In my life this week… This week was largely dominated by Tertia getting her wisdom teeth removed. In addition, our family was busy with Secunda’s securing references for a college scholarship that she is applying for (she was accepted to the school of her choice in November and more recently accepted to the teaching college, which has its own application and scholarship process). Then, she and Tertia also had several job interviews. Tertia was finishing up her quarter at community college (she takes classes there through a high school program) by attending observations at various vet clinics for the vet program that she is in. This was all in contrast to me dealing with Dora’s napping (or I should say lack-of-napping) issues, so it felt a bit surreal at times.
In our homeschool this week… We continued working on our unit study of earthquakes and tsunamis. We did the liquefication lab and that was a big hit with Gohan. We added a knight to see how he faired and it was not pretty. I personally have found the idea of being somewhere sandy during an earthquake terrifying ever since I read about Port Royal (note the top of page 4 of this document):
The ground opened up in different places simultaneously and `Swallow’d up Multitudes of People together.’ One resident claimed that many `who were swallowed up alive in the ground were spewed up again’.
Given that Gohan asked me to design his math lessons the same way I designed his science, I think I can safely assume that the unit study approach is a hit with him. Unfortunately, I am not up to designing all of his math also. We did also start reading The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (book two in the series). It has been an enjoyable read thus far, but I will have to hold off on my opinion until we see where the story is going.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We had a very busy week with running errands, doctor’s appointments, classes, and so forth. We went to the Pacific Science Center and Gohan went to the Star Wars exhibit, but felt that it was boring. Gohan also attended his first class at our local homeschool co-op. It went well and he finally agreed to enroll in the co-op for next year, once he learned that they will be offering electronics (he greatly dislikes the windowless basement that most of the co-op is in). Unfortunately, by the time he agreed to allow me to register him, the electronics, glass fusing, and forensics classes already had waitlists. So I am not sure if he will get in them. I also signed Dora up for some of the preschool classes they offer, though it may be that she will be too young for them as she does not turn three until October.
My favorite thing this week was… Finally starting to read The Life of Pi. I’ve only read the Pre-face and Chapter 1, but so far the book is really is as good as everyone says it is.
What’s working/not working for us… At the moment, I feel like all of Gohan’s curriculum is working. I suppose the only that is not working is the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day and that we, as humans, require sleep. I am not aware of any solutions for those issues, however, so we will continue to plod along fitting in as many things as we can and still remain healthy, happy, and sane.
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have… What math curriculum do I want to use with Gohan next year. We still haven’t found the right program for him. Every time I settle on one for next year, something makes me change my mind. I am currently considering Singapore’s new Discovering Mathematics series (we did not enjoy the older elementary math books, but it sounds like our issues with those are resolved in these), the Art of Problem Solving’s sequence (what would I use for pre-algebra if I do this?), Kinetic Books (how hard is it to flip back to previous lessons with this computer-based curriculum and can Gohan skip lectures), and Saxon (with my older kids, we did not like Saxon in the upper math books, but Saxon has rewritten them and added a Geometry book).
A photo, video, link, or quote to share… “The great tragedy of Science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.” – Thomas Henry Huxley, Collected Essays
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