Friday, 10 October 2008

Second week report and a little bit!

The children are all doing well at the public school. We are following the routine of school somewhat, with most mornings going smoothly. No buses have been missed yet!

Tests, field trip, oral presentations, even a little bit of a fight...that's been the last 2 weeks. Dragon was at the receiving end of another boy's fist. I never received a call from the school explaining what happened (Dragon told me that they don't call unless it's serious). I would normally be more upset, but last night Dragon lost his temper and hit someone in our neighborhood. We were not impressed. His issues with his temper are nothing new to us, but we have always been clear about not hitting anyone. Anyway, we're dealing with it and I am against complaining, so let's move on...

Princess enjoys going to school, and wishes she could go every day. At this point, she is not interested in doing much with me at home, besides baking and listening to me reading aloud to her. I think she just enjoys relaxing while she's home, since she's quite busy at school.

Fairy is also doing well at school. She had an oral presentation that went well, a math test which she received perfect score, and a field trip to a conservation area where they tried to catch butterflies and snails. Fairy joined the Girl Guides of Canada in September and was voted to be a Patrol Leader by her peers, after giving a small oral presentation to the group.

We have done some afterschooling, not regularly yet, but it's coming along. Math is being done about 3 out of 5 days a week at this point. A little bit of art too. I have been reading aloud many books on Halloween and Thanksgiving, either in the morning or at night. You can see them on the left side. I have also kept on reading aloud the City of Ember and The Maze of Bones (39 Clues). Tonight we will start The Joy of Spooking.

A few friends and family members have been asking how I am doing with this big change!
Well...It has been a huge change. To go from being with my children all day long to now not having them around for 7 hours every day is a big difference! The first few days were rough, I won't lie, but I slowly saw this as an opportunity to do a few things for myself. I am a runner, not a marathon one yet, but soon I hope...On the days that Princess is at school, or if my husband is at home, I have been running. I ran 10 km again this morning, while Princess had some time with her daddy, and that feels wonderful. I am also working on de-cluttering our home. We only moved this past spring, but with homeschooling, everything was just put out, organized quickly, and that was it. I now have a chance to go through everything, organize properly, and dispose of what is not needed. I also have a pile of unfinished projects (art, quilting, sewing, etc...) that will get tackled this winter. In the month of November, I am going to try a new challenge...*yikes*... writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. You can find all the information on the NaNoWriMo site, and there is a Young Writers version as well here. I have never written anything so this will be interesting! Wish me luck!

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