Goodbye Summer- Hello New School Year!

We are saying goodbye to another summer. Last summer of my son’s tweens, as he’s turning 13 tomorrow. Last school year was incredibly busy, and quite stressful for us with intense extra curricular activities. But the summer was sweet (but short).
We hiked,played with friends and visited new places in our state. We made lovely memories.

 

 

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Colorado National Monument

 

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Rocky Mountain National Park

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Golden Gate Canyon State Park

This week we have started school at home and at the homeschool program my kids attended for many years now. D. started grade 8 and C. started grade 5.

This school year at home will be different for us as D. will take all of his core subjects at the program and I will support and supplement at home, which is completely new, as it used to be the other way around. He wanted to take Algebra and Physical Science and I wanted to make sure that he gets the best possible instruction. I don’t mind these, but they are not my favorites. He also takes English there, US History and STEAM. His classes are twice a week.

C. still goes once a week to the program taking English, Colorado History, Science and Coding there, most of her school is done at home.

Both kids continue to sing with Young Voices of Colorado, D. is now in advanced male choir and considers Music Theory Exam in the end of the school year. C. is in second level of training choirs.

Both are still doing karate with D. being a junior black belt and C.- solid green.

At home my goal for this year is taking a calm approach (1st week was a failure in that term) . We are trying out Book Shark Curriculum for Language Arts and Science/History. Singapore math for C., D. is doing Saxon for the first time in the program (we used to do Singapore with him). We continue doing our Russian lessons, and D. is taking Spanish in addition to that. He is very excited.

My plate is full with my illustration work  and the commitments I made for volunteering at children’s choir.

It will be a very very busy year. I do miss the early grades and the lovely slow days we had.  But I also welcome the challenge of having a full schedule and measure our time to do both work and play. I hope we can spend enough time in nature, will have more read-alouds as a family.

 

Here’s to 2018-2019 school year, out 10th year of homeschooling.

Two Weeks Roundup: Goodbye May and first week of June, 2015

Sunflowerous summer is in full mode!

Such a bliss to wake up on some days and not have any plans at all!

Picture of the week:

our summer playground aka Roxborough State Park

our summer playground aka Roxborough State Park

What we’ve been up to so far:

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C.’s new room

C. has moved in into her own room a few days ago. She was sharing with D. until now, and finally the time has come for her to get her own space. So we quickly converted a guest room into a little piece of “enchanted forest” as she requested. New paint, wall stickers (I wish I had the guts to do an actual mural), new shelving unit, new curtains, new lights. IKEA is my everything.  She is very happy with the result.

Behr Spring Glow paint. IKEA wall stickers (trees and leaves are separate sets), cross stitch by me, IKEA bed linen, IKEA rug

Behr Spring Glow paint. IKEA:  wall stickers (trees and leaves are separate sets), bed linen, rug. Bed was built by her grandfather. Cross stitch pictures on the wall were done by me.

IKEA curtains, IKEA shelving unit

IKEA: curtains, shelving unit with drawer and bins inserts

I am very happy with how the shelving unit worked out, there are drawers for her clothes and bins for toys on the bottom shelves, and all the books and lights go on top part

I am very happy with how the shelving unit worked out, there are drawers for her clothes and bins for toys on the bottom shelves, and all the books and lights go on top part. She picked plants for her room too.

a mirror and another curtain for her dressing space

a mirror and another curtain for her dressing space

Hope C. will be happy in this room. I still need to find a little stool for her to use as a nightstand, and maybe, eventually we will find a way to squeeze a small desk here somehow.

D.’s room is in desperate need of make-over too, so his will be next.

School Year is finished+ round up of two weeks in May (5/11-5/24/2015)

Unbelievable, our school year is finished! The past two weeks were crazy, but we made it.

Photo of the week:

It's been wet and overcast  on and off for a couple of weeks now, yet I love it

It’s been wet and overcast on and off for a couple of weeks now, yet I love it

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Week’s Roundup: Jan.19-25, 2015

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Wow, this week was intense! This will be a long post, as I plainly didn’t have time to make smaller ones during the week.

Photo of the week:

Butterfly pavillion

Made lovely memories in the Butterfly Pavilion

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Week’s Roundup: Jan.12-Jan.18

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Whew, what a week it was. So long and busy it seemed.

Picture of the week:

This little friend couldn't get enough of a pumpkin left over since Thanksgiving Day

This little friend couldn’t get enough of a pumpkin left over since Thanksgiving Day

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BYE BYE MESS: Homeschool work zone

Making our Homeschool Work Zone nice and neat is the first challenge on the path to a reasonably decluttered home.

I swear we are not that bad in general and it gets cleaned regularily, but somehow it gets clogged up again. Cleaning shelf by shelf, which was done previously just doesn’t work.  Picking up mess at “hot spots” doesn’t work. D. has a tendency to store things in little jars (is he secretly a mouse?).

So today we went Marie Kondo method on it (click to buy the book at book depository) aka throw away everything that doesn’t make you happy (I started with children’s items because I don’t have the guts to throw out mine yet :D). Kids, unexpectedly were excited. I guess even they were tired of rummaging for good 10 minutes in search of a copybook.

Here’s what it looked like before we got to it.

D's working table, and before you as, yes it is indeed a groin protector on top of Secret Garden Book :D

D’s working table, and before you ask, yes it is indeed a groin protector on top of Secret Garden Book 😀

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