2021 Homeschool Week 19 | May 10

I mentioned that this week fell into a new, unintentional routine. It wasn’t unenjoyable, but I think it will become stale quickly if I let it continue like this. The relief of staring at puzzle pieces instead of pushing myself to do more seems like it has peaked and we’re on the downside. Of course I’m going to finish the Harry Potter Marauder’s Map Jigsaw Puzzle* we started this week, and I’m absolutely going to continue our audiobook, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6*

I’m also going to choose intentionally a few things that I think we will enjoy instead of waiting to see “what I feel like” when I’m overall a bit unenthused. That strategy works great for me when I’m feeling it, but there are times to have the awareness to intervene.  

Fortunately, the kiddo did shake things up a bit this week with some games he asked me to play with him. We played a couple rounds of the Hatchimals version of Trouble Board Game*, Chutes and Ladders*, and I SPY Eagle Eye Find-It Game*. (It doesn’t seem like the Hatchimals version is available for purchase any longer.)

I won almost every game by luck until we got to the one that tested skill, and he is quick with those cards! If you haven’t played the I Spy game, it’s a lot of fun. I’d bet it’s a fun competition between multiple siblings as well.  

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Myles picked up Prodigy math game again this week, returned to a brief typing lesson, and played some other games of his choice. 

Classes with Varsity Tutors continued, some ending, and he asked me to look at upcoming available classes for him to choose from. We found a class he was incredibly excited to start, Coding Games: Computer Science for Elementary School, and he spent time in and out of class working on his project. I’m excited to see where he goes with this since it seems enthusiasm sparks the best creativity!

He finished up Around the World with Google Earth, and I don’t believe we’ve signed up for an additional session at this time, though I wouldn’t be surprised if we come back to it again in the future. 

He started new sessions of Virtual Safari: Big Cats Class and Magical Potions Class, which he has taken in the past. I think the Big Cats class may have been one of the first we took last summer, maybe even before I started blogging. These seem to be classes that are often available for free, large group sessions, if you’re interested in checking out what else Varsity Tutors offers. If you use our sign up link, you’ll get a $10 credit toward any paid classes as well (we also get a $10 credit, thanks!)

I’m grateful to have had classes to engage him since I’ve been a bit lethargic and unmotivated. I love discomfort that signals to me that I need to make a change that I have full power to implement. In my other post, I talked about moving forward more intentionally even though it’s going to take more effort for a bit, and I’m excited to see where that takes us again.

I do not regret the breaks I’ve given myself, and I’ve very much enjoyed the rate we’ve been listening to our recent audiobook. We took months to finish Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5*, but we’ve listened to all but 2.5 hours of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6* (16 hours in) in the last two weeks. I bet we’ll finish it this week, and I’m curious if we will move straight into the next Harry Potter book, or if we will go back to finish The Hobbit* or maybe even Graveyard Book*. Who knows, we may start something new entirely. Sometimes the best way to find fresh enjoyment is to burst out of old habits and intentionally choose what feels enticing.  

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