Weekly Update

The biggest news of the week is that Autry started her OCHSA adventure. She had her first day on Tuesday, and she LOVED it, absolutely loved it.

I hated it.

What? You don't like OCHSA?

I know that I shouldn’t have that reaction, but I miss her, I do. And I am not yet convinced that it offers her more than what she had at home last year. She was involved in some great classes last year, and she had some wonderful opportunities to perform. The academics she worked on at home were at a higher level than what she is working on now. On top of that I didn’t have to drive her to Santa Ana every morning at 7:00. This is an hour drive for me round trip, and I have not enjoyed it.

But, and I can’t forget this, Autry does enjoy OCHSA, and she thinks it is the most amazing place ever. She loves her classes, especially jazz dance. She starts conservatory next week, and I know she will love that too.

Tru with Autry on her first day at OCHSA. He thinks he might want to go next year for production and design.

So good for her. She is her own person, and she needs to follow her own path. I just wish it didn’t involve me getting up so early in the morning.

In other news the boys started their first full week back at work. Tru was going to work on Sonlight this year, but after a few days of working on that last week, he decided that he hated it. It skipped around too much for him. On a whim I ordered Moving Beyond the Page, as Decca enjoys this program. I wasn’t sure it would be to Tru’s liking, but to my surprise, he clicked with it immediately. He has worked all week on Unit 3, and he has enjoyed it a great deal. He is reading through The Hobbit, learning about the lithosphere, and doing a study on Australia.

In math Tru continued working through LoF pre-algebra, and he worked on Khan Academy. I also ordered another pre-algebra program through the Art of Problem Solving. I can’t wait to get the book and begin working on it with him. Yeah, I am a math nerd, and I am proud of it!

Speech notes

Tru had his first speech and debate class. He did not want to go, but he ended up enjoying it. He even left the class with a bunch of notes, which is a great sign. Tru hates to write, and any teacher that can get him to write willingly, must be good. I think we will stick with this class all year.

Decca is slowly easing into school, very slowly. Decca is a unique learner (i.e. difficult), and he can only work for a short amount of times on things that he is not interested in. So this week he drew roughly a hundred pictures, wrote several books, and created his own math curriculum. He creates his own math curriculum several times a year because he feels he could do a better job at that than anyone else. He also created a new monster out of some felt pieces. This is the Creepinator.

In between all that he did do some more formal work. We worked through The Sign of the Beaver in MBtP.

He did LoF Apples everyday and started Singapore Challenging  Word Problems.

And that is our week in review.

Weekly Update

We were busy last week with my Grandma, who at 91, came out to visit us from Indiana. We were so happy to have her out, and I was glad the kids got some time with their great-grandma.We are hoping to make a trip to see her this summer, and everyone is looking forward to that.

Myself, Great-Grandma, Autry, and Grandma

The weather has been gorgeous the last few days, so we have been at the beach. We are trying to enjoy that before it gets too cold again.

P.E. at the beach is fun!

The kids also worked on academics. Decca has begun using his Japanese math book again. This kid just cannot stick with one math program, as he gets so bored. I am glad I have numerous books for him to choose from. He knows he has to do math everyday, and so he just chooses what interests him. This week the winner was Japanese math (which I love, and I hope he sticks with it for a while).

Decca finished his unit on Family Under the Bridge in Moving Beyond the Page. His final project was to write a script incorporating several story elements and punctuation. He did a great job!

We began his next unit in Moving Beyond the Page. He is working on Ancient Egypt and the Middle Ages. His first lesson was on setting, and he created two drawings about the setting of each book.

Decca also decided he loved to cook this week and created his own recipe. He made cinnamon chocolate chip cookies. He made them for his friends and siblings, and he was very excited when everyone loved them!

Tru and Autry are still going strong with all their work. They seem to be enjoying pre-algebra a great deal, which I am somewhat surprised by. Maybe it is because they get to work on the iPad during math (with a cool app called Whiteboard). Whatever it is, I am just enjoying this moment.

Doing math on the iPad

Another view

In other news I had some smart points from the homeschool co-op, and I decided to get Mark Kistler drawing lessons. The kids thought they were so corny at first, but they are enjoying them now (although they would never admit that).

And that is our week in review.