Saturday, August 31, 2013

Our Week In Review–August 31, 2013


It’s really kind of strange to only be schooling one kid this year. I find myself thinking about Rosie Girl and then remembering that she’s in college now. Weird. But, I still have Wild Man. And he’s more than enough to keep me busy. Here’s how things went this week.

History/Geography – We’re using Sonlight Core 200. Wild Man is doing the reading and then answering a couple of the questions that I assign to him from the study guide. He’s also finding some of the places referenced on the maps in the study guide. This week’s study was the origins of the Christian church.

Math – He does about an hour of math each day. He’s finishing Algebra 1 and then will move on to Geometry.

Literature – We started reading aloud Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis because it is a hard book to read, but Wild Man took over reading it to himself on Thursday because he is enjoying it. I have him answering a few of the study questions and we also discuss it aloud together. He also reads some poetry every day, something that may have him calling Child Protective Services before the year is out. No, he does not like poetry.

Writing – Wild Man is doing WriteAtHome’s introductory composition course. His first writing assignment is due next Thursday.

Spanish – We’re using PowerGlide Spanish this year, which introduces Spanish very organically and not by translation and verb conjugations, the way I learned it. Wild Man seems to be enjoying it, partly because he looks forward to using his new phrases with some friends from the Spanish-speaking congregation at our church.

Biology – The Hippocampus biology course seems to be a success so far. Wild Man has been learning about science and the scientific method this week and did an online microscope lab. Cool stuff.

Bible – I’m having Wild Man use Bible Mesh again this year. Right now, he’s in Genesis. I’ll probably add in some reading from the Bible book summaries in BibleMesh as well as bits of How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth and How to Read the Bible Book by Book.

Spelling – We’re not doing a spelling curriculum, but I see that Wild Man is misspelling some pretty easy words in his notebooks, so I’ll probably have him practice them using the Spelling Power practice techniques.

Current events – Wild Man is writing a current events paper once a week. This week he wrote about modern day castles. His writing is good, although his spelling and grammar need work. I’m going to ask him to write about something more political next week.

Band – Public schools start on Tuesday!

Music – He continues to lead the high school worship team and play intermittently on the adult worship team as well as play guitar and keyboard at home.

That was our school week. Unfortunately, I was pretty much unavailable on Wednesday because of a migraine, and I was still pretty sick on Thursday and part of Friday. PWM did a lot of work with Wild Man, but Wild Man took a lot of responsibility himself to get his work done. I was quite pleased. It was a good start to our year.

How is your school year going? Check out Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers to see what others are doing?


Mrs. Chrissy T said...

Sounds like a rich week minus the migraine. I hope you have another good week ahead minus the migraine.

Kym T said...

Wow, you are using some curricula that I haven't heard of before! Sounds interesting. I love that he writes about current events - what neat idea!

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