I would say “This week has been very busy”, but that’s redundant. I often look at my calendar and think “When things slow down a bit…”, but does life ever slow down? Nu-uh.
We’ve continued with our new schedule, making necessary tweaks, but really loving the fresh feeling of doing something differently. As the week progressed, however, I got PEACH on the brain.
I’m currently acting as the Meetings Vice-President for our local homeschool group, Parents Educating at Christian Homes, and as lofty as that sounds, my main task is to plan our monthly meetings.
For February, I organized a Curriculum Fair involving PEACH members who volunteered to bring the resources that they use and love to show and share with the attendees. So – Monday and Tuesday I felt excited anticipation battle with the “Am I forgetting something?” feeling. Did I contact everyone? Do I have enough tablecloths? Where are my meeting notes? What if I get up in front of everyone and say something stupid?
The day before the meeting, Wednesday, was more of the same. I kept looking at my notes, checking my email for last minute questions, sending out reminders…
Then the day of the meeting I did the best I could to focus on school with the kids, but I am pretty sure I talked about the meeting all morning, and then I ran a few last minute errands. The meeting itself finally arrived, and it was a great evening of information, fun, and fellowship.
We started out with one of our experienced homeschoolers giving a presentation on “How to Survive a Homeschool Convention”, followed by some drawings for door prizes like a Tim Horton’s Donut Date and James Dobson’s Night Light for Couples devotional book.
We then dismissed to the Fellowship Hall. The tables were piled with books, notebooks, and lapbooks. People were talking with enthusiasm about the things they brought. I saw many ear-to-ear smiles and heard lots of laughter. Everyone that came pitched in to make it a wonderful meeting.
But now I have homeschool support group hangover, which is the weird feeling you get when you’ve worked very hard to plan an event, felt the warm glow of success, spend a lot of time talking and laughing, and then… quiet. Back to normal.
In the midst of all of this are the homeschool resource reviews for the Schoolhouse Review Crew we’ve been assigned. The curricula we’ve received so far has been phenomenal, and I can’t wait to share them with my friends and readers.
Kenny has been using A+ Tutorsoft Interactive MATH, and we both love how self-directed it is. Emma and Kenny are using ARTistic Pursuits together, and I think Emma enjoys acting as the ‘teacher’. Noah is very excited about our latest review for Adventus MusIQ, as he is our resident musician and very dedicated to learning piano. His interest in finances and investing also has him looking forward to the arrival of Math-U-See Stewardship. And I’m excited about The Art of Poetry.
Although the DVDs we received from Essentials in Writing is an elementary level curriculum, we used it together today to review the format for a personal letter. The assignment I gave was for the kids to write a letter to anyone – living, dead, or imaginary. Noah and Kenny wrote to their future selves, Kenny being the little mimic of big brother, much to Noah’s annoyance. Kenny asked his future self if he owned a Lamborghini yet, while Noah wanted to know if he had invaded and conquered Cuba, amongst other grand schemes. Emma wrote to a character in the screenplay she is working on, apologizing for killing the protagonist’s love interest.
School is never boring around here.
The weekend will be mostly cleaning and organizing for a couple of minor home improvement projects, and hopefully a day of rest and rejuvenation on Sunday.
What makes your homeschool week exciting?