Addison Academy: January 2013

In my life this month…
Well, our month started out pretty well! The picture above is from our first day back to school after Christmas break. Unfortunately shortly after sickness hit me, then the kids, and now hubby!I had two different rounds of sickness - a UTI/kidney issue and then a week or two later I came down with a pretty rough sinus/throat infection that the kids and then hubby ended up getting. The kids are still on the way to recovery, as is hubby but they're slowly getting better. We've spent a lot of days cuddled up on the couch reading or (as seen in the picture below) letting the kids camp out on the floor with blankets, pillows, books and games.

In our homeschool this month…
We've been busily working with the materials I mentioned in this blog post. I've been trying to have us do as much as we can since I know the new baby will be arriving soon and we'll probably inevitably get behind some. Zeke is speeding through his Math book. (Which is great because I STINK at Math and I worried he would have trouble with it also.) Now if I could just get him to improve his handwriting! We've been doing 1 - 2 handwriting pages a day in addition to his regular written work and I've been scouring Pinterest to find ideas to help improve his coordination and penmanship. I'll have a post coming up in a week or two about his new Science curriculum and our thoughts on it.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
On homeschool-related Facebook pages and on other homeschooling websites, I see SO many moms worried about their children and their reading abilities. While this is a valid concern (Heaven knows I HAVE BEEN THERE) I think we sometimes get so focused on it that it makes the problem - if there is one - a LOT bigger than it actually is. I say this, having done it myself! Look at the picture below - that's Zeke, reading aloud to me at the library! While he still struggles and has challenges, he is really improving. I'm not saying that people shouldn't research or look into testing - I found tons of things online to help and encourage Zeke to read, I read countless articles on dyslexia/dysgraphia, and am still looking into having him tested for basic skill levels, if nothing else. Definitely do research but don't stress out or start yelling/berating your child about it. Just take things slowly, one day at a time and encourage them!

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
We've been attending a weekly gym class with our homeschool group and the kids have really been enjoying it. We spend the first 30 minutes doing activity stations and/or exercise songs and the rest of the time is spent in free play - the kids can play basketball, hula hoop, run/walk laps around the gym, play catch, etc. My kids usually just run around like crazy people. :)

My favorite thing this month was…
Ellie's love of puzzles. She wants to do them practically every day. (She also loves that the library has puzzles too.) She amazes me by how bright she is and how fast she catches on to most things.

My kiddos favorite thing this month was…
Going to the library. They've always loved going there on our weekly or bi-weekly trips, but I think it gets more fun as they get older - they're able to go pick out the books they want, browse the different sections, play with the puppets & puzzles, and even check the books out themselves.

I’m praying for…
patience and organizational skills. I know that once baby gets here (soon!) that there will be adjustment time needed but I hope and pray that I'm able to continue keeping somewhat of a good homeschool routine in place.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…


  1. Your homeschooling is inspiring me more than you know! Your are such a blessing!

  2. I forgot to post my journal - I've enjoyed reading yours. From the Lilac Luster group :D

  3. Coming by from the Lilac Luster group :) Looks like you guys had a great month and glad everyone is starting to be on the mend ;)

  4. I'm glad you guys are feeling better, we are just getting it at our house. :( I really like the journal idea, I might have to start doing this.

  5. I love a peek into another homeschool family's day. It helps keep me centered. We have another illness too! Our third one this winter, and I don't believe that is fair. Thank goodness for the iPad.
    We have so much in common! The library is our favorite place too. The kids ask to go just for fun-to spend a couple of hours reading a ton of books.


    Amy J


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