Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Week 3, Term 1 2012

This week and the end of last started really hard, Josiah has developed a poor attitude towards schoolwork and is procrastinating to the MAX!
This has caused us to have a closer look at the way we do things and whether we are a bit heavy on the bookwork side of things and not enough fun happening. I have been reading a few different homeschool blogs including this one:

I think we do need to do a bit more lighter and fun stuff, but i am struggling to see how i can fit anything else in to our week. I think this is going to take some serious thinking and reorganising of my life and priorities and about how i view homeschooling.

We did some brainstorming about how we can get him to do the necessary bookwork but trying not to force him to do it. This recent poor attitude is coincided with bad behaviour in many areas of his life so a complete overhaul or reminding of the boudaries and why we are in charge is necessary.

So far this is working and his attitude has improved. We have discovered that anything to do with writing with a pencil he procrastinates. This is something we are going to ask other teachers about and our friend who is specialising in special needs/dyslexia. He often confuses letters and numbers, writes them backwards and subsitutes appropriate words when he is reading.

A friend on facebook posted a link to:
So today we attempted sewing for the first time. These are the results of our sewing:

The finished Product

The finished product

Sewing in action!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A few things over the holidays

We've had a lovely break from formal school work but the holdiays are over and we are all keen to get stuck back into it. We have nearly finished our first week back to school and we've had a great week. We have a new kindy routine and a much lighter schedule this term than last year. This week has seemed quite easy and quiet but many of the extra curricular stuff hasn't started yet. I am enjoying it.

This is us doing health/PE this week. We traced around Rachel's body and stuck some organs on her. She lay very still (suprising) and the kids are very proud of their picture. It is stuck up in our hall way and they have shown it off with pride to all who have visited our house this week.

In January Josiah did VACSWIM. This is him in the blue and orange shorts diving. He really enjoyed it but it was very cold. Some of the kids had to get out part way through the lesson because they were too cold!

We found this lizard in our driveway, it intrigued the kids for ages (and Dad too!)

This year we attended CMS Summer Encounter and this is the kids performing on the last day.

They really enjoyed the childrens program and learnt about Ecclesiastes.

This week has also been eventful because we enrolled Josiah into school and submitted our homeschool paperwork for exemption/registration. It is his birthday today and he now legally needs to be enrolled in school (although he wont attend because we are homeschooling)

The application process was not too difficult but did mean i had to plan some of our subjects a little more than i had in the past. I guess i will find out soon what happens next.....

Josiah has invited his friend along to kids club tonight instead of having a party and i am making a cake.

I am really looking forward to this term, i feel refreshed, renewed and energized for the year ahead.