Merrill Homeschool - #ParentTeacherMeetUp Week 2
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Merrill Homeschool - #ParentTeacherMeetUp Week 2

So... I am just going to lay it all on the line. School this week? Not so good. I got bogged down with life in general and then I was also considering a significant change in our curriculum (which I eventually decided against) and so we just didn't get a lot done. BUT... flexibility is one of the benefits of homeschool, right? And there was another bonus that I will get to in the questions. Remember, you do not have to answer the questions to link up with us. Any home education post is welcome!



What was your best teaching moment this week? 
I am going to say that getting us out of the house to homeschool gym class when my week was already not going real well by then was a victory I want to celebrate. How I would do with the social side of things when my social anxiety was in full swing was a big concern for me when we chose to homeschool. I have found that if it is for Aiden I can make myself do a whole lot of things I wouldn't otherwise do though. Oh, and hearing Aiden answer the questions meant for our teens at Godparents and how he boldly shared the truths he has learned through our Bible studies was a pretty cool moment as well!

What was your biggest struggle?
Ummm... everything else? Ha! I was definitely thankful for the homeschool gym, tae kwon do, library story time, Sunday school, Godparent Group Meeting, and standing playdates to make the week at least somewhat educational. 

Were there any milestones met or special accomplishments this week? 
I continue to be astounded by Aiden's reading. I guess I can't say I did nothing this week, because we read a LOT as always. He is very insistent that he always read me a book before bed, and at least once a night I can't help but laugh a little at the big words he reads that I am sure I will have to help him with. We have had a VERY relaxed approach to reading, and I think he was just born to be a reader. I take very little credit for it, but I do enjoy it!

What resources did you use this week that were awesome? 
Okay, now I remember one reason why I wanted to do these recaps. Because I felt all horrible like I hadn't taught him at all this week but as I think back I realize we did more than I thought. Well... he did anyhow. He rocked the Reading Eggs and Math Seeds again this week. I am not getting anything at all to say this, I promise: We LOVE these websites! And right now there is a 4 week free trial (ends 9/22) if you visit http://readingeggs.com/share/ and use the promo code FBSHARE.

Best kid quote of the week (because you know they say some funny stuff):
I mentioned there was one more bonus to having a rough week on the teacher side of things... by midweek Aiden was asking when we would do school again, ha! Oh and here is a vocabulary lesson we had this week. He asked me at lunch time one day if the yogurt he had pulled out of the fridge was "furry" to which I replied "Goodness, I hope not!" We eventually established he was actually looking for FLUFFY yogurt (he likes the whipped stuff) and so we talked about how kittens can be both fluffy and furry but if you ever find furry yogurt you should throw it away! 

Kid's choice: Share their favorite parts of the week from their perspective
I thought about making a video of asking this question, but he is in the bathtub right now and I am running out of time! Ha! He said that making art at the library was his favorite part of school. 

Hopes for the week ahead.
Pretty much anything will be better than last week, so I just hope we find a rhythm someday. I keep praying for it, and I am faithful that by the time he graduates high school someday soon it will happen!




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10 comments

  1. I've heard so many good things about the math seeds and the reading eggs. I'm going to check them out for Emmerson. Also, I think we all struggle with life getting in the way. I get so stressed about it and then, like your week, things fall into place and I'm all "why was I so stressed."

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  2. Not every week can be a stellar homeschool week! We got a lot done last week, which is a good thing, because this week started out with the kids sick so we've had two days already with no school, and today we're starting late.

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  3. Sorry it didn't go as planned, but it seems like you've done a lot of reading and that sure counts as a great accomplishment!

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  4. Thanks so much for inviting me to share my post on your link-up. I added "Parent Teacher Meet-Up" to my homeschool link-up list (Just moved to my blog...it's a pretty new blog so I used to have this somewhere else: http://imaginativehomeschool.blogspot.com/2015/09/homeschool-and-educational-link-ups.html).

    I gotta say I love how you break down barriors...opening this up to homeschoolers, teachers, parents of all sorts (cause all parents are teachers). So often these groups get pitted against each other, when we all want the same thing: for kids to learn, do their best, and be happy. I have two in public school and one homeschooled, and a VERY LONG TIME ago I was briefly a public school teacher, so I love when these three groups (homeschoolers, parents who don't homeschool, and classroom teachers) can get along and even help each other out...cause I've been all three of those.

    I loved when you said today that "I have found that if it is for Aiden I can make myself do a whole lot of things I wouldn't otherwise do though." Don't our kids stretch us? I really never thought I'd homeschool (even though I taught...but I taught middle school, and didn't do too well at that). But when our kids need something, it can really make us take leaps we wouldn't otherwise, can't it?

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  5. Thanks so much for inviting me to share my post on your link-up. I added "Parent Teacher Meet-Up" to my homeschool link-up list (Just moved to my blog...it's a pretty new blog so I used to have this somewhere else: http://imaginativehomeschool.blogspot.com/2015/09/homeschool-and-educational-link-ups.html).

    I gotta say I love how you break down barriors...opening this up to homeschoolers, teachers, parents of all sorts (cause all parents are teachers). So often these groups get pitted against each other, when we all want the same thing: for kids to learn, do their best, and be happy. I have two in public school and one homeschooled, and a VERY LONG TIME ago I was briefly a public school teacher, so I love when these three groups (homeschoolers, parents who don't homeschool, and classroom teachers) can get along and even help eacho other out...cause I've been all three of those.

    I loved when you said today that "I have found that if it is for Aiden I can make myself do a whole lot of things I wouldn't otherwise do though." Don't our kids stretch us. I really never thought I'd homeschool (even though I taught...but I taught middle school, and didn't do too well at that). But when our kids need something, it can really make us take leaps we wouldn't otherwise, can't it?


    Hi again. I've started doing history with Micah...next week we are learning about early nomads and Micah wanted, in stead of a craft, to go out in the woods and pretend to be hunter gatherers. Would that be something your kiddos would be interested in joining in on?

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  6. Thanks so much for the invite to come over and linkup! :-)

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  7. I adore that last picture. I like your candid look at your week.

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  8. Wow I wish I was home schooled.I'm glad that that your son is getting the attention that he deserved even though it didn't go as planed.

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  9. Hi, I'm stopping by from Week in Review. :-) I like listing out what we've done all week because it always helps me to remember what we've done that week when it seems we didn't do much. I've homeschooled for 14 years this year, and I still have those weeks that just seem to have been a waste. It all balances out over time, though. :-)

    http://www.aswewalkalongtheroad.com

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  10. I have heard so much about reading eggs and seeds I will have to check them out. Sounds like it was a great time. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me blog hop. I hope you have enjoyed reading so many fab other blog posts and to see you again tomorrow for another great round of #sharewithme

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