Not Every Thing Goes as Planned

 I've read many blogs that state there is no such thing as a child that doesn't want to learn, and to be perfectly honest I highly disagree. There are such children, my step-daughter is one of them! Within days it was obvious that our plans to home-school her was going to be the challenge of my life. She has absolutely no interest in learning anything. She even went so far as to inform me that she "has a problem doing anything that she doesn't like", and that she "refuses to do anything that bores her or that she finds uninteresting".  I've spent several sessions asking her what she would like to learn about and every time I'm given the same response - nothing!

Between her attitude towards learning and all the money I spent on curriculum, novels and books (more than $2000) I was ready to pull my hair out and bash my head into the desk. Quite frankly I've never known another child like her. She has no sense of curiosity and after having a conversation with her father we concluded that unlike other children she never really has, even as a toddler she never full of questions.

Feeling discouraged at her lack of interest in learning anything, my stubborn streak set in forcing me to try and come up with a lesson plan that would capture her attention. After much thought I decided to go with a curriculum that focused around sewing, since she loves to sew and has wanted a sewing machine for the past year. Although I feel she's still not mature enough to sew by machine, I'm going to start her off with lessons on the history of mills, the ladies garment workers union, followed by more lessons on hand sewing (focusing on embroidery), the history of sewing machines, lessons on machine sewing, pattern making, designing, garment history and ending with her designing, drafting her own patterns and sewing a doll outfit from her pattern based on a historical garment.


Classroom Reveal

Over the past several weeks I've been working on transforming one of our bedrooms into a classroom for Addie and Ciaran. The bedroom originally belonged to my eldest step-daughter Aurora, but since she'll be living with her mom through the week, her time here will be spent sharing a room with her sister. Aurora's room was painted a wonderful muted shade of purple, painting the room white was not fun!
Four coats of white to cover up the yellow, and six to cover the purple and it was finally covered - woohoo! Below is what that corner of the room looks like now. This will be Ciaran's corner, he's kinda trapped in there with my desk lol.
The border was made with my printer using regular paper, then I used glue sticks to mount it to the wall. Since it was so bland, I added a border with glitter tape and printed tape that I found at the dollar store. Ciaran decided to use the box of flower stickers I had to further decorate the border.
 Behind my desk is all our supplies and the start of our library, safely out of Ciaran's hands. I'll share more about my desk this week :)
The printer is in the corner with the teacher manuals that I have printed off so far, unfortunately I'm no where finished with them yet. I decided that the narrower bookcase beside the printer unit will house all our paper and craft supplies. Next to that is my bargain file cabinet - $5 find at the last garage sale we attended.
Directly on my left, is Addie's work station. To add some colour to the wall I glued - yes I glued scrapbook paper to it, then cut some coordinating letters to add her name. This is where we'll keep her vocabulary words, her spelling list and other little things she wants to keep handy.
Beside her desk is her workboxes, which I haven't finished yet. I'll write a post next week explaining why I decided that we'd try homeschooling through the workbox system.
On the last wall in our room is our whiteboard wall, framed with scrapbook paper and well you guessed it, glued to the wall lol.

That concludes the tour of our classroom for now, aside from building our library, I don't believe there will be many changes in the near future. Well maybe some better chairs for the kids when the funds become available.

American Girl Book List

Since Addision is interested in American Girl, we're going to use the American Girl Homeschooling curriculum as our base and add Canadian content to bring her up to the level she should be at, and maybe even get her to rise above it :) There is a Canadian series of novels "Our Canadian Girl" published by Penguin Random House that are similar to the American Girl Series that I am actively trying to add to our library. I will add the list to another page once I have it compiled and in order.

American Girl

Kaya, 1764

  1. Meet Kaya OWN
  2. Kaya's Escape OWN
  3. Kaya's Hero OWN
  4. Kaya and Lone Dog OWN
  5. Kaya Shows the Way OWN
  6. Changes for Kaya OWN

Felicity Merriman, 1774

  1. Meet Felicity OWN
  2. Felicity Learns a Lesson OWN
  3. Felicity's Surprise OWN
  4. Happy Birthday, Felicity OWN
  5. Felicity Saves the Day OWN
  6. Changes for Felicity OWN
Felicity's Cook Book OWN
Felicity's Craft Book
Felicity's Story Collection
Welcome to Felicity's World, 1774

Elizabeth Cole

  1. Very Funny, Elizabeth OWN

Caroline Abbott, 1812

  1. Meet Caroline OWN
  2. Caroline's Secret Message
  3. Surprise for Caroline
  4. Caroline Takes a Chance
  5. Caroline's Battle
  6. Changes for Caroline OWN

Josefina Montoya, 1824

  1. Meet Josefina
  2. Josefina Learns a Lesson
  3. Josefina's Surprise
  4. Happy Birthday, Josefina
  5. Josefina Saves the Day
  6. Changes for Josefina
Josefina Just For Fun Book
Josefina's Paper Dolls
Secrets in the Hills: A Josefina Mystery
Josefina's Magnetic Mini World
Welcome to Josefina's World, 1824

C├ęcile Rey & Marie-Grace Gardner, 1853

  1. Meet Marie-Grace OWN
  2. Meet Cecile OWN
  3. Marie-Grace and the Orphans OWN
  4. Troubles for Cecile OWN
  5. Marie-Grace Makes a Difference OWN
  6. Cecile's Gift OWN

Kirsten Larson, 1854

  1. Meet Kirsten OWN
  2. Kirsten Learns a Lesson OWN
  3. Kirsten's Surprise OWN
  4. Happy Birthday, Kirsten OWN
  5. Kirsten Saves the Day OWN
  6. Changes for Kirsten OWN
Kirsten's Cook Book OWN
Kirsten's Craft Book
Kirsten's Story Collection
Welcome to Kirsten's World, 1854

Addy Walker, 1864

  1. Meet Addy OWN
  2. Addy Learns a Lesson
  3. Addy's Surprise
  4. Happy Birthday, Addy!
  5. Addy Saves the Day
  6. Changes for Addy
Addy's Cook Book OWN
Addy's Craft Book
Addy's Story Collection
Welcome to Addy's World, 1864

Samantha Parkington, 1904

  1. Meet Samantha OWN
  2. Samantha Learns a Lesson OWN
  3. Samantha's Surprise
  4. Happy Birthday, Samantha!
  5. Samantha Saves the Day OWN
  6. Changes for Samantha
Samantha's Cook Book OWN
Samantha's Craft Book OWN
Samantha's Friendship Fun
Samantha's Story Collection
Welcome to Samantha's World, 1904

Nellie O'Malley

  1. Nellie's Promise

Rebecca Rubin, 1914

  1. Meet Rebecca OWN
  2. Rebecca and Ana 
  3. Candlelight for Rebecca 
  4. Rebecca and the Movies 
  5. Rebecca to the Rescue
  6. Changes for Rebecca

Kit Kittredge, 1934

  1. Meet Kit OWN
  2. Kit Learns a Lesson OWN
  3. Kit's Surprise 
  4. Happy Birthday, Kit 
  5. Kit Saves the Day
  6. Changes For Kit
Kit's Friendship Fun
Kit's Story Collection

Ruthie Smithens

  1. Really Truly Ruthie

Molly McIntire, 1944

  1. Meet Molly
  2. Molly Learns a Lesson
  3. Molly's Surprise
  4. Happy Birthday, Molly!
  5. Molly Saves the Day
  6. Changes for Molly
Molly's Cook Book OWN
Molly's Craft Book
Welcome to Molly's World, 1944

Emily Bennett

  1. Brave Emily

Julie Albright, 1974

  1. Meet Julie 
  2. Julie Tells Her Story
  3. Happy New Year, Julie 
  4. Julie and the Eagles 
  5. Julie's Journey
  6. Changes for Julie

Ivy Ling

  1. Good Luck, Ivy

 Girl of the Year dolls

Nicki Fleming

  1. Nicki
  2. Thanks to Nicki

Chrissa Maxwell

  1. Chrissa 
  2. Chrissa Stands Strong

Lanie Holland

  1. Lanie
  2. Lanie's Real Adventures

Kanani Akina

  1. Aloha, Kanani 
  2. Good Job, Kanani

McKenna Brooks

  1. McKenna OWN
  2. McKenna, Ready to Fly

Saige Copeland

  1. Saige
  2. Saige Paints the Sky

Isabelle Palmer

  1. Isabelle
  2. Designs by Isabelle
  3. To the Stars, Isabelle

Grace Thomas

  1. Meet Grace Thomas OWN
  2. Grace Stirs it Up
  3. Grace Makes it Great

More AG Titles Add's Studying

  1. A Smart Girl's Guide: Manners (Revised): The Secrets to Grace, Confidence and Being Your Best OWN
  2. Stand Up for Yourself and Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies and Bossiness and Finding a Better Way OWN
  3. American Girls Cookbook: A Peek at Dining in the Past With Meals You Can Cook Today OWN

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