Weekly Report

I haven’t had time to do a weekly report since I began student teaching. I have been very busy with student teaching, and it was a huge adjustment for me. I have had little time to think about the kid’s schooling. The last two weeks though I have been on spring break, and I have used this time to plan for next year. I have made a few changes, and I hope they work out how I want them to. (I have enough experience to know that they won’t, but it is nice to dream.)

Practicing on her cello

Autry wanted to try public school this year, and it has been a very positive experience for her. She has grown in so many ways, and as a parent that is a wonderful thing to see. She took up the cello, and she is excelling in orchestra. I was in orchestra when I was younger too, and I love that she is following in my footsteps. She has had the opportunity to perfect her writing skills, which she has been so happy about. Autry is the teacher’s writing assistant, and she helps the other students with their writing. She has also learned Chinese from her classmates. She talks to her friends in Chinese and is even learning to write it. We are going to start a formal curriculum at home, so she can work on this skill. Even though school has been such a positive experience for her, she is unsure what she wants to do next year. I think the homework wears her out, and she feels that she has very little time for other pursuits during the week. She struggles with math at school, and her math homework takes at least an hour, and it often ends with her in tears. I am planning the boy’s school for next year, and I am assuming that she will stay in school, but if she changes her mind, it will be easy to bring her home. Tru and her, being that they are twins, will do nearly the same work. Math would be the only exception, but I could figure out what to do in math for her if she came home rather quickly.

Tru has worked through American Story 2 this year, and we have supplemented this with SOTW 4. It has been a great year. We just finished up World War 2, and we are studying the post WW2 world. I don’t think we will go much further in modern history. We will probably go through the civil rights movement and end there. With modern history there is so much to take in, and much of it is depressing. I think he has had about all he can handle now, and he is ready to move on to something else. We will be going back to ancients, and for this I have decided to use K12 Intermediate World History A. This class is usually taken in 7th grade, but I know Tru will enjoy it. He loves K12, and is looking forward to this. In addition to this class, we will also be using K12 for Language Arts.  I am not sure how that will go, and I know some elements of it we will drop and add our own things, but I wanted to use it as a guide. I love their literature selections, and I am hoping the course will encourage Tru to write. For math we will continue working through Singapore, Life of Fred, and Time4Learning. That seems like a good deal of math, but somehow this combination seems to work for Tru. He loves all of the programs, and we have found that it does not take that much time to work through them. We will be continuing with our Latin studies and will still be working through Latin for Children, as we have not finished that yet. For science Tru will finish up the last two books in Singapore Science. He worked through cycles and systems this year and will be doing interactions and energy next year.

I wanted to involve Decca in the process of choosing next year’s curriculum, and he was so happy to help. We spent the week going over  the new Winter Promise catalog, and he decided he wanted to do Hideaways in History.  He has been wanting to do this for a while now, and I figured it was now or never, as he will be too old for this by next year. I am going to line up his studies with Tru’s, and we will only work through half of this program, but I am sure it will be fun for him. Winter Promise has a new book for the readings called Lets Hideaway in History, and I am looking forward to this. We will also read SOTW in addition to this book, as I love that resource. For math Decca and I have decided to go with RightStart Math this year, along with continuing in Singapore. Decca has been so bored with math, and he wanted to try something different. We looked over many programs, and RightStart seemed to be the best fit for him, so I  have decided to try it. I have never used it before, and I am looking forward to it. I know it will take more of my time, but I think it will be worth it. We will be starting with Level B. I haven’t figured out his language arts yet or science. I am still trying to find the right programs for him in those areas. I will update everyone when I have it all figured out.

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~ by Jill Harper on April 9, 2010.

3 Responses to “Weekly Report”

  1. How wonderful to hear that your daughter has had a positive experience this year (good stories are always nice). Your choices for next year sound really great.

  2. Winter Promise’s catalog is so pretty. I love it.

  3. I love reading plans. Thanks for sharing yours.

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