HMJ- 9/7/12

  • In my life this week…

We emptied the pool this week, marking the official end to the summer. Danger Girl wasn’t very happy about the pool being put up.

We also had adventures with an escaping dog. Our little dog began digging holes under the fence and escaping from the backyard to go stand in the middle of the road, so this was an issue that definitely needed to be resolved. Our temporary solution was to put him on a lead in the back yard until we can get the fence line secured.

He has plenty of lead to allow him to move around most of the yard, but he still hates it. Hopefully we will get the situation permanantly resolved soon.

This week I also became more firm about some food issues we have been dealing with. Danger Girl will eat french fries, fruit leather and snack cakes all day if she is not watched carefully. We have recently changed her soda limit to two sodas a week, and I changed her snack cake limit to a couple a week.

She still tries to sneak these things though, so I think they will have to be removed from the house. We had a small battle on Thursday regarding what an appropriate snack was. We have a refrigerator full of fruits and vegetables that can be easily eaten, but she wanted french fries. She ended up with no snack when she wouldn’t budge.

In exciting news, we got a piano this week. Someone was getting rid of it, so we were able to get it for free! Free is my favorite number.

  • In our homeschool this week…

We have been struggling a little this week in our homeschool. I really had high hopes that we would make it through the school year without meltdowns, but that wasn’t to be :(.

Rather than letting me help her when she was having trouble with something, Danger Girl reverte back to shutting down. When I would try to better explain, she started talking over me and throwing out random answers. When I urged her to listen so I could help her, she just shut down and started crying. This was a very frustrating week.

We also had some issues with Danger Girl cleaning up after herself. When I tell her to pick her stuff up, she will pick up half of it then say she is done. When I call her back she starts to argue with me. My patience is being tested, and this is a test I have a hard time passing.

I am hoping after our talk about responsibility and respect things will be a little better. I explained to her that when she behaves this way it makes me less willing to buy her things she wants because she won’t take care of them. I also explained that if she ontinued to behave the way she has been in school this week she will have a very rough school year, but if she will behave the way she did when we first started back it will go more smoothly. We shall see if this helped.

  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

After just reading my previous comments, do I really seem like the person to give advice right now 🙂

  • I am inspired by…

The parents who have stuck it out with homeschooling up through highschool inspire me. These parents give me hope that we will make it too.

  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

This weekend we are having a family dinner to celebrate Danger Girl turning 8. Since the family aren’t all going to come to the zoo with us, we thought this would be a good way to include them.

We also get to go see where the new building for our karate class is. They are having to move out of the current building because we need more room, so I’m excited to see what the new place will look like.

  • My favorite thing this week was…

Probably my favorite thing was getting the piano. It is not often you get one of those for free.

  • What’s working/not working for us…

See my comments about our homeschool week to see what is not working for us (attitude).

  • Questions/thoughts I have…

Danger Girl often writes her letters backwards or mixes the letters up in a word even when she is copying them. I have her correct the letters when she writes them backwards, and I keep the alphabet written on our board so she can see it, but she still writes certain letters backwards (s, r, p, etc)

I have two questions:

1) Should I worry about the possibility of dyslexia?

2) What can I do to correct this problem?

  • I’m reading…

Right now I am reading “Treasure Island” with Danger Girl. As for my own reading, I am currently working on “Who is God?” by David Jemison.

I finished “Journey to Almighty”, and you can see a review for this under the books tab.

  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
Danger Girl on her new bed
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5 thoughts on “HMJ- 9/7/12

  1. I’m very excited for you about your piano! Free is my favorite number, too, ha! Happy Birthday to your girlie and I hope you have a rejuvenating weekend so you can face your Monday with a peaceful smile. Have a great weekend!

  2. A FREE piano–that’s wonderful!
    I’m not an expert on dyslexia, but I do know that letter reversal is quite common in the younger years. I think you’re right on track keeping the alphabet on the board where she can see it.
    And as far as sticking it out through high school . . . just take it one day at a time. I can hardly believe that we are in our eighth year of homeschooling, and my oldest son is in eleventh grade! Looking at graduation when you’re just getting started makes it seem impossible, but one day at a time will get you there!

    1. Thanks for the advice. Yes free is awesome, right? I am really trying to not get too worried about the letters, but worrying seems to be what I do best. Congratulations on making it that far. One day at a time is definitely good advice

  3. My daughter is also 8 and we get the same attitude sometimes. “I’m done”, “Why do I always have to…” “insert name should do it…”. My favorite thing this week was also a find. A Kitchen Aid attachment for my mixer in a thrift store for $5. I have food battles as well. I no longer buy crackers as a box doesn’t last through the day I buy it. We did have a breakthough this week. She decided that the spinach salad I made was edible.

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