Lately I have been feeling like I need a change. I catch myself thinking about a new job, new town or a new hobby. I get the feeling that something more is “out there” somewhere waiting for me. I’m tired of my same old routine. The bottom line is that I am bored. I need something to rid me of the “blah.”
Wish me luck as I embark on a journey to new….I’m not yet sure of my route or my destination, but go I shall.
This is what has been keeping me so busy! A friend and I made this, but I want the world to know that I knitted the entire tail! 🙂 (Thanks, Crystal, for taking this picture!)
Updated pic from Crystal.
No matter where or when a student attends school, there will always be something that student doesn’t learn about that will be relevant in the future. It happens with public schools, private schools, homeschools, you name it. One kind of education hasn’t cornered the market on educational gaps. They simply happen. Nobody can know everything. Keep in mind that each child is unique and different learning styles apply. Teachers are also unique individuals. Considering all of those variables, how can we be surprised that there are gaps in the first place?
Our homeschooling journey has felt like one struggle after another this year. My daughter has turned 18, and she’s a senior. If she’s not interested in something, she just won’t put forth an effort. Kids are kids, right? She has refused to try the ACT test again after her first (and only) attempt. I understand that she feels discouraged. I wish colleges would move toward other ways to gauge college readiness instead of relying on high-stakes tests that cannot possibly predict potential or anything else. It seems to me that test makers are raking in millions at the expense of our children. Big bucks are paid (not to students or teachers) for testing that serves only to exclude students from higher education. How about changing our system to invite all students to participate? How about finding what ignites a student’s passion and work from there? How about making college an affordable option for everyone?
The things that interest my child are different from what interests other students. I will tell you, however, that she is an expert when it comes to anime, cosplay and costume design among other things. Maybe she should make a portfolio of her passions so she can show college admission staff what she has done and can do. She amazes me when she casually mentions things she has learned from videos she watched while I was at work. I have learned from her. She’s resourceful, too. She will get interested in something and dig until she has the information she wanted. My girl is also a talented mimic, able to sing in several languages, and she learned online. On her own. Without my input. I had virtually nothing to do with her research, and she did a fine job of learning something daily about various topics.
Maybe when she decides to try college, she will find the perfect fit. I sure hope so! She’ll need a place as amazing and unique as she is so she can fill the gaps and move on to a fabulous future. I should keep reminding myself that she won’t be the only student filling gaps.
Friends look out for each other. So do the best neighbors. I am so lucky to have a a super-awesome neighbor. She sent yummy chocolate cake over last night. Another friend graciously provided our supper. Ihave never enjoyed a chicken dinner more. I just love nights when I don’t have to cook after a hard day! My dear friends made my Monday better.
Then there’s my crafting circle, but I’ll get into that another time.
I just finished up my first free month of Netflix, paid for the second month and was promptly hacked. I had a friend come over and troubleshoot after I spoke with a rep about the account. I also called the bank after I spoke with the rep so my account there could be flagged for suspicious activity.
There have been people all over Europe active in my Netflix account. It was even changed into Spanish. Fortunately we speak Spanish, so we were able to navigate anyway. I think it’s all fixed now, but we shall see. Wish me luck.
I learned to knit several years ago, but I got out of the habit after I moved to Mexico. This week, thanks to some encouraging friends, I have rediscovered my bliss. I will admit to not being very good at knitting, but I do enjoy it. Anything that is homemade will never be perfect. I accept that.
My crocheting friend and I have spent a few hours
plotting and scheming planning for a possible craft fair appearance later this year. I’ll keep you updated.