Friday, November 11, 2016

Week 15 - Just a Normal Week

I never thought I'd be so grateful to be back to full days of just school, but I am. It is such a relief to have only school to worry about most days excepting Amber's regular medical appointments.

Even though Tuesday was election day, it was our most productive school day too. Other than voting and a quick errand, we were home working on lessons all day. It was glorious. While the rest of the week had a little more needed from us away from home, we still enjoyed having most days available for school.

Amber spent a good deal of time in the evenings working on a creative writing project of her own devising. It was inspired by an assignment from her IEW writing class and I found her after school hours furiously making notes for her project. Although Amber has gone through several creative writing courses and is currently working on the One Year Adventure Novel, she often feels stifled by those assignments. She understands and sees the value of the courses, but yearns to apply the techniques learned to her own style of writing. That's exactly what she did this week and I supported her efforts by holding back on the formal creative writing lessons.

Lesson writing & creative writing. Happy lunch time after voting.
I'd say the focus this week was on language arts, although math was not in the least neglected. Amber finally was able to explain her reluctance with history this school year and we moved past the issue to trek forward with our Tapestry of Grace. Whew, that was a weight off of my mind.

We formally finished all the work for our literature first book, Around the World in 80 Days, using the method set forth in Teaching the Classics. However, I did not ask Amber to complete a writing assignment for this novel since we are still learning our way through the method. She quite enjoyed the process and we will begin our next topic this coming week. We are still deciding if we want to go for the next novel, Pride and Prejudice, or take on a unit of poetry first. Actually, Amber is trying to convince me to go for the novel when I wanted to schedule in the poetry next. We will see how well her lobbying works over the weekend.

All in all, it really was a productive week. Now to just get German restarted with her new curriculum and we will be back to full lessons after our Autumn slow down.

Hat day at co-op. Amber wore her "one cap"... it bears the same inscription as the LOTR One Ring, except with "cap" instead of "ring".  Then another day at OT using the arm bike while working on executive functions.
There are only three weeks of classes left of the homeschool co-op semester since we don't meet the week of Thanksgiving. It feels like I just got started with my speech class, and now I'm nearly at the end with those kids. This semester was the first time I'd ever taught a semester-only class and I'm not sure I like it. The class itself is fine, but the short duration had me worried all semester about running out of time especially when there was a chance we might have a week cancelled.  Next semester I'm teaching forensic science for high school students and it's going to have me stressed about the schedule too given the chance of snow days in Missouri.

On a positive note, Amber is still on track to reduce her physical therapy to every other week come January. This is no small achievement, and while she is trepidatious, it means her treatment plan is working to make her more stable and functional. We just need the pain management team to sign off on the plan during the visit in December. Occupational therapy will continue every other week and not be reduced yet.  But we can work with this!

Next week I will be posting my last two reviews of the 2016 year for the Homeschool Review Crew, and they are both something you'll want to check out. One is a board game called Commissioned that would be a perfect Christmas gift for anyone who likes strategy type games, including Amber. The other review is of Chemistry 101, which became the resolution to our search for Amber's high school chemistry curriculum.

I'm off to review history with Amber before having a normal Friday evening!

Happy Weekend!

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  1. Sometimes it is refreshing to have a "normal" week! :)

  2. Yay for "normal" weeks and yay for hopefully getting to reduce therapy.

  3. I love "normal" weeks! They are the best!! But, I think I love the one cap more!! :-)

  4. So glad you all were blessed with a normal week. I look forward to having one of those some day. I have a feeling it won't be until after Nutcracker season.
    Blessings, Dawn

  5. sounds like you had a great productive week. :)