Friday, April 27, 2018

Closing in on the End (Week 32 - 10th)

We might finally have spring here! I don't want to jinx it, and as much as winter is my favorite season, I honestly am happy to live in a place with four distinct seasons. I need the season changes. We are finally wearing capris again, and I have put away the bulky sweaters. Earlier this week, though, it wasn't quite so clearly spring. Although we were having spring rains, it was more autumn like in the temperatures. Poor Amber even commented when we finally got home Monday from appointments and errands, "I'm so tired of wet. Everything feels damp all the time." Pretty much, kiddo.

Monday, I had a followup ultrasound and annual checkup where the results were thankfully good and I'm set for another year, hopefully. Amber went with me and took some school work since the waiting room for this particular doctor is large and mostly quiet. We had lunch on the way home, and then ran some errands. By the time we were finished, both of us were overly exhausted. I haven't felt quite that overwhelmingly depleted in a few months. And it didn't happen in the evening, which was a little unsettling. Still, after an hour of just sitting and resting, I was able to practice Amber's hair for prom tomorrow.

The rest of the week was fairly easy, and we stuck to our normal school schedule as much as possible. We did go to a Thursday evening 3D showing of Avengers: Infinity War, and then we all slept late this morning. Fred took off work today, which made it possible for us to go to that late of a movie on a Thursday. No spoilers for the movie here. You'll have to just see it for yourselves, because I cannot think of anything to say that will not spoil at least part of the movie.

One funny from the week: Amber had her annual checkup with the pediatrician, which is humorous of itself considering how many doctors follow her conditions. Still, he is a great pediatrician who is good at handling standard illnesses and he checks in that all the specialists are doing what we need, and gives Amber her vaccinations. Anyway, he often forgets that Amber is homeschooled and asks questions about school. This time he he asked, "So, when are you finished with school for the year?"  Amber, not realizing that he had forgotten about homeschooling again, answers, "I don't know. Whenever Mom says." The total look of bafflement on both of their faces was almost enough to make me burst out laughing. In the end, he figured out the homeschooling. Amber though, the stinker, knows when she is finished with school officially for the school year. However, she's schooling over the summer too this year, so she was being smart-mouthed about it.

Because of my hyperactivity from the prednisone, I've been working on tons of school documentation. I've written course descriptions for completed courses, and almost all of Amber's planned courses too. I've even finished her transcript document except adding grades for courses yet to come. Even though we use Homeschool Tracker Online which has several transcript formats, I created my own document that is cleaner looking and allows me to group courses as I desire. I've never been fond of their transcript formats, but at least it has a way to get the information easily.

Government and more government. She has to finish it this semester.
During all of this document writing, I decided to change the name of Amber's English courses. English 1 through 4 sounded dull and, honestly without reading the course descriptions, do not convey the amount of work she puts into her English courses. To more succinctly explain her work, I chose to break apart each year into the writing / grammar and literature with each worth half a credit. Her transcript now lists: Composition and Grammar 1, Composition and Grammar 2, Advanced Research Writing (11th grade), Advanced Communications (12th grade), American Literature, British Literature, Early English Literature & Shakespeare, World Literature.

Although we have not been completing literature strictly by the courses named, I decided to divide up her literature assignments by those genres. This meant I needed to update the course names in Homeschool Tracker and re-sort her assignments into their appropriate courses. Everything was going swimmingly, until I ran an hours report on all of the new courses. As a result, I've now added "honors" to all of her English course names.

Apparently, I've been rather rigorous in Amber's language arts lessons. Amber already has 3/4 credit in each of the Composition and Grammar courses, when it really only needed to be 1/2 credit each. Because of the piecemeal way we've been working on literature, she should have partial credit in all four literature courses without having finished any. In reality, she has the hours for a full credit of British Literature, half a credit of American literature, half a credit of Shakespeare, and a drop of World History. Oops. Somehow I failed to notice this when running reports every semester??

So, now it looks like Amber will have four complete credits of literature when she graduates, plus 2 credits (or more?) of composition / grammar. That explains why she seems to do so much more language arts than her homeschooled friends. Seriously though, I just have never felt the writing portion of the literature programs were quite enough and Amber obviously has grown as a writer using IEW. I clearly remember my honors English courses in high school, and Amber is not doing more than I did. I think. Or I'm old and my memory is fading.

Creative writing. She's farther along than this looks, apparently I snapped the picture when she was looking back at some information.
At any rate, we both feel better knowing she definitely isn't behind on her English courses. Fred's comment after looking at her transcript was, "All of those extra credits and she's barely going to get the minimum for math." Yep, pretty much. That's how things roll with her.

We are getting close to the end of the school year for Amber though. She officially goes until the end of May every year. The last day of May - not the last full week. After that we start our summer schedule.

Next week Amber has multiple ensemble rehearsals and a couple of performances, along with the last week of co-op for the school year, a couple of medical appointments, and her flute lesson. We end the week with my debate class holding their final debate directly after one of flute performances. This weekend is no less busy with prom and possibly attending the high school youth service day at church Sunday afternoon. It really depends on Amber's exhaustion level if she can make the service day.

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1 comment:

  1. You can't go wrong with too much English. It is the subject we use all day long every day of our lives to communicate. We are loving seeing our courses reduce has they finish up.
    Blessings, Dawn