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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

It's been a while...

I'd like to begin by apologizing for not posting in a while.  My computer stopped working, I thought I had it fixed, then it broke again.  I've been told that it's most likely the motherboard or processor, both of which can be spendy to fix.  We're trying to figure out a way to remedy the sitch without footing the bill to get a new one.  We're hoping I can get by with an iPad...which we got for school purposes.  Hopefully that will be all we need.  Speaking of which, does anyone know of any homeschool tracking apps that are really good.  I am currently trying Homeschool Helper and ilessons.  I'm learning both and am not sure which is better or if there's something way better out there that I'm not aware of.      Any suggestions?  Feedback on the above mentioned apps, good or bad?

Now, on to school.  We are still going...well into JULY.  We fell so far behind during the year with sick days.  We're mostly doing SWR and math...sprinkled with a little Science here, Geography there, and of course, Character Building and Bible.

I'm not going to put all of the lessons that we've done since the last post since that would take forever for me to do and forever for you to read.  I'll just say this:

Language Arts:  Spell to Write and Read
We just finished the A-E-I-O-U page and started spelling list F.  Evan's now able to read words with markings quite well.  He hasn't begun reading books yet but if all goes as planned (after the plan changed) he'll be starting his first readers by August.

Math:  Right Start Kindergarten B
We haven't had a math lesson in a couple of weeks because we're further behind with SWR so we're trying to even out the playing field.  

Character Building:  Prudence and the Millers
We're truckin' our way through the book, slowly but surely.

Bible:  The Beginner's Bible
Today's lesson was about listening (the Mary and Martha story), which couldn't have come at a more perfect time...of course God's timing is ALWAYS perfect.

Science:  God's Wonderful Works
We just learned about bears and primates.

Geography:  Beginning Geography 
We've been learning about how to use symbols on maps.

Readiness Skills:
We've completed Readywriter

Evan will resume swim lessons tonight after taking a break for several months.  I noticed at the beach that he really lacks confidence in the water...even though he knows how to swim.  Owen will be starting his lessons for the first time next Tuesday.  He's pretty excited about that.  He didn't lack any confidence at the beach...he lacked restraint.  

On another note, I'm both excited and nervous because I am now a contracted tutor for Classical Conversations for the 2013/2014 school year.  It should be a fun experience!

I plan to start Owen on some sort of a preschool plan for the 2013/2014 year.  I don't know yet what that will entail but I know I'll have to get creative because that cute little stinker doesn't like to sit still longer than a couple of minutes.  

Speaking of Owen, he had surgery last Tuesday for an epigastric hernia.  It was very scary for us, knowing that they were going to be using general anesthesia.  Owen did way better than we expected and was really quite hilarious on the pre-surgery meds.  He was very grumpy afterward, but his pain was minimal.  He's healing quite nicely.  

So that's, in a nutshell, what we've been up to.
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