Friday, January 18, 2008

Day 88

Yesterday we didn't have academics; instead, the boys took care of Patrick while Kevin and I and Aidan escorted Clare by train to the midway point of her trip to visit the college where her brother is going. She is going to attend classes and then go to the March for Life in San Francisco with the college group. Liam is going too.

So Aidan had a memorable day. As for today:

  • Math (finding out angles and constructing them with a protractor)
  • Discovery of New Worlds (I read to him about Alaric and the Visigoths and we discussed it.
  • Usborne Ancient Worlds (he read about the post-Constantine Roman Empire and we found out who the nameless young Emporer was who was more worried about his chicken named Rome than the fate of the city which he had abandoned).

  • Greek
  • Vocabulary
  • Book of Discovery
  • Plutarch
  • Now he is doing the Algebra Summary and Review. Sigh -- and struggling. I am having him do it on his own which is apparently going to be too much of a challenge. My weakness is to over-help to the point of enabling, and I have to watch this, apparently. We may have to stay right here at the midpoint while he consolidates, which ruins all my beautiful plans for this year -- hitting the midterm right at the midpoint of the year was going to be a first!)
Paddy and Aidan have a cold and so do I, which makes me really really wish I didn't have to take them to Aidan's speech therapy and then to homeschool group.

About once a month I get discouraged with how badly everything is going... I really wish I could plan it to come in installments so I could cope with one trouble spot at a time instead of it hitting me like a ton of bricks. The closest I can come is to write down ALL the issues as they fall on me from a great height and then process through them slowly for the next month finding solutions or ways to cope. But then, that doesn't completely help because part of it is perspective. Oh well -- it's the best thing I have found so far so I'm off to write lists and then get the little ones ready to go.

I am hoping to get a chance to write a Week in Review to help me get a bit more back in tune with how the homeschooling is going.

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