Thursday, June 21, 2018

Been a long time so here's what we know for sure and still aren't sure/decided about some things:

Hi,

It has been a long time since I even posted or wrote anything so some
things may be repeated, hope you all will bear with me, even though I went
ahead and read my last post just  a while ago.

So for sure, as far as I know, for our son's school year, 2018 - 2019 and he will
be a senior, where in the world did the time go? lol.  this is on schedule to do and use.

Math: Algebra II from Teaching textbooks.
Two electives:  "Cultural Philosophy," (teaches and goes over worldview)
 from Master books and is a full year course.
 Also Psychology, which he definitely wants to do as far as I know,
I'll be buying the book, Psychology with a Christian perspective,
 high school edition for him to use from Christian book. com.

And I figure he'll continue his Japanese and we've been using duo - lingo for that.
 He'll probably also be continuing his Culinary Arts
(and we are not using a curriculum for this one,
 so I guess in a sense, we are doing this more of the unschooling/interest led way,
 which is ok and yes, it's legal.)

What he still needs to graduate and what we are still trying to figure out.?
He'll still need his final and fourth yr of English credit.
 So in our state, it's a balance of literature, composition and speech.
For literature, I'm planning on wringing it(coming up with my own selection)
 of a mixture of British and French literature which we had talked about before
 due to his interest and hadn't gotten to it or it didn't pan out yet
using Librovox and utilizing books from the library.  So that should be cost
free which is nice.  For his speech part, I kinda of liked the speech for today book
 from Abeka but it seems to be more of a classroom situation,
 then I found the site and books from Art of Eloquence,
so I think the one, "Know what you say for teens," would really fit the bill
 and be a good one for the speech part especially as it also goes over job interviews too.
And composition, right now, I have no clue what we will be using
 or what's the best choice, lots of ideas and researching still, etc.

He'll also need another Science, doesn't have to be chemistry but can be,
 so if he chooses to go the chemistry route, I'd like to suggest and have him
 do either, "Friendly chemistry," Chemistry 101, or the chemistry in the kitchen
from Guest Hollow.
Now I really liked the Survey of Astronomy from Master books
and it would be a neat though easy Science for his senior year,
 but alas he doesn't seem all that interested in stars and space. lol.
Options abound even for this.

He does not need any more Social studies/history credits,
 but if he wanted he could do a world history one
but he already knows a lot about this subject and since two of the electives are
pretty heavy, with both Philosophy and Psychology,
 a history course might be to much of an overload.

Now what else it looks like he needs is another elective but he's expressed interest
 lately in researching his family tree,
 also Driver's Ed might be a good one  and doable if we can work it out.

Now this post/talk actually got long.  The More part, busy, busy, busy, and right
now our church is getting ready to do a 3-day VBS, Mon-Wed of next week
 and the director has everyone in the church helping her out including our son. 
And she also has me as the craft coach,
 so I've been working on that some, have to make a lot of the crafts ahead of time
and just have the kids glue bible verses and add stickers for the sake of time.
This year's theme is: "God champions."  Talks about the importance
of being on God's team and wearing his armor.

My husband still has his same job, makes it nice because
 they offer PTO(paid time off) days, you have to earn them,
 then request and apply to take certain days off, but unless they
are real busy, it usually goes thru.

Just recently since he already had Memorial Day off,
we were able to go and see my Mom who lives about
 a 5 hr. drive away from us. With stops takes us about 6 hrs to get there and back.

And now, I'd better sign off my long post,
at least for now,
Cathy

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A few decisions we know for the coming up new school year, still deciding and thinking about the rest.

Hi,

My husband and I made it to the homeschool convention only one day.
Why, the second day we had a snowstorm, they still carried on, but we stayed home.

So for our son's senior year, 2018 - 2019 school year:
Math: Algebra 2 using Teaching Textbooks is the plan
English IV, still debating, looking around and trying to decide.
Science, Again, don't know as of yet, but we are hoping to encourage him to
either take General Science 1(for grades 7th - 12th, covers earth science)
General Science 2 (again for grades 7th - 12, and this I think would be geology)
or Survey of Astronomy(grades 9th - 12th) and they are all from Master books.
Elective: Psychology, planning on using the book, "Psychology with a Christian perspective,"
high school edition, right now the only place I found that carries this
 is Christian book distributors.
Elective: Cultural Philosophy(I think that's what it's called) and the book
 they use is called, "Worldviews in Conflict," and covers, worldview,
 culture and a wee/teeny/tiny bit of literature, and
this course/curriculum is also from Master books.
Elective: Culinary arts most likely he'll continue and we use different resources
 for this mainly by watching cooking video's by the famous chef, Gordan Ramsey,
and more recently a cookbook he got from one of his aunts for Christmas,
and a little bit of cooking which is hard for him
to find something both of his parents would like and eat. lol. 
And then he has also fixed chicken potpie for a couple of our last church dinners

Be nice if we could have him take Driver's ed which I believe will/could also
count as another elective but not sure if that will pan out or not.

Also be nice if he could get some kind of job, even just part time, but we are a one-family
car so transportation would be an issue.

For the more part, there's always a lot to cover. Lets see,
We still help in church, this last Sunday was Easter, and we had quite a few visitors,
and they had an Easter Egg hunt for the kids after church(different ladies in the church made
and provided the eggs with either small toys and candy to put in the eggs.

Our pastor is trying to have us have a church dinner at least once a month with a two-fold
purpose, one for church fellowship and the other(most important) to establish and build relationships
with people of the community, etc who do not come reg. to church.  And we have had a parent
with both parents coming to church and then dinner for the last one of two of our bus kids, a brother and sister.

Still in our same house and I believe that's all the "new" news for now,
Cathy

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Decisons, Decisions, new plans have to be made.

Hi,

Can't believe our son is finishing up his jr. year in high school
and will be a senior next year!

Where in the word did the time grow?

So don't know many plans for next year, but right now
these are in the making. lol.

Algebra II (needs only no idea as of now or what curriculum
we will be using, personally I hope my men do not choose Abeka again,
at least for Math. Nothing wrong with the curriculum except for Math doesn't
seem to fit my student's needs.)

Elective: Psychology, Thinking about using a book from
Christian book. com, Can't exactly remember the title, but I believe
it's called, "Psychology with a Christian perspective," high school edition
and also would have a teacher's guide if we wanted to go that route.

He'll still need another year of English  and he'll need another Science,
it can be any high school Science or Chemistry.

Foreign language has changed to Japanese and he is using duo lingo
and most likely that will continue over to next year.

His elective: Culinary arts will most likely be carried over as another elective for next year,

Hubby and I are planning on attending the homeschool convention in March, I'm planning
on going both days, my husband one day.

And the more part, I'm gong to wait on that until another day.

Cathy

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A long time since I posted, but figured I'd better let everyone know how things are going.

Hi,

Well, at the beginning of the new year is the last time I posted and typed
on my last blog, so there may be some repeats.

On the school front,
Math: Geometry, Dad is still helping with this, but with his work schedule, etc, kind
of hard to fit it in, but seems to be going well so far on the academic part.

Government was finished last semester, he's doing Economics this semester and
seems to be doing well.

For his English III part, for literature, he has only two books left for the year, the composition
part is usually one of the 3 project choices in his Economics curriculum, which may be a writing assignment, hand's on, etc.  He finished "Painless speaking," the book we were using for the speech
part. however: I'm going to require for him to prepare and give a speech, looks like April will be
the best month for this with our schedule.

Science/Physics:  His Dad is also still helping with this and again a little hard with work schedule
but the way they've been able to do this lately and our son can now do some on his own, it's helped
a lot, so it also seems to be going well too.

Foreign language keeps getting changed in our house. lol.  So now he's not studying Spanish,
was interested and was going to do Korean, well, that didn't quite pan out, so now he's doing
Japanese and seems to be liking it and we are using duo-lingo for this.

On the electives side:  his culinary arts he really seems to be on a roll with this now, and
lately he has even prepared and baked/cooked chicken pot pie for our last two church dinners,
he still watches cooking video's, etc with his favorite still being Gordan Ramsey.

Another elective that we started last year and picked back up this semester is:
Career and College Planning and we've just been using various books, resources for this,
and not sure if I mentioned it on another blog or not, but in October at our map your future
event there were offering career assessment tests for your students to take, so we signed up
and had him go take it. So I guess not just this semester, this year.  And at least once have
explored the website for this recently.

Extracurricular, He still is fencing and goes for the most part.  And he is still our sound system
technician at our church which he really takes this job seriously.

And he doesn't want to go so we decided he didn't have to but his Dad and I signed up to go
to the home school convention later this month. My husband just plans to attend for one day,
I plan to go both days.  Both sad and bitter sweet, cause unless I volunteer it will probably be
my last year of going cause he will be a senior next year.  Where did the time go? Time sure flies by.

The  more part is still pretty much the same, helping out at our church, etc.  And this past winter, sick
with colds, our son had a viral infection with a real bad sore throat at beginning of Feb.

And I guess with that, I'll sign off, looks like I wrote a book this time. grin. lol.

Cathy

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

"Happy New Year!"

Hi,

Wow, I'll have to make this really long to catch everyone up. lol.

And where we live it's frigid cold. Feels like we are living in the Arctic.

So for school his 1st semester is finished:  Subjects finished to be continued.
 
Math/geometry(this will still continue and right now his Dad is his teacher for this
and they are continuing the Abeka curriculum)

English III: this will continue using the curriculum for literature and composition
 we are using for Government and Economics.
Speech, most likely we'll still continue using
the book, "Painless speaking."

Government: 1st semester, finished(we used Notgrass curriculum)
 this semester he'll be doing Economics using the same curriculum.

Science/Physics: he'll be continuing this and his Dad
 is also his teacher for this and they are using Abeka for this too.

Foreign language: This year he's doing Spanish
 and he's using, "Learn Spanish free,"
online from a native Spanish speaker.

Then not really that much up on electives but in our state he'll need some.

So lately he's expressed an interest in cooking, so he'll have probably at least
enough hrs to obtain one credit for Culinary Arts elective.

As for his Physical Education when I looked it up again, looks like we can go
ahead and give him the 2 credits for this he needed at end of his 10th grade year.

He's into fencing, took both beginners classes available and has now joined the
fencing club, be nice if I could count this as credit but from what I've seen, on
his transcript will probably still have to go under his extracurricular activity notes.

He still runs the sound system in our church(another volunteer extracurricular activity)

He'd like to learn to drive but we haven't quite been able to let him do that yet.

I've been really pleased so far this year, since he does or works a lot on his own for
schoolwork.  Some things I still help with like English,
 mainly just the composition part (this seems to be a combination of
 wanting and needing my help both) speech and lit. he's been pretty much
doing those aspects of his English by himself. And the other subjects the
same except for the two subjects his Dad teaches him, but if any homework
 gets assigned he works on and does it by himself.

I think he'd kind of like to get a job too but right now with not having transportation
and having time to make sure he gets to work on his schoolwork isn't doable yet.

That pretty much sums up our homeschooling part. Our 2nd semester starts back
up when we start school back up on Jan. 8th.

As for the more part, a lot going on here too. I did the Christmas program
 at our church and had our few kids do a short play
 at the end called: A candy cane at Christmas."

We had thought about trying to buy a house but that fell through.
 Looks like we'll be renting the rest of our lives. lol.

And for now, I'd better sign off and say, "Goodbye."

Thursday, September 7, 2017

We have finally started our new school year.

Hi,

It's been awhile since I posted, need to try to keep up with this a little
better, yet, I'm a little hesitant for reasons I can't go into.

Our first official back to school day was the day we originally planned,
on Monday, August 21st. But it was also the day of the solar eclipse. So
it was a  very light day, he just read a little about the National guard because
he is thinking of joining them and since we didn't have the proper safety
glasses to view the eclipse, we watched and listened online instead. And then
we started back in full swing or as much as we were able to. on
 Tuesday, August 22nd
And we are still easing into some subjects, but probably in the next two weeks or so,
he'll have his full load.

He's a junior this year, sometimes I wonder where the time has gone.

So for now, and some of this will probably be repeated but for now,
this is his subjects and curriculum we are using for this school year:

Math/Plane geometry(we are using Abeka and his Dad is his teacher for this)
English III (our state requires a balance of literature, composition, and speech)
so for his literature and composition assignments come from the curriculum we
are using for his government.
 Right now his lit. book is an alternative lit. suggestion
so he is listening to the book, "Democracy in America," Vol. 1 online through Librovox.

The way this particular curriculum is set up, the author gives the student a choice
of 3 projects to work on for one unit(a unit consists of about 5 lessons) and then
it counts or should count towards their English credit,
 and the student chooses one, they usually consist of either a writing assignment,
 a couple of hands on projects,
some seem to be a combination of writing and hands on. So he did the first project
already which was a memorization passage from the Bible. For this unit he just started,
it's more of a combination writing and hands on project which is making a poster,
creatively illustrating and explaining the basic forms of government.

And for the speech part, he's just starting that today, and right now our plans
 our to have him do/work on speech on Thursday's & Fridays.
We are using or will be using the book, "Painless Speaking," from the Baron series
 which states its for greades 7th - 12th.

Social studies/history: 1st semester: Government(Notgrass curriculum)

Science/Physics: (using the Abeka curriculum and his Dad is also his teacher for this)

And this blog will have to be continued later for now.

See you later,
Cathy

Monday, July 31, 2017

Almost that time again - for our school year

Hi,

Around here the schools have either started or getting ready to start.

We are looking hopefully to start our new school year on Monday, August 21st.

His foreign language plans changed, instead of continuing German,
he will now be taking Spanish instead.

Be a busy year for him this coming year.

And lots of life/circumstances have happened lately for our
more part.

Short and sweet, have to catch up with you all later,
Cathy