As all things go around here, the first week of school did not go as planned. My plan included beginning school for everyone together this week. Well, on Saturday I received a call that Sawyer could do her driving portion of driver’s education beginning on Monday-uhm, yes!
Soooo….the first week was off. I had to drive her back and forth to driver’s education. We weren’t all together. Some classes haven’t started yet. I ended up with a couple of appointments, and that is how school started this week. Luckily, we are flexible. So here we are,
Sims is working on eleventh grade this year (OMG! HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?). He is taking most of his classes online. He is taking Algebra II, Physics and two semester-long English courses (one in the fall and one in the spring). He also plans to take the Wilderness First Responder course in May. Sims is also planning to look into the local community college to take a class in the spring-maybe. He is still debating it. In addition to school work, Sims plans to continue rock climbing on the team. He began sailing bigger sailboats this summer. He would like to continue doing that and maybe even rehab a race boat to race in the spring (this is his goal for the year). He took the Red Cross lifeguarding class this summer so he may work as a lifeguard too-just a possibility that he posed this week.
Sawyer is working on ninth grade this year. She is taking Algebra I, Biology, English I, World History, and Marine Biology. She will also participate in the co-op two days a week which is where she will do her biology labs and I am sure many other fun activities. Sawyer plans to continue rock climbing on the team and to begin climbing outdoors (this is her goal for the year). Her band dissolved at the end of the school year, so Sawyer is also working on finding a new band to sing with. On her own, Sawyer will also keep working on her arial silk work. I guess she will also start driving soon!
Parks is working on seventh grade this year. He still does not love school or even like the idea of school, so we have to be creative. He is working on fractions, decimals, and percents in math in preparation for pre-algebra. I think he could do pre-algebra now, but I want it to be very easy when he does it so that he is successful. He is also going to take a couple of classes on Outschool to learn history of the Middle Ages around the world and possibly some conservation science. He is very excited about co-op this year because it is student led. He has some classes that he wants to teach such as soldering. His goal for this year is to snowboard in Colorado.
As a group this year, we are going to really focus on executive functioning skills! Yep, we are forgoing our Waldorf traditions to work on planning, goal setting, timing, and follow-through. We are going to work on self-reflection and working on how to work and to just get through life (like why are the breakfast dishes still on the counter-it’s mid-afternoon? Smile).
Even though the first week of school didn’t quite go as planned, it went well. We had fun and ended with a trip to the mountains. Happy New School Year!