Change Is Good

If there is one thing I’ve learned through all the years that we’ve been homeschooling it is this, be flexible.  That is the beauty of homeschooling to begin with, being able to change things up when one method isn’t working and, that is exactly what we did this week.  In my last post I mentioned that my oldest had just began working with a program from Reading Horizons.  It was highly recommended in a book I had read on dyslexia recently so we decided to give it a whirl.  Well, very quickly it was obvious that it wasn’t a good fit for Iain.  I can see how it would be good for a younger child but, at nearly 15, Iain found the instructions to be too babyish for him and, as a result, he just couldn’t muster up the resolve necessary to do the work.  I contacted the very kind folks at Reading Horizons and, since we had just signed up for it last week, they issued a refund without any issue or attempts to talk us out of it.  I appreciated that very much!  What we’re working on with Iain now is just the old-fashioned method of memorizing words and writing them down in order to get familiar with them.  He said this is his preferred method of doing spelling so, this is what we’re going with for now.  We’re using Megawords (1) and so far so good.  Because Iain has dysgraphia, the writing portion is a bit of a struggle but keeping the lesson short goes a long way in dealing with that.  I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Speaking of change, Spring has finally sprung around here and it feels as though we are truly out of the winter weather woods!  While my yard is a disaster due to our pending addition, I was able to get outside and find some pretty things in bloom out there.baby daffodils violets lenten rose

The flowers in the last pic are my faves!  I think they are called Lenten Rose and I just love the way they look.  Mine always seem to be looking at the ground though.  I’m not sure if there is something I should do for them to help them look up or if that is how they are supposed to look!  Gardening has never been my forté so it is entirely possible that I’m not caring for them properly.

On that topic, I’ve been trying to think about what kinds of things to plant in the backyard once our addition is complete.  We are going to have a lot of windows and big glass doors on the back of the house so it would be nice to have some beautiful flowering trees out there.  Cherry and pear trees are two that I was thinking about because they are so gorgeous in the Spring.  For Fall it would be nice to have a couple of maples with their blazingly beautiful orange dramatic foliage.  I’ve got some time before those decisions need to be made so I’m not locked in to anything right now.

I hope to post some news soon on the remodel/addition.  I am SO EXCITED about it and can’t wait to share it with you!

Hope all is well with you and yours!

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