Friday, September 7, 2012

It's a Wrap! [and a question]

So we made it through our first week.

I haven't quite decided if I'll do a follow-up of our week on Friday or find something else to join in (from another blog).  Last year a know several of the moms' blogs I was reading used to do something like this.  It's a great way to record as well as share with others how things are progressing.  We'll see.

What I will say right now is that I was a little surprise about how excited and interested my children were with starting history.  Well, I guess I really wasn't surprised--more pleased! (smile)  I spent a good bit of the summer reading Howard Zinn books and a good number of African-American History texts and Native American books.  I will definitely have to take time and share my thoughts about all of this (too lengthy for the time I have presently to post).

We did history each afternoon, with the exception of today.  We didn't start everything but did all of our new things.  I'm still working out how to properly stagger our lessons so that each of my children get direct time with me as necessary.  This week also showed me that I have to do a bit more planning for The Boy.  I have a few more activities to pull together so that he has a little more independent work while I'm working with his sisters.

Next week will be interrupted with some outside activities with our homeschool group--so we'll see how that will affect our learning time at home.  Because of how involved we get in learning, we are usually engaged a lot longer than the 4.5 hours per day the state requires.  With this is mind, we will again do a 4-day week which allows for the involvement we plan to have with our homeschool group in co-op classes, park days and library days weekly/bi-weekly.  We haven't started taking any of our enrichment classes, so we'll probably make more adjustments once we're out of the house for those.

Now, for the question:

I am looking for some good, inspiring homeschool/homemaking/parenting type blogs to read.  In coming back to blog-land and going through my blogroll, I found out that many of the blogs I've enjoyed over the years have ended.  I do understand that people move on, life changes.  So, I'm definitely looking for some you'd recommend.


Have a great weekend, too!


Anonymous said...

Oh, looks like we had very similiar summers. I've been reading Howard Zinn and James Loewen. Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen is amazing!!

As for homeschooling blogs, I have a couple on my blog that I frequent for inspiration. If you find any new ones, please share!!!

My name is Tiffany said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful week. I was one of those moms that did a weekly review. I will not be continuing that this year however I still would like to communicate what our family is learning. Many of the readers of my blog are family that live out of our state and they enjoy the updates. I began to feel that my blog was becoming purely a homeschool blog and I did not want that so I'm switching things up a bit. I am so glad to hear that your childre are enjoying history one of my favorite subjects. I am collecting lots of literature for our future history studies and I have several Howard Zinn books.


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