***Monkey Academy***

My end of the week rants.
I spent the entire week working on a poster for a conference and on the last day my supervisor spent the whole day changing everything. What was the point of me working on it then?

My proposal defence got pushed back to the 26th, I just want to get it over with at this point.

Before the end of last week when M1 was to receive his allowance, he had already requested a raise. When he asked what he could buy with $1.75, I responded with 1 item from the dollar store. I guess he was not pleased with that and requested more money. After our second week, he was happy to hear that he would be able to purchase 3 items.

Well maybe 2 since the dollar store is no longer $1 but a $1/$1.50/$2 store.

On trying to plan what we will be doing for M1’s bday, VS suggested hiring a clown, and then suggested that he be the clown who could do “cheesy” magic tricks. I think it could work…if he were performing for toddlers. M2 finds him hilariously funny, however, he also laughs at M1 hitting his bum so not happening.
The dilemma is that VS is working weekends and won’t be around for it plus it’s thanksgiving long weekend.

Oh boy…

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I have now implemented a formal allowance with M1.
I was never given that opportunity, and I is why my money management skills are poor. I was constantly, having to repeat every little order. Clean your room, pick up your toys, brush your teeth, every command was answered with “why?” because I said so was my reply. But after the 10th time, you just get tired.
M1 list of chores include:
-wash your own dishes
-keep your room and living room clean of your toys
-make your bed
-feed and brush the dog
-help your brother
-help mommy with laundry and cooking
and here’s the most important one
LISTEN to mommy and daddy
So each day he gets a sticker on his calendar that we’ve made,which will amount to a quarter a day. We are working on money skills right now so I needed an even amount. So at the end of the week he will receive $1.75 if all is well which is good for an item at the dollar store. I had to stop by the dollar store the other day and he asked for a dino but I told him since he didn’t have any money, he couldn’t purchase anything. So he told me to use the money from his piggy bank, lol. Nope, I said that money is your savings, so here we begin our life lesson into money…savings are important. He’s actually been very helpful this past week since he is looking forward to getting a dino (as usual). Although today, he did not receive a sticker for purposely pushing his brother after he destroyed something he had made. Willfull acts of violence are not tolerated at any level.

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Vs and I have been talking and discussing about what we should do once I finish school, that date is fast approaching. I only have until early 2010, which is several months to finish my experiments and write up my thesis. So did you know you could buy a house in Newfoundland for $100 000 as well as Nova Scotia. These are some of the options VS has thrown in (did I mention I was trying to get away from really cold winters). We’re mostly considering Ottawa and Calgary, Alberta. We figure this is the best time to do it. We’re not tied down with jobs anywhere and hopefully by the time I graduate there will be jobs available in my field. We’re ready for change, to move ahead in the world, however, what holds me back is the fact that my family and friends are here. Which is why Ottawa would be the most logical choice even though I would be 3 hours away. But heading out West would be so fun, the scenery’s beautiful, I am, however, frightened by those Alberta winters. Where ever I am, I hope to continue homeschooling, that’s the plan anyway. I’ve worked so hard to make friends here for M1 and have found some great people, it would be sad to have to start over again.

I now have a tentative proposal thesis defence date for October 2, did I mention your proposal is suppose to be done in the first 2 terms of your masters. I am now at exactly 2 years, and counting. It’s nice to have goals, it will be a busy month…yeah.

The undergrads our now in the residences and celebrating. They’re so young, I’m don’t think at 17 you should have the freedom to be out on your own at university. Is it just me or am I completely annoyed by students, high school and undergrads alike. I’m sure I was just as annoying to people with families as well but hey this is the cycle right. I appreciate peace and quiet, the freedom to go to bed at a decent hour without waking up exhausted. That’s all I ask for…peace. These kids are pumping their music at midnight as I write, I hate frosh week.

I went for a run yesterday…I felt like I was going to die. No I’m exaggerating, I just felt as though my heart was going to jump out of my chest and my legs were gong to turn to jello. I went straight into the shower and did not get out for quite some time later. Not because it was relaxing but because my legs were not strong enough to pull my weight off the ground in order to get up. I was on the treadmill for 30 minutes, ok well, actually 25, no wait…23 min. 30 min just sounds complete, way better than 23. Anyways, I have to do interval training (where you run for some time and alternate with walking) which I’m told is the best way to lose belly fat by my person trainer (VS). I was actually already doing this, not because it is the most efficient method to get fit, but because of my inability to run for more than 5 mins without feeling like I was going to have a heart attack.

I will try to stick to it. Why you ask? My motivation? I thought to myself, what if my children had gotten kidnapped by some crazy predator and took off to get to his car and all I had to do was run up to him screaming bloody murder to save my children and I couldn’t do that because I was huffing and puffing somewhere in the background as he drove off. Is this psycho or what? OK well I also watched a Tsunami special where I pictured myself swimming in those huge waves holding onto the baby only having to stay afloat and unable to do so because of my lack of physical fitness caused the loss of my baby’s life.

This may be crazy but this is my motivation, although these events are highly unlike (I hope), I’m using my paranoia to help me get fit. It’s kind of sad that is has come to this. Oh boy.

You may think I sound insane but my paranoia stems for reading the news everyday. What kind of crazy world do we live in where these events may even be possible. We’ve become so desensitized to violence since it is a daily occurrence, it’s scary.

A day in the life of our homeschool…
I am a full-time grad student who homeschools her 7 yr old son (M1) for over a year now. We love it; he told me he wants to be homeschooled forever. So as long as I’m able to I’ll do it. I also have an 18 mth old (M2) running around, wishing to be carried, or sitting in the same chair while his older brother is learning.

I’ve really enjoyed Charlotte Mason’s teaching philosophies and hope to incorporate some picture and music study once things have progressed.
I had planned on hs-ing through the summer, just continuing with math, however, that didn’t pan out, and we’re just relaxing.

This is the plan for September:

M-Th: Phonics – Plaid phonics/Spelling – Natural Speller
M-Th: Grammar: First language lessons for the WTM 1&2
M/W: Narration includes vocabulary, copywork, and memory work and bits and pieces of Writing with Ease
M-F: Math-Saxon 3 (previously used MUS beta…too many tears)
T/Th: Science-Lapbooks: starting with dinosaurs
F: French

Geography (Canada) will get done later once Science is complete (Prehistoric mammals/mammals/human body) – I spend about 6 weeks on each topic. We’ll be trying lapbooks this year, they look fun. I like to focus on one topic as oppose to having several ongoing, M1 just concentrates better that way, and it’s easier for me to teach.
I’m still working on my book/poem list for the upcoming year, there’s so much I want to get through. My school day runs from about 9:30 to 11:30am, I have one active homeschooler who I don’t think could go more than that right now without 10 breaks in between.
I’m not very good at sticking to schedules, sometimes M1 won’t feel like writing so we’ll do everything orally. I want to be more flexible with him this year and hopefully develop a greater love of learning.
Once I get home from school, I have a den full of hungry monkeys so once they’re fed I try to get outside with them…good relaxation time, while the weather is nice.

So how do I homeschool with a toddler around?

Well since I’m at school during his naptime, we have to do school with the little monkey climbing all over the place. We have special “school time” toys and books that are only allowed out during school hours. He also likes to sit in his own chair scribbling since he thinks that he’s doing school work as well. That buys me about 15 min for some one on one math lesson time before he starts chewing on the pencil crayon. Since my M2 is food crazy, a snack will also hold him over. And I’m sad to say that the movie Happy Feet is the only thing that calms him down. We watch it daily, just the singing and dancing scenes. M1 can recite all the lines from memory since it’s on all the time. M2 also enjoys listening in on our story time, which is great.

Resources?

The best resources that I’ve found are on my HS resources page, all free, which is my favorite kind of resource. I try to find things online first, my best friend is google book preview. Then I’ll look for used items through my local hs support group, then I head on over to ebay, and then if I can’t find it and I MUST have it, I’ll order it online. I’ve allocated $200 for this school year for curriculum; we’ll see how that goes.

So last year we spent it on insects and dinosaurs so I’m hoping to move on from that although M1 is still very much into dinosaurs, it’s just time to learn something new. He’s been reading about them all through the summer. He wants to be a paleontologist. He’s also asked me how he should try to get a job at a museum, I thought that was cute. There were a lot of issues with math last year so hopefully a change in curriculum will help. I find I have to hold myself back and allow him to have time to figure things out and not freak out if we’re off schedule with our lessons.
So this is the plan anyways, as for how this will work, I’m not sure. Just have to take it one day at a time. If all I can complete is one math lesson I know he will have learned more in that one lesson than he would have with an entire day of public school.

Dino Diarama
Dino Diarama

Salt Dough Fossils
Salt dough fossils
We are currently building a Museum will have a pic up as soon as we are finished.

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So we went to the ROM last week or the week before and I wanted to post the pics up, however, due to my laziness that didn’t happen. So some pics will be up some time soon.

So I’m taking the next wk off and VS wants to go camping, which is fine with me, however, he says we won’t plan anything. ok? He says we’re just going to grab our stuff, buy food and go up to Algonquin park and find a site on that day. Do you see any problems here because I do. I need plans and structure this idea gives me a headache. What if we run out of food/diapers and god knows what else. anyways still in the “planning” phase, we’ll see how it goes. If I don’t return please send a search party out to somewhere in the wood. headline reads: Family of 4-without enough supplies, lost in the wilderness…poor planning.

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VS opened the door to go outside as VS was about to take the kids out with the dog, only to find to my horror, M1 was urinating on our patio. Did I also mention that our backyard is not fenced in and faces a parking lot. Anyways, this completely shocked us. When asked why he did this, he said that he had to go. Well why didn’t you come inside I said. Well, I thought going outside was ok. I guess I have to back up and tell you about our visit to the park. We were on our way back to the car when M1 really had to go, so with no public washrooms in site, we encouraged him to go behind some trees. From this then, he took it to mean that its ok to go anywhere outside? So I had to let him know that if there is a washroom close by, it is preferable to use that, lol. especially if it’s your own house. ugh, M2 can’t play in our backyard until it rains.
oh boys, their logic astounds me.

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