Tuesday: 9.11.12

First off, I have to start out with an acknowledgement of the day. I remember 9/11/01 vividly. Growing up, I remember my mom saying she knew exactly where she was and what she was doing when she heard about the assassination of President Kennedy, and how I couldn’t know what that was like. I can really understand that now.

Math continues to be the subject all three excel in, much to my relief as I was terrible at Math (I didn’t know there was a name for it then, but I know now that I had all they symptoms of dyscalculia).

In other news, we have an additional homeschool service project. We are still doing our Labels/Boxtops For Education project, but that will be on-going. This new one is to honor the foster brother and foster brother-in-law of my two youngest who were adopted. These foster brothers are currently in the military, and whereas, thankfully, both are safe and well, we wanted to honor them by being of service to others. Thus, we are creating a stump sock project for wounded vets. More on that to come as details are still in the works. The great news thus far is that one of our local Blue Star moms made some inquiries for us, and we have three hospitals who want to work with us! If you are a knitter/crocheter and want to help, contact us, or wait for the big announcement (we’ll have a group on Rav plus some other good stuff!)

Tuesday 9.4.12 – Homeschool Year 2012-2013 is Off With a Bang!

Awesome first day, as first days go!

The Teen: Started homeschooling High School! For Bible, he is doing a reading plan through the BibleGateway.com app (NT in a Year). He got baptized in the spring, so I thought staying in the New Testament, initially, would be good for him. That, plus, I wanted him to continue his Biblical Greek class, but at a much slower pace (he was with a group of adults before), and there is a great (free!) program through Mango Languages at our library.

English will be a mix of literature study, critical writing/thinking/analysis (and our World History curricula below includes literature-based study) and also prep for the PSAT/SAT vocabulary portion. I went to a college financial planning workshop last week, and the advice was to score well on the PSAT since it leads to the NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship) track. We had already been prepping for the PSAT for spelling/vocab, but it was nice to have some outside validation!

We signed up for another year of Thinkwell! I love this online video course, but the proof is that my son loves it, too. He reminded me our 8th Grade Math series was about to expire and wanted to know if we would re-enroll for High School. We purchased both Pre-Algebra and Algebra. He started Pre-Algebra today, and in one hour got through three quizzes (83%, 83%, and 100%). Again, validation that I was wise to purchase both and try to accelerate based on his pace, interest and ability. He’s a real STEM guy, like his Dad and so unlike his Mom! I’m so happy we discovered Thinkwell! They have free online sample videos, if you want to check it out. Should you decided to purchase, I also have Thinkwell discount code for 10% off so just contact me through the “Contact Us!” link.

The Teen took the initiative to try to start his own band. He’s been playing guitar for a couple of years now. For Music, he will be looking at tutorial videos as well as learn a bit of music theory.

Back to Mango Languages for French, though this time we upgraded to 2.0, the more comprehensive curriculum.

For World History, we went with Exploring History by the Notgrass Company. It was a very last minute addition, and as the books had not yet arrived, we are doing a mini-unit on the election, since one political party just finished a convention and another has theirs this week. We’re also looking out for media bias in election reporting:

In the 1828 presidential election, candidate Andrew Jackson took advantage of a national media network of partisan newspapers to coordinate his message. After the election, he rewarded political allies with lucrative jobs in government, which became known as the “spoils system.” Elected officials would reward big donors with a government job.

It took me awhile to figure out what curriculum I wanted to use for Biology. As Christians, it was important to find something that affirms our worldview that we are God’s creation. Thus, that really narrowed the pool down. I think we are really leaning toward Apologia. Plus, one of my favorite sites, DonnaYoung.org, has Apologia-correlated material. The kids have an outside Science class so I’m not horribly pressed right now.

The Tween is working on Spanish through Mango Languages, we’re evaluating a History curriculum (both the older kids are really enjoying learning about how our government works), and for now Math is video-less, but that may change. 🙂

My girl continues to excel on her swim team, and really loves it! We’re really proud of her motivation and the accolades she gets from her coaches.

The Youngest is working on his (Brazilian) Portuguese for capoeira, Math, and working on improving his reading. I love that we can adapt our lessons to meet his needs, style of learning, and to accommodate his learning differences!

We have a few time tested favorites, some outside classes the kids love and look forward to. One of them is their Homeschool Choir class. It begins tomorrow. The other is Science, which starts in a couple of weeks. We’re going to start an outside PE class next week, and I anticipate it will become an instant fave!

Homeschool Service Project (2012-13)

Each year we engage in a service project benefiting a cause or organization or cause we believe in deeply.

As most regular readers of this blog or my personal blog know, my two youngest joined our family via adoption 5 years ago (this month!). The agency through which we adopted them has an ongoing call for UPC codes of various products as well as participating in the Box Tops For Education program.

This year (and after, really, though we will do other service projects in addition in future years), we have chosen to assist them in this effort. They have already been successful in obtaining items like a refrigerator for a foster family in need of a new one, and other necessities.

James 1:27 says:

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Our children feel incredibly blessed to have been so well-cared for, and to have found their “forever family” through their agency friends. Please consider helping us?

Our Homeschool Service Project PDF gives you all of the pertinent information (what products we need, what to clip, as well as links to specific product brands and coupons!).

We thank you in advance for helping deserving children and their caregivers!