Friday, May 31, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up and Homeschool Review

Our true school year has ended but we do have some loose ends to tie up as well as review items that will be worked on throughout the summer. All classes have stopped until August. I am really looking at how much time out of the home we want to spend in the Fall. Grace has decided she wants to put forth the effort to do 9th grade instead of a gap year in between middle and high school. I still really don't look at us as grade levels but Grace being a teenager wants to continue up the ladder of grades and be in the same as some of her friends with not eventually graduating a year behind them. I understand where she is coming from and we will try it her way still in a relaxed, life schooling kind of way. She has already chosen to study ornithology next year for Science which is not a typical high school science. I am in the process of pre-reading books from the library about Birds and showing them to her to chose for next year. One of my favorites so far is Wesley the Owl. I am halfway through it and I am really liking it. It is about a young biologist that adopted a 4 day old barn owl. In a funny and engaging way you will learn about the life cycles of barn owls. I will be doing a more in depth post about the science curriculum soon.
Here are some of the things we worked on this week:

Geography - Iraq, Turkey
Herb Study - Plantain
English - Sentence Editing and More Roots Game(Greek and Latin Roots)
Bible - The Book of Matthew
Languages - Spanish
History - Ancient India
Exercise - Biking and Walking
Math - Multiplying Integers
Reading - D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
Watching - CNN Student News, Gremlins

Review we are working on:

Memoria Press - Geography
Moving Beyond the Page - Language Arts and History
Teaching the Classics 

Tonight will be Grace's last performance of the year with Acts of Faith a traveling drama ministry group she has been a part of for the past two years. She has decided to take a break from the group for the upcoming 9th grade year. Tonight's performance is for our home school support group's graduation ceremony. One of the seniors in Acts of Faith wrote the script and Grace is playing an English professor. 

I would say that Grace's favorite item we used this week was More Roots Card Game
Last Saturday Grace participated in her first Art Festival, A Day at the Fort. It was a good experience but very disappointing in sales. She will try again in September with another local festival.

I am linking up with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

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