Archive for October, 2018

Happy 18th Birthday!

October 28, 2018

(Better late than never)

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I am still in disbelief that you are officially 18 years old. 18!

I still remember the day you were born like it was yesterday. You could not wait to come into this world. The hospital staff kept telling me we had plenty of time, especially for my first time delivering. They didn’t realize you were the boss. 18 years later and you still are calling the shots, at least you try to.

I don’t know what the future holds for you, however, if you plan on shaking things up the way you did our household, the world is in for a huge surprise.

Peace for the journey, free spirit.

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A Week in the Life (Finance, Week 2)

October 14, 2018

Well, this will be my last post categorized under 17 years for Sky. Monday she will be 18. I can’t believe it. I don’t know where the time has gone. Our journey together has not always been an easy one. She has challenged me every step of the way. Watch out world! She demands change.

Since on the subject of change, I think we have finally found our rhythm.

Instead of trying to fit two main lessons into our day, one for each child, I work with Little Sis one day, Sky the next. While I am working with Little Sis, Sky works independently on her previous main lesson work. While working with Sky, Little Sis works independently on her main lesson work. Since they are learning about the same topic, just at different intellectual stages, we can review and discuss their material together before they go to work independently.

We also added our afternoon lessons (Spanish, handwork, penny whistle, and art) into our main lesson before each child goes their separate way. Now when we take our break, all we need to do is chores. The girls have been helping make dinner every night too (part of their financial lessons). We end the day reading while eating dinner.

We start our main lesson together with a centering and morning verse adding the eurythmy movements. We practice the current Spanish and penny whistle song from the previous week’s lesson. Then the girls do a mental math challenge, practice the form drawing for the week, and either work on A Sentence a Day or Mad Libs.

For this week’s challenge, the girls played a grocery store game I made up.

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They take turns shopping and being the cashier. The shopper must choose at least one item with a sales tax. The cashier must figure out what the sales tax is. The cashier must count the change back out to the shopper without using a calculator. The shopper must figure out what how much change they will be getting back, in their heads, to know if the cashier is right. It amazes me how many cashiers have not learned how to do this. The girls got a first-hand learning experience over the weekend while our family attended Kokomo-Com. One of the booths almost shortchanged me.

The girls work on their spelling and vocabulary words, main lesson page, and read independently while I am working with the other.

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(I am so excited to read the second book in the Society of Alchemists series! The first book is number 1 on my favorite top 5 book list of 2018.)

This week Little Sis learned how the importance of trade,

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supply and demand, time accounts, and double-entry bookkeeping are good for economic prosperity.

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We are reading Who is Richard Branson.

Sky and I continued with Crash Course Economics and Financial Literacy for Millennials.

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The girls made a list of 10 Spanish words they know and copied them in a fancy font.

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We started making bendy dolls for our dollhouse

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and Little Sis has been sewing felt food.

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Little Sis has been practicing sketching.

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Sky has been drawing more with block crayons.

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We all have really been enjoying The Hobbit. Reading it around the table during dinner is the most anticipated part of our day.

Living without individual electronics has been getting a bit easier. Totally worth it.

Peace for the journey.

A Week in the Life (Mathematics Block 1, Finance)

October 6, 2018

Well, we hit another bump in the road this week. I knew we would eventually. After all, we are completely changing up our previous rhythm for something new(old).

When one has had their own tablet for years, suddenly finding yourself without one can be a bit challenging. I won’t try to pretend everything has been peachy keen around here. We quickly found out just how much we relied on them when bored, and that for us was the problem.

Technology can be such a good thing. I was able to wish my nephew a happy birthday face to face 500 miles away. I am able to purchase most of our homeschool supplies online that I would never find in Indiana, not to mention all the amazing online resources available that help me be able to homeschool at all. I could write a whole post about the medical advancements alone.

However, we must acknowledge that technology can be a bad thing too. It is far too easy to use as an escape from the “real world” and become a clutch from facing problems. (To be an American teen right now, I understand the need to escape.) Technology became the wedge that ended up dividing our family. It was time to reclaim us.

I know technology is here to stay, there is just more to living than allowing it to control every aspect of your life.

Despite our setback, we still ended up getting quite a lot done.

We turned our air conditioning back on (after Papa had it covered and ready for winter) because temperatures reached the high 80s again. Not just 80s, but with lots of humidity too. I just can’t take the humidity anymore. So, that meant no more baking in the oven. Tortillas are back.

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One of the girls rolls them out, while the other one cooks it stovetop.

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They make a good team.

The girls started their first math block of the school year. They are both learning about finances. Little Sis is learning business math while Sky learns about personal finances.

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Since I have two different ages (12, heart and 17, head), I work with Little Sis in the morning while Sky works on language arts. While I work with Sky in the afternoon, Little Sis works on her language arts assignments. We start the rhythmic portion of the main lesson together and end our day together with the rotating lesson of the day.

Since Little Sis is still considered in elementary school (grades 1-8) she learns lessons through the “heart” or feelings, which means stories. I created a story about our family owning our own bakery. She came up with the name Vi’s Vegan Delights. Before she can begin working for us though she needs to learn the history of how our society became a money economy. I read The Apple Cake (with hopes to make our own, but no, too hot for baking this week). I used this story to explain self-sufficient, barter, and money economies.

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Since Sky is in high school (grades 9-12) she learns through the “head” or intellect. So, Sky and I are reading and discussing Financial Literacy for Millenials and watching Crash Course Economics videos.

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During their independent time, the girls work on the week’s form drawing, A Sentence a Day, read their stories (of choice), and work on spelling and vocabulary words.

Sky finished her Donte’s Inferno page

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and movie page for Given.

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Little Sis continues to sketch.

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(Her self-portrait.)

We had Spanish and Penny Whistle lessons this week, and are still enjoying reading The Hobbit.

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The girls switched between Mad Libs and the Grocery Store game during morning movement.

We spotted a Praying Mantis during one of our walks

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and played a few games.

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Besides the bumps, we are getting used to our new rhythm. I feel confident about next week and that is a good thing.

Peace for the journey.