I just realized that I haven't posted an actual homeschooling update since November. Wow. I can't even begin to talk about everything we've covered since then.
I have to get real for a minute: I've barely been keeping my head above water. I love blogging, but it's been at the bottom of the list. In fact, right now, I should be going to bed. But I just wanted to take a moment. I did update about two of the curricula we are using, because they come up a lot in Facebook groups and I thought I could just drop a link instead of typing out the same thing over and over again (TL;DR: I love Logic of English and Torchlight and highly recommend both).
I actually took a four-month Facebook break. I still used groups as a resource, but I deleted everyone from my Facebook feed and stopped posting on Facebook. I wanted to use that time as a chance to connect with people in a more personal way--I'm not sure that I succeeded. But it was good to take a bit of a break, even if it wasn't a complete one.
I've been doing some reflecting, trying to work on figuring myself out. It's a never-ending, life-long process, of course. I've realized over the past several years that I'm an introvert, and I'm learning how to nourish that so that I can have stronger relationships with others. I'm working on managing anxiety. In reading about parenting, I've learned things about myself too.
I've been spending a lot of time on research and writing for History Unboxed. I love my job, and I take it very seriously. I'm not a perfectionist about everything, but I am about research. It's really hard for me to stop reading and start writing because I'm afraid I'm going to miss some all-important detail. Access to peer-reviewed journals may or may not be a good thing for me!
We also had a major event at our house at the beginning of March. During a major windstorm, a tree fell on our house. It was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. It came through in multiple places, and we are truly lucky that no one was hurt. I am so desperate for life to get back to normal, and we have a long road to go. The two big kids are sharing a room. Himself and I sleep in the basement because Princess CE can't sleep in a room with anyone else. The other two bedrooms are out of commission. Two kids sharing a room wouldn't be such a big deal if it was an event that had been planned and prepared for, but it's a difficult dynamic when one kid is basically a guest in the other kid's room. It's better now, but one of my kiddos has had a lot of anxiety about another tree falling on the house, and the disruption to routine didn't help with that. We are still probably over a month away from completing repairs. As of this point, the only change is that we have a tarp for a roof. At least the weather is *finally* starting to get warmer.
Let's see what else:
Well, that's the short story. You can always follow my homeschool Instagram page for more regular updates. For now, here are some (ok lots of) photos from the past few months. Click for full images.