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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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

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Artwork and Home School Planning

Hello again!  Whew! I have been keeping myself busy.  Even when I’m not busy, I busy myself with something or other.  For instance, I am readying myself and my son for home schooling coming up here pretty soon.  Yes, other “schools”, public, private and homeschool have already begun, but I have chosen to wait until after Labor Day.  Gasp!  Yes, the time kids Use To start back to school… that seems like a long time ago in a galaxy far far way!  Anyhoo, I figured I would share a bit of my planning and planner right here, with you.  But first I thought i would share a bit of pyrography that I have been working on.  Now, please note, this is not yet even near finished.  Much more to go with this one, but I thought I would share what I have been doing…

This is my tedious little eagle that I just HAD to do.  Its taking a bit more of my time than the usual wood burned artwork, but that’s okay, as I think this one is going to turn out really pretty. (You can even see my crossed pistols in the background, that I posted here a while back.)

Now, on to the main things I have been working on… SCHOOL!  

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(Above is my white-board(dry erase) that has the calendar, schedule, reading list, and will have the word-of-the-day and artist-of-the-week.  It is a large EXPO board that someone was getting rid of and I got it Free!  The dry erase markers, seen on the bottom left of the board, are magnetic, have an eraser on the top of each one and I found them at Dollar Tree.  3pk for a $1!  Can’t beat that!  The Lists/schedules are taped to the board using a thin duct tape I also found for $1 and can be removed easily as I need to change things out.)

I chose an online curriculum for my son, but plan to mix it up and use other things as well.  We are using All In One High School for the basis of his learning, as I have found it has many things that I believe he will both enjoy and benefit from.  This is NOT a virtual school and I don’t plan on using one of those.  I did look into it for him and his older brother started out using a virtual homeschool… though we did NOT stay with it for him.  I have many reasons for this, but mainly because it follows a school districts set plan and allows just as little flexibility with schedules as a standard, brick and mortar, public school.  You still have to attend virtual lessons at preset times(that you cannot miss), you have to go along with the exact curriculum, and you cannot slow down if you need to make sure you understand something and you can’t move ahead if you are done quickly.  Which leads me to the next point… you STILL have to spend almost as many hours a day/week as a standard school(even if you finish ALL your work in a very short amount of time) and if you don’t, you will not be in “attendance” for that day. Needless to say, that was not for my oldest when he was in school and it most certainly is Not for my youngest.  So, if I am not doing that, what am I doing, you ask?  Well, I have have chosen standard, as well as different courses from that, that you would find in a public school.  

The tentative daily schedule is as follows…

Word of the day and Artist of the week, Breakfast & Bible reading, Computer, PE/Health, Algebra 1, Oceanography, World History, English 1, ART

And in addition to the online curriculum that we will be using I am adding Word of the Day and Artist of the Week. This is quick, simple work that can be done without difficulty, but can and will be beneficial as I will choose words and artists that are different and possibly new to him.  At the end of the year he will have a brain full of an entirely new vocabulary and so many artists and their works, some that he will not have even heard of previously.

As I am making breakfast he will copy the word of the day from our white board and look up/write down it’s definition in his notebook.  He will also have to write a sentence using said word.  

Artist of the Week is similar, consisting of…

(day 1) Writing down the artist’s name from the board and looking up birth/death dates

(day 2) Writing down where they were born and died

(day 3) Writing down notable traits or facts about them

(day 4) Choosing 3 favorite works of the artist and printing them out for the notebook

(day 5) He will write down what kind of art this artist creates/created.  In addition to that, he will have to write down 2 other artists that create(d) similar types of work.  

Here is a look at the front of his assignment binder…

Note the paper taped into the left front pocket.  This is the weekly/daily schedule for him to follow.  Each week I will write one of these out and place it in his binder.  Most times things will not change, but if they do, it will be noted here.  As you can see on the right side of the binder, it starts with Bible.  This will consist of the chapters and verses that he needs to read for that day as well as 4 daily questions that he will answer on what was read.

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I also have a reading checklist(above) for his reading outside of school time.  This is very important to me as well as him.  He Loves to read so much!  At the top of his must-read list this year are all of the Harry Potter books, Armada & Ready Player One.  He has read only but a few of Harry Potter’s adventures so he wants to read them ALL, as well as his other favorites that he has read and re-read several times, Armada and Ready Player One.  I have no problem with this as long as we mix in some classic literature in there as well… and we will.  I have a LIST.  

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Here are a few things that I have included in my “teacher” binder.  I need places to put lists and calendars(above) and lots of stuff like that, as well as attendance sheets and grade sheets.(shown below) I printed these (that are a part of a really cute planner) from The Frugal Homeschooling Mom.  Check it out!

I have no idea if I will use the 6 week(not pictured), 9 week, 12 week(not pictured) or Monthly pacing guides, but I am glad I have them… you know, just in case.

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Lastly, here is just a simple attendance sheet that I will be using for those classes that require little to no actual “book work” or “normal grading”  Something just to keep us on track and so there is a record of it for that class, mainly for my peace of mind!

Well, I surely hope that you enjoyed a glimpse into my world of homeschooling.  I am sure I will be posting more very soon, especially in the few days leading up to our school start date as well as after we start.  

Have a great day!

~CrAzYmAmA~

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