Friday, May 12, 2017

Winding down

Wow, seems like forever since I've
been and written on my blog. lol.

Our school year is slowly coming to a close.

And some subjects are or have already been out
of the way for a long time. Some are getting close to being finished.

So right now what we are working on for him to finish up is
his history, close but not quite done yet.
Composition, he just finished lesson 3 on his last essay, there are usually
about 7 lessons, sometimes lessons can go over depending on how long
an assignment takes, but then he will be done with his English for the year.
And German(another thing that is close since we'll be continuing this the same
way next year)
And Math.

And he has started round two of his beginning fencing classes(epee)
has already had two classes, classes run for 6 weeks.

As for the more part, still helping out in our church,
now a trip planned to go see my Mother over Memorial
Day weekend.  Our church just ended a revival meeting.

Think that's all for now,
Cathy

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wow !! Plans can sure get changed around.

Hi,

Actually I need to reword my profile, our son we home school
is now 16 and finishing up his sophomore year of high school.

Where did the time go?

Even with his input, I figured I had my plans and curriculum
for next year all planned out.
And they got completely turned around!!

What happened??  We took him to our home school convention
with us one day so he could help make decisions. Of course we
told him, this is what is required yet to graduate in our state.

So here our now "new" 2017-2018 school year plans, subject to change!

Math: Geometry- with Abeka instead of with Math-u-see
English III or English 11(whatever I decide to call it, he will get with
what we are using now for his history) Notgrass
Social studies/history: Government & Economics with Notgrass
instead of Sonlight(can I cry? This Mom really likes Sonlight)
Science: Physics- with Abeka

What hasn't changed as far as I know: his foreign language,
but will now be called German II and with what we are using.

Physical education we are still working on, but he is now
taking a fencing class(it lasts for 6 weeks) so that has been
helping and he has expressed interest in continuing with this
and taking private lessons.

What hasn't been decided yet for sure but has been talked about,
speech will not be covered for English and I will have to find
something to use for it instead, we talked about him wanting
to do a mixture of British and French lit. for his English lit.
part but our curriculum will cover his lit. requirements so
we may go ahead and do this as an elective.

And we'll continue on with this career and college elective.

If he finally gets to learn to drive, that can count as another
elective if he takes Drivers Ed.

And he still operates our sound system at our church.

Whew!!! Looks like he'll have a busy year.

For the more part, we still help out at our church often
and another lady and I are doing our VBS this summer.
We are getting excited!!  Our plans are all coming together!!
Our theme is: "Geared Up for God."  Idea came from Oriental
Trading post if anyone needs ideas for theirs.

Then for Sunday school, they are going to try something different.
Right now, on Sunday mornings,they have just had an adult
Sunday school class. So they are changing the time to an
hr. before our Sun. evening service and having a family type
kinda of Sunday school, where some of us will be taking turns
having a song and a story for  the children and then give/hand
the children some activity to do quietly and then turn it over
to the adult Sunday school teacher so he can teach the adults.
Right now, this is on a trial basis(for 3 months) starting in April.
I volunteered for the children's part for the month of April.

We are still trying to house hunt which is getting very discouraging.

Believe that's all of our latest news for now,
Cathy

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Already thinking for plans for next school year!

Hi,

We are finishing strong for this school year or seem
to be even with distractions and sometimes way of
our day's go.  Most of you homeschooling Moms and possibly
even Dads can relate.

So reflecting back this year and what he's still finishing
and working on to finish the school year.

So probably have been mentioned before!!
Health- finished.
Math: still plugging along on his algebra 1.
Foreign language: German - still working on German 1
History: US history, still working and using Sonlight again(fits real well
for both him and his mother/me as his teacher.)
His English II(our state requires a balance of speech, literature and composition)
so for this, we need to try to schedule at least one  more speech for him, but
on hold until we finish the section of composition which right now he has just
started learning about the process of writing a research paper and will take
time to write on. And of course his literature always go well, whether we use
a book, or listen to it via audio.
Picking back up on his physical education: He has just started kungfu, his
Dad is his teacher, and when classes start, we are going to try to work
it out so he can learn/do the fencing sport.
Elective: Career and college planning, working on this too.

So for next year, he will be a junior, where did the time go?
So right now our tentative plans, of course are
subject to change.
For history/social studies:  Government(Sonlight) and Economics(not
completely sure what yet, but looking into the Economics for everybody)
and these will just be a semester each.
Math: I was thinking of giving him the choice of either geometry or Algebra II
but if we keep with Math-u-see, geometry will come next.
Science: probably go ahead and encourage him to take chemistry, but not
sure exactly what we'll use, and that also depends because this might
be a subject we might have to turn over to his Dad to help with too.
English III, for his lit. I'm considering using some of Sonlight's British lit.
Speech, worked well using various sources,but to help me out, considering
getting the speech book from sevensisters. For his composition, not completely
sure if we'll continue using Essentials in writing or use something else.
Foreign language, continue working on his German, what we are using can
count both as German 1 and 2.
We probably also need a couple of electives. But not sure yet what
they'll be yet or what we'll use.

And for the more part, we are still pretty involved in helping out in
our church.
We would still like to move if it works out.

And that's our latest news,
Cathy

Monday, February 13, 2017

Been awhile again, not exactly when our school year will end.

Hi, everyone,

Actually considering and hopefully we'll be finished
with all of ds' curricula and school by the last Friday before
Memorial Day. Of course that might mess us up a little if we
get to move.

Actually we are coming down the home stretch to finishing.

So our latest school news:
For some extra physical education and credit,
my husband has started teaching our son the Kungfu he
knows and we are going to try to let him work out some fencing,
waiting on some extra money and the class doesn't start until March 6th,
the classes run for 6 weeks and meet one evening a week.
And then there is also a fitness center our son has expressed interest in
to continue working out.

And yes, we are working on this new elective, college and career planning
or trying to. Right now the book we are using is called: "What color is
your parachute? for teens."

So he's still doing his Math and German. And that's still with Dad
in the evenings.

And his English, right now, no speech is scheduled, but
we/he is listening to Uncle Tom's cabin via audio on you tube,
and  this we added in for his lit.. Back to composition, today just
started learning about the research paper to get ready to actually
do one(but today's lesson was just an overview)

Bible & history are still going well. Most likely we'll be done
early with history, we usually are, but maybe not this year.

And I'm already thinking about plans for next year.

Believe that's all on the school front for now.

As for the more part, our weather has been extremely warmer
for this time of the year in our neck of the woods, but I like it.

My theme for jr. church is over, so I'm back with just assisting, helping,
and taking attendance, etc and the other lady teaching(unless she happens
to be away or is sick, then it becomes my ballgame for that day) until
May.  But we still help out a lot with other things in our church also.

And we finally took our tree down, the nativity was taken down soon after
I made my last post.

Guess I'll go ahead and sign off for now,
Cathy

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It's been awhile so here's our latest news.

Hi, everyone,

Guess I need to keep up with my blog better.

Here's our latest news:
First, on the homeschooling front.
Dear son and I were able to take a long much needed 3 weeks
for Christmas break/vacation.
Then we had to ease back into school last week, for two reasons,
to get back in the groove of doing school and his teacher/Mom-me
had caught a cold so wasn't feeling the best.
Now a new week started yesterday, so we are slowing getting back
into the full swing of things/subjects and doing our best to get back
to reg. full fledged school days.

And as for his subjects, they are still going well or seem to be for the most part.
I've probably mentioned it before, but he finished his Health. And he is not doing
any Science for this semester.
So for now his subjects he is still working on.
Math: Algebra 1
Foreign Language: German(I guess actually it's German 1) and his
Dad has been helping with both of these subjects.
Then the rest.
Bible and History, level 100 (Sonlight) for his American History, still  going well.
His English II: A little different this year, because for American Lit. we have
him doing just a few suggested titles from Sonlight level 100 lit.with one or two
added books, like we added in "The red badge of courage,"finished and he
just finished up, "When you reach me," their suggestion.(finished quite a few of the books already)
For the speech portion of this, we are trying to wring our own stuff mostly from
various sources or suggestions from others. Right now he is working on
presenting/getting ready to present "Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address,"
and this was a suggestion of one of the speech choices thru. Sonlight.
For composition: he's been using Essentials in Writing, and what he has left for
this is 3 more essay's and a research paper to do/work on.

And yesterday's holiday messed me up a little bit since we live in the states since
our library was closed, but I have 3 books I requested to go pick up and
this is for a new elective he's starting, we are just calling it career
 and college planning, and we are just planning to use
 various sources/books for this one also.

Don't believe this counts for school but ds also operates our sound system
right now at our church, but from what I've been reading/hearing, its probably
transcript worthy to put on his transcript.

And for other news:
Do I dare admit this?? Our Christmas tree and nativity set is still up.
Because with the busyness and sickness going around in our house, first
my husband, and than me(I trust son doesn't get it) haven't gotten
around to taking it down or felt like it.

And we are still pretty involved in our church.
The rest of this month, my turn to teach jr. church
so my theme is: 'Sledding for Jesus."
So on Jan. 8th, the first Sunday(because sickness has been going around
in our church) I had a whole two children there, we usually average around
7 - 9 reg. right now and this past Sunday, I was sick and we were supposed
to get bad weather(while the bad weather missed us, yay) so I wasn't there
and the other teacher didn't feel well either and didn't have a way, so no
jr. church and no bus kids were picked up, so they ended up not having
jr. church that day. So our five church kids(the preacher's 4 and the other little
girl) had to sit out in the sanctuary instead.
Of course, I guess it helps me out because I don't have to plan much for this one,
just review and get ready for the lesson I was going to do this past Sunday.

We'd still like to move, we need a better place that's adequate for our needs
and is in our budget, so if anyone reading this and would help us pray for
this situation, we'd appreciate it. Thanks.

And before I stop my "news" book, I'll add this note:
I guess this is still school worthy!  We plan to do
something different this Friday for school which
is listening/watching President Trump's inauguration ceremony
with most likely special snacks and a special lunch.
The best part of this, I can still count it for school towards our 180 days
and talk about Living "Current Events" present history. I believe that's the
best kind.

And now, I'd better sign off, so we can actually get school started for today.
Cathy

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thanksgiving is almost here and before you know it, Christmas will be here.

Do you like holidays?

I usually do especially Thanksgiving and Christmas.
But sometimes they can create havoc with school.

But this year, I'm really  looking forward to  both of them.

School news:
Ds has finished his health. So that's one subject out of the way.
Foreign language,His German seems to be going well, and his
Dad took German in junior high, high school, and college.
So maybe son's choice was Like father,like son.
Math: Going so/so actually pretty well, a little slower this year,
he seems to be getting the concepts, but when he does problems,
sometimes he has trouble with writing out the details, remembering the steps, etc.
Bible and  history, we are soaring through.
His English, I guess has been going pretty well, the way we are doing it,
and his speech: "If I  were  president of the United States is due tonight,"
which will be given to us, his parents.

Need to come  up with electives and figure out how we are going
to continue on for his physical education.

Other news:
We stay pretty busy especially on the church front.
Like to start Christmas shopping.

And more tidbits/ideas from our school. Mainly vacation/break time, etc.
Ds and I are really trying real hard to be able to take 3 weeks off
for Christmas, we usually take around two, but this year, I believe
we both  need a long break.
So most likely we'll shorten our Thanksgiving vacation/break, we
usually take a week off, but will just probably take 3 days off instead.

So trust everyone is enjoying getting ready for Thanksgiving and
Christmas this year.

Have a great rest of the day,
Cathy

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

It's been awhile, guess I need to keep up with my blog better

Hi,

To be honest, I'm not sure where to start, but
I guess I'll start with our home schooling part as usual.

School is still going well, I believe, there may be a few glitches,
but guess you can expect that with a teen boy.

Some of this may be a repeat and sorry if it is:

But here's our latest:
Ds has finally just started his foreign language lessons. He chose German.
So because we are late to the game, he's only had two lessons and this
became an evening course, since his Dad took German in junior high, high school,
and college, he decided he'd better help ds if ds needed any help with saying the words
correctly.
Survey of technology has stopped and most likely won't be picked back up.
Right now instead, we and he is concentrating on just finishing his health and he's
almost finished with that.
Bible and History are still going well.
Math is going well, but he hasn't had very many lessons in his Algebra 1 yet
because Dad has to help him with this, so its another evening course.
English II/language arts, however; you wish to call it.
Literature he is soaring through with audio books, and of course I can't
help hearing them either. lol. So far this year, we have listened to and heard,
"Rip Van Wrinkle," The adventures of Tom Sawyer," Maniac Mcgee,
The Red badge of courage, to kill a mockingbird," and right now, we have
started "Elijah of Buxton.
Speech- he is getting ready to work on, planning and presenting a speech called,
"If I were president of the United States," timely, right?? along with watching
the presidental debates, plus he also watched the vice-president one.
Composition: We are still using the Essentials of Writing some, but have had to change
some things around to make it fit and work better, but other than that, on his own, kinda of,
etc, he has started working on writing a story(well, typing it) last evening he worked on
 it for a long time.

And now with him turning 16, he was really looking forward to learning to drive, but
is considerate enough right now to wait because we just cannot afford the extra insurance
coverage right now.

So for the more part,
ds is operating the sound system at our church and is taking his job quite seriously.
Our church has been very busy lately. A block party the last Sat. of September,
a one day VBS on Sat. Oct. 1st, and workday the next plus just finished a weekend
revival meeting Oct 14th-16th.
And right now, I'm doing the teaching for junior church this month. My theme is
F.R.O.G which stands for fully rely on God. Got the idea from the DLTK site
VBS guides if anyone else is interested. And just adding on extra that fits
for our group.

So a lot more I could add on, but I think I'll wait awhile, and before you
know it, it will be Christmas. lol.

Cathy