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!

Weekly Wrap Up

We are seriously counting down the days now.  We are finishing up our math books.  Writing classes are complete.  We are reading a book on World War I right now which we should finish up in the next two weeks.  Hands on biology is happening all around us.  Our monarch caterpillars are growing like crazy.  We have chicken eggs in an incubator that should hatch in the next couple of weeks.  We went on a field trip to an educational forest where we saw a beaver dam and pond, forest progression, and learned about forest ecology.  We went hiking where we saw wasp eggs (at least we think that is what they are), spider nests wrapped up in ferns, turtles, and lots of beautiful plants.  Oh, I almost forgot.  We also rehomed to our house two black racers.  Our friends did not want them to stay at their houses, so we boxed them up and released them in our yard!

Weekly Wrap Up

Spring is here!  We are loving the weather.  Things are winding down Sawyer and Parks had their last writing class on Tuesday.  Parks had to present his research paper on the history of snowboarding.

Wednesday, we headed on a hike to Boone’s Cave.  We saw lots of critters and beautiful flowers.  Later in the afternoon, a friend of mine came over to bring me some milkweed plants.  We decided to run down to Latta Plantation to check on our butterfly garden that we planted there a few years ago.  While we were there, we found some monarch eggs! Let the fun begin!

We ended the week with our end of year testing, planning for the summer and the end of Sims’s second Brave Writer Class-Essay Prep for the Research Paper.  This class was tough.  There was a lot more work than in the Dynamic Thinking class.  I think he would have benefitted from another two weeks of the class.  He learned a lot, and I think he needed more time to process all of the information inorder to properly complete the paper intended.  We are learning!  Now we are off to play on the lake.

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Spring Break Wrap Up

The last two weeks flew by!  We didn’t go anywhere.  We didn’t do anything crazy.  We just hung out at home, swam in the lake, enjoyed the lake, and celebrated life!  We started the break off with Sims’s birthday and ended it with a concert!  Over all, we had a  terrific two weeks.  The pictures show it all!