Weekly Wrap Up

We are still trying hard to get into a rhythm, and we are not quite there yet.  This week Sawyer finished up her first book, The House of Scorpion for English and began taking an online literature class for the next 10 weeks.  Sims’s literature class is on a break for the next few weeks due to the Jewish holidays; however, he still has a big project to do during the break.  Thus, he has been busy researching.  Parks is wrapping up Medieval China this week and next, including the book Along the River-A Chinese Cinderella Story.  Sawyer continued her Biology labs in co-op, and Parks worked on a lot of painting.  Saturday, we headed into the mountains for some apple picking and some cool air!

 

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Weekly Wrap Up

Just a quick wrap up from the past two weeks.  At co-op, we did more biology and botany labs.  Art is a big hit at co-op as well.  We visited the barn that we used to ride at.  We all miss the barn.  Unfortunately, our instructor is no longer doing lessons.  (Our puppy, Bella, also go to visit her mom.). Parks started a history class on Outschool.  Sawyer and Sims are still working on their classes. The kids and I also got a quick hike in at Latta Plantation.

So Many Thoughts

I have sat down to begin this post many times.  I am overwhelmed with thoughts and I do not know where to begin.  I think I may list things and the post may be slightly fragmented.

  1. Homeschooling is different this year.  Having co-op two days a week is a new dynamic.  Sawyer and Parks attend both days.  Sims pops in and out.  Co-op is very different this year.  We have a lot of new people.  It is going very well.  The other main co-ordinator for our co-op is moving-requiring me to step up ALOT.  It is overwhelming.  Managing is not one of my strengths.  Luckily, I have an amazing village of ladies who help me.

  2. Sims and I are finding junior year to be tough-and he is only taking three classes right now.  He did a staggered start for each of his classes.  Now that he is in the midst of all three, he is finding it to be a lot of work. img_2410
  3. Sawyer is finding a slew of people who love art as much as she does.  Her art club has grown from 2-3 people each week last year to 5-8 people each week this year.
  4. Parks is finally open to school-not thrilled about it, but very willing to work through it.
  5. We have hiked twice so far.  I posted on the first hike last time.  Last week, we hiked in a park outside of Hickory, NC.  We found some amazing treasures there including some beautiful and large quartz builders, salamanders, and lots of neat geology.
  6. All extracurricular activities are in full swing-climbing competitions, sailing, parquor, band, art and hanging out.
  7. Our house is a hot mess.  We have gotten out of the groove of doing a 15 minute clean up.  I am trying to figure out the rhythm for the year since we leave two days a week by 9. (I am not going to post a picture of this.  You can imagine-laundry not completed, dishes in the sink, books EVERYWHERE, puppy toys taking over the house…)

2019/2020 Let Us Begin

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 driver 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,

MGVJ8a%eRjW98e9L68RvyASims 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 life guarding class this summer so he may work as a life guard too-just a possibility that he posed this week.

8tq5riLkTkKNiZuSwoFBtgSawyer 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!

DSC_0042Parks 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!

Wrapping Up Summer

Summer seems to be wrapping up around our area.  Several schools decided to begin early this year which means a lot of our extracurricular activities are starting and the lake is quieter.  Some families and I are revamping our co-op for this year which required planning throughout the summer months, and we are finalizing things this week.  I also finally finished up my homeschool planning.  I usually get this done in the beginning of the summer, so I was beginning to get anxious that it was not done.

As far as the end of summer goes-Sims went out to Yosemite National Park to climb; Sawyer and Parks hung out at home and worked on projects.  We have gotten on the lake to play a good bit and finally slowed down a touch (although, I did just have a mini mental breakdown this weekend due to being over scheduled).  Hopefully, we will get back into a bit of a rhythm which we all desperately need!  Next post will be on our plans for this year. 🙂

July in Review

Another fun month!  This year, all of the kids ventured off to new experiences.  Sawyer went to UNCG for an art intensive program for high schoolers.  She worked with painting, clay on the wheel and printmaking.  She found a new love in print making (and I love her prints!).   Parks headed to Liberty University in Virginia for snowboarding camp (yes, you read that right.  Liberty Snowflex uses a carpet type material for people to ski and snowboard on).  Finally, Sims flew out to Colorado to climb in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.  In between all of the camps and big experiences, we still had some fun times hanging out at the lake, tubing down the river, and enjoying the butterflies (speaking of which, our first monarch of the season arrived this week).  Sawyer and Parks also did the Cranking Engines class where they learned about how to tear apart and rebuild a lawn mower engine.  Sims has also bee working as a counselor at the Lake Norman Community Sailing Center.

Monthly Wrap Up-Picture Post

June was full.  We started out the month at the beach to celebrate a 50th anniversary!  On the way home, we picked up a friend from the airport.  He and Sims hit the water and the climbing walls.  Then we had family in town for the week.  Mid June, we headed south to Birmingham, Alabama for the climbing divisional competition.  Such a great group of people in the climbing community.  We always have so much fun.  In addition to these fun activities, Sawyer completed driver’s education; Sims started working at the Lake Norman Community Sailing Center; Sims got his driver’s license; and Parks went to kayaking camp. Now-on to July! :). Happy Summer!