Friday, October 23, 2009

Homeschool Happenings

The whole Weekly Report concept is on hold until we have something resembling a normal week. I don't know if that's going to happen any time in the near future. In the meantime, homeschool does continue to happen around here, just not in a particularly orderly fashion.

Annabeth is finishing up RightStart D. We're into the fun bits that involve geometry, the drawing board, and some origami. Yesterday we went on an origami craze, searching for Halloween-themed items. A bat:

Okay, actually Thalia made the bat. And it's hanging by a thread from a Halloween tree in our entrance. Annabeth spent time working on a Jacko'lantern face

Thalia continues to work in Jacob's Algebra. She's in fractions and percents now, still not hitting anything particularly new and different.

We finished reading A Little HIstory of the World and have returned to plodding through history via Story of the World vol. 4. This week we found Dr. Livingstone in Africa.

We also finished reading The Secret Garden. Now we've picked back up The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which we had paused mid-book. We also continue in LIttle Pilgrim's Progress, which Annabeth has decided she dislikes. But we persevere in the interests of Cultural Literacy. Thalia says she associates Pilgrim's Progress with a large pit and a lemur ... or maybe a ferret. So, you know, if she ever wants to talk about pits and lemur-like ferrets, she'll be able to make reference to this book. Handy, right?

Thalia has hit the first Big Project in Jump In Writing. So far she's been enjoying the program.

And then there's science. Thalia is taking a co-op class using Apologia Physical Science. She's doing very well with the class, and now understands why we've been sticklers for labeling units in story problems -- at this point it's second nature for her, and it actually makes a difference in her class performance. And she can bang out a simple lab report like nobody's business.

Latin has been erratic. They seem to be absorbing some of it, though.

Annabeth has learned to diagram indirect objects, and has memorized both Ozymandia and How Doth the LIttle Crocodile.

The kids have started the music for the Christmas piano recital.

And maybe, just maybe, we'll soon have a week with no one sick, no trips to the doctor or weird, time-consuming errands to run, nor Scout responsibilities that suck up all of our free time.


Ami said...

You're a homeschooler.
No such thing as free time.

Ever wonder why they call it homeschooling when you're always in the car?

Anonymous said...

As long as you keep moving ahead, somehow, it all seems to work out. Hope the cooties and dr. appt's come to an end soon.
No Halloween trees here. Too many naughty kitty cats. :-(