Friday, August 27, 2010

Weekly Report: Week 2

Here we are, having completed the second week of the school year! This week we added history to our schedule. We are really enjoying History Odyssey Modern Times. The first set of assignments is an overview of world geography, which will help Rocket Boy get his bearings after a summer away. Using the book Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, he has not only read the story but researched areas in which the main character, Phileas Fogg, stopped on his journey. He completed several travel journal entries on these locations. Next week he will conclude his reading of this classic book.

Wednesday found us in Speech & Debate class again where the session described interpretive pieces. Rocket Boy will do a short interp next week, as will all of the other students.

On Thursday, our homeschool co-op started. This semester the classes on tap for Rocket Boy are Atilier Art and You Decide, a fun course that will review court cases and the decisions that came out of them. I am teaching Middle School Essentials, a course that will emphasize organizational, time management and study skills, with a few life skills thrown in. The design for this course has been in my head for a few years and I am pleased to be able to let it out!

I really love Chalk Dust Algebra. Unfortunately, it does not appear to be a good fit for Rocket Boy, so we will be finding something else to use in it's place. The top contender at this time is Math U See. Although it is certainly his weakest area, he is more than competent in math, so I am hopeful the right fit for a math program will help him gain confidence.

Work continues on our house, but is beginning to wind down. This week we began re-shelving our 2,000+ books and we are continuing to find more stuff to put in our yard sale. The loft bed arrived, so we will be working on getting Rocket Boy's room "tricked out" this weekend! I'll post pictures when we have the house in order.

Is there anything that you have found in your school plans that is not working out as you had hoped?


Kash said...

What neat classes in your co-op! I'm also wildly jealous of the speech & debate class. :)

MissMOE said...

I'm interested in Atilier Art. I looked at it recently at a conference, so I will be back to see how it works for your family and the co op. Isn't it a bummer when things click for you, but not your children? But I suppose, that is one good reason to homeschool--so we can work around different learning styles. Thanks for sharing your week.

Daisy said...

What a great way to review geography! We love Vernes.

Robyn said...

I'm interested to see what ds thinks of You Decide. Is that a curriculum per say? I think it would be fascinating! Sorry to hear about Chalkdust... if he's not strong in math I'm guessing he will really like MUS. It makes even the hardest concepts easy... hoping that works for him!

Mandy in TN said...

Have you seen The Whole Story Series? They give lots of great info.

Tina said...

Your Vernes study sounds wonderful and does the tricked out room.
We made a few changes already, too. I even tried to take something away from my Bard and Book Devourer and he declined (weirdo). At least we have the choice, huh? Hope you find a good math fit.