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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

ABCYA for Basic Math Practice

I forgot about this wonderful website ABCya.com.  My daughter has been struggling with remembering all the rules that go with Math.  So, I have added 30 min of homework each week night, to help.  Mostly through games on ABCya,  I tried Adapted Math, and I liked it, but she did not find them remotely enjoyable.  I mean if you have to play a Math game, might as well be somewhat fun.  Fractions have been especially a pain, so playing the  multiplication, and fractions games, have been especially helpful.  I have also resorted to forced note taking.  I hated to do this, but if she has to write down the rule, for each lesson each day, then she can just look back in her notebook and find how to do it.  Me telling her all the time, is not helping her to remember.  I am seeing slow, but good results so far.  We will continue this as long as is needed.  There are other great Math websites, but I tend to stick with what works until it no longer works.  There is also Language Arts games, we just don't currently use those.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A New Adventure for Me

Some of you, who visit frequently probably remember I have been making jewelry, painting etc, and selling on Ebay, and Etsy for years.  I recently shut down my Etsy shop completely, just not worth the time.  I still have Ebay active, but am currently not actively selling there.  I am starting a new adventure.  I have been thinking this whole year about options for the future.  I only have one more child to get through high school, and then I will need to have something to do.  As I get older, the prospect of floor nursing, esp full time, seems daunting.  Going back for my RN, is way too much debt, with a little more than 10 years to work.  So, after much research I have decided to go into Health Coaching.  If you would like to see my new Health Buddy blog, on Wordpress, please feel free to visit  https://healthbuddydotblog.wordpress.com/  Maybe you need a Health Buddy.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

End of First Quarter Grade 9 Caitlin

It has been a very busy first semester, as you can see from my lack of blogging time.  I really am going to try to get back into regular blogging for the new year. 

DJ got a seasonal Christmas job, at a tree farm, and it is going well for him.  This is a great learning experience for him, at a fairly difficult job.  He is getting ready for finals for his first semester of college.  I am quite proud of him.  He is learning to manage his time, and his stress level, not to mention money.

Caitlin has finished up her first semester of grade 9, and her 2 strongest grades are in Language Arts, and Math.  Go figure that one out, lol.  She is passing all classes, but I need to see better results in History and Science.  She is finding the Apologia Physical Science to be a little difficult.  I was considering changing it, but have opted to enforce more studying time, instead.  I know she can do this, she just needs to apply herself more.  Taking notes, and studying are new to her, so I am trying to not to be too forceful.  We finished up Pre Algebra, and have moved to Algebra 1 with Saxon.  She hates it, but it is my choice.  It gives review every day along with learning new info.  That is what I want, and that is what matters, lol.  She will thank me someday.  I think next year I will switch to Aleks.  It is 20 dollars per month, but it helped my son so much, and it takes the headache off of me some.  History, well she just don't like it.  We discussed the fact that I need her to pick some kind of an interest, other than shopping, and staring at Youtube on free time, since she opted not to do Drama.  I think she is leaning towards horseback riding in the new year.

I am currently taking a free Microbiology course on, Saylor.  I need to keep my brain healthy with some higher education lessons.  I am currently debating what I want to do now that my kids will not be homeschooling in a few years.  I currently am working an Alzheimers Unit, and I love it, so looking at some classes in that regards.  Health coaching looks really promising.  I think as a nurse, I could have an interesting niche, especially in regards to elder care. 

I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Grandma Moses Art Project, and San Felasco Field Trip

So, this is two posts in one, because I forgot to blog last week. First picture is our History art project. The artist we studied was Grandma Moses, and you can read about her in my previous post. We finally finished our project which is painted rocks, in a folk art style, for a Fall theme fairy garden, which will be the centerpiece for our dining room table. Painting on rocks is incredibly difficult. Our next era will be the Civil War era, and I am researching artists now.

Last Monday, I took Caitlin, and one of her friends, to San Felasco State Park. There is actually another part to the park, but it was still very hot and we could only spare an hour. The trail is just over a mile long, and the girls took bunches of pictures. Great little short field trip.





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