We’re already three weeks into the new school year and things are going pretty well. Here’s an overview of how the kids are doing with everything:
She is finding psychology to be interesting and is talking about it being a subject/topic that she’d like to pursue learning more about once she graduates next year. :) I love psychology so this makes me quite happy!
She’s frustrated by the topic of personal finance because she doesn’t have a job so she can’t implement all that she’s learning about. I told her that this is actually a huge blessing because she can enter her financial life with a vast knowledge, once the time comes, which most people can’t do!
She continues to enjoy learning about politics in her US Government class and in real life. It’s so funny to me that she has taken to the whole thing when I am so utterly non-interested in all of it. haha
Physics is a big hit, as we knew it would be. Wes (101 series) is a great teacher and he makes these sciences really interesting. She loved biology and chemistry and we’re looking forward to the release of physical science soon.
Teaching with movies is going well, for the most part. Her favorite film to watch and analyze has been The Sting with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. Her least favorite, I believe, was Deep Impact (although she did like that Morgan Freeman was the president, lol)
She’s finding all the writing she has to do on Fridays to be a bit overwhelming so she’s switched to typing the majority of the q&a’s, summaries, and other writings. She has great penmanship and she normally likes writing by hand so I really don’t mind that she’s typing/printing these things.
On her own, she is continuing to study Spanish and she’s reading lots (as always), currently doing an A-Z challenge. I believe she just finished the letter M.
He has totally surprised us with his newfound interest and ability in schooling! He is now acing his spelling tests when he was previously failing pretty regularly, listening intently as I read (and answering follow-up questions correctly), and applying himself in penmanship as well as coloring (for science) when he has always been quite sloppy. It’s wonderful!
He has been enjoying studying the human brain, spinal cord, and nervous system with me. To be honest, a lot of it is beyond me but he enjoys it. He’s always liked science but the way he’s focusing now seems more intentional somehow.
Our study of Georgia history is really interesting in some ways and pretty boring in others. We’re working through a textbook and you know how those go. But the conversations that come about because of what we’ve read is what makes it interesting. Also, visiting places in our state that we’ve been reading about really makes it come to life! He and I both appreciated native american history in Georgia a lot more by visiting the mounds in Macon last weekend.I hope to go a lot more places that relate to what we’re learning about.
Literature is another subject that he has shown significant interest this year when he has always been bored before. Perhaps the book I have with short stories that relate to pre-teens his age makes it more appealing. There was a story we read a few weeks ago that was about a boy who was interested in a girl in his neighborhood and the issues that he had with his appearance (his teeth, specifically). I could really tell that the story was holding his interest and that he wanted to know what happened next when we were done reading for the day but had yet to finish the story.
He’s taking both pre-algebra and an intro to geometry. He’s finding that geometry comes easy to him and that the whole algebraic thing takes more time to “get,” but once he has it, he likes it. We alternate and he does one kind of math per day.
Another area that he’s been doing well with are the warmup/thinking (logic) worksheets. They seem to challenge him and yet, he rarely comes and asks me for help. ^_^
On his own, he’s reading the third book in an adventure/sci-fi series by Brandon Mull. He’s also constantly finding new games online – mostly strategy – to play. And, of course, riding his long board every.single.day.
Unfortunately, I haven’t spent as much time with him as I’d like to each day, but the lessons and activities that we have done have gone well. In the coming weeks, I definitely plan to increase the amount we do together. I’m also going to begin adding him in to the lesson planner instead of just winging it each day.
As I shared in another post, we do daily calendar activities on the refrigerator and he continues to like them.
He is really enjoying the math workbook we’re using. Like really enjoying it, lol. It has manipulatives included in the back (that we punched out), the activities are fun, and the pictures are bright and colorful. I’m glad we have book two for when this one is complete!
He also likes a big Kindergarten workbook we have that covers all sorts of skills. He’s going through it pretty quickly.
Maggie reads library books to him most days, which he enjoys.
We all take turns helping him find things on the I SPY computer games we have from when Maggie was his age (I really can’t believe they work on our computer!) though he is actually really good at it and can navigate by himself.
On his own, he is writing and drawing, and constantly asking how to spell words. It’s neat to see how interested he is in writing and reading. I also love seeing his imagination shine through his drawings.
And that’s it!
I promise to start taking photos so that the next update post is more fun to look at. ;)