In my life this week... I switched a med, and I have been adjusting to that. Have to take it in the morning, because taking it at night makes it hard for me to sleep. Or rather, I don't sleep well. One of our cats, Hocus, has an infected bit on his belly, so there was a vet trip and I have been giving him antibiotics and pain meds daily. Also, Corey surprised me with a new washer and dryer. They are lovely, and now I can dry a load in one cycle. AMAZING!
In our homeschool this week... I have pushed Haydn to write more sentences and start forming paragraphs. This resulted in screaming fits, but we survived. We have one chapter left in the second Percy Jackson novel, Sea of Monsters. It was good. Maybe even better than the first. Haydn picked up Eragon to read for Independent Reading. This shocked me. We have listened to the audio, but he wants to read the book. Normally, a book that size would intimidate him. I am thrilled he is trying it. We are reading Greek myths. It broke my heart when Haydn said he could relate to Hephaestus.
Places we're going and people we're seeing... Another great week at CoOp. I am always blessed by the other moms and my sweet student, Hannah. We made a trip to the vet, as I mentioned before. Haydn enjoyed seeing the African Grey Parrot in the waiting room. Haydn taught his therapist about origami cranes.
My favorite thing this week was... watching Tangled with both boys. It was a funny movie.
What's working for us... When Haydn doesn't want to do something, he will try to guilt me with tears or throw a screaming tantrum. I have started sending him to his room, with his work, when this happens. He can come down when he finishes. Amazingly, without an audience for his performance, he does the work and comes back downstairs.
What's not working for us... We were reading Shakespeare's Secret. The beginning did have some parts that taught us things, but it was getting boring and seemed more about Hero and a cute boy than Shakespeare. I nixed our reading and moved onto a new biography.
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have... Should I add spelling words to our weekly work? We do vocabulary words and tests. It just seems to me that the more he writes and reads, the better he will spell. Do I need to do a specific spelling lesson?
A photo, video, link, or quote to share... Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both. ~Abraham Flexner
After informing Haydn that, yes, he does have to answer the questions in his grammar workbook, I was treated to high-pitched screams that would make someone think I was physically hurting him. Rest assured, I have not laid a hand on the child. I sent him to finish his Grammar work in his bedroom. He stomped up the stairs, where he started shouting that no one cares about him and he hates homeschool now and none of this matters anyway. I did not yell back. I did not cry. I did not make a smart remark. I did not attempt to reason with my tantrum-thrower. I simply continued what I was doing. Now, he is quiet and working.
Days like today are hard. On these days, it is best I remind myself of the good days and the good moments. So, without further ado, some of the good things that have occurred since we began homeschooling:
He takes less breaks during the day than when we started.
He enjoys audio books in the car.
He visits the dentist without fear.
He does not throw things or punch the walls.
He's had only 1 complete and total meltdown in the last 2 months.
He listens to music.
He goes to bed without a fight.
He showers with little-to-no whining.
When I remind him to do something, he is less likely to get angry.
He apologizes for forgetting things.
I can run errands with him without worrying too much about his behavior in public.
So, all in all, even on a day where he is angry about having to write sentences, he is a very different boy than he was last year. God is working many changes in our lives. Sometimes, I just have to step back and look for them. They are there; they simply get clouded in the day-to-day muck of making the changes happen.
Current Playlist: In the car, the boys and I are listening to Brisngr. Haydn and I have listened to a lot of MoTown, lately, on Pandora. I have been doing a 30 Day Song challenge on Facebook. That has taken me back to some old songs.
Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: I have tried something like five new ice cream flavors in the last couple of weeks. My favorite was Red Velvet Cake by Ben & Jerry's.
Current Colors: It is spring. I like brights. I am noticing orange a lot, thanks to my sister.
Current Fetish: Did I mention the ice cream thing?
Current Food: I am working on a batch of cake pops for Olivia's first birthday.
Current Drink: Water, and only water.
Current Favorite Favorite: My Kindle.
Current Wishlist: A Droid phone. Can you believe it? Now that Verizon HAS the iPhone, I'd rather have a Droid.
Current Needs: To make a decision already about curriculum for next semester so I can start ordering it in pieces. It will be expensive to do all at one time.
Current Triumph: Learning not to give into Haydn's tears when we do school.
Current Bane-of-my-Existence: Daily headaches for over a month now. Not migraines or anything. Just enough to be annoying.
Current Celebrity Crush: nada
Current Indulgence: Going to Brandon for Olivia's birthday party.
Current Mood: Happy. Good. YAY!
Current #1 Blessing: My husband. He is so stressed and worn out this semester, but he still manages to help me with laundry and the boys. Love that man!
Current Slang or Saying: "That's One!"
Current Outfit: Thrifted Tommy jeans, purple tee, green cardigan, New Balance shoes.
Current Link: A friend passed on this blog, and it is really helpful.