I have struggled to keep a record of the last few weeks – this has been because they’ve been fairly normal and yet a bit crazy busy with extras at the same time.
We have had the little girl we are respite-foster-carers for living here full time over the last three weeks. She is just over two years old and is very active little person.
Naomi and Daniel have continued with their studies fairly consistently.
• Naomi has started a bridging course with Open University – Successful Study Skills, which aims to prepare her for further online study. She continues to grab every opportunity to paint or draw and has done some excellent work. She has been ‘commissioned’ to draw something for some friends and that has been a challenge, creating something at someone else’s specifications rather than just drawing at whim.
• Daniel has been progressing well with Math, Writing, Geography, Science and a Photography unit (Udemy). He still struggles to focus for the whole morning, though is getting better. The disrupted mornings are not helping him create consistency.
We’ve started a ‘double’ collaborative project – a homeschool display for the local agricultural show. I say double because Naomi and Daniel are working together on one aspect (as are all the other families in our homeschool co-op) and then they will be working together with the others to put the whole together. They will be interviewing some local farmers and writing a newspaper article. This last week they’ve brainstormed the angle of their article, who they need to interview and began thinking about questions. They haven’t worked on a project like this together for a very long time.
After the weekend of the parenting retreat we took the next weekend off; we simply stayed home. It was very nice. We watched a few movies, I scrapbooked, kids played a board game. We read and talked, laughed and simply enjoyed our weekend together.
The following weekend Naomi has had a drama performance. The local amateur theatre group held a variety show – Naomi was an Aussie Cinder-sheila in an an Aussie twist to Cinderella. She loves being on the stage, and did well with this character.
Joshua, Jessica and Daniel ran in a ½ marathon event. Joshua was paired up with Naomi to do 10.5km each, but Naomi hurt her leg a few weeks ago and wasn’t able to run, and another potential partner was sick so Josh ended up running his leg by himself. Jess and Daniel were part of a 4-some team, each running just over 5km each. Each of them ran personal bests. It was a great community event – over 140 runners this year and many more youth than last year, which was exciting to see.
One Friday we spent the late afternoon with friends around a camp fire, and on the way home Joshua hit a kangaroo and damaged his car extensively. Our friend towed him home and he was considering writing the car off as repairs would probably cost the same as he paid for the car. The next day another friend dropped by and mentioned he had a ‘wreck’ car with parts that would fit just sitting on his farm. So they went and got the car and Josh spent the weekend dismantling both cars to fix his car. This was such a learning curve for him as he is very un-mechanically minded, but his methodical mind kept things in order and by the end of the day his car was working again. He still has a few things to do to make it road-worthy but he’s getting there. I get very excited when I see these things happening in my family – Josh may well have graduated from homeschool, but he still faces (as we all should and do) new learning opportunities, which he embraces because of his desire to learn and his ability to learn by himself. So if you are questioning what is going on in your home, keep this perspective in mind. We are teaching more than academics, and then again, if you don’t cover it all in the homeschool years, they will keep on learning as young adults.
And then to the biggest news – my parents have arrived for a 6 week holiday. They have been on the road for close to 2 months, enjoying this beautiful country and visiting with my sister on their way. We look forward to just living together, and doing a few things out and about as it is a beautiful time of year to visit.