The missing month has encompassed the last three weeks of the second (of four) term in our school year, plus the first week of our two week break. I'd like to say that the last three weeks of term were filled with lots of focus and academic business but that wouldn't really be true.There has been a lot of sickness doing the rounds and Miss 15 worked more hours than usual covering for other coaches who were sick, Then (of course!) she spent a few days sick herself.
Still she kept up with her maths and is exactly where we thought she'd be, working at the planned rate of four lessons per week. She continued investigating child labour in Victorian Britain for history, mainly using material found online since locating books has been harder than we'd anticipated. We also relearnt the lesson that while Miss 15 appreciates a lot of input into the topics she studies, she wants guidance into the actual what and how of that study. So, we made the decision to broaden her child labour studies, to find some organised printed material and for me to get more involved than I have been with this subject.
|Opening the package with our new curriculum choice for history. Miss 15 will examine child labour in America during the Progressive era.|
I know she also did some work for her writing course but I'm a little vague as to exactly what that involved - the perils of not blogging for so long I guess. I know that she finished the first section of Bravewriter's Help for High School and we did an exercise or two learning about and practising the rhetorical techniques of logos, pathos and ethos.
At least I remember lots of good stuff that happened in ornithology though. She finished the Birds Without Borders curriculum, that was one of her main projects for the term. The final lesson involved creating a conservation plan for an individual species and presenting it using PowerPoint. We adapted the lesson somewhat since she decided to focus on a New Zealand bird (the curriculum is North American) and that necessitated a few tweaks.
|One of her PowerPoint slides.|
She also finished her field guide (another of the term's main projects) designed to help beginner birders identify any of the birds they are likely to see at one of our favourite birding sites.
|An extract from Miss 15's filed guide.|
|A Memrise created exercise to help Miss 15 quickly identify any Australian birds she might see - in the few hours she isn't in the gym training!|
The first week of the holidays started ridiculously early. Miss 15 and some of her trampoline clubmates were off to a training camp in Australia and needed to be at the airport just after 4am! It's her first time overseas and she's paid for it all herself so a big achievement. After she boarded the flight I drove home (grateful for the fact that we live just a short drive from the airport) and returned to bed! I spent the rest of the week down at my parents' place. My Mum had back surgery a couple of weeks ago so it was a good chance to go and lend a hand. Slightly strange though since it was the first time ever that I've been away without at least one of my kids, and the oldest kid turns 24 next week.
Finally a quick update on the rest of the family - the ex-homeschoolers. Mr 18 passed his first semester of university with straight As. It's always a relief to me as a homeschooling mum to know that my kids can cut it at the university level. (Only since - somewhat to my surprise in one case - my three oldest have all opted for university. If they chose some other path I'd be just as relieved and delighted to know they were well prepared for success in whatever that path was.) His second semester has just started and he'll be studying Accounting and Information Systems (both required for his degree) as well as Computer Science and Political Science. Miss 21 is still enjoying her time in England and has decided to stick with her job, despite its less than ideal aspects. Most recently she's made a two day trip to Cornwall.
|Scenes from Penzance.|
Mr 23 is enjoying his temporary research job, lining up interviews for a more permanent position, and preparing for the oral defence of his PhD which is scheduled for next month.
Linking with the Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.