Friday, September 18, 2009

Fantastic Friday Already? Oh My!

Wow! This has been a whirlwind of a week!

I now have a totally new level of respect for you ladies (and possibly a few gentlemen . . . I’m not sure) who work and homeschool and keep a clean house and provide healthy meals and some how manage to maintain a grip on your sanity. My sanity is waning, but I think I’m managing the rest of it all ok. Of course, that’s just my personal opinion. You may have to ask Baby Boy and Mom #2 for the official decision on that, LOL.

The first couple of weeks of school have been exciting, challenging and productive. I can’t imagine a better group of adjectives to describe our learning time together, so I am completely exhausted yet satisfied.

Baby Boy is at Shakespeare rehearsal right now, or I’d ask for some more detail on his studies, but I know this blog has been a little slow lately, so I’m going to go ahead and attempt to post our weekly report without him. Wish me luck!

  • English Comp seems to be going very well. I think we both like having the DVD teacher and I’m learning a little bit of structure along with Baby Boy. Right now it’s just paragraphs and taking notes from paragraphs and rewriting them in you own words without plagiarizing, but that’s a very important skill, so I’m happy to revisit it.
  • We’re learning lots of great words in vocabulary. Baby Boy aced his first quiz!
  • We’re a little more than halfway through Frankenstein. It’s so good. I read it in high school, but that was a looooonnnnngggggg time ago and I’d forgotten what a good story it is. I’ve also picked out a version on DVD that appears to stay pretty true to the book so hopefully we’ll be finished in time to report on that in the next week or so. I don’t really do scary movies, so Baby Boy may have to report that directly to y’all.
  • Shakespeare Club is going very well. The students are doing some community outreach by performing free shows of The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the public library. Lots of practice, practice, practice which is nice, but hopefully they’ll move on to some different works in the next few weeks.
  • The Pre-Calculus has been mostly review of algebra 2 at this point. I’m sure new stuff is on the horizon, but I’m in no hurry. I’m not a Mathy Mom at all. In fact, I’m the kind of Mom who is glad that her son is good enough at math to be able to do most of it on his own and has enough sense not to ask me for any assistance when he gets stuck. Big shout out to Mom #2 on the math assistance!
  • The Chemistry appears to be going very well. I am soooooooo happy that we found this co-op! Baby Boy has someone who can really break all the stuff down to him in words he can understand, and apparently they do the coolest labs every single week. They’ve just been melting and blowing up one thing after another. It’s way more than I could have ever provided him with. It’s such an inspiration! Baby Boy comes home every week super-duper excited and that’s the way it should be!

That’s about all I have to report for this week. I apologize that it’s so general. I’m really trying to get used to having so much going on. Mom #2 had to let someone go from our little home business last week, so both Baby Boy and I have been picking up the slack there, plus I am still working the job that I recently picked up and we’re determined to keep Baby Boy doing his studies at regular intervals. So . . . needless to say we’re busy. Lots of life skills and time management lessons going on, LOL.

I know there are some of you who read this blog as a glimpse into the future for when you begin homeschooling high school teenage boys . . . so I’ll try to be more specific with the next update.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Until next time . . .


hollysjoy said...

People work and homeschool and keep a clean house and provide healthy meals and keep a grip on their sanity? Say it isn't so! Don't tell my husband!

Any week where exploding and Shakespeare have met must be good.

Jennifer in Vancouver said...

Wow - what a week! Sounds like you and Baby Boy are off to a wonderful start.

And yes, it is true that I love to hear from you about what it's like to homeschool a teenage boy. We will have two of them someday - and I do have a question for you: What about motivation? Does your son ever moan and says things like, "But I don't feel like doing that today!" Because I have a 6 and and 8 year old who do that, and it can be rather daunting at times!

So, if you tell me that he used to be unmotivated, and now he's just generally keen to get to work, I will be very reassured...

Teacher Tom said...

I don't know how you do it. My friend Deborah homeschooled 3 kids through HS, but she lived in a school district where the kids were allowed to pick and choose classes from the local HS without actually enrolling. I think she relied on that a lot.

My girl is a Shakespearean actor as well. She's doing Twelfth Night next, then Two Gentlemen . . . We'll have to compare notes.

Wendy Hawksley said...

I'm quite jealous of the Shakespeare club and look forward to my son being old enough to do something like that someday.

It sounds like you've been VERY busy!

And not to worry about the sanity. It is completely overrated. ;)

:)De said...

Sounds like a great week. Working and homeschooling is definitely a juggling act that you do without even realizing how you are doing it sometimes. Insanity does have its perks. :)


Ami said...

Wait... you can homeschool a teenage boy?

Why would ANYONE do such a wacky thing?


Sounds like you're doing a wonderful job, you know.

Yvonne said...

I love hearing your updates. My little one if far from a teenager, but I feel inspired by your story. Thanks for sharing.

topsytechie said...

Know what you mean about the whirlwind. This week was a DOOZY for us, too, mostly because we tried to fit a mini-vacay in there, as well. Thanks for the update!!

Jewelry Rockstar said...

I work, Homeschool, provide healthy meals, blog, and my house is not very clean at all. I used to have a cleaning lady (well I still do but only when I can afford it), no more weekly visits. I just do what I can, and then accept what I can't do.

Baby boy sounds like he is doing well, and is on track. For some reason I thought he was 7 years old. Don't know why? Is he a 7 year old genius??? I am homeschooling an 8th grader, so I am going to visit here more often. I think she is going back to school next year, however I need tips to keep her on track.

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