Diary of a Homeschool Dad: Week 13
I always find it interesting when the school curriculum echoes real world events, or when lessons in one subject remind us of what's been taught in another subject earlier in the year. So this week, as we've been learning about "Presidents and Precedents" in our heritage studies, the nation took to the polls to vote. That didn't have any direct effect on our schooling, however, even though the local public school kids got the day off. So for us, it was business as usual.
Sunday - Our 5th grade class continues to show strong attendance numbers as families continue to show up in greater numbers. I've been teaching the kids about the Bible during this month's unit (good Sunday school topic, huh?) and this week was about whether Scripture is unique compared to other "holy books". After snagging some tasty pasta at one of Houston's more kitchy Italian restaurants, Buca de Beppo, I started the process of trying to sell Mrs. Geographist's primary mode of transportation: her Lincoln Navigator. This family traveling SUV has been on road trips all over the place, including vacations to Florida, Wisconsin, and Arizona, and now we've decided to move on to something new. Most of the dealerships are closed on Sundays, so my search was limited to those places that allow you to get an online quote. I took Girly to youth choir practice during the afternoon, and spent my hour of waiting trying to put some thoughts together for my contribution to the church's advent devotional.
Monday - Well, it didn't take long to find a decent quote on the car! In addition to cranking away at work requests and steering Whirly through a full school day, I took pictures of the Lincoln to submit to confirm the offer we received. Mrs. Geo will be driving Girly's smaller SUV back and forth to school until we nail down a more permanent replacement. Speaking of the oldest princess, today was an important day in her calendar as she had her first lesson with her new cello teacher. It was a little poignant that my GPS took us right next to her former teacher's neighborhood, causing her to plead, "Google, please don't make me sad." I think the new perspective on and approach to her playing will serve her very well, and am confident that she'll blossom in her skills and technique over the coming months. It certainly helps that she's already had such a positive acquaintance with the man who will be guiding her along.
Tuesday - It was Election Day, USA. Mrs. Geo headed off to school, but not because any students would be present. It was an in-service day that she used to grade her students' work, and she also had the opportunity to interview for her position (now that it's switching from a long-term sub to a permanent position). With Curly and Girly attending a private school that isn't used as a polling location, they did not have the day off. My office declared it to be a paid holiday, but somehow that didn't stop several of the deal teams from requesting work throughout the day. I guess they didn't get the memo. Curly had her clarinet lesson while Girly and I headed off for orchestra rehearsal. We came home and checked election returns, but since nothing was going to be decided we finally hit the sack without answers just like everyone else in the country.Wednesday - This was a pretty casual day, with Whirly kinda loping through her school day. Sometimes the concentration level isn't "all there" but eventually she knuckled down to get everything pretty well knocked out. All of the girls headed off to church in the evening for midweek activities, while I returned home to focus on a large number of work requests. Every once in a while I'd check one of the news sources to see what was going on with the various remaining votes, but it seemed as if things were going to take a while to happen. I recalled a quote that used to hang on my parents' wall when I was growing up: "Patience attains all it strives for."