Weekly Report

My daughter is home from school today. Because of this, and the wonderful weather, we are not doing any school. Instead we have spent most of the day outdoors. We started the day with a swim, and then Decca and I went on a nature walk. I love days like this.

The rest of the week we were all hard at work. Because I focused on my youngest son last week I thought I would focus on Truffaut this week. Tru has fallen into a wonderful schedule, and for the first time I can see how I would easily be able to homeschool him for the high school years if he so desires. The reason for this is that he has started to take control of his education. He knows what he wants to learn and what he needs to learn, and he takes responsibility for all of it.

This week Tru worked through 6 lessons in Saxon Algebra 1. He has also began working through Saxon grammar and writing, and for the first time he is doing all the writing required in this program. He realized that he needed to get his writing skills up, and now that he has realized that, he is determined.

Life is hard when you are a homeschooler. Here is Tru in the morning at his desk. He is watching a lecture while enjoying his Starbucks.

Besides all of his Saxon work, Tru is plowing through a new Great Courses course. His newest one is Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution.  He started this course last week, and he is nearly finished. He sits and watches these lectures for hours a day, and he never gets bored. I keep thinking we will get one he doesn’t like, but so far he has enjoyed them all.

(Note to self – before next school year you need to stock up on more courses for Tru.)

For French, Tru wanted to add an actual course to his Rosetta Stone, so last week I purchased Breaking the French Barrier. Tru has only worked through the first few lessons, but he seems to enjoy it. I think he is just happy to have a physical book for learning French. Rosetta was working for him, but it wasn’t enough. The two programs together will be more complete, at least in Tru’s mind.

Also this week Tru continued with his golf lessons. I am thinking about adding another day of lessons to the week. Tru isn’t sure how he feels about that. Some days he loves golf, and sometimes he is completely frustrated by it. I think that is a fairly normal reaction to the game.

And that is our week in review. If anyone missed my daughter’s song in the previous post I highly recommend you take a listen. She recorded all the parts to the song, and I think it came together wonderfully. Of course everything she does sounds great to me. After all, I am her mom….

Weekly Update

Decca – He continues to work through his MBTP unit on Communities and Culture. We finished reading Adventures in Ancient Egypt and began Adventures in Ancient China. This book is not scheduled into the unit, but we had it at home, so I decided to add it. Decca competed several exercises in his workbook, including a plot pyramid and a chart of artifacts from the different time periods.

AE (Ancient Egypt), AC (Ancient China), MA (Middle Ages)

Working on his artifact chart while watching an Ancient China movie on the iPad.

He watched several short films on Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. His favorite was this one on Ancient China statues.

In math Decca continued working on his multiplication facts. He mostly watched videos on the math facts and played Math Ninja on the iPad.

Decca practiced daily on his piano, and he is happy he is almost out of his year 2 piano books. He finally has his five-finger patterns down, which was a great accomplishment for him. Here is a video of him playing some of his patterns.

The twins continued working hard on everything. They are enjoying their math Great Course, and they seem to be learning a good deal from the teacher. As an added bonus Kingsley loves sitting with them on the couch, as they do their work.

Kingsley and Autry working on math.

Is he doing math or doodling? I think a little of both...

The twins worked hard at their music lessons all week. Tru is moving into a set of new piano books, and he couldn’t be happier. His old books felt very young to him, and he feels better playing out of these.

Autry also recorded herself singing La Serenata, her favorite song at this moment.

The twins began a new website this week featuring characters that Tru invented. I have to admit that I am impressed with what they have put together. Check it out here if you haven’t already.

Herbert - One of my favorite characters from Try X

And that is our week in review.