Bible: We are continuing The Young Person's Guide to Knowing God, reading one devotional each day. We have a new hymn for this week and next week: Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus. Our verse this week is 1 John 3:16: We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our live for the brethren. We also read Dangerous Journey this week - a retelling of Pilgrim's Progress.
Art: Rocket Boy continues his co-op Atilier Art class. This week they worked on sketching.
History: The focus on the week was the Boer Wars, which were precursors to the practice of Apartheid in South Africa. Reading, writing a summary, time line and map work were the order of the day.
Language Arts: Rocket Boy read "If" by Rudyard Kipling and placed a copy of it in his History Odyssey binder. We started the 8th grade Lightening Literature program this week. The first work is "A Crazy Tale," a short story by G.K. Chesterson. This appears to be a meaty course, introducing many things to which Rocket Boy has not yet been exposed.
Math: I took the plunge and ordered Math U See last week. Will it work? We'll see! After he completed the placement test this week, I decided to have Rocket Boy do a quick review on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals. I know he doesn't need another full year of these concepts, but wanted to make sure that he had a refresher of sorts before he begins Algebra I. Toward that end, I have selected some pages in various Key to Fractions booklets. He is doing very well on this review.
I spent the afternoon of Labor Day making sure I understand how the Math U See program works. I must say, the manipulatives are challenging me a bit - I am not a visual person, but Rocket Boy is, so I think these will be a great help to him. It's good to get out of my comfort zone every now and then, so I am going to do my best to adapt.
Public Speaking: This was week three for the speech & debate class. They covered impromptu speeches. In this category, the speaker is given a topic and then has a short time to come up with a speech on that topic. I think the thinking time is around two minutes. He has homework to do in that this week, but is sure that he doesn't want to compete in this category. It does sound as if he is interested in competing with a platform speech as well as debate. Perhaps he will pick up a humorous interp. piece as well. There is no class next week, so it will be a bit of a break before the debate instruction starts hard and heavy.
Physical Science: Now underway, Science Explorer's Physical Science. Pretty tame assignments this week - reading and questions. He is doing a great job on this!
Rocket Boy went on a bicycle ride with his Boy Scout troop this past Sunday afternoon and had a ball. Every year Rocket Boy tries something a little different that requires us to get more supplies. This time is was a pack that attaches to his bike and a spare tube, tool set and hand pump to go in it. We also sprung for the camel back hydration system, which he said was fantastic.
Yesterday at FLL, they worked on strategies for the robot runs and on constructing the robot base. With two new team members this year, this team of six is having to learn to work together all over again. Tomorrow they will begin their work on the research project.
Next week we will be adding Monday tennis, so the busy schedule picks up even more.
As I mentioned before, we had a lot of work done on our house this summer. This included interior paint and new flooring throughout the house. Downstairs we replaced carpet and vinyl with hardwood flooring & had the existing hardwood flooring in the dining room and foyer refinished. Upstairs we had the old carpet replaced with new carpet. It was quite an adventure. Between the paint and flooring, we had to pack our house up. We decided to de-clutter while we were at it, and the result is fabulous. We have a few more loose ends to tie up, but I think as soon as we tie those up, we'll find more! Here are some pictures of our dining room/school room. I took them with my phone at dusk, so they aren't the greatest pictures, but I hope they give you a glimpse into our setting.
|This is looking from the living room into the dining room/school room.|
|Here you can see the nifty window panels. They operate on a multi-track system. They are lined and block a great deal of light, heat and/or cold. They replace some old, faded, flimsy vertical blinds.|