Sunday, May 27, 2012

Week 36, 2012 - Last Week of Homeschooling....

Our homeschooling time came to an end this week.  It is both a sad and exciting time for us all, I think.  Someone in our area scheduled a trip to Salato on Thursday and it has been a favorite trip for us over the years, so I thought it appropriate that we end on that note.  This is a sort of free demonstration area set up at the headquarters of our state fish and wildlife offices.  They have on display lots of native species, both indoors and out, of both plants and animals.  They also have fishing lakes on site that they keep stocked most of the time (although the boys caught nothing on the day we were there - but then they were trying to fish with nothing but corn kernels)....  We attended a birds of prey talk and then toured the facility before fishing in the afternoon.




Our public schools got out on Thursday, and our summer neighborhood swim team started on Friday, so my son elected to finish up some work earlier in the week, and he has continued to finish some odds and ends of reading through this weekend in order to conclude his last day's work.

Here's a look at what we worked on during our last week:

He had his last Algebra II class.  His instructor gave him a list of theorems and a compass to use in geometry next year.  I thought that was very sweet of her!  She gave him a set of problems, along with the answers, that he could work on as he chose.  He finished most of them up last week.  I need to get a more advanced math calculator for him in order for him to finish up the last few over the summer.

He finished up the Spanish workbook that I've used this year as fill-in around his outside class.  It included a lot of vocab and grammar practice work and work in writing complete sentences in Spanish.

He finished up his Latin Grammar I book.

He finished up his review in Vocabulary for the College Bound by taking an online test over chapter 3.  He had been reviewing lists from last year for several weeks.

He finished up work in both his Easy Grammar texts.

He completed some short writing assignments for me related to technology and our use of it now and in the future.  We had already been tying in current events to our history readings for the past several weeks, so this week we looked a lot at how technology is changing our world and speculated about how it will continue to change in future.  Our science and history studies were tied together this week.

The workbook pages I used for these exercises were from a book entitled The Basic Needs of Man, Artman and Grim.

Product Details

Here is a synopsis of the book from Alibris (although it is out of stock there):

"This book celebrates the progress man has made in the past millenniums as he struggled to meet his basic needs. Students are asked to think about their basic needs as they exist today and as they prepare for an unknown future. As the next millennium passes, will the basic needs of man change or remain the same? Students are asked to think about progress-past, present, and future."           

In our little science class at home, the boys got together one more time and created a different robot.  They chose a version that has spinning parts.  This kit is an old one, but if you can still find it on the Internet, it certainly was a hit at our house!  (I posted a link to it last week.)

My son worked with some micro-planes from a kit, finished up a little flight workbook we got at the USAF Museum, and completed a K'nex kit on bridge building.  He also read Kingfisher's Boats, Ships, Submarines and Other Floating Machines. 

Combat Micro Fliers (Fun Pack)This is a new cover for the micro-planes kit, but it looks like it still includes the same planes....

K'NEX Education - Intro to Structures: Bridges
This is the smallest K'nex bridge kit I can find available at this time.  Our kit was actually put out by Scholastic for K'nex and was even smaller than this, although it looks like it came with a very similar work/info booklet....  I've had it a long time.  If you are building a library of items to use for school work with your children, it's not a bad idea to subscribe to Scholastic circulars for all ages for a while and watch the items that come up for sale each month (I'd subscribe to all grade levels as you never know which circular they may choose for specific sales)....

Boats, Ships, Submarines: and Other Floating Machines (How Things Work)

He continued reading through the daily devotional book we've been using this spring.  I think that he's going to keep it out and continue with it through the summer.

In literature, he completed Huck Finn and read I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov.  We also listened to some of the Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury, on CD.

I, Robot    
The Martian Chronicles

For our history topic of the week, the new millennium, we read from Kingfisher and Usborne.  We read excerpts from an Enchantment of the World volume:  Afghanistan, and looked back at the Gulf War using First Facts About American Heroes (re: Schwarzkopf) and the Encyclopedia of the US at War.

My son completed his readings in SOTW and Volume 10 of Hakim's series.

He read I Want to be an Astronaut, Stephanie Maze, and I read from a series entitled Future Files, by Copper Beach Books.  The volumes we covered were Future World and Emergency: Planet Earth. 

I Want to Be--an Astronaut

Future World (Future Files)


Emerg. Planet Earth (Future Files)

He finished up his last day of bowling and they threw a pizza party for all the kids participating.  Each person also received a nice trophy and some other items.

We dropped of his registration info at the private school he will attend and obtained info on soccer, volunteer work, and summer reading so that he can get started on work he needs to do this summer in those areas.

I have begun cleaning out my school room and listing books for sale.  I'm trying to pull together things I want to keep for potential future classes I might teach (at least until I decide what I want to be when I grow up, LOL....)  I am trying to get set for a couple of classes I already have scheduled, and  weekly tutoring in language arts/geography/history for another student.  I will probably be posting some of that info as I move along in my preparations.  I also want to put together a post of online links I used for physical science this year, as there were a ton of them!

Happy summer everyone!



Pursuing Wisdom said...

Congrats! I am certainly curious if this was your goal to send the youngest to the classroom upon reaching 9th grade... or did you also send his older brother to the classroom as well? I wonder if you will blog in the future? I can't imagine what I will do when my kids head to the classroom... I will be interested in your journey beyond this point. thank you for your wisdom and guidance here in the blog.

Regena said...

Thank you!

No, it was not my intention to send either of them back to school. My older son returned to high school as a sophomore.

The older one is extremely extroverted and gains energy from being surrounded by as many people as possible, so he always craved a crowd. There just were no good options for us here as he got in to his teen years. There was no cohesive group of teens that we could get him into within our homeschooling community, and the public schools are way too large, in my opinion (around 2500 students each). So a private school (around 900 students) was really our only choice for providing him with an experience with other teens.

The younger son simply thinks that he must do whatever his brother did. I really don't know whether he will like being in school or will stay - but he wants the experience, so we are providing it for him. He sees it as a rite of passage and feels that if we keep him home, we are not allowing him to grow up. We, therefore, feel that we must let him see for himself.

I have someone with my homeschooling community who has asked me to tutor her young son in language arts (spelling, grammar, word study sorts of things) and history/geography. I will be working with him for an hour a week next year.

I have been asked to form geology related classes for three age groups of children: K-2; 3-5; and 6-9, so I am working on ironing out dates/times for those. I will teach them here, at my home.

And I have been asked to teach a couple of classes one day a week at a local co-op (Exploring through Literature, for K-2, and Kentucky History, for 5-8).

I have some other class ideas in the works, so we'll see what pans out as we go along. I'm trying to decide what I will do now that I'm not teaching all day any more. I need to make some money, but I also still need to be able to pick up my son after school, ferry him to sports things, etc. I'm looking at trying to find some editing work, etc. that I can do at home around his schedule, but for now, teaching some classes will have to suffice.

Yes, I have plans to blog about what I'm using with the various classes I'll be teaching. I just pulled a ton of easy geology books into a library list last night so I will have those to recommend/use with my younger class. I also have been busy pulling together worksheets, flash cards, and other sheets to use for creating a science notebook for them. I may include some physical geography in with their work (land forms, mainly). I just made up a vocab list for them, along with some matching cards, too....So I will be blogging about such things as I go along.

Right now, I am trying to clear out and sell some books so that I will have room to place a long table in our schoolroom. It's really the only place I have where I feel I can teach a class here.

So stay tuned! Life doesn't end after homeschooling... (and, apparently, even "homeschooling" doesn't end, LOL)....


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