Well, I wasn’t really going to write about it, but I guess it is meant to be as my fingers press over the keys. Today is my birthday, not just any birthday but my 40th. Yes, today I am officially 40 years old.
This past year has been a major awakening for me in so many areas. This past year I finally discovered and made peace with myself. I finally embraced everything that makes me, me. I found my backbone, faced my demons (for a time they were winning too), rid myself of shame, and can honestly say that I love who I’ve become, gray hair and all. I am not perfect and never will be, no longer can my flaws be thrown back in my face. You love me for me, or not (and the not, no longer bothers me) . I am not the same person I was a year ago, I am not the same person period.
Though I needed to be the one to accept myself, Susan Cain’s book Quiet helped a lot. Being able to define “normal” for myself was huge. Introversion is a part of me and when you want to change that, or think I should, you are pretty much telling me that I need to change to meet your definition of “normal”.
It’s kind of ironic that I have always been able to accept other people’s normal, but not myself. It’s also kind of ironic that part of the whole “socialization” argument with homeschooling is them learning tolerance of other people’s differences and yet I’ve always felt the pressure (from outsiders who went through public school) to change who I was.Though I am not going to lie, I am pretty radical. I’ve always been that way. Something I discovered while working out my frustrations with Sky and her need to question authority was the fact that I did, do too. I don’t think I’ve ever made “normal” choices, homeschooling included. It’s like I was born to fight, though I’ve never liked conflict. As long as you stay off my back and don’t try to bully your beliefs on me (talking about me personally, not civil rights), I will give you the same respect about your beliefs. Acceptance, yes that to me is 40.
We are still listening to Yeats, Irish Fairy Tales and Folklore. The girls wrote a paragraph of their favorite Irish mythical creature, and their words of the week were Beldam, mutton, gullet, daft, and exhumed.
We also purchased a new game called Word Shout, that is another huge hit. It is from the makers of the dice game Toss Up and played in much the same way. You roll the word dice and must be the first to spot out words and grab the dice to get points.
Little Sis is halfway through book 3 of Gallagher Girls, and Sky purchased Death Note Vol. 13.
It was the perfect rainy weekend for a new puzzle.
This week for warm up (I always start or transition into school with a quick game) we played the game Zoom. I highly recommend this game for mental math. So much better than boring flash cards.
Sky watched a few more videos on complex fractions and we finally put all her hard work, from the past few weeks, to the test. I am really proud of her. She got each of the problems right. Example problem, from Math Doesn’t Suck.
1/4+1/2 + 5/12 +3 * 1/2
______ over ___________
2-1/8 + 3 1/2 x (1/4-1/8) (answer 226/15)
We are moving on to decimals next week.
I purchased the Math Made Easy Workbook, 3rd grade for Little Sis as it had everything she worked on from Khan Academy in it. So, she will be working through that for review since she completed 3rd grade already. She finished both the early math and 3rd grade math from Khan Academy in a matter of months. She is pretty much working through the workbook on her own. I will see if there are any places she needs help on before I decide whether to movie on to fourth grade, though honestly I think she is ready.
Our garden in planted. This year we did make it bigger, added more potatoes, more garlic (finally used our last head), onions, peppers, and we are going to try strawberries. Then there was counting all the hatched Robin eggs.
Since in Ireland and already briefly going over Cromwell’s invasion, I thought we would watch the Cromwell movie about the English Civil War.
We watched Horrible Histories English Civil War song (YouTube) and Irish History, The Conquerors series on Oliver Cromwell (YouTube).
The girls copied notes for their notebooks.
Of course you can’t mention Cromwell and the English Civil War without mentioning King Charles I. So we watched the Kings and Queens documentary of Charles I (YouTube) and the English Civil War – Learning Zone (Parts 1 and 2, YouTube). The girls copied notes in their notebooks.
We finished it up with the Monarchy series (found on Netflix) episode called Cromwell, King Killer.
First we watched a video of one of my most favorite female singers , Tori Amos, song off her new album Unrepentant Geraldines called Selkie.
Then we watched two videos on the artist Peter Paul Rubens, Master of Shadows: Peter Paul Rubens (YouTube) and Peter Paul Rubens, Elevation of the Cross from Khan Academy. I printed off a self portrait and the girls came of with 10 things they learned about him.
The girls picked one of his pieces to color and learn about. They chose Leda and the Swan and added them to their notebook.
We also watched another hidden gem movie, Into the West.
We made mint chip sugar cookies.
I am not a big fan of food coloring so we left that part out and our store didn’t have mint chocolate chips so I chopped the mints up in pieces. These weren’t bad, but next time I will use our chocolate chip cookie recipe and add the mint chips instead. I don’t really like cream of tartar in cookies. I prefer soft, chewy cookies. I would leave out the peppermint extract next time too, as it is overpowering or maybe just add 1/2 tsp.
We were lucky to get in more walks around the block as the weather has been beautiful.
Peace for the journey.