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Friday, January 09, 2009

Back to School!

This week we pulled out the books and got back to business. Somewhat. There were a few hitches, like when I realized the Saxon Math I had on hand for Grice was not quite right and had to order a higher level after giving her a placement test; and our unsuccessful attempts at structuring time rather than content; but the books are on their way and we'll be structuring everything for awhile until we all develop a little more self-discipline.

I placed an order for children's books on evolution and Darwin in honor of Darwin's 200. Visit Charley's Playhouse for some great ideas. This year, instead of just our basic history, math, English, and Latin, I'm going to make science more of a focus.

And that includes my own education as well. If you thought my 2008 reading list was interesting, you should see my Amazon Wishlist for this year's selections:

My Amazon.com Wish List

I want to read these all right now, though I should probably try to finish some of the ones lingering on my bedside table first and quit being distracted by the kids' vampire stories. In order to make more room on my dangerously overloaded shelves I have begun listing books on Half.com. So far I have sold one book and bought eight more.

Grice and Elle attended their first 4H event last night, a cooking club hosted by their good friends' mother, and today we wrapped up our first week with the year's first meeting and park day for our local homeschool group. It has been nice reconnecting with old friends.

Sarabelle has passed her state mandated online drug and alcohol course as well as her online road rules exam and only has to pass the eye exam and physical driving test before she is issued a Florida Driver's License.

We've already got our first field trip planned, the Florida Renaissance Festival, set for next month.

Let's see how it goes next week.


MargaretWV said...

Welcome back!

Checked out your Amazon wish list -- very interesting! I already have 11 of these books, but now I need to add the other 30+ titles to *my* wish list.

L said...

Thanks, Margaret. Being back is harder than I thought. I'm holed up inside my house and won't be coming out anytime soon.

I thought I was going to sell all my culls, make some money and clear my shelves, but now I'm adding them to my BookMooch account to swap for all those other titles.