
5. schooling S & V together— their silliness, the way they play off each other constantly, the competition or offense or indifference.
It’s not an insurmoutable list …
We did 9 weeks of school in 12 weeks. And today we took some things to church to show everyone some things we learned about. Tapestry of Grace encourages having a celebration at the end of each unit, and I think it’s a great idea. This is our tabernacle model, challah, books we read, our little weaving project, etc.
The chuch folks loved the bread, and several ladies asked for the recipe.