2015-16 School Plans for the 2E Boy – A Work In Progress


Self portrait 2015

I have always loved to spend the summer planning out our fall schedule. I would spend my days scouring the internet, looking at reviews, reading forums, and drooling over curriculum sites. It was always so much fun to try to get the perfect school year planned out.

Then my kids got older. The twins’ school is almost completely online, so there is not much for me to do there (although I am putting together a physics course for the coming year that has been a blast to plan). All that remains is my youngest who is a wildly creative, gifted student who is also twice exceptional. I have to take this into consideration when planning his school year.


I have a few subjects planned that I am almost positive they will work for the year. For language arts he will be using Brave Writer primarily. We have been working with Brave Writer for years now, and it is the one curriculum I can count on to work with my youngest. The lessons are short, creative, and often open-ended. He learns copywork, dictation, writing skills, grammar skills, and vocabulary all while reading great books and working on creative writing projects. For my son it works, and because not much else does, we will stay with it. I also love the Brave Writer lifestyle which is a nice benefit since I am sure the boy will be using it right through high school.


For math I have a few plans as he needs to be able to switch between programs when he gets stuck in one. And he will get stuck, or more likely bored, with a few throughout the year. Right now the boy is working through Prodigy which is an online adventure game with plenty of math built in. The boy has been working through it for a few weeks now, and it does not seem that his interest is waning yet. I will let him stay with it as long as he wants, but I also have plans for when he burns out. Right now that includes the next level of MathWorks which we used last year somewhat successfully. I also have some generic math workbooks for him to use when we need a change.

History and science are a little more tricky to plan for. The boy is not very fond of history, and I have had trouble finding him a curriculum or class that interests him. In the past we seem to have had the most luck with learning history through movies or documentaries or with online sources. For the coming year I actually have nothing planned as of yet. I am scourging online sites, bookstores, videos, and reviews. I am just not seeing anything he will be able to work with. For now I am leaving this blank and am hoping that before we start up for the year I have something.

For science what I need is short, interesting, and interactive lessons on a topic he enjoys. He would like to study animals  or birds or astronomy. I would like him to work through a complete middle school course from beginning to end if possible. Unfortunately we have not found anything that meets all of our needs yet. Hopefully I will have some sort of plan before our year starts.

He will also be starting German next year in an online class. His siblings have had the same teacher for the last two years, and the boy had one short class with him last winter. The teacher is very funny and the work is fun and low-key. Perfect for a kid who is somewhat shy and unsure of online classes. It will be nice for him to have a first experience with a teacher he is familiar with.


One of the boy’s digital drawings. Drawing is a new passion of his.

Other subjects the boy will be working on next year include programming, animation, drawing, creative writing, voice acting, and composing. Most of this will be explored through self-study using online resources. For voice acting we are hoping to find a class in Los Angeles that would be fun for him. We may start back up with piano to help his composing skills.

In all honesty most of his time will probably be spent working on his passions, followed by his language arts and German. My goal is we will hit math everyday, although sometimes that is very hard for him. And I am hoping that we spend a couple days a week on science and history. We will see how it works out.


If I have learned anything over the last few years it is never to expect any schedule to go smoothly with my 2E kid. I don’t mind though, actually I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Hello Again

Last time I posted, I wrote a rather dramatic sign-off. I was a hundred percent sure that my days as a homeschool blogger had come to an end. My daughter was in her second year at a school of the arts. Her twin brother was thinking about going to high school, and I was quite busy with schooling my sons, driving my daughter to and from school everyday (which took roughly two hours a day), and a host of other things. I was tired and truly believed I didn’t have the time to spend on TAD Town. Boy was I wrong.

About a month ago Autry was forced to make a decision about whether to stay in school or not. Her days were long, she had numerous outside activities, and quite a bit of homework. She was left with little free time, and she and I were both tired of all the driving around. I told her she would either have to drop all her extracurricular activities or school. To my surprise she chose school, and suddenly I had three homeschoolers once again.

To say I was unprepared would be an understatement. I have been scrambling for the last few weeks to put a plan together for her. She is a very different learner than her twin brother, so although they are in the same grade, they have very different needs. It has taken me a few weeks to adjust to our new reality, but I am enjoying having her home again, and I appreciate the chance to spend time with her once again.

With her being home, I have decided to begin blogging again. The truth is I missed it, and now that I have more time on my hands, I want to get back into it. I look forward to sharing our homeschool journey once again.

For now I will end with a few pictures of what we have been up to these last few weeks. Until next time….

My niece and nephew visited us for a few weeks. We had a great time with them and can’t wait to see them again soon.

Tru dressed up as Sherlock Holmes for Halloween.

Autry was a hipster witch. Here she is with her cat, after all every witch should have a cat.

Decca performed his own composition at his annual recital.

And through it all, Kingsley has been around just enjoying the view.