Thankful for the flexibility of Homeschool!

Ask me my favorite thing about homeschooling, and you’ll always hear the same answer: flexibility.

We’re in one of those times of life when flexibility is essential.

Last week I spent nearly all day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the hospital and hospice with my dad. Friday afternoon, we moved in two new little people. Lindsey and Kathryn have gotten the basics done even through me being gone, their Grandpa dying, and now having two new and energetic young siblings. Yes, we’re a little behind in a few things, but that’s really just NOT a big deal in the grand scheme of things. It’ll all get done eventually.

In the past few weeks of our homeschool:

(I’m way overdue for an update!)

Lindsey has started into our study of human anatomy. She finds it interesting but isn’t nearly as excited about the anatomy coloring book as she anticipated. When small “helpers” are involved, it’s a bit more challenging.


In our zoology study Swimming Creatures, we’ve studied rays and sharks; mollusks; and crustaceans. Although this isn’t Lindsey’s science, she sometimes listens in. We’ve decided that lampreys and hagfish are quite possibly the grossest creatures ever and we never ever want to meet one in real life!

God’s World News always sparks interesting conversations about current events and sometimes just odd facts. I now know, for instance, that I never want pre-processed coffee. It’s crazily expensive — but it’s also been eaten and “processed” by the elephant’s digestive track in order to make it gentler on the stomach. Eww!

Kathryn performed in a Purim play recently. It was the story of Esther, retold in a play inspired by The Princess Bride — the most frequently-quoted movie in our home. 😉 Kathryn played small parts in several scenes, and we all enjoyed watching.


We have a bit of catching up to with our U.S. History read-alouds, but we are (surprisingly!) not that far behind schedule. Lindsey says she is enjoying history (again, surprising!) and Kathryn does, too. They are using curriculum from the same publisher but different levels: Notgrass’ America the Beautiful (middle school) and Exploring America (high school).

I’m back on that weird ride of having one child in public school, as Scout is in kindergarten. I have peace about her being there, but I do look forward to when we will be allowed to homeschool her as well — mostly because she is clearly exhausted by the time she gets home. Jem is loving his preschool, and three mornings/week feels just right for him at the moment. Still, strange times. {And early; oh, so doggone early.}

Linking today with:
– Homeschool Mother’s Journal at iHomeschool Network
– Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
– No Fear Homeschool High School at The Daisy Head
– Collage Friday hostess Mary at Home Grown Learners