Saturday, August 27, 2011

Weekly Report 8/27/11

We were sick this week. It doesn't make for a very productive week. The kids had (have) colds, and I had some weird stomach thing going.

So, right off the bat we cancelled the voice lesson and the piano lessons.

Thalia struggled through Kinetic Physics this week in spite of her clogged brain and inability to focus. Her class is using the online homework package in which the teacher sets a due date beyond which the students are unable to enter their homework. The teacher has given pretty generous due dates -- the kids have several days to get the assignments done -- but, still, it's pretty apparent that falling behind will lead to a world of hurt. She had Rick help her with one of the problems, which gave him a chance to see what the program was like.

She kept up with Notgrass World History, sharing some of the odder tidbits. I'd share them here, but she was announcing these things on the day that I was really not operating at full capacity mentally, so I think I surely heard some of it wrong.

And Dave Ramsey told us how and when to save for college, after which we 1. practiced figuring out how much to put in a 401k vs. a Roth IRA at different income levels and varying company matching programs, and 2. practiced the ever popular rule of 72.

She got a start in logic, in which she'll be earning a half credit. I can already see applications for this in her discussions with her friends, not to mention her critiques of her various textbooks.

We laid out a course for Algebra 2 and for composition, but have put those off for a bit until we're more functional.

In the meantime, Annabeth has decided she doesn't like Life of Fred, but feels she should complete the book (percents and decimals). I can go either way with it -- there are other math programs that would be fine to use, after all.

She completed her first WriteShop assignment and emailed it her teacher after a brieg panic because our internet was out for a couple of hours on Friday (thus demonstrating why you shouldn't wait until the last minute).

Shepherd Life Science simply involved reading the next lesson and answering the study questions. Labs will be done in class -- I think the teacher is drawing in labs from Apologia Biology since she has quite a bit of experience teaching it.

She's been whipping through Junior Analytical Grammar. I need to figure out what to do when she's finished with it, since that day is quickly approaching.

And she's pointed out that we need to come up with some sort of history for her. My vote is another pass through SOTW2, but she's leaning towards the Renaissance. Hmmm....

Still not up to full speed on all of our subjects, but edging closer. I feel like we're still using impulse engines, moving out of space dock, but soon we'll be able to go to warp. Woot.

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Bridgett said...

"She's been whipping through Junior Analytical Grammar."

I can't even imagine what this entails. Analytical grammar? I'm impressed.

Amy said...

Hope everyone is feeling better and next week and your space travel begins! :)

MissMOE said...

Sounds like an amazing week considering you all were sick.

Daisy said...

I'm with Miss Moe! I can't believe how much you accomplished considering you were ill. Great job.

Jenny said...

I can't imagine what it's going to be like quite yet, getting into those advanced classes!

Freakmom said...

Violet hated Life of Fred too. She tried Fractions. Then she went back to Key to Fractions and loved it. She's decided she is a workbook sort of gal. I'll be interested to hear what Annabeth ends up with.