This is a general update. Things have been busy…
Nathan was supposed to take his Hebrew midterm last Tuesday. After studying like mad, he went to the church where he’d arranged to take the test….got the test…and it was in Greek! They sent the wrong test! Talk about “It’s all Greek to me!” So he’s still studying for his Hebrew midterm which he’ll take next week. He passed his Church History test and now has Intro NT and Hebrew left. I’ve been helping him study and I think I know the Hebrew alphabet, and definitely some of the vocab. Almost a 2-for-1 education!
Nathan started working at UPS part time a few weeks ago. So far so good, and I really like the schedule – he’s home from 10:30 am onwards…’course, he’s leaving for work at 5 am but that seems to work for him. I can’t imagine doing it!
We’ve been sick the last couple of weeks with a miserable head cold so not much happening on the homeschooling front. I’ve been doing reading with the kids (good snuggling at least on sick days!) and reading some books myself about homeschooling philosophies and options. I was in Montessori schools til Grade 4 so I looked into that first. I like a lot of the ideas but some of the tasks seem like makework compared to what actually happens at home. I think I’ll incorporate some ideas into our daily routines. I already adding doing dishes to Eliana’s chores and she really loves it. The problem is keeping Sophia and Jonathan out of the sink while Elly and I wash! I have also been looking into Charlotte Mason methods and unit studies. I’m hoping to read a little more on KONOS curriculum, I think that sounds like the best fit so far for our multi-level kinesthetic group! I ordered “Get Ready for the Code” and Singapore Math’s Earlybird 1A and 1B books. I think I need a little more structure than what I’ve been doing so far, but less makework. We’ll see how it goes. I’m feeling a lot more committed to homeschooling as the best choice for our children, so the break has been good.
Next weekend (Canadian thanksgiving) we’ll be heading to Edmonton, AB for Amara’s baptism. It will be very good to see old friends again! I’m really looking forward to it, and hopefully 3 whole days away from Hebrew will allow Nathan’s brain to congeal. 🙂