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The Homeschool Mother's Journal - 20

In my life this week: I entered my first fun run in 15 years! I'm going in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival! I was aiming to do the 9K Bridge Run, but the sore hip has foiled those training plans, so I'm entering the 4K Family Fun Run. But I still get to run over the Harbour Bridge and finish up at the Opera House and I want to run the whole way and it would be very cool if I could do it in 30 minutes....

We are in the home stretch of Dry July! Only 2 more nights to go. Apart from one night with my dear friend before the funeral (she bought me a Golden Ticket), I have been alcohol free for nearly a whole month. My hubby has actually made it through without touching a drop (mind you, I have been a rock and stopped him from caving on several occasions!). I'm raising money for adults with cancer, so if you happen to have a bit of spare cash, visit our profile page and donate...

In our homeschool this week... As part of our "rainforest" theme this term, we research…

Is it enough?

Contrary to popular belief, parents who choose to homeschool - the ones who choose to take responsibility for their child's education instead of handing it over to an institution - do not spend their days  lounging around in the pj's, chatting with other mum's whilst their kids play video games (well, not all of them)!

My experience is that us parents spend a large proportion of our time reading (books, online forums, websites, blogs), researching, choosing and buying "curriculum" (or, as I prefer to call it - learning resources). We spend hours making sure we doing this homeschooling thing "right".

Because we have made the HUGE decision to educate our kids - it's now in our hands and we'd better not stuff it up!

I know I'm not alone in wondering if we do "enough". I think about what they would be doing in school right now, if they were there. I wonder if the inspector will think what we do is "good" enough. I worry about…


10 degrees at 7:45am this morning - a perfect temperature for running!
What I did: Warmed up with 10 minutes of steady jogging.  Tried a few "fast" intervals of 20 seconds this morning, interspersed with 2 minutes of jogging. 5 minute slower cooldown. 30 min, 46 seconds; 3.77km, average pace 8.09 min/km (getting closer to that magical 7...pace!).
How I felt: I felt better than Sunday! Got into a nice rhythm. Tried to focus on keeping my upper body relaxed, arms not crossing over and keeping past my hips. Tried to push it a bit for the intervals, but not too much.
Playlist highlights: Let's Get It Started - Black-eyed Peas (and the beat keeps running, running...) Supermassive Black Hole - Muse
Inspiration: Blackmores Sydney Running Festival Videos - have a look at Peter Brett's Correct Running Technique

My old man...

Today is two years since my Dad died. While I miss him a lot, he was quite sick by the end and had enough of this mortal coil and, I think, was pretty happy to meet his maker.

...thinking about my Dad...he taught me so much.

He taught me to take things as they come. That you have to work your way through the bad to get to the good.

He taught me to appreciate the finer things in life - music, singing, wine, food, staring at the clouds, holding your child's hand.

He taught me "never trust a man who says trust me" (he had a few good ones like that!).

He taught me the value of education, learning, reading and exploring.

He taught me how to swim!

He taught me the value of family.

He taught me it's OK to cry and brilliant to laugh and that a good cuddle can make most things feel better.

Those things will stay with me for the rest of my life and hopefully I can pass them onto my kids too.

What was the most important thing your dad taught you? Or what would you really like t…

Sunday run

Chilly Sunday morning (8 degrees), but at least it wasn't raining like it's been all week. So I put on the long sleeved shirt and long tights.
What I did: Just started running. I figured I would try to take it easy, not too fast, relax and see how far I could go. It's been a few weeks since I ran. Out and back at Mollymook - 26 minutes, 3.26km, 8.11min/km.
How I felt: It felt tough, but I eased into it. I seemed to struggle to get into a rhythm, but I guess that is to be expected. I could feel the hip a bit by the end, but I've done lots of stretches.
Playlist highlights: Hurts So Good - John Cougar Mellencamp Tubthumping - Chumbawamba
Inspiration: Blackmores Fitness Challenge - will I make it to the Blackmore's Running Festival (can't see myself doing the 9km run now).

One arm in front of another

OK - back into it! Between the hip and real life, I've had a week off. 
But I don't want to give up.
I want to keep achieving my goals.
So, I headed over to the Blackmores website and signed up for a Fitness Challenge. 
So, yesterday I swam 50 (that's right, 50!) laps. OK, so it was a 25m pool, but that's still 30 minutes of swimming. And I really enjoyed it - very "zen", once I got back in the groove.

Tomorrow I run again. I promise I'll take it easy and ease back into it :-)

The Homeschool Mother's Journal - 19

In my life this week...
Funeral for a friend, and then I had to stop crying. Getting back into homeschooling helped in that process. Even though I'm not drinking (Dry July), I kinda felt like I had a hangover all week - sore throat, tired. But I finally picked up my act and did some swimming laps yesterday. Oh, and it would seem National Parks don't appreciate my talents as much as you do, because I have yet to hear from them :-(

In our homeschool this week...
We actually did some homeschooling! Term 3 started this week (we follow the Australian school terms) and "theme" is rainforests/interconnections.

But first, we had to finish off last term's Energy lapbooks

We got Life of Fred Pre-Algebra + Biology during the holidays and both kids have read that. We are naughty, naughty homeschoolers who don't follow the instructions, didn't do the "It's Your Turn" or "Bridge" exercises and just read the story! He, he, he. What rebels!

We star…

Pure Imagination

Where else are you going to go on a grey, dreary, cold, wet winter's afternoon? Why, the chocolate room of course...

Hold your breath...
make a wish...
count to three...

Come with me...

And you'll be, 
in a world of pure imagination...

Take a look,  and you'll see,  into your imagination....

We'll begin,  with a spin,  travelling in the world of my creation...

What you'll see,  will defy explanation...

If you want to view paradise,  simply look around and view it...

 Anything you want to,  do it...

Want to change the world? 
There's nothing to it....

There is no world I know,  to compare to pure imagination...

Living there,

Thinking in 4D!

In amongst lots of other things we are doing this week, we watched a couple of documentaries that I personally have found thought provoking and interesting. I have also been totally gob-smacked by son's level of knowledge and insight...

The first one, is part of the Through the Wormhole series - Are There More Than 3 Dimensions?

This intrigued me, because we really enjoyed Flatland and the concept that we find it difficult to perceive other dimensions bigger than the ones we experience. It is very hard to visualise a third dimension if you only live in two (eg: Flatland) and we find it very hard to visualise four (or more!) dimensions if we are living in three (length, width and depth). I'll leave out the argument that time is the fourth dimension for the time being...

Video Boy: Hey, you know how energy equals mass times the square of the speed of light, if you have enough mass in one place, you would have so much energy that it would be able to go to the fourth dimension - l…

Go find the light

These are the lyrics that accompanied the song as pink and purple balloons were set aloft by the young people who loved a soul who was gone too soon. As the softest rain drizzled down. As the construction work kilometres away tolled like a bell. As family and friends struggled to understand what is not possible to understand. As grief threatened to overcome us and consume us. But she would not want us to cry (oh, but we did - we sobbed, great big wracking sobs and tears that fell unchecked). She would want to us to see the light in the darkness. 

Fly, fly little wing
Fly beyond imagining
The softest cloud, the whitest dove
Upon the wind of heaven's love
Past the planets and the stars
Leave this lonely world of ours
Escape the sorrow and the pain
And fly again

Fly, fly precious one
Your endless journey has begun
Take your gentle happiness
Far too beautiful for this
Cross over to the other shore
There is peace forevermore
But hold this mem'ry bittersweet
Until we meet

Fly, fly do not fear

Today we....


...watched DVDs

...drank hot chocolate
...played board games new fish

...created with modelling clay

...went for a walk

...and saw dolphins!

oh. wait. it's a surfer...