Weekly Update

The kids and I were feeling a little under the weather this week which made for a slightly different week. We didn’t spend as much time out of the house as we usually do because we were sick. Piano was cancelled, park day was cancelled, guitar lesson was a go only for Tru, and the twin’s ortho appointment was cancelled. Last week went from being a somewhat chaotic week to a fairly relaxed week, and I loved it. I needed it.

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The dog wasn’t so happy about us being sick though. He hardly got a decent walk in all week. Luckily I made up for it yesterday when I took him out to chase balls for over an hour. He had a good deal of pent-up energy that needed to get out.

Back to what the kids did do this week, it amazes me how much school they can still get done when they are sick,  especially the twins. Although they missed their online French class Monday morning due to sleeping in they missed nothing the rest of the week. Now that they are in high school they take their schooling very seriously which motivates them greatly.

Some highlights of the week:

The twins worked through a lab in Biology on allele and genotype frequencies using strawfish. This was a fun lab that took hours to complete. It was worth it thought as they learned a great deal and had a good time doing it. Decca even got in on the act for a short while.

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Autry and Decca sat for hours on the piano working on their songs and their own compositions.

Autry amazes me. She took up piano this year because her voice still hurts when she sings. It was very hard for her to make the decision to put her singing on hold. Singing was her passion and to have to walk away from that for a while has been so hard on her.  Her choir teacher recommended that she take up piano this year as it would benefit her to know piano. She has been to four lessons so far and she is doing great. She threw herself into piano and she is practicing for hours a day. It is great to see her passionate about something else. Even though she is so sad about not singing for now, she is still going strong with a great attitude. Life threw her a big case of lemons but she turned it around and made lemonade. For that I am grateful.

Decca puts up with piano lessons because it helps him compose which is where his passion lies. This is just a short little line that he made up that he loves. He played it over and over all week. Hopefully it will find its way into a longer piece.

Decca also spent a good deal of time this week working on several Scratch projects. He is trying to make a sequel to his most popular game on Scratch, but he is having trouble with the engine. He also made some original music that he uploaded for others to use. He created it on garage band.

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Decca also read all of Life of Fred Fractions this week and worked through a number of chapters and two bridges.

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See his face in that picture…that is how much he is loving math right now.

He also read through A Wrinkle in Time this week and worked on some Singapore science. Surprisingly he was interested in the topic which was genetics.

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I don’t have many pictures of Tru this week. This is probably because he does most of his school in his room with the door shut. He works better independently, and Autry works better with someone else. She and Tru do some of their work together, then she and I do some work together, and then she does some on her own. I enjoy spending my time with her doing Algebra.

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Her Algebra work next to mine. We work through Teaching Textbooks together sometimes.

That is our week in review. I close with this picture of the twins at one of our favorite Italian restaurants this weekend.  I’ll be honest and say that I am only including it because of mother’s guilt. I don’t want Tru to read this years later and ask why there wasn’t more pictures of him.   🙂

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I’m including this for future Tru.

Goals for the Next Four Years

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I haven’t posted on here in a while. I seem to be in a major writing funk, and  one of the major reasons for this funk is that I have been stressing a tad bit (actually a great deal) about the twins and the high school years. I have been having trouble figuring out what I want them to do for the next few years, and I was struggling with what exactly my goals for them are.

I have been researching, reading about different high school curriculum,  looking into colleges, reading different plans that parents have put together, looking at AP classes, and looking at the SAT and ACT tests. Basically I have been over researching and over thinking it all.

During all this crazy, the kids and I went to a homeschool park day, and many of the parents there were discussing high school plans. A friend of mine made the comment that (and I remember it perfectly because it resonated with me) “can’t high school just be about high school?” This one comment started the wheels in my brain turning and had me asking the same question to myself over and over again. Can high school be just about high school? Can the four years that make up this stage in education and development be of any value even if your ultimate goal is not to get into the best college? Is there any value in developing healthy young adults?

I have come to the conclusion that yes there is. So what should the goals be for this stage? Or to put it a different way, what should be accomplished in the years from the early teenager to adulthood. Looking at it this way I have been able to come up with a list of the goals I have for the twins for the next four years. These goals will help my son and daughter make the transition to adulthood smoothly and with confidence. The goals will also help prepare them for whatever they want to move on to, whether that be college or something else.

My goals are:

1. To have young adults who have confidence in themselves, confidence in their decision-making processes, and confidence in their abilities.

2. To have young adults who feel they have a purpose in life and have something to give.

3.  To have young adults who know they will always have something to learn.

4. To have young adults who are well-educated in all aspects of health: physical, mental, sexual, and spiritual.

5. To have young adults who feel they can take risks even if it means they will fail. Failing is as important as succeeding in life.

6. To have young adults who are financially smart.

7. To have young adults who have spent time developing a passion and a weakness.

8. To have young adults that have had the time and space to discover who they are.

9. To have young adults who can write with purpose whether it be academically or creatively.

10. To have young adults who love to read.

11. To have young adults who can converse with other adults of all ages in a mature and articulate way.

12. To have young adults who have traveled extensively and experienced life outside their own comfort zone.

These are my goals for now. I am positive that these will change along the way, but I wanted some sort of framework for myself and the twins for this stage in our lives. I feel that it is so important to raise healthy adults who are equipped for adulthood as opposed to stressed-out teens who are worried about their grades and what college they will get into. Not that college isn’t important, it is. But it should not be the only reason for the high school years.

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