Weekly Wrap Up

Lots of school work this week!  And lots more to get through!

I am not sure why, but the output of work seems a lot higher this year.  This is neither good nor bad.  It just is.  More output requires more time inside and at home. That part is not my favorite.

This week we learned about money and its history.  We learned about inflation.  We are also almost through our first read aloud book, The Year Money Grew on Trees.  It is a terrific book to go along with finance, economics and business math.  The kids also made topography maps and color wheels in Spanish this week in 4H.

Sims gave me a lesson Wednesday afternoon on rigging and sailing a 420.  I had a blast.  I can’t wait to go again!  I am not sure if that was my favorite part of the week or getting back to the barn after several weeks of not going!

Friday, the younger two worked at home on their Simply Charlotte Mason Pet Shop math and finishing up their workplans while Sims and I headed down to Charlotte to finish up his educational testing.

As always, the weekend was full!  Boat cleaning, yard work, parties, concerts, sailing, and   some fun time to just hang out.

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Week Two-Life Long Learning

Well, we made it through the first two weeks of school.  The first week went fairly well.  The second week went about the same.  Nothing very exciting.  So far, I think that our favorite curriculum choice is Byline for the older two.  It is also tying in well with our block on civics.

This week, Sims had his first real test.  He is taking an online geometry class which has tests every other week.  It is moments like thee, that we realize how dysgraphia will continue to effect him through the years.  He writes well, but it does take him more time to write.  Geometry requires a lot of writing and planning.  Thus, his test took him three hours to complete.  Wow!  I was shocked that it took that long and amazed at his perseverance to get through it.  (and not that it matters, but he was very excited to get an 89-pre/94-final grade after corrections in his first real test).

Sawyer is moving through her work well.  She generally does not find school work challenging but this year, we found some fun stuff.  She is enjoying the writing with byline and the Visual Latin program.  She has a gift with languages that I love.  She finds them so easy! (This is a concept that boggles my mind because language is so tough.). She also started designing her Halloween costume this week!

Parks (I am scared to jinx myself here but…) is doing really well this year on his school work.  He wakes up and hits the books.  He is focused to finish his work-which can be good and bad.  Right now, I will take it.  Last year, he struggled with getting motivated to start his work and to complete his work with out A LOT of encouragement (insert-lots of frustration here..lol).  So far, he is completing his work and doing a great job with it!  He is also working on lots of projects such as rebuilding his drones, soldering, and making his own fingerboards.

I am teaching geology this month in our 4H co op.  I explained to the class that I am not a geologist but that I find the subject interesting. Thus, I decided to teach the subject.  Who knew that being a homeschooling mom would also make me an unschooler too?  Life long learning.

Fun Photos in July

One more summer month down!  And as always, it was full of fun.  Lots of visits from friends and family.  Lots of playing at the lake.

June in Review

As with every year, June flew by and a lot happened in it!  The month started on a Friday which was the perfect way to start June.  I met with the lady who worked with Sims and Sawyer on writing this year to plan for next year.  Then like many of the days in June, we went to the lake to play in the water.  Sims got his driver’s permit.  Everyone went to camp-Sawyer to Rockbrook Camp for Girls, Sims to scuba camp to get scuba certified, and Parks to BMX camp.  Sims competed in the USA climbing divisional competition.  We ended the month kayaking with friends down the Green River in NC.  I do enjoy June!

Bringing Summer to a Close

Monday afternoon, we took a group out on the boat to watch the solar eclipse.  The eclipse turned out to be an excellent event to bring the summer to a close and the school year into the fore front.  We were all excited about the eclipse and engaged in actively learning about the unusual phenomenon (not that unusual as it happens every 18 months somewhere in the world-one of the facts that we learned).  At the last minute, we found out that my friend had three pairs of glasses that we could use

IMG_3987for the event.  The glasses were amazing!  Although, we had some boxes to use too.  Nick really enjoyed his box viewer!

 

The rest of the month, we truly just took every moment enjoying our friends and family.  We went tubing down the Catawba River.  I had several play dates with my nieces and nephews.  We basked in the sun at the lake and the beach.  We made an attempt to win the cardboard boat race in the neighborhood.

Now, I am buckling down and getting everything ready for the kids to start back to some academic work.

 

 

The Perfect Summer Month

IMG_3625Just like June, July came and went fairly quickly.  I guess that is how it goes when you do not have an agenda to fill.  When I envision a perfect summer, I envision almost exactly what our July looked like.  (I know that I hate it when other bloggers say stuff like that, but I now know that it can be true!  In the past, our summers were fun but not without a lot of sibling stress and the stress of no schedule.  This year, everyone got along and went along with the no-schedule ride.)

July included visits from lots of friends and family, which meant lots of floating in the lake, playing behind the boat, and lemonade stands, .

 

We also made a couple trips up to the mountains where we kayaked the Green River in Saluda, NC  (by kayak, I mean float in big tubes that look like kayaks-no real skill involved) with friends who visited from Florida and hiked with local friends in DuPont Forest.

The kids had camp again this month.  Parks and Nick headed off to scout camp where they repelled, biked, swam and had a ton of adventures.  Parks also went to sailing camp with some friends.  Sawyer participated in a costuming camp where she helped make the costumes for the play “The Crucible,” in our town theater.  Sims headed to the mountains to climb outdoors for a week.

In between all of this, we simply enjoyed the pool and the lake every moment that we could.  It was hot and the water felt amazing.

And last but not least, I celebrated my 40th birthday with my family on the last day of the month!

Wacky Wednesday-Kayaking LKN

Before the cold weather sets in, we decided to get in a kayak.  We paddled over to a blue heron sanctuary to explore and look for bones.  It is one of our favorite spots to explore.