Friday, November 18, 2016

Week 16 - Almost Halfway

Like the title says, we are almost halfway done with Amber's first official year of high school. I suspect we will get 18 official weeks of school the remainder of this semester and maybe a couple of days throughout December.

As a general rule, I do not schedule lessons during December and we work when we have free time on finishing up subjects that might have been left hanging prior to December 1st. I like to let Amber (and me) enjoy all there is of the Christmas season without the worries of missed school days.

Our active school year actually runs 40 weeks (plus the months of June and July as lighter summer school). This means second semester is several weeks longer than first, which is a good thing since we will barely be at the halfway point for hours by week 18, maybe. We might not even be quite there yet.

Annual tradition. I just didn't get Amber's picture with the boxes. We're excited to see where they go this year.
This particular week has been one of minor calamity around the house, which is stressing me and the probable cause of my migraines this week. It's really been a set of relatively small items breaking around the house, but I can't even stand to live in a mildly dusty home without anxiety. And of course the house currently needs a good window washing and dusting, so I started out at a negative. Add in the cluttered basement that I can't find time to declutter. Compounding it all with a toilet that runs too much and needs repair wasn't too bad, but finding out that the water shut-off valves for two sinks and one toilet (including the one to be repaired) have frozen put me over the edge. After a light bulb in the same bathroom broke, on it's own, in the socket I just about lost it. I almost think it's easier to replace the whole light fixture at this point. (update since I wrote this: the toilet is fixed, and the light bulb has been removed from the fixture. All is well on those points.)

Back to the school update; we finished everything I had on the schedule for this week and I'm pleased with Amber's current progress. She still has school several days next week because we are not hosting Thanksgiving, which means it's basically just a normal week for the first few days.

Book character day at co-op; she's Annabeth from the Percy Jackson books.  I almost forgot her picture too, but managed to get one as she entered my speech class.
We are moving along in history again, completing a standard week's worth of TOG rhetoric level work. This makes my scheduling heart happy; I love it when things fall into place like they intended. We also worked on every single subject at least once, plus lots of homework for her co-op classes (she takes five classes). This was all mind-boggling for me since we lost half of Monday to my migraine and Amber's PT. Actually, I had a pretty significant migraine again today, but Amber worked independently so my infirmity didn't slow her down.

That's pretty much the summary of our week. We're hosting the yearbook committee meeting tomorrow, so I won't get any decluttering done in the afternoon, and then Amber has a youth group event that I'm chaperoning on Sunday. Again, no decluttering for me.

I posted my last two reviews of the 2016 year for the Homeschool Review Crew this this week.  One was a game (Commissioned) that we really liked and the other was Amber's upcoming chemistry curriculum (Chemistry 101). We actually found something for chemistry!  We're looking forward to another year on the Review Crew starting back in January!

Happy Weekend!

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  1. sorry about your migraines and the stress of the week. Glad that at least least your schoolweek fell into place nicely. Thanks for linking up with Homeschool Highlights - I hope your next week will be a great one!

  2. I hope you have less house issues next week. That's really neat that you fill the Operation Christmas Child boxes annually!

  3. I hope you have a peaceful week for Thanksgiving.
    Blessings, Dawn

  4. Oh I hate when it seems like everything around me is breaking and piling up. We too take a good portion of December off fro everything but math and reading (though we do tend to read mainly Christmas stories). It's nice to be able to enjoy the holiday season to it's fullest.

  5. Stressful weeks are hard! Hope you have lots of peaceful, relaxing days ahead!