In my life this week… I haven’t blogged a weekly wrap-up for Gohan in a while. First I was extra busy with my mother-in-law’s visit and other things going on. Then it was spring break for Gohan’s ALE (alternative learning education). So this week was the first normal week we had in a long time.
I did learn something interesting – glue sticks can mold. Who knew? In the past, they have always dried out when they were old. Well, I had two that I kept in the car for Dora, since I spend so much time having to entertain her while Gohan is in class. We went to use them and yuck – the ends had black mold on them! They weren’t even that old.
In our homeschool this week… We incorporated the worksheets from Homeschool Creations into geography this week and I felt that they worked really well. I think they are intended for younger kids but that is good as Gohan was able to complete the mapping activities, which did not require too much fine labeling. I don’t know if I will do a pushpin map for Australia or continue with the worksheets, we’ll see how Gohan feels about it.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We had several boys and their moms over for a “game night” over the weekend. Gohan did not want to host it in his room with the old jungle mural I had painted his room with year’s ago. So we spent spring break painting it light gray. I used a paint sprayer for the first time and it was so much easier to use than a roller. The bad news is that I didn’t cover windows and so forth well enough, as I did not realize that a fine mist of paint would float down on them. The other bad news is that Gohan broke the paint gun, which was quite expensive. It was an accident, he just wanted to help paint and I wasn’t supervising him well enough as I was dealing with Dora and just trying to keep her out of his room and the paint (normally he babysat her for me to paint).
My favorite thing this week was… Watching You Again with my daughters, Gohan, and husband on Friday night. It’s not often that Dora lets us watch an adult movie and it was nice to spend time together.
What’s working/not working for us… We have continued to use the block scheduling method for all subjects, except language arts and math. It is working very well. It is so much easier to get all of the materials out just once a week for science, geography, and art.
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have… I’m just starting to look into curriculum for next year. I’m not sure what sort of year we will have as the government is once again looking at cutting funding to ALE programs. Fortunately, we are already enrolled in the homeschool co-op for next year (he is going to take electronics, glass fusing, drama, and PE). He also already plays in a gaming league once a week for five hours, so he does get out a lot. In addition, we belong to a couple of homeschool groups, one of which has a weekly activity for tweens and teens, which we are always too busy to go to. So if they cancel the ALE, all I would really need to find would be another PE class and maybe a science class for my science obsessed son.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share… Here are some of Gohan’s geography sheets. The two on the right are the Homeschool Creations worksheets that I mentioned.
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