January 2020

Time flies by when you are having fun and are busy!  Three teenagers keep me busier than I ever could imagine.  January was full.  We celebrated the holidays at the beginning of the month with our relatives.  We then jumped right back into school on the sixth.

Parks is in a period of transition this month.  He decided to work with a tutor one day a week because he does not enjoy being responsible to me for his work.  Ahh, the stages of growing up. :). The tutor has actually been a terrific motivator, and he is working hard.  She is boosting his self-confidence and it is noticeable in his work.  Parks finished up reading Robin Hood and started on The Outsiders.  He also finished up fractions and began working on decimals and percents in math.  So far, he is not enjoying this year in math.  Too many rules and “new ways” of doing things.  He also jumped into doing Latin word roots.  As far as self-directed work, he is learning how to build longboards.  He is over the moon excited about this project.  Hopefully, I will have a whole post on this soon.

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Sawyer finished her biology course in December (well, almost.  She is doing a little more work on anatomy).  She really wanted to do marine biology this year.  Thus, she was motivated to work through biology in one semester.  She is really enjoying the marine biology class so far.  We were able to bring a few of the labs to co-op which was fun as well.  She read the Diary of Anne Frank this month which we used as a base for her language arts and her history.  She dove into WWII and went down many really interesting rabbit holes.  We have one more week to focus on WWII before we move on. Sawyer is loving her lyra hoop and learning to perfect some skills and to work on new ones.  She also went with Sims outdoor bouldering this month-her fist time bouldering outdoors!

Sims finished up his first semester of language arts focused on the book, Outliers.  This year he is taking five online classes.  The Outliers class pushed him in so many ways.  I saw him grow a lot in this class.  He is now doing a language arts class using Ted Talks, and he is LOVING it.  I look forward to the rest of this class.  He is at the midterm for Algebra II.  He found out that he still needs to work on prepping for tests as he cannot remember everything from the first week to now (again..the stages of growing up).  He is also still working through physics-which has been slowed down a bit as he is doing a fetal pig dissection at co-op.  In his free time, he has been doing a lot!  He is working with a personal trainer to strengthen his shoulder after he dislocated it at the end of last year. He is back to climbing in the gym and a bit outdoors.  He has also been living on the lake!  He is now a part of a new group of boats that are racing in a winter series.  He is loving it and learning a lot about keelboats and dingies.

Can you tell how busy it has been? January has been full!  And this doesn’t include co-op classes!  At co-op, the kids had a health class that focused on stress management and how you can use your vital signs as feedback for how you are feeling in different situations.  They have one more class in health next week.  Some kids in the co-op are dissecting a fetal pig.  Sawyer and Parks opted out of this, but Sawyer is completing the worksheets that go with each lab in order to complete her biology course.  The co-op also celebrated the Lunar New Year with a day of fun learning with three families who celebrate the new year every year.

Oh my, how did I forget!  We also spent time this month puppy sitting for our neighbor’s new puppy!  This may have been the highlight of the month!

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Next week, I plan to do my “A Day in the Life” series with Simple Homeschool.  We will see if I am able to keep up.  LOL.

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