So… what do you DO all day?

We do things… and stuff.

…And here’s Week 16. December 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — keekahoney @ 10:35 am

Hi again!

We had a very busy week getting ready for xmas.  The Solstice party at my Dad’s was lots of fun, and Bailey’s Grandpa liked our punny costumes.

Bailey and her friend decided to be friends again, which I think Bailey is very relieved about.  In addition, Bailey went to a sleepover at another friend’s house this week and had a great time.  It sounds like they had a lot of physical activity, swimming and sledding.

We did some baking this week and Bailey helped me double the recipe for granola and for sugar cookies.

Bailey had three xmases this year.  At Steve’s parents’ house on xmas eve Bailey was thrilled to receive a 5-octave electric keyboard and some piano lesson books.  By xmas morning she had taught herself a number of songs from the book, and continues to play every day.

The next day was xmas day and we spent the first half of it at home.  Bailey was over the moon about her gift from us (a Nintendo DSi), and was also very happy to get a harmonica, which she had some success playing.  Our home is full of music now!

She went to her Dad’s house for a few hours next.  He gave her a microscope and a beginner’s stargazing book.  She has enjoyed looking at the slides that came with the microscope, and wants to buy some blank slides so that we can look at hair, drops of water, blades of grass, etc.

She spent the evening with us at her Aunt’s house, and independently chose to clean her Aunt’s house for her at the end of evening.  I was quite proud of her, as she noticed her Aunt was kind of stressed about the state of her home after having all the relatives over and helped her out of the goodness of her heart… then her Aunt slipped her ten dollars, haha.

Now Bailey is busy counting her money and figuring out how much more she needs to save to buy a Nintendo DS game called Style Savvy.  She watched me figure out how much her Stepdad’s discount would take off the price and then how much the tax would be.

That’s it from us for this week.  Take care!

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Oops! Forgot to post Week 15!

Filed under: Uncategorized — keekahoney @ 10:33 am

Hi!

Bailey had a bit of a rough week.  She made the difficult decision to end her friendship with her one remaining public schooled friend.  She told me she was tired of fighting with this girl all the time, and she wanted to focus on making friends with kinder people.  I am a bit concerned about this, but I think Bailey is feeling some relief about her decision.  I want to make sure that she broke up this friendship in the least painful way possible so I am encouraging her to send her ex-friend a card acknowledging that she does stand by her decision but she hopes she didn’t cause too much pain.  *sigh*  We’ll see.

Bailey made lots of cookies this week, and even got to try out an antique cookie press at her Grandma’s house.  We made ginger molasses cookies at home, but we keep eating them so we still don’t have any xmas baking done!

Speaking of ginger molasses cookies, we did a very cool science experiment this week.  (That sentence will make sense in a minute, I promise!)  I bought some pH test papers back in October, and forgot that they were in my purse.  When I found them I gave them to Bailey and she was pretty excited as she had just discovered a game on the PBS website about acids, neutrals, and bases.  She decided to see what would happen if she put the papers in vinegar, water, and stain remover (an idea she got from the website).  After that, we all wanted to see what colour the paper would turn if we licked it.  Bailey and I were neutral, but Steve’s paper turned bright purple (which meant he was a base)!  Bailey thought it was maybe because he is male, so we got Ocean to try (that was pretty easy, given the amount of drool he produces), but his paper was also neutral.  Finally, Steve mentioned that he had recently eaten a ginger molasses cookie.  I volunteered to eat a cookie (all in the name of science, of course) and when I licked the test strip it instantly turned bright purple.

Besides science, we’ve been keeping busy with fun art activities.  We made more snowflakes, colored pictures, and are currently working on costumes for my Dad’s Solstice party tonight.  He wants everyone to come dressed as flowers, but we all wanted to do something “punny.”  Bailey will be going as Flower from Bambi, I am taping a picture of a bag of flour to my shirt, and Steve is glueing googly eyes to his shirt (he’s a bunch of “irises” of course!).  Bailey is looking forward to sharing the joke with her Grandpa.

Another busy week coming up with Solstice and Christmas.  Hope you and yours have a wonderful time of it.

 

Week 14 already? December 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — keekahoney @ 2:42 pm

Bailey has been learning a lot about herself this week.  It has been a good week for introspection, as Steve was out of town twice so we stayed home without the car.

A few weeks ago she participated with some other homeschoolers in making a film.  She was given a role and we were getting together again yesterday (Saturday) to finish making the film.  However, Bailey decided that she did not want to participate anymore.  She tells me that she thinks she is more of a behind-the-scenes person than an on-camera person.  Luckily we were working with a very understanding group of people so Bailey was able to bow out gracefully.

She was excited to talk to her Learning Consultant on Thursday.  He called to sdminister the Canwest Spelling Bee words to see if she would advance to the next round in the Bee.  She had fun doing the spelling words, but I suspect that she might be tiring of the idea of the spelling bee, too.

She is entering a new phase of deschooling, I think, and is treasuring her freedom more and more.  She is no longer finding comfort in traditionally “schooly” activities, and is instead taking more of an interest in learning things on her own.  This is an important process, but it sure is unsettling for her (and for me sometimes!).

Also this week she did the magic mud experiment from the website http://www.sciencecow.com/.  What was really neat to see was that she wanted to learn more about WHY magic mud behaves the way it does, so she looked it up and explained it to me and Steve.  She learned that it is a colloid and learned what a colloid is.

Christmas is coming, and Bailey is excited.  Last Sunday we went to a friend’s house for a gingerbread castle decorating party.  On Thursday we volunteered as a family at Christmas Amalgamated, and really had a great time putting hampers together.  Last night she went with her grandma and grandpa to Wildlights at the Wildlife Park.  I have been trying to have a more positive attitude towards Christmas (and winter in general) this year and I hope it has been helping Bailey.  We haven’t had much snow yet this year, but the few times it has snowed I have made an effort to point out the beauty of it to Bailey, and she has responded positively.  She is getting excited about Solstice, too.  We will go to my Dad’s house for a Solstice celebration.  He wants everyone to dress up as flowers.  Bailey will be helping me make edible gifts this year (but I won’t say what because I know my sister reads this!).  Despite having atheist/agnostic/pagan/whatever parents I think Bailey is having a spiritually fulfilling Christmas season.

That’s it for this week!

 

Hahaha! December 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — keekahoney @ 6:58 pm

Just had to post a link to this awesome XKCD cartoon that made me laugh a lot.

That is all.

 

Lucky #13 December 8, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — keekahoney @ 1:15 pm

The most exciting thing Bailey did this week was going to a play!  She saw My Fair Lady, and even got a backstage tour beforehand!  She saw the green room, and saw a few actors warming up.  She saw how they moved props and scenery on and off the stage.  From her description, it sounds like some of the heavier props rely on pneumatic assistance.

Another week with a lot of writing and fashion design.  She is on a real writing kick these past few weeks!  It is not uncommon for her to write for hours in the mornings, taking only quick breaks for food or water.

Bailey is thinking it would be fun to learn how to make iron-on transfers for t-shirts.  She has designed a number of cute/witty t-shirts on her favourite website, GirlSense (Some of the designs are “bought” from other users but most are her original designs.)

This week we also watched one of Bailey’s favourite movies, “Mean Girls.”  She really likes this one, and we had another discussion about friendship.  She really wishes she had more friends, and is still struggling with learning how to be a good friend.  She says that deep down she thinks that people should do whatever she wants.  (!)  We’re still working on it, lol.

This Saturday was her last acting class.  I got to see her perform some games with the other kids, and there was a lot of improvisation.

We received some sad news this week that a member of our congregation passed away, so next week we will be going to a memorial service for him.  Bailey didn’t know him very well as he lost the ability to speak many years ago, but she felt sad for his wife who is her Sunday School teacher.

That’s it for this week!