Friday, December 13, 2013
Weekly Report: Weeks 15 & 16
Hello, Christmas Break!
We have arrived at the magical land of Halfway There. I love this place. The kids have earned their Christmas Break this year--the amount of work that these girls have accomplished in the past three months is phenomenal.
Somewhere along the journey, we've morphed into a five-days-a-week homeschooling family, and we are kicking some serious butt in the amount of ground we can cover. I just never felt compelled to do five days a week in past years because we were able to finish all our work in 3-4 days. There was a part of me that wanted to push them ahead, and then I was all like, "I'm going to regret that in twenty years." So I backed off, made sure they were slightly ahead of grade level, and called it good. Looking back, still being very close to it all, I'm glad I did that.
But this school year has a different feel to it--Bluebird starts the fifth grade next year, and that's a big deal. Since I follow the Classical Philosophy of Education, I call fifth grade "middle school" because it's the start of the second stage of learning--the "Logic" or "Dialectic" stage. With the knowledge that she'll be adding in the study of logic and another foreign language (plus a bump up in the difficulty of her assigned reading),and that I'll be adding in a first grader and a preschooler next year, that makes this year sort of crucial in setting up the foundation for a good transition to the next stage of her educational journey. (Oh, yeah...Penguin starts her study of Latin next year as well...and that was a rocky path with Bluebird, so I'm preparing for some pebbles there as well.) There's going to be a whole lot of teaching and learning going on, and I need to spread it out across more days so we have a shot at finishing it all before dinner. As it stands right now, we finish up with hands-on teaching by lunch, and then Bluebird has some independent work that she does in the afternoon.
So my expectations are a little higher this year--and they have risen to the challenge like shining stars. I'm proud of them! It's been a good school year thus far. I am really, really trying to get things set up to allow us a fantastic Winter Quarter as well...there's just so much potential in a winter quarter!
Junebug finished Saxon Kindergarten math:
She'll start first grade math in January. She's very proud.
Everyone else is near the halfway marks in just about every subject. Except history. Bluebird lost the book, and I know it's in the house and refuse to spend money on a new one, but have resigned myself to the reality of really needing the book before it will probably be found. Sigh. Hello, Amazon.com.
Quesnel continues to interrupt Penguin's lessons:
And then goes off by herself to scowl when I finally shoo her away:
Junebug, with no structured math lessons, gets to play math games, which she loves:
We're on Christmas Break now, so no weekly reports for a few weeks! Enjoy your holidays, whatever version it is that you celebrate!