Addison Academy: Weeks 1 & 2


In my life this week…
I'm trying to get caught back up on all the cleaning/organizational things I committed to this year but am getting a {wee}bit overwhelmed. I'm just trying to take it one step at a time. I have a tendency to clean very "popcorn like" - running from one task to another without finishing the first one - and I'm trying to stifle that. I don't mean to...I just keep thinking of other things that need done!
On the 18th you probably couldn't access my blog because it automatically redirected you to a SOPA strike website. I participated in the strike against SOPA and I'm glad to hear that the strike was noticed!
It's been snowy, rainy and icy on and off this week (and cold!) so we haven't gotten out very much at all. My hubby and son went to a college basketball game last night with my husband's grandma - she has season tickets - and it started sleeting/freezing rain while they were there. The county even ended up declaring a "Level One Emergency" or something of that nature but they made it home fine.

In our homeschool this week…
We recently joined a different homeschool co-op and we are loving it! They didn't meet Monday because of MLK Day so we just did a very light amount of work and regular school work throughout the rest of the week. The co-op meets on Mondays from 8:45 - 12 so we usually have a shorter amount of school work that day and I figured we could Monday as well. The co-op is great for social time but Zeke is also taking some classes there as well - Gym, Play-doh Landforms and Food Art. I tweaked some things around in our curriculum but I'll talk about that more below.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
We took an extended break over Christmas to give everyone a chance to breathe and to regroup. We started back the second week of January and I couldn't be more thrilled. Taking some time to regroup made a world of difference and really helped me to see what was truly important.

I am inspired by…
the #hsmommas group of ladies on Twitter. Although Twitter parties sometimes are all over the place, I like that the party that was held last night had lots of individual conversations branching off about different subjects. There's also a wide variety of different types of homeschooling mommas so you get experience, advice and encouragment. (If you're interested, you can read more about #hsmommas HERE.)

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
As I mentioned above, we didn't really get out much at all this week, other than my step-daughter's basketball game one night this week! That was fun. Ellie didn't enjoy the buzzer that signaled the end of the quarters but other than that the kids had a fine time - and my step-daughter's team won!


My favorite thing this week was…
We've started Raising Arrow's Fruits of the Spirit devotional for kids and I love it. It's easy for them to understand and they loved coloring & cutting out the fruit to put into the bowl. When doing one of the lessons, we talked about God's family and I had a sweet conversation with Zeke, my six year old:

Zeke: Who is in God's family?
Me: Well, anyone who accepts him into their heart and says, "I want to be a part of God's family."
Zeke: (thinks for a moment and then very earnestly says) *I* want to be a part of God's family.
I told him praying would be a great place to start and so we said a nice little prayer together. Made this homeschool momma very proud!

What’s working/not working for us…
During Christmas break, I really took a look at our curriculum and decided how I wanted to plan out our lessons this year. We've received a lot of different curriculum to try through the TOS crew but Zeke has also been struggling with feeling overwhelmed and difficulty learning to read. I am not pressuring him to read and am just taking things slowly. People keep reassuring me that boys are different - some read sooner, some read later and it all works okay...now I just have to LISTEN to that!
Anyway, our curriculum...I made some modifications and here is what we're trying to do each week:

For Reading and Writing, we are reading books together of Zeke's choosing. We're also taking turns with easier books where I'll read aloud a sentence, pointing to the words and then he'll do the same. We started WriteShop's curriculum and we are both really enjoying it. (I don't want to tell you *too* much about it yet though because I have a review & giveaway that will be coming up soon from them!) We're also using The Reading Game, dolch words and some other assorted workbooks/activities from blogs.
For Math, we're using manipulatives and Houghton Mifflin workbooks I got on CurriculumShare. We're now doing  BJU Heritage Studies for History and it's a much better fit than what we had before. I've added Health and Art from Vintage Remedies and Artistic Pursuits to our studies and the Fruits of the Spirit study I mentioned above. (Our Social Studies and Science are still the same - Core Skills and Our Father's World from CLP.)


Questions/thoughts I have…
If anybody wants to shoot any blog posts or articles about preparing for a conference my way, they're more than welcome. The 2:1 Conference I'll be attending in April is my first ever blogging (or homeschooling, for that matter) conference and I'm super excited. I'd love to see what other people's experiences have been going to conferences.

Things I’m working on…
Lots of different things! WriteShop is my sponsor for The 2:1 Conference and I'm working on several different things with them/for them for the next few months - an interview, a review/giveaway and some guest posts.

I’m reading…
I just figured out that I can use my iPhone like a Kindle (I'm probably the last person to figure that out!) so I've been downloading a lot of the free books Amazon offers. I snagged Tsh Oxenreider's Organized Simplicity the other day and am just starting it.

I’m cooking…
nothing! Well, almost nothing. My dearest darling hubby is currently unemployed, which stinks, but it's also good for several reasons - one of which being that he has been cooking for me! And he's a darn good cook. :)

I’m grateful for…
Quiet time in the morning. I've been getting up early with my Hello Morning challenge ladies (Well, not literally! Through Twitter!) and it's definitely a challenge. Getting up early and spending some time in the Word really helps me look at my day in a different light. When I miss out on it, I definitely notice it. And I have to give kudos to my husband who I barked at once or twice this week when he was encouraging me to get out of bed, after I turned the alarm off. Sorry, honey. :)

I’m praying for…
One of my new bloggy friends, Gidget. I haven't known her that long but she is such a sweetheart. She is looking for a sponsor for The 2:1 Conference and I am praying she is able to find one. I'd love to meet her in person at the conference!

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Ellie is getting quite good at tracing. She loves doing "skoo-work."






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1 comment :

  1. I'm doing the morning challenge, too, so HI!!!!

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