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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Welcome to our homeschooling blog

Princess Der

Hi, I am Princess Der.

I have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. It's called polyarticular (which means 5 or more joints are affected).

I am 12 years old and I do NOT like having Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. My friends don't understand that sometimes I can't do things they want me to.

I'm also homeschooled. Home schooling is  fun to me because I like doing my work at my own pace. I also like that I don't have to sit there when the teacher is yelling at all the other kids.

Princess Der

The Queen

I'm the mom here. We embarked on the homeschooling journey for a number of reasons. The Princess has always been a glutton for knowledge, yet she started disliking school in 2nd grade. After years of of hearing of her dislike for anything school and her begging me to homeschool her, on top of the arthritis diagnoses, I thought , "Why Not?"

I had always wanted to homeschool, and now I was working at home. So here we are.

We prefer an eclectic/bordering on unschooling approach. Since The Princess has a natural curiosity about her world, not to mention we have a house full of books on just about everything, I figured we'd be ok.

So, a typical day in our home.............

Princess Der worked on some of the reading part of the GED. She is doing this because she found old GED books I had from when I tutored an adult student who wanted to get his GED ( I am a Literacy Volunteer).

A little later, she found some balloons and started checking out static electricity.

First Princess Der rubbed the balloon all over her head...................

Then she experimented with different surfaces- the balloon stuck on the wall and the lamp.

It stuck on the side of the freezer...

Not sure why she's measuring- she said she just wanted to!

It DID NOT stick on the couch.....

Later in the day...................

Check out where they did stick.

Tomorrow, maybe we'll take a peek at the website Science Made Simple about Static Electricity...

Princess Der has been going to my neighbors this week in the early afternoon to help her out. Earlier in the school year, the neighbors daughter, son-in-law and 3 kids lived there. When Princess Der had finished some Math and Grammer, she would go next door and help out with a newborn, 2 year old and 4 year old. Now they are gone but the neighbor(the Grandma) has a knee problem. Since her boyfriend is at work and the kids are in school during the day, she's on her own. Princess Der has been going over and putting the dogs out and making the neighbor lunch. Princess Der has such a spiirit of helpfulness and servitude.

We also had a birth to celebrate today. One of our goats, "Q" ( short for Suzie Q) had triplets. Here is a pic:

I'm pretty sure the black & white one on the left won't be alive in the morning. It didn't look too good tonight- it kept laying on it's side & it's not eating. Momma wont let it eat, either. The Princess has encountered death before with our animals, but she's not too happy about it.

Later in the afternoon we went to the YMCA and exercised. Then we had dinner. Now it's almost 9 p.m. and I'm ready for bed. Princess Der is cleaning her room and washing clothes.

That's it for today. Either tomorrow or Friday, Princess Der is going to help a homeschooling mom we know homeschool her 6 year old.


  1. Congratulations on your decision to homeschool! I'm really proud of you. Homeschooling has been my life ever since I got out of preschool, so I know firsthand the great effects. I'm glad you're enjoying it, Princess! Keep working hard, I assure you, it's all worth it.

  2. Hi there! I have a young friend, 9, who also has arthritis. They have been doing treatments that have been successful. I do understand your saying that friends don't understand. Until her diagnosis, I don't think we did either. Looking forward to reading your blog!

  3. Hey! Visiting from MBC!
    Glad to meet you, Princess Der and Queen!
    I am following your blog now.
    God bless you homeschool journey!

  4. Hey Princess Der! Glad to welcome you to our world of homeschooling! My daughter will be 12 in March (on St Patrick's day!), and this is her first year homeschooling, too! My son was homeschooled last year, so this is his 2nd year. We thought we would just do it one year, but here we are, in our 2nd :)

    I hope you guys find your stride, and enjoy homeschooling as much as we do! We have a Valentine's day card swap going on if you would like to join in. My daughter was bummed she wouldn't have a Valentine party this year, so we decided to do one, homeschool style ;)

    If you're interested, or interested in a penpal, let us know at You can never have enough friends! :)

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