So, this homeschooling while trying to help PWM run a business while having lots of migraines is a real challenge. But, there are lots of good things happening despite the “challenges” (including a messy kitchen and undone laundry).
On Monday, PWM and I went on a date to Olive Garden, Home Depot, and Woodman’s. The romance level may not have been so high, but it was nice to be together outside of the house and the shop.
I had significant migraines on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I spent very little time at the shop. Bummer.
Wild Man was sick Thursday and today. He’s seriously bummed about not being able to sleep over at a friend’s house tonight, but we’re hoping that he’s feeling better tomorrow and can go to Haunted Hollow. We’ll see.
Rosie Girl wanted to have a friend sleep over tonight, so she actually turned in her weekly paper yesterday! I’m impressed. And she and her friend made cupcakes – Yummy!
Here’s what the academics over the last couple of weeks have looked like:
- History/Science – He finished the Weapon and Warrior books as well as The Samurai’s Tale. Right now, we’re listening to The Three Musketeers on audiobook and Wild Man has been reading about the Musketeers and French medieval history online.
- Math – Wild Man is starting to feel held back by his not having his math facts memorized completely, so he’s been motivated to practice them in addition to doing his regular ALEKs work.
- Music – Wild Man is playing percussion in the public school band and alternates between drum kit and bass guitar in the youth band at church.
- Writing – I’ve had Wild Man dictate his story to me. Then, I’ve had him take each paragraph (one per day) and do the dress-ups that he learned last year. It’s actually working well.
- Spelling – This is generally Wild Man’s nemesis, but I think we’re starting to see some real improvement. It certainly seems less frustrating to him.
- Rosie Girl got a job!! She’s working at a business here in town, so she won’t need to worry about gas money.
- Social Science – She just finished the 1920s and wrote a nice paper summarizing the events of the decade and how they related to the 1910s and 1930s. This isn’t her favorite subject, but she’s doing the work diligently.
- Natural Science – This is her self-directed “Science of Music” course. Rosie Girl is still not quite sure exactly what her research question is going to be. We’re working on that.
- Literature – The poor kid has had to read The Metamorphosis and Brave New World in the last few weeks. She’s ready for something a little lighter, I think!
- Writing – I’m generally happy with her weekly papers, although I’ve asked her to provide more concrete examples for her main points. She’s also starting the research paper writing workshop through WriteAtHome. This may require much prayer.
- Japanese – She finished the first semester Japanese with an A-. She started this semester’s course this week.
- Music – Rosie Girl is not only taking piano lessons, but learning some basics of composition from her piano teacher. She’s also been practicing her ocarina and acoustic guitar a good bit. She has a method book for clarinet, but she hasn’t practiced in several days.
So, that’s where we are academically. I’m very thankful that Rosie Girl works pretty independently. Wild Man needs a little more direction from me, but that’s OK.
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