Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How I Spend A Homeschool Week Off

We're taking this week off.  I know we took two weeks off for Christmas not long ago, but I didn't get much of anything done during that break.  I really needed to plan out the rest of our year, so I decided to do four weeks in January, then take a week off to plan the rest of our second semester.  

Shhhhhh . . . . I did most of that planning last week.

So, why am I still taking off this week?
Because I want to.
And because I can.
So there.

Plus, we're switching gears in math (moving on to geometry), so this is a nice way time to give Ella a brain break.  But a week off doesn't mean a week of doing nothing.  No, not at Maison du Lagniappe!  Here's what we're cooking up this week:

  • Reestablishing a daily rhythm.  I did not re-enter the world well after our last break.  Today we're focusing on our "heart" rhythm, and tomorrow we'll get the "hands" in order.  Our needs have changed, and our routines must change accordingly.  I'll post more on this later when we make a little more sense out of it all. 
  • Reading.  We didn't get to all of our books about explorers last week, so Ella and I will finish up those.  She's also going to finish The BFG.
  • Administrative stuff: filing school papers, requesting library books for next week (Ella has requested info about the Titanic for next month), writing up weekly checklists for her (she's wanting more independent work lately), and thinking about next year (yes, already; my mind just wants to go there)
  • Clearing out the playroom.  Yuck.  Always decluttering in there.  
  • Gardening.  I cleared all the leaves from our beds yesterday and moved around things that weren't doing well in certain spots (they weren't kidding, cabbage does not like lettuce).  I thinned out some of the plants, planted another round of lettuce, carrots, radishes, and (for the first time) a few beets.  Later this week we'll start our tomato, pepper, and eggplant seedlings in the new mini-greenhouse.

lettuce, strawberry, and herb bed
Yes, those are flowers on the strawberry plants.
No strawberries yet, though.

winter veggies, cilantro, green onions, and snap peas
Those were "cheater" cabbages, bought from seedlings.
None of the winter veggies I planted from seed have done well.
The swiss chard did ok, once I saved them from the slugs.

We have a few things coming up this weekend to prepare for as well.  Basically, a week off is hardly that!  But it is a nice way to catch up and regroup . . . sort of recharging our batteries for next month!

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