The end of the school year is fast approaching. I am working diligently to get our ducks in a row. We have a few more lessons to complete and too few weeks in which to complete them. I’m guessing we will be schooling into our summer once more. I am working on updating the portfolio and getting papers graded and entered into the records. I’m updating the transcript and making every effort to stay on top of it all. I do not want to be panicking when we come to the end of our homeschool journey and make every effort to keep records updated as we go.
This year I will sadly, not be able to attend the Florida Home-School convention. We have a conflict that can’t be avoided. I’m feeling a little glum to miss the hoopla, but thrilled that I pretty much know what we want for next years curriculum. The only question I have is regarding Math. This past year we took (actually still are taking it) Geometry with Mr. D. It was great! We currently have a curriculum that was purchased two years ago for Algebra II. It’s great except it was recorded 30 years ago and my daughter can’t get past the out of date clothing. She watches the videos and instead of focussing on the skills she’s learning, she’s thinking about the odd clothing that the person presenting the lesson is wearing. I think we need to look at other options. I love Mr. D Math, but the cost is somewhat prohibitive for us. I’ve heard a great deal about The Life of Fred Curriculum. I’d love to get my hands on that and see if it could be an option for us. I’ve heard so many opposing views though, that I feel the need to hold it in my hands and read through some before spending more money on it. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
We were introduced to “The Homeschool Movie Club” a few weeks ago and signed up for an opportunity to preview “A Dog’s Purpose” which comes out on the 27th of January. We went to see it last night. It’s a good entertaining family movie. There were several funny comments and scenes and some sad upsetting ones as well. Your emotions run the full gamut. In my opinion, the previews gave away a bit too much and there were no real surprises. But overall, “enjoyable”.
Here’s what sort of got my goat. I struck up a conversation with a fellow homeschooler sitting next to me. We were sitting in the midst of a “regular” theater. I was talking about how spoiled we’d become with the new theaters that are emerging, the ones that have reclining chairs and cup holders that fit your cups. I actually had the thought that I’m not very comfortable (when in truth I was perfectly comfortable). His comment in return was that he just wanted popcorn at a reasonable price. And in truth, popcorn at movie theaters is, for sure and for certain, over priced. But when you are at a movie with a family of 4 and they have given you this outing for “nothing”. It’s not asking too much to buy a tub of popcorn that will feed your entire family, and a drink that you can share for “$17”. I understand if you can’t afford it. I admit there have been times when I’d bring water from home and baggies of popcorn in my purse. But I wouldn’t grumble over price when I’m getting everything else for free. Just my opinion! I’m working this year on being more grateful for the things we have and are given. Now if I can just get a handle on gumping over other people’s opinions. 🙂
In an effort to make history more fun and interesting for my 10th grader we purchased the French Revolution Lap Book curriculum from Hands of a Child. We used this to help her organize the information in her head and get a better grasp on the lessons. The lapbook breaks the information down into easy to use lessons and as she works on each task she gets a better idea of what it is all about. The activities help to cement the knowledge in her head.
The lessons do require printing, cutting, pasting etc. which can add to the time to complete each lesson, but the benefits are far worth it. If you have a child that does not enjoy this type of activity, you can do the printing and cutting ahead of time for them. Those who struggle with fine motor and writing can use the version that allows you to type the information onto the page before printing.