Weekly Update

We are on a very relaxed schedule now, and we will probably be on this schedule through July. We do this every year, and it works out for all of us. By May the kids, and truthfully I, are all burned out and ready for a break. I pull way back on what I expect from them, and they spend most of their time doing what they want.

This doesn’t mean that we stop all academic work. Tru is still working through his algebra, as he wants to have this done by next September. He is also reading Shakespeare and keeping up with his French (Rosetta Stone) and history. He plays golf 3 to 4 times a week.

In his room working.

Decca is working on Dreambox math, and he is reading everyday. He is also keeping up with his piano.

In addition he is working on his Scooby Doo story that he is writing, and my mom is illustrating. He takes this very seriously and is on page 33 right now. He hopes to have it finished by June.

The cover of Decca’s Scooby book

With all this free time what have the boys and I been up to? Well we have been swimming nearly every day this week. It has been so nice out, and we felt we had to take advantage of this wonderful weather by being outside.

We have been going on many walks enjoying the nature all around us.

The boys have been working on their Scratch projects, and they both are excited about Scratch 2.0 coming out.

Tru’s latest Scratch project

The changes to Scratch look amazing, and if you haven’t downloaded Scratch for your kids yet, now would be a good time. Here is a video explaining the new version.

Autry was very busy last week with school. She had a concert and a competition. She did an amazing job in both, and she was so happy to find out this week that she has passed the first round in the Southern California Junior Bach Festival, and she will be competing in the second round in September.

Arriving for rehearsals for the Bach Competition.

She sang her songs in English for the first round, but I think she will have to learn them in German for the next round. She is happy that she has all summer to work on them.

Picking up Autry from school on Thursday.

School seems to be winding down for her too, which works nice with our schedule. She only has two more weeks of conservatory and four weeks of academics. Homework is very minimal right now because most of the kids at OCHSA are busy with concerts and shows, and this is great. Autry has been able to come home from school and just relax with the rest of us. In her down time she has been working on writing songs and drawing comics.

Autry’s song Ode to Purple

A comic Autry has been working on this week.

And that is our week in review.