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Always prepared…

Well, not always, but I do try really hard to be prepared, and I wasn’t even a Girl Scout.

Today, I am preparing lesson plans for this next homeschool year.  I can’t believe that Boo is going to be in 5th grade.  It seems like yesterday that we were singing the alphabet song and dancing around while we learned everything else.

Boo is a great student, she picks up things very quickly.  She can read something, write it down and will be able to recall it later that week.  I am like that, I remember in college being able to see my notes in my head.  I could turn the pages (in my head) to find what I needed for a test or paper.  It’s very helpful for spelling and grammar.

The schedule for this year is…

Handwriting
Spelling
Grammar
Writing/Reading
Math
History/Geography
Science
Foreign language – Italian
Art
Home Ec
 

Most of what I am doing today is determining how the lessons will be set out over the school year.  Our school year is 32 weeks long, split up into two, 16 week semesters, one before Christmas and one after.  The sixteen week semesters are separated into two, 8 week sessions.  I can further break down the sessions into 4 week blocks for some of the subjects.  

Homeschooling can be a lot of work but I really love it.  It gives me piece of mind that she is learning what is being taught.  If we need to spend more time on something we just stop and go back until we are comfortable.  Everyday isn’t perfect, we have good days and bad days.  Most weeks start with moaning and groaning, and then Boo gets up and she’s all mopey.  Some Mondays it can take us a good half hour or so for us to get into the groove.   Beyond that though, it’s all good and I really enjoy our school time.

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Almost time to dive back in…

Today was the last day of our family holiday vacation.  Sully had taken the week off between Christmas and New Year’s and had today off too.  Boo and I won’t start school until later in the month.   I honestly need to check my calendar to see if we are starting next week or the week after.  Sully has to go into the office tomorrow which is a bummer because we will miss him, it’s been fun all of us hanging out.  The silver lining is that the garage will be empty and I can put Christmas decorations away easier.  Boo’s dance classes started up tonight, I wasn’t too thrilled this afternoon but her classes went by quickly and I was able to work on my next writing project.

It’s still January 2nd, at least for twelve more minutes and these are my thoughts about my goals for this next year…

More water, less Dr Pepper, more writing, less worrying, and yeah, more exercising. I tried belly dancing a few years ago and loved it.

I think I need more of that.   I’ve been wanting a belly button ring for the longest time, I think this is the year.  Blue topaz butterfly, perfect!  🙂

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Thinking about resolutions…

I spent most of the day removing ornaments from the Christmas tree.  Then I worked on packing away our Christmas tree and the ornaments.  Hmm, what?

A fake tree, you ask? Yes, we have a fake tree, I am allergic to live trees, something that I inherited from my father.  When I was in college I was staying with a friend and was quite excited to help her with live Christmas tree.  It was neat to see it in her house and have the experience of seeing how the other half lived.  My exposure to the tree was somewhat limited. I say that because I was going to classes in the morning and working until eight o’clock every night and the room I was staying in was downstairs.  Still, it only took three days before I started feeling crummy another day and I was congested and coughing.  It didn’t take long after that for me to slide right into a nasty case of bronchitis.  So, yeah, a fake tree, thanks for asking.

So, anyway, while I was de-ornamenting the tree I was thinking about my options for New Year’s resolutions.  There’s the ever popular exercise and lose weight resolution, or the quit drinking/smoking/farting/fill in the blank  or my favorite, the getting organized promise.  

After some thought and procrastination, I am going to forego the resolutions and make some flexible goals for the coming twelve months.  I am working on a list and I will share ideas that pop up as I go along here.

I think the first thing that should go on the list is ‘Getting to bed earlier’.  Sleeping for only six hours a night is not optimal for operating coherently.

New Year’s Day is about to slide into it’s place in history.  I will take a moment to wish us all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year in 2012.

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Hello world!

Happy New Year!

Definitely looking forward to this next year, last year wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t easy either.  This next year though, I have a good feeling about 2012.

I am so confident about 2012 that I wore my Wonder Woman T-shirt to ring in the New Year.

It’s going to be great and I am going to get a lot done.  I haven’t really made New Year’s resolutions as much as plans and goals to achieve over the next twelve months.  I can’t wait to dive in.   🙂