Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Changing Things Up A Bit...

When I began homeschooling this year, I planned to do my lesson plans at the beginning of each week. I had heard arguments for and against planning way ahead, and so I just had to make my own judgement call. My thought was that I could be more flexible by planning weekly...if we missed a day of school for a trip, etc., then it would be easier (or so I thought), to just tweak things accordingly, and keep on rolling.

Well, after one semester of doing lesson plans every Sunday night (or first thing Monday morning!), with our many books surrounding me, I decided that we would try a different approach this semester.

For the last couple of days, I have worked to lay out the rest of the lesson plans for the year. I know that we will have some unexpected disruptions, but I will still be able to tweak things. I THINK that this be much easier. I can't wait to feel the freedom that this will create on Sunday nights!

On a completely different note, another idea that I think I will try, is making my own washing detergent! Never, in a million years, would I have pictured myself doing such a thing, but after reading today that a friend has only spent $7 on detergent since April, and that the "recipe" only takes 20 minutes to make, I decided that it might be worth a shot! I will have Caylie help me do it. It will probably be kind of fun...at least the first time! :)

Here is a link to Jennifer's blog, where she describes how to make the detergent.

Writing the Waves,


Mich said...Best Blogger Tips

WHAT???!!! Only seven bucks since last April? Let me know how it works.

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--the half marathon--I am sure the online plan will be fine. My girls are currently training for one on Feb. 27, and they are running 4,3,3,long each week. Their long this week is 8 miles and they will add a mile each week to that long run. Peak at 13, then back off to 10 the week before the race.

--IEW--yes that is what I use. I would begin with one of their kits (yes it is expensive, but it is the only way to figure out the curriculum). I really like their products, and I have used them for 4 or 5 years now.

---I just forgot the other thing you asked me....let me jump back over to your comment on my blog and I'll be right back! :)

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---BTS---that is Building Thinking Skills. It is sold by the Critical Thinking Company. I use the first 2 workbooks for my children....it takes them about 3 years or longer to work through them (we used to not do them every day). I just bought the computer version of book 2 for Clay, my 10yo, and I am not sure if we are going to like it.

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