Monday, July 6, 2009

51YYGP3HYJL._SS500_.jpgHomeschooling: I just ordered this 4 pack from Standard Deviants. Equestrian Girl loves her Aleks.com math and has always done well with it but I'm thinking Algebra might be a different story here soon. Maybe I'm channeling my own problems with it to her...either way, I KNOW it will be trouble for Motocross Boy for sure. It will be a while yet until he really gets going on Algebra but if these DVD's prove to be as "fun" as what I've been told, he might just get into it more than I could hope. He does good with fun. I also ordered the DVD's on American Government. Another subject that I found incredibly dry and I actually LIKE history. Maybe it was the teacher. Surely I'm not that bad! (Any old teachers from NFHS reading this? You were fantastic!) Ahem.


One of the best things about homeschooling is being able to change and flex as you go. Public school teachers are generally stuck with the curriculum they are given no matter how badly it's working for the majority of their class. Sometimes they are stuck with it for YEARS on end. I love being able to chuck a curriculum that isn't working and try something new or add something even better to one that's already working great. I'm hoping the Standard Deviants algebra does that for Equestrian Girl...a bonus curriculum.


Motocross: Hubby came up with a very cool hoody design...can't wait to post a picture! He's hoping to get a big t-shirt order from a local track. That would be soooo huge!


Horses: We finally made it over to see Stanley and give him a good workout after his 3 days off. And he was such a good boy! Equestrian Girl worked him hard so he was very happy to get turned back out when she was done. No lesson this week so he'll probably just get one day off since they have a 2 day show this weekend. We are excited for this show - each day has high point winners and then there is an overall weekend high point as well. Equestrian Girl and Stanley should at least be in the top 3 or 4...


Light Bulbs: Totally off topic. I was just talking this weekend about the compact florescent bulbs with some neighbors. One loved them one hated them. I've been on the love side of that equation for quite some time but tonight I have to rethink that. When I came downstairs after tucking the kids to bed I walking into the dining room to find one of the compact florescents had exploded all over the table and floor. I have no idea how or why but am very glad it wasn't a few hours ago when we were all sitting at the table eating dinner!!

2 comments:

TCavanaugh said...

I think it is great that you have the ability to change or "flex" to your children's needs. I wish I had the "smarts" to teach my children at home.

PaintCrazy said...

While I'm sure you are plenty smart, being so isn't really much of a requirement for homeschooling. Honestly! Being supportive and able to encourage your kids is really all it takes. There are TONS of online programs and DVD's and other stuff that take away the necessity to be a subject matter expert in everything. Living on a farm you have a great stage for teaching your kids so much more than they will ever learn in school...