Last night after Bob went to bed, I hopped online again. I sent him the cute bunny photos and laid on a BIG-time guilt trip.
He called this morning (and woke me up--way to get even, hon) and relented. He told me to tell Thomas he had to buy the chicken wire, he had to build the cage, and the bunny had to be released when it was old enough. ??? Hmmm.
I am evil. I know how to guilt my husband.
And on another note, I decided to quit worrying over geography. I bought a textbook on eBay last night. I love the Buy-it-now feature. Anyway, when it arrives, I'll write up a quick set of lesson plans and sit down for an hour and correlate it with books from the library. Then I'll print some maps out. And I might search some recipes -- yum.
I'm not pro or anti textbooks. We've always enjoyed getting tons of books on a subject from the library and learning freely. However, I am getting to the point that I need things easier. And easier means I can have Thomas read the textbook on his own first. It also means I will have a systematic and sequential plan to follow. I'm loose enough to not get caught in a time trap -- if Thomas is loving something, we go with it. If he isn't, we go over it anyway, but quickly.
I didn't mention in my previous post that I spent an hour drooling over Calvert's website yesterday. It just seemed so easy to click, place an order, and have it all arrive ready to use. Of course after that hour I decided we'd need to replace the math, we'd have to replace their spelling program with Sequential Spelling, that I'd want to add in our logic that Thomas loves, plus Wordly Wise which he loves. And so on.
Our eclectic style works for us. That's the whole point of homeschooling Thomas -- for him to learn, and it's taken awhile to figure him out, but I think we've got it down pat. It's fun to window shop, though.
One thing on Calvert's site that did pique my interest (and that interest was also piqued by my years of reading the Well-Trained Mind boards, is Calvert's series of spelling CDs. I am toying with ordering one. However, I'm clueless which level to buy. Thomas spells phonetically unless he knows a word. Spelling is his worst subject, even though he loves Sequential Spelling. I thought a fun CD might help matters. Which level...that is the burning question.
Our silly CAT tests still have not arrived. I'm climbing the walls in anticipation. I so want to be done!