Wrapping Up Our Week–Testing Time

In my life this week…  Next week is testing week at the ALE that Gohan attends. Due to his learning disabilities, I have always opted out of annual assessments for him. I feel that he can handle it this year, so he will be taking his first standardized test next week. Interestingly, it will be administered on the computer. So this week he did the trial test. The math portion included questions about pi! He’s only in 6th grade, so that seems a bit advanced. He does happen to know what pi is, but it hasn’t been taught in any of his math curriculum yet. Hopefully, the test won’t overwhelm him. I try to stay extremely low key about testing, so that my kids don’t develop test phobia (this was hard with Tertia when she was younger as she tested very poorly).  
In our homeschool this week… We started working on the next science unit I have put together. It’s a unit about weather. I’ll post it once I put some finishing touches on it.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We didn’t get out much as Dora had a cold. Gohan will be having a friend sleep over this weekend though.
My favorite thing this week was… Getting to hang out at home. We don’t spend many days at home all day, so it was kind of nice to be able to have a more leisurely pace. Dora was sick, but not so sick that she was miserable.
What’s working/not working for us… Grammar is not working for us. Actually, it’s not so much that it isn’t working, but that I just haven’t been fitting it in. It seems like the least important subject right now, so when time is crunched, I just skip it. Still, I feel guilty about it.
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have… I’ve been reflecting a lot on homeschool approaches. In my heart, I’m a “follow a set curriculum or approach” sort of person, but no one curriculum or approach seems to work for any of my kids. As such, I always seem to be using a bit of this and a bit of that, which leaves me feeling very mish-mashed. Though, I suppose there are some advantages to it and I guess it is own homeschool approach – eclectic. I’m particularly contemplating this with Dora. I had been pursuing Montessori methods with her, but am feeling less and less comfortable with Montessori. I guess I just wish there was some educational philosophy that I felt I could follow for even 75% of our curriculum. Sometimes I wonder if I just like to change things up too much, if I shouldn’t stick things out more. What about you? Do you tend to find that your curriculum choices work for a long period of time or do you end up frequently switching things up?
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…  Gohan’s Van Gogh Unit from our Meet the Master’s curriculum. As you can see, his work on the final project wasn’t as good as his earlier work on the practice sheets. I think block scheduling does not work for him with art, as he gets too tired of drawing so much at once.
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