A Tale of Ten Homeschoolers- Spiders and Squirrels and Snakes, Oh My!

The end of the school year is in sight, and the great outdoors are calling! (If the rain ever stops ;P) Join me for another week of highlights from There’s No Place Like Home!

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Well, we’ve now just completed the second last week of school for the Littles and the Big Kids. The Teens have another three weeks to go because they follow a more traditional school schedule. The end of the school year is a bit bittersweet for me because, while I love the summer, I do not enjoy the lack of structure from not doing our school routine everyday. Besides that, I really do enjoy our school routine, so I know that I’m going to be bored out of my mind without the hustle and bustle of the school day. Oh, well. Just plan on me posting lots of new unit studies because that’s what I usually spend my time doing when boredom sets in. I will admit, however that I am looking forward to the deep cleaning we always do the first few days of summer break because this house is a wreck.

This week was very similar to last week in that it’s been cold and, once again, I had to take five children to the dentist. Fun. No cavities this week, but one does need to see an orthodontist. Joy. Other than that, it’s been a pretty laid back week- as far as a household of twelve people can be laid back. 🙂 Now on to our week:

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The Littles

This week we started reading Madeline, which the kids have enjoyed so far. We found France, where the story takes place, on our world map and each child got their own map to place a story disk on. They also colored their own French flags, and we discussed so many different topics while reading, such as appendixes, hospital visits, steamboats, land line telephones (who would’ve thought they would be considered history in our lifetime!?), and the Eiffel Tower.

I’m going to confess that we spent a lot of time vegging out in front of the TV because it’s just been a cold, rainy week, and we really didn’t feel like venturing outside.

The Big Kids

The older kids are still working on their research/reference unit and will probably do so until the end of next week when they finish school. We read about Noah Webster and each child has been busy compiling a list of words they don’t know from our read-alouds and their silent reading selections (which, incidentally, are all the same as last week) to author their own dictionaries. Today they got to decorate the covers.

Caollin (11) did get to spend some time at the creek with Dillon (16), and she had a blast finding salamanders, crayfish, and a newt. Otherwise, they, too, have just been relaxing in the house, waiting for the sun to finally come out again.

The Teens

Schoolwork-wise, it’s really just been business as usual with these three.

Arianna (14) has been busy reading and helping with the younger kids during school time this week. On Sunday she went to see a local theater group’s performance of “Mary Poppins” with my mother. She really enjoyed it and hopes to see some more shows like it. (She recently saw “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” as well).

Dillon is still having the time of his life taking photographs and has even ventured out in this dreary weather to hone his photography skills. Here’s a sampling of what he did this week:

A few days ago he created a Facebook page for his photography, and he’s really been working hard at perfecting his skills.

Devin (17) has, once again, spent a lot of time with our oldest son this week. She’s looking forward to next month’s anime convention in Atlantic City and is busying herself with the details of what characters she’s going to cosplay. She also wants a job in the worst way, but I just haven’t gotten around to getting her a photo ID just yet.

Unfortunately, our school district does not issue school IDs to homeschoolers, which makes everything from getting a job to attending after-school events to taking SATs that much harder. I honestly believe they should begin issuing them to homeschoolers, since we do have to report to them yearly, so our kids are, technically, still students in the district, but what are you gonna do?

Anyway, this has been our week! What’s yours looked like?


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Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

14 thoughts on “A Tale of Ten Homeschoolers- Spiders and Squirrels and Snakes, Oh My!”

  1. Sounds like a busy week. How do you find structuring your school year with summer vacation? Does that work better for you than schooling all year?

    Our week was pretty quiet. Hubby had shoulder surgery last Friday, so this week we’ve been taking care of him mostly, except baby girl’s dance class every Wednesday. (She’s getting ready for her recital at the end of May, our first, and I’m looking forward to it.) We are looking ahead for summer activities, nothing that strikes her fancy just yet. Lots of reading and writing on my part. Phew! 🙂

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    1. We do more or less school year-round. We do six weeks on, one week off, and then a six week break for Thanksgiving/Christmas and a six week spring/summer break. This year, though, our summer break will probably be about eight weeks because our new school year (according to the school district) can’t technically start until July 1, and my kids know that and use it to their advantage. 😉 I did bring up schooling three weeks on, one week off for the entire year and was besieged by protests from my kids because they really look forward to their six week breaks. Oh well. I tried. Your daughter dances? I danced for over twenty years and actually was certified to teach it, so I taught for a great many years, as well. My oldest daughter danced for a couple of years, but, unfortunately with so many kids, we just couldn’t afford it anymore. The classes were reasonable, but then you add on the costumes, specfic shoes that are required, competitions, etc. It was just too much. I hope your husband heals quickly. Thanks for commenting!

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      1. That’s the worst part of all of it, but she really enjoys dancing right now. Wish you were closer and then maybe you could work with her because I feel like these classes are all about getting as much money from parents as possible. You have to pay for costumes, clothes, pictures, and the recital. It seems that all her “classes” are just to learn a routine – no freeform or anything like that. You know?

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        1. Yeah, that’s pretty much how it was for me, as well. We did have some great opportunities, though, like dancing at Great Adventure in New Jersey and at Disney World. I do definitely wish we would’ve had more improv. It didn’t bother me as much, though, because since I was choreographing routines for others, I kind of got it out of my system!

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  2. We spent an awful lot of time in front of the TV, movies, and video games too. It’s been so cold and wet and rainy that we actually went for a walk with their winter jackets on one morning!

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  3. I so sympathize with 5 kids at the dentist in a week. I need to get all of ours to the dentist, but I’ve been so busy with our usual therapy appointments and some extra dr. appointments, that I haven’t been able to fit the dentist in! Perhaps in June . . .

    Your photographer’s pictures are great. I have a photographer child, too. 🙂

    And you make me want to return to FIAR–haven’t used it in a decade, but it’s looking fun again.

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    1. I love FIAR. It was actually one of the very first resources we used when we first started homeschooling. I had absolutely nothing when I pulled the kids out of school, so a friend let me borrow her FIAR. Those kids are now in high school, and I started wishing I had it for my younger kids now, so I just bought it a few months ago, and they love it!


    1. Thank you! That would certainly help with the after-school activities and testing. Do you know if any of these IDs are accepted as a form of identification for employment?


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