Well, hello there! It has been forever since I've written up a homeschool weekly report, but here I am, ready to get going with these again! Nathaniel started asking last year if he could be homeschooled during this upcoming year, and I tried to put him off of it by doing homeschooling over the summer, but that backfired because he loved it so much that it cemented the idea into his noggin, and so here we are...
Alright, there have been some big changes in our family since I last posted 'round these parts. We ended up moving to Washington State last year for my husband's work, and that's been a huge adjustment. But, we're finding our footing, and let's be honest, it's absolutely gorgeous here and I love rain, so...it's good.
School started up last week, and we had an easy first week. We really hunkered down in earnest this week, and Nathaniel's been a champ about it. It is SO WEIRD to homeschool just one kid! Every time he starts a worksheet or any kind of independent work, I literally turn to the other side of the table to start teaching another kid's lesson, only to find that there is no other child waiting.
His sisters are going to the public school, even though Emily and Renaissance would both like to come home. Emily is, in her words, "being held hostage" by her desire to do Running Start next year--I've been told by many sources that she can only use Running Start to earn her Associate's Degree if all her high school credits come from an accredited source, which my homeschool is not. Boo. Renaissance is in band, and service crew, and the gifted program at her middle school, so...she's doing fine there. And Rachel has no interest in staying home because that girl wants to be where the people are.
And I've misplaced my camera's cord that allows me to upload photos to my computer, possibly because I haven't used my camera in about four years, so I'll only throw in some phone photos until I can right the situation.
Math: We are using Saxon 5/4, and he is doing great. He finished up lesson #6 this week.
Spelling: We're starting at the beginning of All About Spelling Level 1 just to make sure he gets everything. We went through a lot of it over the summer, and we're working through a lesson a day because he understands everything already. There's only a few more lessons in the book and then we'll move up to Level 2.
Grammar: We're using First Language Lessons, Level 3. We finished up lesson #6 this week.
Writing: Writing with Ease, and we finished Week #1. He's doing great with dictation, which is so different from my experience with the girls at this age. My goodness, they struggled with dictation.
Penmanship: One of his weakest areas. You would not believe the amount of homework he's brought home over the years because his teachers just could not read his writing. We're using Zaner-Bloser 2M, and I'm watching him like a hawk. He was holding his pencil in the most weird way, and so I have to constantly remind him to adjust his grip, and yesterday he was starting to write with the correct grip sporadically, so yay! He also keeps all his letters the same height across the alphabet--a "t" is as tall as "a," and "y" sits on the line instead of dropping below it. It's really odd. So, lots of work there, still.
Science: We are doing physics because he's in the fourth grade, and why not? He read about force this week, and the "Force & Motion" Delta Science Kit I ordered for him arrived yesterday. Next week we'll have actual experiments!
History: We're using Story of the World 4: Modern Age. (As if I'd use anything else!) We've set up a timeline in the school room and he's put lots of events on it already because he really enjoys filling out his little papers. We read Chapter 1 of SOTW this week, and he did not enjoy filling out the outline for it. I don't think he's had to find multiple examples to support an argument that aren't explicitly spelled out for him before. It took a little bit of explaining, but he figured it out.
Art: We are using Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner. While I was rounding up art supplies last week, he informed me that he "hates art," to which I failed at hiding my horror-struck expression. But after last week's lesson he seemed like he might like it--he was so pleased with how well his drawings turned out! I think he's got a nasty case of perfectionism, and drawing is one of those things that you really only get better at by practicing, and Rachel draws all. the. time., so he's not as good as her and it really bothers him. So he's avoided it. Today's lesson had us draw a favorite object and his drawing turned out good yet again. I daresay that he's starting to enjoy art.
My plan is work through our drawing book for the first quarter, and then move onto painting for second quarter. I'd like to do sculpture for third quarter, but...yeah, I don't know. I'm not fully committed to it yet. Maybe we'll repeat drawing and painting. We'll see.
Music Appreciation: We learned about Beethoven last week. Nathaniel's favorite piece is "Rage over a Lost Penny."
Scouts: We were able to check off his Outdoor Activity Award, and we realized that he earned the Summertime Pack Award. He still needs to earn his Bear Claws and Paws for Action Adventures in order to earn his Bear Advancement. Only a couple more months to work on it! (I don't know if we'll continue with Scouting or not...I'm waiting to see just exactly what the new program that the Church is rolling out will entail.)
A good week and a half of school done! I'm trying to track down my Latin instruction DVDs, but if I can't find them by the end of next week I'm just going to order new ones. (ARGH!!!)
And he's getting done with school most days by lunch...that doesn't sit well with me. I'm trying to decide if I'm going to throw more stuff into the mix. Maybe I'll wait until the end of September to really decide...beginning-of-the-year lessons are always mostly review/easier, and that might be why he's speeding through everything.
Have a lovely weekend!
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