A Peek at My Latest Projects

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I didn’t mean to take a long blog break at the end of our spring term, but life has been pretty full for the past couple of months.  We had a high school graduation, Confirmation for the middle four boys, a two week driving school, Scout camp, weekly vision therapy for Chipmunk, a summer cold, […]

Seven Quick Takes from Our First Week of School

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One In a gesture of hope, I posted a new schedule on the refrigerator. The baby, of course, viewed this as a challenge.  A “Let’s see how many times a night I can get up” challenge.  Also a, “Do I really have to go back to sleep if I wake up at 3 AM?” challenge.  […]

Organizing the Shelves

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This summer I decided to prepare for the new school year a little backwards: I made my booklists, ordered books, and then I cleared the shelves of the old school year.   And it worked much better. As I get older I continue to make peace with my non-sequential brain.  At the beginning of the summer, I […]

Summer Reading for Sanity

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Last week was “exam week” for my high school kids.  They finished up their outside, co-op classes in mid-May and then wrote up exams for me in ancient history, literature, and religion.  Online Latin and Greek classes finished up last week, too, George finished his last Saxon text, and now… we are officially “off” for […]

What’s Working for High School Recordkeeping

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I am finally done with those course descriptions I mentioned in my last post.  I’ve been working on them here and there in whatever time I could grab, which, in the past crazy three weeks, hasn’t been much.  The good thing about having to re-review the past three years: I could see the pattern of […]

Morning Time and Beyond

It’s hard to say whether or not we have an official starting school date this year, because my teenagers never stopped school.  They spent June and July feverishly trying to finish Algebra I before their co-op math classes began on August 6.  They took their last algebra quiz on August 5 and then their classes […]

4 in 7 (and some goals for August)

Well, what usually happens happened.  I signed up for 7 posts in 7 days and only managed 4.  It turns out that I only have so much time in the day. (News flash, right.) I can work on homeschool records OR I can clean out the curriculum bookcase OR I can log calories at Calorie […]

High School Transcript Victory

Today I accomplished a great victory.  I finished the first draft of Gareth’s transcript.  And it looks pretty good.  (If I do say so myself.) I’ve been wrestling with the transcript for a couple of years now.  Up to this point I would make a few half-hearted stabs at it and give up in frustration, […]

Preparing for Baby and Finishing a School Year

Finishing This School Year Obviously I have no idea how April will turn out, but I’ve tried to make a few preparations.  A couple of babies ago I wrote a pair of posts about preparing for a new baby by planning to unschool and setting up a learning-conducive environment.   (Also, I found this post […]

Saturday’s Work in Progress

Gareth was supposed to go camping with the Boy Scouts this weekend, but yesterday afternoon he started feeling a little off and worried that he was coming down with the norovirus that has been wreaking havoc in our area for the past few weeks.  Since he wanted to be safe rather than sorry (and I […]

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