AO Years 5, 3, and 1 | Term 1 Week 4

Yes, I did skip writing about week 3; that should tell you what kind of a week it was. 😉

We did still more adjusting as we work on finding our routine. Some books were removed from all three grades, some things were added. I decided Moose needs something vastly different from AmblesideOnline, based on how he learns. I decided to use Time4Learning with AO supplementing, as well as adding in religion. So far, it’s working out well. It completely removes me as a teacher (and removes a lot of friction) and it keeps track of everything for me (grades, plans, etc). It’s not my ideal solution but my overall goal here is to have educated adults, so as long as we get there; I’m OK. I don’t feel like I should sacrifice the relationship in order to stick with AO.

Life’s too short to be hung up on things like this.  I do hope to resume AO with him at some point, but this is not that point.

In other news, I put our Family Time subjects on a loop and that helped immensely, as we’re never really behind now in that department.

I also switched where our homeschool room is – Greg graciously agreed that our living room should be the homeschool room. Now we have more room to spread out, and it’s conveniently located next to the kitchen for my flock of hobbits.  (I’ll be posting pictures of it on Instagram sometime in the upcoming week).

I also switched Peanut’s math to Singapore and suddenly things are making sense that she was having a hard time understanding regardless of how I presented the material. Deo gratias!!

That’s a lot of tweaking that I’ve done lately, and I really hope I’m done with it. Probably not, because the kids are living beings; growing and changing and maturing.  What’s the point of homeschooling if I can’t flex and adapt and modify as needed?

Semi-unrelated to homeschooling: I actually built a portfolio and managed to get hired as a technical writer! GO ME! It’s a contract position; part-time and remote. It’s absolutely perfect for me and will bring in a little extra money. I’m hoping to be able to take on more contracts in the future once I finish this contract and keep it sustainable for a while. Having real-world work experience that’s current will be a BIG plus in accomplishing that.

(Sidenote: this blog is absolutely not included in my portfolio. I tend to write here like I speak, sometimes I get a little fluffy but this is not designed to be a showcase of my writing abilities.)

I’ve been knee-deep in tax stuff and figuring out what I need to do for that (hello, independent contractor) as well as that my city actually considers what I’m doing a business and need a business license (a special one, since I’m working out of my home). It’s mostly sorted out now, so I’m looking back to getting back into reading about AI and other things I tend to be interested in.

So it’s been quite a week – next week should be a little more settled down in comparison!

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