Monday, August 22, 2005

The kids and I went to a homeschooling get-together today in Flushing Meadow Park. I met my friend, T, with her 2 kids, and 2 other moms with kids. We had a little meeting regarding our "new and improved" group and then went to the zoo, petting zoo, and carousel. J was thrilled to hang out with her best friend, G, and there was even another 11 y/o girl, H, for K to make friends with, but H was really shy or something because she kind of kept to herself. I loved meeting the other moms who both congratulated me on my h/s decision and told me there will be lots more get-togethers and activities in the near future. I know we're having a "Not-Back-To-School" picnic in September, and a couple of museums and science centers for the fall.

I started a new learning log for J. I want to get back into practice writing one. I still need that reassurance that J *is* actually learning. I'm sure one day I won't feel I need to write things down, but I right now I prefer to. Here's what I wrote for yesterday (includes my breakdown of the NYS required subjects so I can keep track of what she "needs"):

J’s 2005-2006 Learning Log


1. ARITHMETIC --- Learned and played card game (Spit)= hand/eye coordination, patterns, counting, order
2. ARITHMETIC --- Started keeping her own calendar; Wrote in many upcoming events
3. U.S. HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY --- Watched documentary on terrorism; included Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, and Pakistan.
4. READING --- Read the beginning of: Anne Elizabeth’s Diary – The Diary of a Young Artist (Anne Elizabeth Rector)
5. READING, SPELLING, WRITING, VISUAL ARTS --- Created new personal website (3rd one!) with links, text, and pictures

And this is really a "do-nothing" kind of day. She loves academic-type things to do, but not when her siblings are home. I think she needs uninterrupted time to really persue her interests the way she wants. Well, that will come soon enough. K and W start school on September 8th. I can't believe summer is over already.

I am happy to say that I got the entire rug ripped out along with all the old linoleum, staples, and those nailed down pieces of wood lined with (very sharp) carpet tacks. I took the bunkbeds down, transferring headboards and footboards. I swiffered up all the dust and dirt, cleared out a ton of clutter, and moved the dresser, tv, and bookcase to different locations. I love it, they love it, and now K wants to move back in there with J. LOL! My mom wants to buy the kids new bedding, curtains, area rugs, and cute knick-knacks for their rooms. Cool.


Patrice said...

I'm so glad you got it done. Sounds like it was a big pain. The carpeting in our apartment--I can't wait til we move next year--is lifted in some spots and I have stepped on those staples--youch!

Ah, memories. I remember riding the carousel with my sister and playing Spit. Spit seems so NY--and War too. ROFL! Sounds like it was a nice group. I can't wait to get more involved in groups down here as soon as I finally get my license. Ugh.

Liz said...

Do you ever run into any 12-and-up homeschooled boys? I'm thinking of homeschooling mine (he is miserable in middle school), but the group activities seem to be for younger kids (?)

Rising Star said...

yes, there are 12 and 13yr.and older homeschooling. I would like to know is there any homeschooling 13 yr. autistic children out there. would like to connect. In Brooklyn, NY and where ever. fell free to chime in Please.