A Year Ago

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It is hard to believe that one year ago, we were preparing to move from our hotel in Texas to the home we had rented.  We lived essentially 3 weeks in a hotel between the time we moved our home in Pennsylvania to a hotel there and then spent time in various hotels on the way to Texas, until we finally arrived at the hotel in our new hometown.

The drive from Pennsylvania to Texas was not too hard until we reached the Louisiana border.  During the time we stayed in the hotels, we suspended school.  A lot of our materials and books came on the moving truck, so until we were able to unpack, there was nothing really for the children to do.  So we spent our time enjoying our family.  This year we are in the midst of some curriculum changes, so I am working to get all the new materials together.  Some things we were using just did not work out.  So changes had to be made.  One of the wonderful things about homeschooling is the ability to change when things do not work out the way we planned.  However, I also realize other times children must take responsibility for their own learning and recognize that not everything in life is fun.

So how are things going with your homeschool?  I would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plans for 2016

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With 2016, comes 366 days of brand new possibilities.  But for our family, it not only brings the normal types of changes but the change of a cross-country move.  We are going to a part of the country I have never been before – not even to visit.  So it is going to be all new to me.

So with this impending change, decisions have to be made.  Some of those decisions involve when we will resume school.  In theory, we could be in the process of moving in less than 30 days.  At the same time, we could be looking at almost 60 days.  If we have only 30 days, we will probably choose to wait until after we move to resume school.  If it is more like 60 days, we will choose to resume school next week.

With a new year, we need to figure out what changes we need to introduce in our homeschool.  With a new area, we will have new possibilities for outside activities.  I am excited to see what new adventures lie ahead.

What is going on in your life today?  I would love tp hear from you.

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Gearing Up for 2015 – 2016 School Year

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So we are entering our 10th year of homeschooling.  That is somewhat hard to believer.  It makes me wonder where time has gone.  Our oldest was in the 5th grade when we began the journey.  Now he is 19 years old and has graduated from homeschooling.  Our second son is entering the 11th grade, while our youngest son is entering 10th.  Our daughter should be entering 8th grade – but I have a feeling we will end up counting this year as her freshman year of high school as well.  She is extremely motivated to get up in the morning to do her work.

Many years ago, I discovered my children do not do well with a long summer vacation.  They do much better with doing school in the summer, but having many breaks and days off during the year – even if those breaks are shorter.  So that leaves me to spend time planning and preparing for when their current books/materials run out.

Right now, we are in the midst of a three week break.  We have this week off and I am enjoying some time iwth my daughter while my husband attends a conference for work.  Then next week, we will have our annual family vacation, which includes a celebration for our 23rd anniversary.  Then we will come home with the goal of canning tomatoes – including tomato chunks – as opposed to diced and also trying our hand at canning salsa, tomato sauce and maybe even trying to make ketchup and barbecue sauce.

So what is up in your world?  I would love to hear from you.