Thursday, October 27, 2016

School Summary - 7th and 9th grades - weeks 7-10

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You can see what we're using here: 9th-grade curricula and here: 7th-grade curricula.
I've got a couple time-intensive things in the works, so my blogging has been sparse. I have stuff to share, but I just never seem to have enough time (or if I have time, then enough motivation) to get posts together. So, the crafty stuff for the blog is on hold, but since the padawans are diligently doing school, I'll post their stuff. :) We (and by we, I really mean they) are done with the 1st quarter which included our first break week!
Weeks 7-10
In Tenor's homeschool this month…
AHL, week 6 board game (finally finished)

We played it and discovered it needed a little tweaking or else it would go on forever. Tenor did a great job on it though.
week 7 project (clay tablet)

week 10 project (painting)

art projects
My favorite thing this month…
Tenor finally catching up on some late assignments. I think he's better understanding how much work he needs to put in in order to keep up-to-date.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
Again, just emphasizing that the weekly conference is really important.

What’s working/not working for us…
After 10 weeks, I'm still struggling to figure out which book has which answer key. I always seem to be flipping through all of them to find the answers for Tenor's work. I might make a master key for myself.

In Soprano's homeschool this month...
Nothing terribly exciting...just more of the usual. Soprano Is getting all of her work done so that's a relief.
A character sketch assignment; I think she only picked me in order to have a chance at a better grade. lol
My favorite thing this month…
Hearing her work on her French vocabulary and pronunciation. She has a listening CD that goes along with her textbook. I scheduled it so that she completes a lesson each Wednesday but listens to and practices along with the CD the other days of the school week.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
The adjustment to her English lessons is working out well. I probably should have done it years ago. :)

What’s working/not working for us…
So far, so good with her curricula this year. Beautiful Feet (literature) and Notgrass (civics) are both easily completed each day.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing...
Before we started this month of school, we traveled for our first big field trip. We didn't have the funds to take our usual beach vacation earlier this year. But unexpectedly this fall, we were able to sell a few things online that allowed us to spend a couple days in Ocean City, Maryland. While there we visited Assateague and Chincoteague Islands.
A couple of Misty's descendants

We only saw a few wild horses while there
Tenor displaying a horseshoe crab on our island boat tour
The day after we got back, we headed to Penn Museum for Smithsonian Day.
 They have a large exhibit of Ancient Egyptian artifacts...
including ancient hedgehog pieces. (We love hedgehogs!)

A friend gave us free tickets to see Samson at Sight and Sound Theater. (It's nice to know so many people that work there. :) )
We also hosted a stop for the senior high youth group Amazing Race event.
 Each team had to eat 4 cold, chocolate syrup covered hotdogs. (Um, ew!)
The task was disgusting, but the youth were great. It was fun!

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