Saturday, September 25, 2010

Science and other things

Ok, I will be the first to admit, I am not of a scientific mindset at all. My oldest is in 6th grade, and is using Apologia General Science. The project for next week is to use air resistance to keep an egg from cracking upon being dropped from a height. So thankful my husband is a "do-it-yourself" guy. He quickly came up with a "helicopter" format, and off they went. I am really gearing his schoolwork towards math and science, and it will totally be a God driven thing!
So, I finished a piece of beadwork for a challenge, and I am really pleased with the look of it. All three kids sat down and learned peyote stitch. Am I thinking my boys will be bead artists? No, but it is just one more way to stretch their creativity and thinking process. Plus, beadweaving REALLY expands your patience level!
Today is my "free" day, so I'm off to do a little beading, before the rest of my family catches up to me.
Blessings, Shirley

Friday, September 3, 2010

Sixth Grade! Yikes!

Ok, so I'm not really a "blogger". Can't remember now why I created the account, and haven't done much on it, but after reading hundreds of blogs, I realize that maybe my words and thoughts can touch someone who needs to hear them. So, I'm going to try to get better at this, and then maybe post on a more regular basis.
We have entered into the world of middle school this year. My son is in sixth grade, and wow! am I glad that God is in control of this home!! After feeling like a failure at the end of last year, I admitted to myself that he and I both needed some accountability. We are participating in a university model school this year, where he attends classes one day a week, and we do the other four at home. The curriculum was developed from Mystery of History. He is also taking Latina Christiana, Apologia science, IEW, and keyboarding. At home we are taking care of Math, Language Arts, and Bible thru AWANA. Seriously heavy schedule, but he really is stepping up and handling it well. My other two are listening in with our Mystery of History reading, and the science, even though it is 7th grade science! Oh well, by the time they get to 7th, they'll have it down pat! My 3rd grader is reluctantly being dragged into the world of being responsible for his own work, rather than mom reading everything to him and writing his problems like we did last year. Hah! Such a wake up call for him. My sweet little 5th grader is glad she isn't doing as much as her brother. She has such a willing heart, but doesn't want to ask for help.
Ok, enough for now. Promise I'll get better at posting!