(Pictures from our nature hike on Monday.)
It's already the last term of this school year. The first year of high school is almost complete and the youngest will be entering junior high next year.
Our school year is just trucking along at a good pace. I feel like we are accomplishing much! One goal I had for this year was to be at the end of the year and to feel finished instead of just stopping because it was time to be done. I've made changes to accomplish that this year and I think it will happen!
|We call this scat rock because . . .. well, that obvious. Critters sure like this rock next to the lake!|
I made one major change after Christmas break to history. I listened to A Delectable Education Podcast and felt like our history needed some revamping. I was easily able to make the changes mid-year without any problems. It went smoothly and both boys are happy with the changes.
At the beginning of the school year it was a struggle to get all of Caleb's work fit into the week and there wasn't enough of me to go around. That has changed. I'm not sure how it worked out but it did by second term and third term is looking like a repeat of term 2.
I struggled with having enough school work for Tyler and even though I have added in more than originally planned he is still getting it all done.
|Look what I found!|
You will find term 2 plans/term 1 in review here, Tyler's 6th grade term 1 plans here, Caleb's 9th grade term 1 plans here, and math choices for the year here.
Overall, term 2 went great. Caleb's favorite book was a new Ancient history book we picked up after Christmas. Caleb's least favorite book was Watership Downs by Richard Adams. Tyler's favorite books in term 2 were anything on his free reading list (he has been reading from the Redwall series). Tyler couldn't give me a least favorite. : )
I decided I will just list the whole book list. I won't be linking any books (time issue), but I will mark those that came from AO and which year.
Caleb 9th Grade Term 3
A History of the American People by Paul Johnson (US history and will probably use through out high school)
Christ and the Americas by Anne Carroll (US history more of an overview with Catholic history)
The Book of the Ancient World by Dorothy Mills (ancient history)
Light to the Nations (European history along side Church history)
The Brendan Voyage by Tim Severin (AO year 7)
Why Greenland is an Island . . . . by Joyce Davis
Amateur Naturalist by Gerald Durrell
Book of Insects by Fabre
The Book of Trees by Sean Brooks
The Mystery of the Periodic Table by Wiker (just because he hasn't read it and we needed an easy chemistry intro)
Biology lab at co-op
Watership Down by Richard Adams (AO year 7)
Prose and Poetry for Enjoyment by Maline and Downey
Odyssey (translation by Robert Fagles) (at co-op)
Splendor of the Saints by Aloysius Roche
The Fallacy Detective by Bluedorn (AO year 7)
oral and written narrations (3 written per week now)
Life of Fred Australia
review basic grammar with Winston Grammar (also work on learning comma rules)
a little work on cursive
Creative Writing class at co-op
Tyler 6th Grade Term 3
Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall (British history)
America Grows Up by Gerald Johnson
Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt by George Grant (AO year 5)
Book of Marvels: The Orient by Richard Halliburton (AO year 5)
The Story of Inventions by Frank Bachman (AO year 5)
Nature Reader 5 by Worthington Hooker (AO year 5)
Dr. George Washington Carver by Shirley Graham (AO year 5)
Rocks, Rivers, and the Changing Earth: A First Book of Geology by Schneider
Chemistry and Physics lab at co-op
Animal Survival (Tops) at co-op
The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch (AO year 5)
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Old Sam, Dakota Trotter by Don Alonzo Taylor
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Governement and Civis:
Uncle Sam & You by Notgrass (with their Citizens Handbook) (will spread out and work on the remained of this year and the next)
Saints and Heroes by Ethel Pochocki
St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #2
oral and written narration (two written per week now)
review grammar in dictation lesson
Greek Alphabet by Memoria Press
Life of Fred Miner