I’ve been slowly easing Coralee (my 7th grader) into the start of school. This is her second year of the Home School Assistance Program. As part of the program, she participates in Concert Band & Jazz Band every other day at the local middle school, meets with a cooperating teacher from the district once a month to check progress, & receives the bulk of her instruction at home from me. I think I have a better grasp this year on what is reasonable to accomplish in a year and what isn’t–I was much too overzealous last year. Merritt started school last week Monday, but I don’t plan to implement the full schedule for Coralee until after Labor Day. We worked last week Wednesday to clean the loft & go through all of last year’s materials. Since that time she’s been working daily on Pre-Algebra & also started a G3 literature class online. This is her first online course & she’s done very well navigating the quirks that go along with online learning. Her first assignment was to read Rudyard Kipling’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi & participate in a dozen discussion threads regarding the plot. Math has never really been her forte, but her lesson this week on the Pythagorean theorem thrilled her! I think it was the drawing aspect of it that she enjoyed the most–she excels at drawing–I included a photo of her notes from the lesson. June is 3yo & not attending public or private preschool like her siblings did at this age, but she has managed to find some fairly “preschool” activities to occupy her time in the loft in the mornings. The size of the scissor she chose to work with was a bit crazy, but she insisted she use the “real” scissors. Cutting pieces of Sugar ‘N Cream yarn directly from the spools is now one of her favorite pastimes. She filled my empty coffee mug with her work.
I’ve been mostly reading homeschool curriculum this past week. I finished knitting a Wurm cap for a friend of mine who writes a wonderful blog here about being car-free with a family in the Pacific Northwest (she is also an artist with a beautiful etsy shop). She chose some very earthy, calming colors for her cap–Lost Lake & Forest. I used Knit Picks Swish DK which I always find to be soft with a lovely sheen. I’m also still working on Martin’s scarf. Martin the Monarch did eventually fly away over the roof of our house with no issues. Happy endings in daily life are to be cherished no matter where you find them.
Joining in with Ginny this week.