Its Been a While… When Homeschool and Life happens

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Why yes, it HAS been ages since I posted.  Let me tell you, between the second semester of homeschool, still trying to adjust to the new schedule of having my son at home(which you think I’d be used to by now) and all our many other goings on, I may have neglected this blog a weeeeee bit.  So, let me start off by saying hello and I’ll just right in.  

After the Christmas season break we got back into homeschool, albeit slowly, and that was ok.  I tried to keep us on track as much as possible and I think I did a pretty decent job of it.  Well, I say *I* did, but mostly it was my son who manages to keep himself on track and get his work done it a timely manner…well, most of the time anyway.  He works independently and that is very important to him.  One thing that definitely changed, as a result of his wanting to work independently, was that we had been starting his school work around 10am or so, but since January schoolwork has been moved to later and later in the day, sometime being done at midnight.  Did I mention we are night owls?  Honestly, it doesn’t bother me, he’s a teenager and if he is getting his work done and he works better at midnight than 10am I’m all for it.  Especially when he decides he wants to complete the next days work as well so he can skip a day.  AHHH, the beauty of homeschool.  He loves his new way of doing school, especially when he has some say in what classes he takes and when he does his work.  Now, I say he has SOME say, not all.  Meaning that he does still have to take the core math, english, science and history stuff, but as far as electives that’s up to him.  And that is something which we will discuss in the near future so I can prepare for next school year, but lets not think about that now.  Right now, I look back fondly over this school year as a learning experience for both of us.  For my son, it was a new and different way of learning as he had been in public school from Kindergarten through 8th grade.  Telling his brain to slow down and take his time was something I had to remind him of while still in PS, so he didn’t make silly mistakes.  With homeschool I had to remind him that taking his time was ok and even important now because he didn’t have some school deadline to meet, even though he typically got things done quickly and efficiently anyway.  As for me, I had to learn how he learns.  Let me put that a little clearer.  I homeschooled his older brother for k-3rd and then again in high school.  His learning process was COMPLETELY different that his younger brother. Big bro was visual, had to learn things in small increments so as to keep his attention on the task at hand.  He is a pro procrastinator.  HA!  Little bro is also visual, to an extent, but more of “I’ll do this in my head.” Very cerebral I suppose, and very goal oriented. He likes to get his days work, write down what he needs to do, complete it and sometime complete the next days as well.  He tries to procrastinate, but he never quite succeeds.  HA!  I guess he cant get his mind off his work if its not done for the day.  But anyway, all this to say I had to learn as well.  I had to learn how he learns, how he thinks, how he likes to complete his work.  And I’m okay with that.  Even though he isn’t in a public school and we don’t do traditional “school times” he has a structure and order to how he goes about his work…one of his own doing.  Good grief, if only I could be that disciplined!  ha!  This just works for us.  He loves his independence and treasures the quiet.  Junior High was already too full of drama for him and it puzzled him why kids were the way they were, as he sees the world from more of an adult perspective, I suppose, which at 15 is amazing and I’m a little envious.  If only I could have seen through the drama at that age!  And he even told me before I pulled him from public school, “I don’t want to go to the local high school, its too peopley…too much drama.”  And yes, while the world may be full of drama after high school, we can choose what situations we want to be in…we can distance ourselves if we so choose.  He wanted to distance himself from that, for the sake of learning, not in spite of it.  So, with ALL of that being said, we close the book on a good 9th grade year and welcome 10th grade with open arms…well, not yet, but SOON, very soon!

 

MORE SOON…

 

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WOW! Where did this year go?

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As we come to the end of the Christmas season and the the end of another year I am trying not to reflect back too much on what has been, as much as what can be.  Yes, there has been good, really good in fact, but there has also been bad and downright ugly.  I won’t go into my thoughts on politics or celebrity deaths or whatnot, it only fuels some peoples internet-anonymity-driven fires.  That’s not what this is about.  This is about reflection of a personal nature and looking toward a future with hope and dreams and some common sense as well.  

I am excited about beginning the 2nd semester of homeschool with my 9th grader and he absolutely loves it!  The first semester went so well… I call it a success for sure!  Just gotta get printing on assignments for him starting back next week… wow time is flying isn’t it?  

I look forward to getting myself healthier, as I have slacked off in that department quite a bit.  Holidays, amiright?  You have no idea the amount of cookies and other sweet treats I created.  Too many!  That’s how many!  The smell of sugary goodies in my house was almost unbearable…hey, I said almost!  HA!  Seriously though, I have had maybe two cookies and two tiny pieces of baklava… go willpower!  

I also look forward to doing a savings jar again.  Now, it may not seem like much to some, but to us it was a good chunk of cash-ola that paid for some summertime fun!

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All I did was get a $1 plastic container from dollar tree, cover it in duct tape(yes, I has cherry duct tape…I used it for roller derby, on my skates) and then make my weekly date sheet of what to put in it and on what date.  I just put in cash once a week, starting Jan 1 with 50cents and each week increase it by 50 cents.  By the time I reach June 11, there at the bottom of my list, I will have $150 in the jar, plus whatever random change I add here and there outside of the set amount.  Now, if I choose to keep saving, at this point I will probably just add $10 a week for the rest of the year.  Much more than that and it can become a nuisance.  Like I said, to some this may seem like a tiny amount, but honestly, $410+ by the end of next year sounds amazing to me, just by throwing a little cash in a jar each week.  This may be a yearly thing for us now.  

Lastly, I look forward to being more comfortable in my own skin.  This has always been hard for me, even if I don’t show it.  I worry about what I look like, what others will think and if someone will think bad of me or laugh because of my choices in clothing, hair, etc.  Lately though, I have all but abandoned those unimportant thoughts and just went with who and what I am.  I like clothes, don’t like shopping because I am not a size 2, but guess what, I don’t have to be in order to be me.  So I shop with pride now.  I have bought clothes recently that I would never have bought before but I love them and guess what, they fit and no one stared or laughed or poked fun at me.  Not that I care now.  I have also gotten many tattoos this year(yay!) with an appointment to get another next week.  Did I ever think I would be a 40-something mom getting tatted, especially with my adult son, NO.  But there we were, a month ago, at the shop together… he paying for mine as a birthday present to me.  Awww!  Anyway, my point in all this is that THIS IS ME!  I will be me and be happy about it…it took me a long time to find my confidence.  But DAMN am I glad I did!  This year I will continue this confidence, I will continue home education for my child and I will be the cheapskate that I am, shopping sales, making my own stuff and saving every penny in a jar.  I like me.  2016 me was good, but 2017 me is gonna be GREAT!

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This is me, the CRAZYMAMA

MORE SOON…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From CrazyMama RK!

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Homeschool HOORAY!

Well, hello again!

I have to say that the last several weeks have been filled with so much stuff going on… where do I begin?  

Firstly, let me just say that homeschool is amazing for my 15 year old!  He tested out of Algebra 1 and we are moving up to Geometry.  This is a huge step for him and I think he is excited… well, as excited as he could be about Math.  He has told me numerous times, I don’t like math…I know how to do it, I just don’t like it.  He’s funny! 

Sometimes, I doubt myself… what mom doesn’t?  But I have those moments where I wonder if he really is getting all he can from homeschool and then it smacks me in the face, when I tell someone what his schedule is like or what creative learning tools I have come up with or the places we’ve gone on field trips.  He writes much more than he would in “regular school” and he has gotten to choose the computer class he is taking, as well as what art projects he would like to work on.  He leads the way on the way he wants the schedule to go and I am fine with it as long as all work gets done.  And it Does!  I think of all this and I am like, “okay, this is the right way to go.”  Especially on days like this, when I see, academically, that he is not lacking in the least!  

Oh and an update on our little plaster projects…

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This is my little pen/pencil holder that I carved from plaster.  RCAH are the initials of our homeschool.

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This is a carved plaster pedestal that my son created specifically for a POP! figure.  He collects them and wanted a showcase spot for a special one I am guessing.  

These are finally done and as soon as I can I will post pictures of them being used for their intended purposes.

Hopefully soon I can get some time to devote to my wood art projects.  Who knows woodworking class may very well be in our homeschool future.  Hmmm, yes, I do believe it will be!  And you know I will post that here too!

UNTIL NEXT TIME!  

CRAZYMAMA  RK

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Wow, time flies!

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I swear I blinked and its been two weeks since last I posted.  Where does the time go?  It went sailing by, just like the clouds above.  Anyway, it started with being sick just as my youngest child’s birthday rolled around, then I got better only to get sick again with something else completely unrelated.  Bit of bad luck there!  Only I could manage that!  I really hate being sick, because I really hate not being able to do everything I need to do.  I somehow manage to do most of what I need to anyway: taking my boys here and there, making dinner, washing dishes, washing clothes, etc., etc.  Oh and HOMESCHOOL!   As I type this I am finally at the end of a week+ long illness.  I am much better, but it still sucks!  We have managed to get school done every day, regardless of me being sick, and still get out and do things FOR school that we needed to… as well as work on some sculpting artwork.

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Above plaster work: Pedestal for a POP! vinyl figure, carved by my son(not finished) and a paperweight/pen and pencil holder with our homeschool initials, carved by yours truly(also not finished)  More pics to come!!!

 Yesterday we even made it to the State Fair of Texas… something the whole family looks forward to every fall!  We ate lots of fried, delicious food and looked at lots of pretty cars and trucks at the auto show, as well as said “What’s up!” to Big Tex.  Oh, and we walked… A LOT!

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All in all, the last few weeks have been super busy, even with me not running at full capacity.  We will have lots more homeschool art to post soon, as well as(hopefully) some wood crafts from me… I still need to finish that table I started months ago!  UGH!  Just when it cools off a little, and its a good temperature to get out and work on my woodworking, I get sick.  It figures!  Lots more soon, I promise!  

CrAzYMaMa  

~RK

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Getting Outside…the box

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One of the best things about homeschooling is the fact that we can choose whatever kind of “PE class” that we want to.  For homeschoolers, PE can look like many different things.  For instance, PE today was at a local park, where we walked and hiked a bit.  But we also saw tons of dragonflies, grasshoppers and butterflies, many kinds of birds and a few lizards.  Some days we see ducks, fish and turtles, at the pond, too.  So, its a nature walk, which falls into the Science category.  I love that!

BELOW: A FEW FRIENDS WE MET ON OUR TREK THROUGH THE PARK.

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 Even if we aren’t “studying” nature as we go, we are IN nature, observing… enjoying.  While we will have days where we head to the ice rink, the local indoor pool or bowling, taking a walk or going for a hike for a little while is just as good.  No strenuous stuff needed ALL the time!  I don’t know about other homeschoolers, but for us, over-scheduling and trying to follow other’s idea of PE, or any other class for that matter, just does not work for us.  He left the public school-type scheduling behind and jumped feet first into homeschool.  Gotta say this is much better, for everyone!

A reason my son gave me for wanting to be home schooled a few years ago… “I just don’t really like dealing with people.”  Now, that didn’t mean he is shy or reclusive, he meant he HATES dealing with other teens that act like… well… teens. LOL  You see, he cannot stand the drama, arrogance, fights… you get the picture.  He was at school to learn, he knew that and wanted to do that and learn he did.  That was never the issue.  But going into a Large high school was not his idea of the most awesome thing ever.  I don’t blame him.  He is quite happy, as we come to the end of the 3rd week of school.  We have freedom, flexibility and fun.  We study normal classes, but we also get outside every day.  He does essays and labs, but he also draws/sketches and next week, sculpting with clay and/or carving plaster.  He learns SAT words every day, but also learns various facts about a different artist each week.  Like I said, we get outside…the box.

THANKS FOR READING!  COME BACK SOON AND I MAY JUST HAVE SOME PICTURES OF OUR CLAY AND PLASTER ART PROJECTS.

cRaZyMaMa

RK~

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Field Trip Day!

Woo hoo!  Field trip day!  I always loved field trips as a kid.  I was never homeschooled, so the getting out of doing school work for the day was just as exciting as the destination!  My son, though excited to get out of doing his normal work, was much more excited to go to 2 art museums today!  It was made even more special that one of the museums, even though not listed as being on display, had 2 Van Gogh paintings.  We were both so excited, my son moreso, as Van Gogh is his absolute favorite artist.

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Paintings by Van Gogh— Enclosed Field with Plowman & Street in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.  The top one is my favorite!!!

 In addition to those paintings, we saw Andy Warhol prints, sculptures from every possible era, big bold artwork by Frank Stella(the modern art museum was having a retrospective of his work) and paintings by Manet, Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Michelangelo and so so so many more!   I just love that we have world class museums so close!

Well, that is all for me today!  Just had to share our awesome day!

 

More Later…

cRaZyMaMa

RK

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Our First Week Completed!

Just a little what’s-up date…

Whew!  Our first week of school is officially in the books!  It was pretty smooth sailing and we got a lot done.  All of my sons classes are very straightforward and too the point and he likes that.  He has even taken to getting up earlier than me so that he can do his Bible and other routine morning assignments ahead of time.  This way he can take a break until I get up and then we start on his core classes.  For his PE class we, at the very least, walk everyday.  We also add in strength training if we go to a local park, as they have outdoor exercise equipment along the walking path, which is an awesome thing I must say.  I am super excited that PE is working out.  He can tend to be one of those kids that doesn’t Want to exercise, but with this class, I think he finds it more interesting and different.  Luckily, when the newness of this wears off, there is also an indoor pool at a local recreation center, as well as an ice rink not too far.  Plenty of options that’s for sure.  Aside from all that, I am just trying to keep up with paperwork… attendance, grades, printed worksheets, etc.  After we were done yesterday, I immediately set out to print out any worksheets for next week, as well as all his Bible reading assignments for the whole week.  I am gonna stay on top of this!  I know, it’s only the first week, but I have to set a goal for myself in order to keep it all in line.  Also, I created a student ID and have planned a field trip to art museums for next week.  That should be fun!  

Well…That’s all for now!

Have a great weekend and a great week next week.

More soon…

CrAzYmAmA

~~~~~~~~~~~RK

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