Monday, May 19, 2008

Homeschool Highlights.

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No matter how big a star you are eventually you have to come back down to earth. After weeks of build up & the excitement of a big concert & even bigger audience this was crunch time with a vengeance. Everything we've had on hold for weeks had to be dealt with. Ditz has not been a happy bunny. If she had her drathers she would do music, music & more music with the occasional break for extended art. She would read only that that she wanted to read & blow things up in science. Math would happily disappear into the nearest black hole (I'm with her on that one but, shhh! I'm not allowed to say so.) Yes, I own a Drama Queen Extraordinaire so it has been on, helped, no doubt, by the cold she picked up along the way.

Despite the storm clouds & flurry of drama driven theatrics we have managed to get some school work done. Officially our History is Around the World in 80 Days. I don't particularly like it & have been supplementing heavily from Sonlight readers & basically writing my own program. However I have been bugged that while Ditz sort of has the big picture in history she has absolutely no sense of its flow. I tossed around between SOTW & MOH as one way to correct this even if all she did was read the book. Unfortunately in our state we have to show what Ditz has learnt each term so I had to come up with some way to do that that both Ditz & I could live with because Ditz is not, has never been, a writer. Too much school writing falls into the *busy work* category for kids like Ditz. It's not that they can't, they just have no reason they can understand to do & I have learnt to choose my battles wisely.

After some thought & consultation with Ditz we agreed that we could do a scrapbooking timeline. No major writing required. She has been able to draw, paint, cut & past to her little heart's content & while it has been time consuming it has been worth it to have Ditz working happily enough. OK, we only have the first page done but it looks pretty good & now I have Ditz under way the next one will be easier & the one after that easier again. Now I just have to get a grip on the fractions that neither of us understand & aren't the least bit interested in. What I need is a magic wand. Anyone got one spare?


Mrs. Darling said...

Oooo that scrapbooking timeline sounds like fun. Make sure you show us a pic when you get it done. And goodness she does look tired indeed. LOl

Ganeida said...

She is tired. LOL, I should have had pics today but the camera batteries are flat.

Mrs. C said...

Aw, no magic wand to spare. I'd do a search and see if some kind blogger has covered it, or perhaps check out something in the library.

The scrapbooking sounds like a lot of fun. Where are you going to display it? Is it going to take a whole room end to end, or stay in a book?