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.
Holidays with family
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.
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!
Marie biology lab
Marine biology lab
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.
Learning about heart rate, breathing rate
Mindfulness with breathing techniques
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!
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.
With the year coming to an end, I am so grateful for the time to spend with family and friends! I hope you had a terrific holiday and I will see you next year!
Tree is trimmed!
Adding lights to the car
Sawyer got her permit!
The three amigos!
New life jacket
New long board!
Beautiful day for walks
New tricks to come!
Look at that full moon!
Reading of the story
Sawyer lighting a candle
Sims helping the littles
the final product!
What a beautiful night for the spiral! I didn’t realize that the date I chose happened to fall on a full moon. For 2019, we decided to make blessing bags for the local soup kitchen. One of my friends sewed fleece scarves with pockets that the bags slipped into. They turned out beautiful. The kids made cards to go along with the bags. I didn’t get any photos of the cards. They brought out the watercolors this year and made some beautiful note cards. Overall, the night was magical.
I know that it is a little early for a monthly review. Next week is Sawyer’s birthday and Thanksgiving, so I do not foresee much happening school-wise!
November began fairly uneventful. Classes continued. Co-op continued. Sawyer and Parks had a watercolor intensive class this month.
parks in watercolor class
Sawyer in watercolor class
Since the first week of nonevents, the month has been crazy! Sims fell while climbing and messed up his shoulder which has resulted in many, many appointments. He dislocated his shoulder resulting in an impaction fracture to his humeral head and a torn lat muscle. We had cars in and out of the shop. Mobile phones died (this actually was not too bad until it was. It did make it tough for the kids to communicate with me while they were out and about, but that was about it.). Sawyer had to go in for an infusion. All kids had eye doctor appointments. At one point, I thought for sure were being videoed. If it could go awry, it had. We sat at our table laughing about all of the crazy when the dog and the cat came running through the kitty door chasing a squirrel!
Strawberry DNA extraction
strawberry DNA extraction
Parks’s book for Japan in the Middle Ages
Then the viruses starting hitting the house! First Sawyer went down. Then Parks and I were hit right after. Thus, we spent two weeks with high stress from illness. We have watched movies, read, and just chilled out because that is all we could do.
We did have a few fun times. We celebrated Parks’s 13th birthday! Sims hurt his arm but missed getting sick. He went on an adventure to move a 40-foot sailboat from Annapolis, MD to Charleston, SC. He is still gone today. They aren’t going to make it to Charleston due to the weather, so he will be out on the boat again at a later time.
So November was not our most productive month school-wise. Lots of life-learning happened!
What a full month! You know those times that fly by and at the same time seem to never end? Well, that was October. There were so many sides to October. One part of October included the moving of our close friend. We spent many days cherishing our time together and packing up their house.
Another part of October we spent working through the kinks of our new co-op. The group is amazing and includes many new-to-homeschooling families. We have spent a lot of time working with families to learn the ins and outs of homeschooling. We have spent a lot of time working with the children on communication, working as a team, and deschooling. In addition to this, I taught the high schoolers a Medical Investigations class. The class turned out to be awesome. It utilized the information that the kids learned in past anatomy and physiology classes and added new information. The kids really enjoyed the class and surpassed my expectations.
Sims spent most of October working on a project about Elon Musk for his literature class, Algebra II and physics. He also began ACT prep. He has impressed me with his study skills and initiation this year. He also applied to take an online dual enrollment class through Landmark College in the spring.
Sawyer finished up her book, The House of the Scorpion, and began a class on the Hero’s Journey. She is also still working through biology and Algebra 1. She quickly finished up her Halloween outfit right before the big day!
Parks finished up Medieval China and Africa. He read Along the River and a book about Mansa Musa. He also worked hard on a fractions unit.
For fun, Sims and Sawyer have been climbing both indoors and out. Parks has learned some awesome new skills at the skatepark. Parks, Sims and I have gotten out sailing a little bit. We went apple picking in the mountains, climbing in the piedmont (climbing competition), and dreamt of the warm waves at the beach, 🙂
Overall, it was an emotional month. I dealt with quite a bit of anxiety this month. The kids worked with me and my moments of high stress. The month was busy and full. Thankfully, we have one amazing village to help during these months!
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!
Biology lab on PH
Relay races at Co-op
PH testing using cabbage juice
Learning about proteins
Beautiful lotus flowers!
Beautiful lotus flowers!
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.
Visting the barn
Visting the barn
Visiting the barn
I get to play some too!
biology lab art