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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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!

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!

Weekly Wrap Up

As usual, it has been nuts around here.  School is winding down for the holiday break, which means that we are out of our rhythm.  No rhythm means increased stress for some in our crew.  In addition to the holidays, we also had snow!

Overall, we finished up “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and started a new book called, “Roses and Radicals.” (Personally, I am thinking this book is a must read for those of you with high schoolers doing US History this year.  It is pretty awesome.). Sims finished up his first semester of Geometry and is working through the break on note taking and more study skills as he moves into more advanced classes.  Sawyer is still working on Physical Science and writing through the break.  Parks is working on writing as well.

Sims also had the opportunity to go climbing this week at Rumbling Bald and Stone Mountain with some friends.

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We also celebrated our winter spiral with several families and are now getting ready for the holidays!

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It was beautiful!

Weekly Wrap Up

We are midway through our first business math block.  We finished up our read aloud-The Year Money Grew on Trees.  We LOVED it!  Sawyer and Parks are also still working on the Pet Shop Math.  The last two times that we did business math, we used the Striker Jones book.  I felt that we needed a change, so I decided to use Whatever Happened to Penny Candy.  I heard terrific things about it, but the kids find it very dry.  It has been tough to get through, but we are trudging through at least for one more week.  Sims and Sawyer are also about a third of the way through Byline which is a writing curriculum that includes US history.  It is ALOT of writing each week, but so far they are both enjoying it.  In addition to their writing curriculum, the older two are also getting quite a bit of practice with writing lab reports for chemistry and physical science!  This week while the older were writing up their labs from last week, Parks learned about water displacement in his science class.

On the fun side of things this week, Sawyer made a sling for her coach’s baby kitty.  Everyone cooked up a storm this week (which is funny because cooking was the theme for Spanish class this week too).  Sims and I got a paddle in on Wednesday since there wan’t any wind for a sail.  Thursday, we gleaned eggplant and peppers.  Friday, Sawyer and I were invited by my brother to go see Hamilton!  It was an AMAZING show!

 

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.