January 2020

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.

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.

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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!

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.

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!

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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.

Weekly Wrap Up

I’m a little late wrapping up last week. We had a pretty busy week. Luckily, the dogwoods around us are beautiful and remind us to slow down and notice the world around us!

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary on Monday complete with an amazing ice cream cake made by the kids.

Wednesday, the kids had their presentations for entrepreneurship. They each had to present an idea or store to the “sharks.” They did an excellent job.

We wrapped up the week playing cornhole at a local senior living center. We got spanked!

Saturday, Sims and Sawyer competed in a climbing competition.

Another Year Older

We had a special celebration on Monday, Sims’s 16th birthday!  He celebrated by going out on the jet ski in the cold, cold water-amazingly, that cold water never seems to deter him from playing- and heading to climbing practice.  Each year, I cannot believe how much he has matured and grown up.  I am seriously ready for it to slow down!  He had so many new adventures during his 15th year.  He got to climb in many new states on new types of rock.  He has made some great new friends.  He has been a terrific big brother.  He built his own climbing wall. He loves being on the water, outdoors, or on a rock wall! Happy Birthday Sims!

Weekly Wrap Up

A totally fun week!

Monday and Tuesday were pretty typical.  Although on Tuesday while Sawyer and I were feeding the kitties that she is caring for, we spoke with a man who was in WWII.  He is documenting his experiences and his friends’ experiences in the war.  He let us borrow his books which are an awesome addition to our US History class!!

Wednesday, Sims and  headed to our local community college to meet with the admissions person to learn about taking classes there next year.  Evidently, you have to apply in early February to take classes in the FALL!  I guess we are a but behind.  He can definitely take classes in the spring next year though.  Wednesday night, another homeschooling mom and her daughter came to art club to teach soft pastels. We had a blast learning how to blend and play with the pastels.

 

Then Friday evening, Parks went and tried out speed skating with a friend.  It was pretty neat (and tiring!).

A Day in the Life 2019-Wednesday

So another day out and about.  Wednesdays are our co-op day.  Thus, we are away from home for part of the day.

715: I awoke and the kids awoke right after me.  Everyone ate breakfast, took showers, and did morning chores.

845: We headed out for class.  The kids had sculpting and finance this morning.  While they were in their classes, I worked with a few other moms on the planning for the next block.  After the classes, the kids hung out for a few minutes before we headed home.

1245: We arrived home.  Everyone made lunch.  Sims prepped for his geometry class online.

200: Sawyer and I ran out to the library to replenish her books.  She reads A LOT!  We are so grateful for the library.

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Picking out books

330: Parks, Sims and I headed to the park to play gaga ball with some kiddos.

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Playing at the park

530: We came home.  Sims and Sawyer cooked dinner.

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Breakfast for dinner!

600: We all ate dinner.  Then Nick and Sims headed up to Sims’s room to work on his climbing wall.  Then we all did our evening activities.

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The boys at work!

Until tomorrow!

 

A Day in the Life 2019- Tuesday

A few changes that you will see from past years to this year include outside classes.  Today is an outside class day.  The Tuesday schedule alternates each week.  This week, Sawyer and Parks have class, and next week all three kids have class.

715: Wake up.  No one else is up yet.  Everyone starts moving around 730ish. Morning chores and breakfast.

830: We all came together to do our 15 minute clean up and then we head to the sunroom to read our book and prep for the day.

900: I jumped in the shower before we headed out while the kids all worked on some independent work.  When I got out, I helped as I was needed.

950: We jumped in the car to head out for class.

1030: Parks went to his writing class for an hour.

1140: Sawyer went to her writing class while Parks and I went to get lunch.

1230: Parks went into his science class while I sat with Sawyer as she ate lunch.

145: We headed home from classes and over to feed our friend’s cats.

315: We arrived home.  Sims had worked on Chemistry, Geometry, reading for history, Reading Horizons and built a volume for his climbing wall while we were gone.  At this time, everyone did their own thing for a bit.  One of them hit a wall (figuratively)and the whole afternoon dynamic changed.  Luckily, Nick was able to come home early and help out.

550: Three of us got in the car to go to practice and two stayed home. The two who stayed home, hung out and cooked dinner.

810:Practice was over and we went to get something to eat.  We got home at 9,  Watched a show and got ready for bed-dishes, showers, etc.

*not a typical day Tuesday for us.  Usually Tuesdays go fairly smoothly, but today there was a change in the schedule and change is tough for some people.  We have a family member who has a very difficult time with change and we are working very diligently as a family to work on strategies to help.

 

 

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!