Thursday, February 25, 2010

Life is more a rollercoaster than a highway, and quite frankly I'd rather be sleeping than riding all night long (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) etc.....

It's been a good week, a busy week.

But it's also been a week of self-doubt, pity parties and wanting to get off the jolly thing before I'm sick all down the front of my shirt....

When I say it's been a good week, I feel like it's been pretty balanced  - nobody has had a major hissy-fit or a tear-fest or even a breakdown - we've had some fun and I think we've all learned something.

We tie-dyed some old pillow cases, and began our photographic recipe index cards, we finished off one section in our Science program with a trip to the blood bank (where I donated and the kids got a choccy, sticker and a tattoo!!!! where's the justice in that???), and began our study into the islands of Hawaii.

We have been looking after friends' cats and chickens while they are away, and the children have been thrilled with the "hunting for the eggs" game and cuddling with big furry, balls of purring happiness.

There has been wild hilarity after I told the kids that their favourite presenter on their favourite TV show (Michala's Wild Challenge) is actually called (I kid you not) Ellie Harrison. They both believe that she has been named after them!!!! How can you burst that sort of bubble eh?!

I received actual certificates from the QLD government stating that I am a Home Educator for Ellie and Harri (thankyou Home Education Unit - they are quite pretty certificates!) and I am having a National Education Standard  tester coming on Monday to check that our work standard is up to scratch.

Although I requested this procedure, I have been riddled with "oh my goodness, what am I doing" negative thoughts, all week. What if I find out that what we've been doing, just isn't enough, or not of a high enough standard? Aaaaaagh. Why do I do these things to myself?

Hmmmmm. Could it be that I think peace of mind is over rated???? Surely not......


8 comments:

Kay said...

Helen, sounds to me like you've had a fantastic "school" week, with heaps of learning, and you're going well girl!
You'll have no probs next week.

Tamra said...

how'd you do the tie-dye? did ya take pictures?? share, share!!

Sounds like you are a doing a fantastic job. We are starting some science-y "My Body" type stuff. Not sure if I'm brave enough to donate blood for the cause. I'm a big wuss!! =)

Library girl said...

hee hee - LOVED the cartoon. I think I shall adopt that as my mantra for this week :)

Helen said...

Ha ha Kayleen - this is this week. Next week could be a whole different ball game, or kettle of fish, or...whatever.

Tamra - I revealed my secret on your comments. Seriously, come over and we'll do it together sometime.

Library Girl - my mantra this week. You can have it next week. Can I come up for a cookie???....

Saminda said...

You'll be fine Helen, stop stressing or I'll have to come up there and give you a shake!!! I'll be praying Monday. :) xo

Tamra said...

we are totally coming over and joining you next time you tie dye!! let us know when and where!!! We'll call it a homeschool conference or something. =)

Mary Witzl said...

I've been teaching for a long time and have a degree and plenty of experience. But the other day, I was observed by a colleague and honestly, I was a nervous wreck, certain she would find out what an incompetent teacher I am. Everything went pretty well despite it all. So take heart and don't panic. My husband says that parents who teach their kids are almost always more effective than classroom teachers -- you should hear him. Your teacher-student ratio isn't the only thing you've got going for you!

Helen said...

Mary - thanks for that. It's good to know that even though you've been doing it for years, it doesn't get any easier (hahaha maniacal laughter etc......)