Diary of a Homeschool Dad - Week 30
This week marked a pair of milestones for the blog. First of all, as you can probably tell from the title of this page, this is the 30th post of our weekly homeschooling journey. Second, my website hit 10,000 views since its inception, which is kind of mind-boggling to me. Thank you to everyone, whether you've only found me once or if you've seen every post since the beginning of Our Story With God!
Sunday - We kicked off the week with a pretty full house at church. It seems that the significant drops in Covid cases in Houston, plus the increase in immunizations and general improvement in the weather, have prompted many folks to return to worshipping in person. Our 5th grade class used up all available seats at the tables that were set up and we're starting to see some new faces that haven't been around all year. It's definitely a good thing! Girly had a return to youth choir, and both Curly and Whirly were able to go back to Bible Drill in the evening. February definitely finished on a high note.
Monday - Mrs. Geographist and I were up before the sun once again to work out at martial arts. It's certainly been a long time since I needed to be up by 5 AM for anything other than vacation trips! After dropping off the older girls at school and getting cleaned up, I set about getting started on my work week while Whirly and mom got cranking on school. After school Girly drove to her cello lesson, in what is becoming a pretty standard routine for us. So far we're over a third of the way through her necessary hours behind the wheel and she seems to be doing as well as can be expected.
Tuesday - This dad was back in the teacher's chair as Mrs. Geo was off to school to teach. We've been really focused on handwriting, multiplication, and general discipline as Whirly approaches her formal evaluation with the private school, but that doesn't mean we're ignoring things like reading, heritage studies, and science. Using martial arts as physical education, not to mention a way to develop both her mental growth and circle of friends, has been a total positive. The teachers are so great with the kids, and maintain high standards in a caring atmosphere. After school was over, Curly had her usual clarinet lesson - this time without the challenge of brand new reeds. I was also made aware of the big news in Texas when my wife informed me that the governor had rescinded his order for businesses to require masks, while also allowing a return to full capacity. While most of the economic damage has already been done by this point, I nevertheless appreciate the attempt at allowing those who feel safe doing so the freedom to act on their viewpoints without fear of prosecution. Social media informed me that not everyone felt the same way.
Wednesday - I have been working with one of the leaders of the martial arts studio to put a few maps together of Dickinson, TX in advance of that town's Italian heritage festival, and so I took advantage of some free time after our morning workout to drive around to see some of the sites. Mrs. Geographist and Whirly handled some of the early school activities in the meanwhile, and then late in the morning we all headed up to the school for kiddo to test for what grade she would enter when she goes back to school in the fall. Her favorite teacher EVER is now the elementary school's vice principal, so Whirly was completely at ease. She got to pick where we ate lunch, so she opted for America's favorite chicken sandwich joint - "My pleasure!" During the afternoon I was finally able to donate blood to help shore up the local supply that had recently taken a hit during the widespread power outages, after which I came home to an empty house. The girls had all gone off to church for midweek activities, allowing me to play catch-up on several work requests. Got to make sure the job always gets done! The school called and discussed our options with Whirly, and after I had a chance to discuss with both our church's children's minister and Mrs. Geo, we decided that it might be the better option to allow her to extend her 3rd grade year. While I have the sense she could gut out everything that would be asked of her if we kept moving her along, we all figured that granting her time to work through things would firm up her foundation and give her the best shot to thrive going forward.