Although Mr. Fixit has gone back to work, we are still in that twelve-days-of-Christmas limbo when the calendar seems a bit off (is it Friday already?) . I've been doing more blog reading than writing (and there are some very good posts out there, including the DHM's contribution today to Frugal Hacks); it's easier to keep up now with Google Reader.
I'm working on the younger Squirrelings' school work for the nine weeks between now and March Break. That's shorter than a normal term, but it's the point where a couple of our books end, and it gives us a chance to stop there and get ready for Easter. (I know Easter is becoming a unPC word around a lot of Christians, but it's still shorter to spell than Resurrection Sunday, so you know what I mean.)
I've also been working on a grade 11 philosophy course for The Apprentice (it's an introduction, not everything you'd ever want to know). The main books we're using are Adler's Aristotle for Everybody (because Adler says studying Aristotle taught him to begin thinking philosophically), and How to Be Your Own Selfish Pig, because it asks some of the same good questions and presents possible answers from a Christian perspective, and also because (from a homeschooler's point of view), having a book that's partly written as a discussion between real (or even hypothetical) people gives us a chance to participate in that discussion, even years later and in another place. We have several other books that I'm including parts of as well (so we can talk about nihilism and existentialism and the other things that the ministry of education thinks we should be covering), but those are the two main ones.
For anyone who doesn't know, The Apprentice has been taking three of her four courses at the public high school, and one at home with me. We're finishing up a semester of Canadian history, and the philosophy course will begin in a month. But I wanted to get it planned out now.
And that's what I've been doing.