Friday, October 21, 2016

Week 12 - Slow and Slower

This week has been more productive than last, and definitely more so than I expected. All the usual subjects were completed, and I ordered new German curriculum for Amber that should arrive next week. We won't start it until the first of November though. Although we were busier than I'd like to be for a school week, it was in fact the calm before the storm of next week.

I've finally finished the Teaching the Classics DVDs, which took me significantly longer than anticipated since it turns out I have very limited time where I can watch a physical DVD these days. Streaming of this course would have been so much easier on the go. Although I did read the entire instruction book that came with the DVD course several weeks ago, so my slowness in finishing the DVDs didn't really limit our ability to continue through literature.

She had to be touching him, and he helped her. Sometimes they can be so sweet.
I even designed our first set of discussion questions and have a writing assignment ready for Amber after we discuss Around the World in 80 Days.  October is a busy time for us, and much of Amber's school this week (and next) is independent work, which does not include discussions. All in all, using the method put forward in Teaching the Classics appears to be the best option for Amber at this point, instead of literature guides. That doesn't mean we may not use the odd guide here and there throughout high school (Shakespeare, anyone?), but the majority will be done on our own.

After years of history intensive lessons, Amber is fairly uninterested in it this year and she can't tell me why. We're still using Tapestry of Grace and she enjoys the source books. Personally, I think it all relates to how much energy she has.  Amber has found great enjoyment in botany and writing this semester along with her co-op classes. She even appears to like math again. Unfortunately, that means there is little energy or brain power left for anything else, no matter what it is.  So, we are behind in history but making huge strides in other courses, which will even out by the end. It always does and we are learning to be a go-with-the-flow type of homeschool.

I honestly think college might be easier for Amber where she can concentrate on 2 or so classes a semester instead of what is expected in high school. Still, she's dedicated and works diligently, most days, to get through all of the subjects scheduled for 9th grade.

Vanilla beans in botany, and health homework while I sewed.
Today is a slow day for Amber though. She was entirely wiped out by co-op classes yesterday and even needed a little rest time during the lunch break to finish the afternoon. I've given her the entire day off from school, since the Fall formal dance is this evening and we will need to soon begin attempting to tame her hair into the desired style. I'll see how well that goes. I will try to remember to post a couple of pictures at some point.

I'm still finishing Amber's Halloween costume, but it is *almost* ready. Saturday is going to be rather busy, I fear. All that's left are just finishing touches, but there are several of those and Amber wants to wear the costume to our church's high school youth group Halloween party on Sunday. Nothing like a last minute finish! Oh, and Amber is going as Missy from Doctor Who... which means I have been sewing a custom fitted Victoria walking dress (skirt and jacket actually) that matches Missy's outfit. Plus we have all of the accessories. It's more of a cosplay outfit at this point than a Halloween costume.

A rough morning... nobody wanted to face the world.
Before I go help prepare the teenager for her dance, I'd like to recommend again that any of you remotely interested in finding out more about the Homeschool Review Crew, or those of you definitely ready to join, please check out this post about the requirements and consider submitting an application.

It was a complete shock to me a couple of years ago when I was accepted, and we've enjoyed our time on the crew. The more members we have on the Homeschool Review Crew, the more exciting products we can review. Even if you have high school students only, it's not too late to join. We'd love to see you there!

If you need more encouragement, this week several members of the Homeschool Review Crew have written about what being on the crew means to them. We all have our own perspectives (see mine) about being on the crew and how it affects our lives. Click on over to read a few posts.


Happy Weekend!

Linking With:

Weekly Wrap-Up  Homeschool Coffee Break

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Homeschool Review Crew

If you've ever wondered how Amber and I get to review such great homeschool products, now is your chance to find out more and apply.

What being on the Crew means ...

The last two years on the Homeschool Review Crew have been a time of growth and discovery for us in terms of Amber's educational needs.  We could not have been so successful in this endeavor without the Crew.

Through the Homeschool Review Crew:

Now, the Homeschool Review Crew is looking to increase its membership for the 2017 year! This means there are more openings to fill and more applications needed. I encourage any active homeschool bloggers to check into the requirements and consider applying. It took a leap of faith for me to apply the first year, but I'm ever so glad that I did.

Click on the graphic below to apply. We'd love to see you on the crew!


Friday, October 14, 2016

Week 11 - Crazy Busy

Thank goodness Amber was significantly ahead in her school hours compared to this time last year, because we had a rather busy week that did not leave a large amount of time for book work. Actually, the rest of October does not leave as much time as I would like for book work.

However, Amber has been a real trooper and fit in lessons whenever she had the chance. I'm proud of how she is taking more responsibility for her lessons and requires less harping from me. That's not to say that she is perfect and doesn't need a few reminders - or need to work on using her planner more. Still, it's lovely to have my child ask what lessons she can fit in between daily events.

Lunch and shopping with Grandma.
Amber navigated around our daily out-of-the-house appointments and activities to complete:
  • Five math lessons
  • Finished her literature book (Around the World in 80 Days) - but we still have discussion and writing assignments on this to complete
  • Two botany lessons with writing assignments, as well as began her leaf collecting to later identify them.  (We are also about to start Chemistry 101 as a review item -it's all prepped and ready to go. We're terribly excited!)
  • One full writing lesson in IEW.
  • Health homework for co-op (it was a break week though)
There was also daily flute practice, exercise, and is striving to organize her time better. Usage of the planner is not going as well as I had hoped. Still, I'm thrilled with the amount of work Amber completed, and that it was all well done.  Sometimes book work is not the top priority. This week (or this month) it is other items.

Physical therapy this week - upright exercise on the elliptical! And working her core.
So, what kept us from home so much this week and made our poor kitties desperately lonely? Just about everything you could imagine. It has been a break week from our co-op classes, which means we had to schedule other things in that place.

Amber had her regular physical therapy and occupational therapy, which of course are on two different days at the hospital, flute lesson, orthodontist appointment, lunch out and shopping with Grandma on a rather pleasant afternoon, corn maze activity with the homeschool teen group, and a full day of service project sewing (weighted blankets) with friends.  Whew! I'm tired just thinking about it and I'm even more exhausted looking at our upcoming weeks that are similarly scheduled.

Confirmation questioning completed!
This weekend the busyness doesn't end either. Amber finally has her first yearbook meeting of the year on Saturday, plus other project assignments she needs to work on. I have to make more progress on her Halloween costume that might be needed for an event a full week before Halloween.  Not to mention, arrange for the confirmation party food and such. Just, eek!

Thankfully, the confirmation questioning last Sunday went well for all of the confirmands. Amber did not have any problems with her questions and did not have any noticeable health problems from the stress. She even attended the joint middle school / high school youth group event later that evening.

I just have to say - High Schoolers are busy!


And if you are interested in joining the Homeschool Review Crew, the application is now open! It's been a wonderful experience for us. I would encourage you to apply if interested!

Linking With:

Weekly Wrap-Up  Homeschool Coffee Break

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...