Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Back Again, Really!

So, I took a little blogging break . . .

Okay, it was a rather big blogging break.

It just felt right to stop for a few months. Probably because I was up to my eyeballs in robots.

Storm System returns to the FLL North Texas Regional Championships a third time . . .

. . . and pulls out our first Championship trophy win - for project presentation!

Now I am just up to my eyeballs in everything else.

 The Monkey is playing video games (bad momma, I know!). The older two boys are somewhere in the house, doing some kind of school work. Romeo is still asleep. A typical morning.

Last week, I instituted the use of a daily "Work Log" for the oldest two. We typically have a fairly relaxed method of homeschooling. I set out their general schedule, they do their work, I check work, they work with me to do recitation and review and all should be well. But it isn't. I have found a growing number of instances of missed work, of "whoops, I forgot to do that".

Momma is not happy.

So, the oldest two must log their work and time spend on each subject every day. At least it is giving me a clearer idea of what is going on. Which I know I should be aware of anyway.

Some days I feel that the whole experience of learning is enough, that the boys are growing and benefiting from learning (and failing) at such lessons as time management, self-motivation and independent work.

Other days I am mad-woman crazy, tearing my hair out, crying at the drop of a hat, laying awake at night, my heart pounding, because The Young Adult wrote that the meaning of the stem "circum" is "circle", when the lessons has it as "around" and clearly stated that the student is to learn the meaning of the word in the lesson - no substitutions - and how will he every be successful in life if he hears "no substitutions" and still answers "circle" instead of "around" and I am such a failure as a homeschooler and mother and teacher and my life has no meaning.

Yeah, my husband is never really sure which wife will be there when he gets home.

Gotta keep him on his toes!

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