Every time I check my blog page I think, Yup...it's still true that I haven't written since Halloween. My next thought is: Gee, I really should do something about that. And then my next: There's so much to write about...maybe tomorrow I'll tackle it. And that's how one ends up being three months behind. Uggh!
Obviously I'm not going to reflect on the end of the year with any degree of detail and substance other than to say, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving in Nashville, TN and a fabulous Christmas and New Year's here at home.
I felt like we stopped our homeschooling for the year at a reasonable place. I can't say we finished everything, but I did not feel panic when we closed the book; however, I did feel some stress at the beginning of 2014 not knowing exactly how the second semester would look. After much research (crammed into two or three days) I made the final selections.
For my 9th grader:
Continuing on: Math-U-See Algebra I, Notgrass World History, Biology 101, Analytical Grammar (finishing soon), 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, and ice skating lessons
Starting Fresh: Excellence in Literature, The Power in Your Hands: Writing Non-fiction in High School, Art of Argument, and Biology Lab (co-op class)
For my 8th grader:
Continuing on: Math-U-See Algebra I, Notgrass World History, Biology 101, AG (finishing soon), 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, and tennis lessons
Starting Fresh: 8th Grade Literature (making it up as I go), The Power in Your Hands: Writing Non-fiction in High School, Art of Argument, and Biology Lab (co-op class)
For my 5th grader:
Continuing on: Math-U-See Epsilon (and sometimes Life of Fred, Liver), Apologia Swimming Creatures, Spelling Power, Proverbs (Notgrass drawing/devotion), flute lessons, and Acting III
Starting Fresh: Composition for the Reluctant and Eager Writer, Reading/Literature (making it up as I go), German lessons (given by friend), voice lessons, and musical theater
So, if you have any questions about these curriculums, I'd be happy to give you my two cents worth. We're about three weeks into it and so far so good.
We still have several field trips planned, a winter formal dance next month, and we will continue to do monthly archery lessons and weekly park day with other homeschoolers. I think the only thing I'd like to see more of is physical fitness. Aside from the odd lesson here and there, it's really hard to find the time and the desire to have a regular physical fitness type of event. I think maybe I need to add one more thing to the schedule... a morning running class. I think I'll have them start that tomorrow. :)