Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Into the Swing of It

So we are slowing getting back into the swing of it. Actually we've had it a bit easier than I expected. We began our journey into medicine for ADHD. I'm not sure what to expect but its actually slowed down his outbursts and need to move/make noise. He's still talkative and hyper and moody but I realize that is his personality. Its a slow process in which mistakes are made and notes are taken. Things can and usually are changed to make adjustments. Whatever it takes to make him feel better and to make life a little easier for us all.

That said we are completely STUCK on division. He is soooo frustrated with division. If he could curse, he would and that word would pop up somewhere in that sentence. So I skipped... oh about 20 pages.. of our math-u-see book to move on to Volume. Much much better. I could hear the sigh of relief. Not just from him or me but everyone else in the house!

We are doing good on our book challenge. He's ready 15 books this month!!!! I'm a little behind. More like 7... maybe 8. Cross my fingers. If I were counting kids books, I would hit 100 by next week. We are potty training the little girls! I should say I am. I sit next to them and read. We are making our way through my four shelves of kids books and quite a few of the libraries shelves as well. Hope that they are potty trained soon or I may start permanently rhyming!

I've found another place to check into for karate for my son. We started a while back with another place here in town. Soooo disappointed in that place. He would love to have the physical outlet karate provides and I would love to see him learn some obedience and training that it offers. If all goes well and this place is good enough, my daughter will join also since she will be turning 4 this February!!! Both the girls turn a year older this February!

I think I will finish with my current reading.

Swimsuit by James Patterson

Very good book as all of his books are. A light read for me. A killer who films his killing for the
viewing of a select bunch of wealthy individuals is having his story written by someone he has basically kidnapped. Very twisted and keeps you saying, "WHAT!".

My past reads for the month have been paranormal romance and urban fantasy reads so this
was a nice change from that. But don't think my next book won't be by Patricia Briggs or some other wonderful paranormal author!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Winter break is over.. boo!

So our winter break is over. The kids say boo. The weather says boo too. It insists on the cold and the snow! Sigh. Its card to concentrate on botany and division when your toes are freezing through your socks. We homeschool in our finished basement large room. Its nice and comfy and all of our homeschool things are there (aka hundreds of books and a pantry full of crafty stuff). But I'm thinking we may be taking the school stuff that we need and heading upstairs until this weather decides to warm up. Why is it that a whole upstairs can be warm and toasty and the downstairs is always at least 5 degrees colder??!! And just for the record I did call and let the company who installed our wonderful central heat and air know about that last winter! This year I'm better prepared and have been driving everyone nuts with random rugs here or there! So today was a recover and prep day. We had to recover all the things we stopped on before break and prep for what will come this week. I made a few changes in our schedule/curriculum that we needed to talk about. I use Math u See and I'm thinking next year I may try something else. Its very repetitive! We like it to a degree but he gets aggravated doing the same thing for 10 pages. I can't blame him. It would annoy me too. So it went okay today. Got things straightened out and everything pretty much lined up as to what he needs to do each day.

Besides school we are starting on our resolutions this year.
We are joining an Olympic Book Challenge.
It can be found here:
http://reading--stitching.blogspot.com/2010/01/10-book-challenge-and-olympic-reading.html

I haven't decided if I will just blog about it here or make a new blog just for reading and books.
As a book collector and reading addicted person, I might NEED a whole blog just for it!

I also resolve to catalog all of our personal library! If you've seen my library you know what a
big job that can be! I've already started that one! Fun Fun.

Our (my) last resolution is to exercise more and limit my caffeine. So I sit here with water bottle in hand and Ab lounger behind me, I wonder if I've lost my mind. Probably but if I can lose some of my weight with it, I might let it go.

Goodnight!