Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It is finally happening!

It has been a long 12 weeks but we have finally found a house, not easy when you live interstate and your husband is working so he can't take much time off to house hunt.

I think it will be good but it is hard to tell when all I have seen is videos and real estate photos.

Now to get on with the huge to do list.

Sometime after we settle I may update you all with my list of dos and don'ts for moving.  It has been a long time, over 7.5 years in fact, since we last moved but I am hoping I remember all the important bits.

Anyway, lots to do.  Hope everyone is keeping well.

And Jo, I will get to that filing, I promise!  Here is how it looks right now.





Yup, scary!!

Best wishes
Jen, soon to be "home"

Monday, October 6, 2014

Short Term Plans for Our Return to HS

Well, the boys' education is entirely my responsibility again.   I wish Blogger had that emoticon where the little person is running away waving their arms and screaming.  It is a bit how I feel right now, but as always with me, I don't wallow in panic before too long before I start making plans.  Now as my family would know it doesn't always mean the plans happen exactly as planned but I do stop waving my arms around and screaming.

For our short term plans that could be interrupted at any moment by packing a house, cleaning a house, a removalist truck arriving and then the icky job of unpacking boxes... well you get what I mean, my plan is to go through the maths books the boys have brought home from school and fill in the gaps. 

I intend to mark their work each day and make notes of concepts that they may not be getting for a few weeks.  Then I will focus for the rest of the year on making sure that any concepts that have been covered in this year's maths are solid.  For my youngest I will pull out his old Singapore Maths and just work him through it.  It won't go too fast for him and will be good review if he has already covered the concepts.

For language arts I will be focusing on handwriting (alphabet), finding out what they know about grammar using the ACE books for my eldest as a guideline, more handwriting (copywork), using some DK books for cloze exercises and getting them to do a journal for more handwriting (maybe?). 

I would love to do some little mini unit studies but I think I need to be realistic.  I don't want library books here when I start packing, and I don't want them on the computer all day long "researching".    Maybe do 2 short sessions of school a day, an hour or so before lunch and another hour or so after lunch.  Same things as above but just twice a day.  And if I don't get to the afternoon one because I am busy at least we covered the two main subjects in the morning.

Well, that is the plan.  See I feel better already.  :-)

Best wishes
Jen

Saturday, September 20, 2014

End of an Era and Back to Homeschool

The 3 younger boys finished school on Friday.  With us moving soon on a date yet to be decided I felt it best to have a nice neat and tidy finish date.  I cried.  This school time has been a great experience.  They have had some great experiences and made some good friends.  I think we are all sad to be going.

It was a great school.  The boys got to make great friends and learned what school/education is about.  No issues with the school, wonderful place with teachers who cared and enjoyed their work.  I do think my 9 year old could have been pushed a bit and the 12 year old could have been supported more but I understand the limitations of the system.  :-)  And they taught the 6 year old to read.  Yay, my least favourite part of homeschooling.  I would rather teach maths any day.

So, now as we are about to move I have pulled them out of school and in this last term I am going to find out where they are at.  Handwriting needs work (always did) and I want to check on their basic maths skills.  But somehow I also need to fit in a move too.  :-( 

Anyway I guess I am a little scared.  I didn't do so well last time I had them all home.  I know I had a strong willed 4 year old at the same time as a hormonal 14 year old and I had my grass allergies.  This time the kids are all older.  The teen is a reasonable person (apart from doing his school work), the 4 year old is now a more reasonable 6 year old and I have been having immunology shots that so far are working well.  Usually as the weather warms I would be flat out with sinus headaches.  Not a single one..yet.. touch wood. 

So things are looking good, but I am still quite nervous.  I missed so many things that then caused the middle two issues at school.  I don't want to do that again.

Ahh, big breath, keep packing boxes and keep hugging the boys.  That should cover all the necessities.  :-)

Best wishes
Jen

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Teaching more than just school stuff!

http://www.raisingrealmen.com/2014/09/teaching-diligence-to-boys/

Good post to come back to!

Best wishes
Jen

Monday, September 8, 2014

Parenting fails for today! :-)



Hmm, okay I was a bit groggy from an afternoon sleep so that is my excuse.

I usually  mix up my kids but usually only their names!  Today my teen is in the kitchen moaning "I am dying!" while doing the dishes (does that happen in other people's houses too?) and I am talking to my 6 year old.  I glance over at the teenager but don't talk to him, instead I bend down and ask the six year old why he thinks he is dying?  Umm, wrong kid!

And then I go to get the washing in that I asked the 12 year old to hang out yesterday because I was rushing a uni assignment in.  This is what I see! 



The same 12 yr old asked me what is for dinner, than changed his question to what are we eating the next time we eat.  Hmm, might have been a bit slack lately on regular meal times between being sick and having the pressure of a Uni assignment due that I ended up submitting 2 weeks late.

So... I hope I am not the only one who needs a restart button some days.  lol

Best wishes
Jen

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Creativity TED talk (not that one!)



This is so applicable to homeschooling and life in general too.  Some days it works, sometimes not!  We just need to turn up.

Best wishes
Jen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Family Update July 2014

So, you remember me mentioning that I had a few busy (bad) days just before an assignment was due?

Well, here's an update on us.  About a month ago DH realised that leaving his employer at the end of his contract in June would give him a larger payout than if he stayed on for another 6 months so he took it and has moved to Qld to look for work.  We will be staying on so that DS2 can perform at the Sydney Opera House in a school choir and go on the Year 6 school trip to Canberra in late September.

We spent the 2 weeks of the school holiday collecting firewood for winter (our only source of heating) 2 days out of 3.  Things fell apart at home a bit like you would expect with 6 people creating messes but no-one home long enough to clean up.  Still catching up now after kids have been back at school 2 weeks.

DS1 spent last week of school holidays on an AAFC activity at our local RAAF base.  Then he got home for 3 days, helped dad pack the trailer with all his worldly possessions and then travelled north with dad.  He came back on aeroplane (his first time solo) on the Saturday, spent time at a friends and then got picked up by me (a two hour round trip).  Then on Sunday went on another AAFC activity all day. 

In between that DS2 had an accident at school on Friday that required an ambulance.  He and another boy ran into each other at high speed.  Both got concussions and we think mine has a broken nose, although I am not sure now the swelling is going down.



He has had bruising come up and go down with both eyes going green yesterday but fading to yellow with purple patches today.  He still has a bump on his brow but his eye is open again.

The other little one was in hospital for longer but as is the way with 12 year old boys they are both up and going full speed already.

Of course that all happened the Friday, Saturday and Sunday before my assignment was due and I had no other adult to share the load.  :-(

Well, I am still here, needing a good coffee (don't like it but can't rest, stuff to do), and Rescue Remedy or a good cry.  Can't decide just yet.

So... hubby has got work already, a contract position, but good pay and work so Yay!!  Now I just have to survive, keep the kids safe, pack the house and clean the house before our family can be back together as it should be.

Best wishes
Jen

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