Friday, October 2, 2009

Week 9 Review

We have made it half way through our first semester. Yeah!

My oldest son David is working well independently (for the most part) and is currently busy getting ready for the PSAT.

In addition to his regular studies this semester, David has been active in our local Co-op with a political science class, homeschool band practice, electric bass lessons, chemistry lab group, church youth group and volunteering with True Adventure Sports. After this weekend he will probably have around 40 volunteer hours for this school year. He also completed a rappel basics course and received his drivers license. Thank goodness he can drive now, because his schedule is becoming increasingly hard to keep up with.

Nathan and Ryan have been involved with a science class with our local Co-op group, 4-H club, piano/violin lessons, Sunday school, field trips, plus plenty of free time to play and explore. Ryan also completed a kids triathlon.

I've been brainstorming this week, trying to figure out how to teach, while encouraging my younger boys to put forth their best effort (the first time), learn/work more independently, and trying to keep it some what fun. Apparently, that's a tall order. So, this is what I've come up with for the next term:
  • 3 weeks on our regular schedule
  • 3 weeks using a unit study/project style schedule
  • 3 weeks on our regular schedule

I'm hoping this combination will work well for us. Of course, I might continue to tweak it as we go along. We will just have to see how it works out.

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