In our homeschool this week… We added LiveMocha to our French home studies. This is another great home practice program which does a wonderful job of explaining grammar rules as you go. It is a great compliment to Rosetta Stone, which our oldest daughter is already doing.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… I try to plan as much as I can ahead. While we homeschool year round, I do take 2-3 weeks off in August before the new school year officially begins to organize house and homeschool supplies and plan out what I want to accomplish the coming year.
I am inspired by… going new places and learning new things!
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…We took our four older kids yesterday to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, prt.2. While Mr. Darcy and I had already seen it, taking the kids was still a fun treat. They loved it. This was our family treat following a pediatric dentist trip on Wednesday, where we took all 5 kids for their checkup...the good news...NO CAVITIES!
My favorite thing this week was… our family movie day yesterday.
What’s working/not working for us… taking one day at a time works for us. With five kids, school, activities, the weeks/months can seem daunting schedule-wise. By taking one day at a time, I keep from getting overwhelmed with the schedule or to-do list.
Questions/thoughts I have… I am wondering which graduate school I will be accepted too. Currently waiting on responses from Univ of Nebraska and Univ. of Louisiana-Monroe. Both have first rate online MA History programs based at a brick and mortar school.
Things I’m working on… My Etsy shop is not opening this week as previously planned, but should be opening soon. I will let you know as soon as it is. The plan is to have it open by fall.
I’m reading… Reading the first Harry Potter series book aloud to the kids. We try to do a chapter a night. Tim and Audrey are really enjoying this. Also reading Emma by Jane Austen, which is this month's JABC selection.
I’m cooking… lots of fresh summer sides to go with easy main entree meat dishes. Still trying to do vegetarian entrees two nights a week.
I’m grateful for… this has been an illness/accident free summer so far!
A photo, video, link, or quote to share… if you are looking for a good online foreign language reference to supplement or use instead of Rosetta stone, try: www.livemocha.com
If you are teaching your young child French, I recommend www.languageforlittlelearners.com by Yvonne Crawford. This is a great website that contains a new children's French worksheet everyday. Yvonne lives with her family in France and you can also follower her on twitter at @YvonneCrawford.
Have a great week!