Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Week 7 & Lesson Planning

It's been a jam-packed week for us, but again I took very few pictures. We've been enjoying fun events with a little bit of school work, even with our lingering colds .

Fun times:
  • Half-birthday (14.5 already!?) with Grandma, including lunch and shopping.
  • Lunch and ice cream with a friend and her mom
  • Project Write - because it's more fun than work for Amber
  • Lunches out, just Amber and me.
  • Video games
Lunch with Grandma and two books she picked up (one from Grandma, and one from Mom)

 School lessons:
  • Physical science - Amber really did not get far into this during the school year. We tended to put it off when we needed more time for another subject or a medical appointment. She is on track to finish it in just a couple of weeks now.  
  • Medieval history - listening to Beric the Briton from Heirloom Audio Productions. This is a TOS Review Crew item, but Amber adores it just like all of the others. 
We still had ALL of Amber's regular therapies and appointments, plus her flute lesson which was a bit difficult considering she was still coughing quite a bit. However, she'd already had two weeks off from flute, so she attempted the lesson. It could have gone better; it could have gone worse.

Science, listening to Beric the Briton, and working on a Solar System puzzle.
I've been trying to be more diligent in planning school for Amber's upcoming ninth grade that starts in 2 weeks.  Somehow I thought I was more prepared than it turns out I really am.  I had vague ideas and even written ideas, but those do not firm lesson plans nor are they equivalent to having the school books in hand.

My poor Amazon account has been rather active this week while I acquired the needed books for Amber's mostly self-designed botany class and the plethora of books needed for Tapestry of Grace Year 3. Amber will be using the history, government and philosophy subjects from Tapestry, so I needed to buckle down and definitely decide which books I was purchasing, which books I am going to borrow from the library and which books, if any, we were going to skip.

I'm happy to say that I've printed everything needed from Tapestry of Grace (maps, assignment pages for Amber, etc), either received or ordered all of the Tapestry books, added the resources I really want Amber to include in history, received all of the botany books, organized my school book shelves, and even listed a few things on Amazon that we do not need.

This weekend I need to enter my school plans into Homeschool Tracker, devise a weekly schedule for Amber (I keep procrastinating because this is a bear of a job), and actually look at Amber's creative writing course. I have no clue what is involved in it on my end.  Wish me luck with it all this weekend

I don't foresee getting any lesson planning done next week, since Amber and I are over booked most days. Regular appointments and activities, all three cats need their annual checkups, haircuts, and our July Amber & Mom day.

Two weeks until High School officially starts! (meep!)

Happy Weekend!

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  1. You are well on your way to school planning. I have almost all of the books lined up for next year. I have just a few more coming from Rainbow Resource. I need to buckle down and write out the first 10 weeks. We are only a few weeks away from starting. Did Amber have a hard time with the solar puzzle? We got the statue of liberty one. One child solved it fast and the other is struggling with it.
    Blessings, Dawn

  2. Looks like a fun week. I love planning what we're going to do for school, but somehow implementing it is never as thrilling and exciting as I imagined it would be!

  3. Good luck! I always equally love and hate trying to lesson plan.

  4. Wow, you sound waaaay more organised than I am right now. I've taken a summer break for the first time and am luxuriating in nothingness all day long .....and loving it! :)