Saturday, September 16, 2017

Week Ending 17 September 2017

This week was the beginning of the end. It was also very nearly the end of Miss 16 and me as well. But more about that later.

The beginning of the end came via history. Miss 16 finished her history spine this week. The chapter was essentially a look at where the country is now and where it is likely to go next. I also had her complete an annotated map where she had to pick 10 places to put on a blank map and then include an annotation indicating their historical significance. And with that we decided that history was finished for the year. She'll be finishing other subjects in the next few weeks meaning the end of our formal homeschooling for the year and (depending on her decision regarding university) possibly the end of formal homeschooling - forever! I've been homeschooling for 20 years so it will be a big change.

For literature this week we focused on short stories, reading and analyzing several including E.M. Forester's The Other Side of the Hedge, The Summer of the White Horse by William Saroyan and James Joyce's Ivy Day in the Committee Room. Animal Behaviour was also straightforward, with a fun chapter looking at play - definitions, types, functions, endocrinological and neurological bases, plus a phylogenetic approach. Interesting stuff!

Statistics on the other hand was neither fun nor straightforward nor enjoyable. Linear regression we hate you with a passion! Miss 16 and I seriously thought it was going to be the death of us. Our programme has three sections and we typically do one per day. On Monday we struggled immensely - partly the problem was us, partly the programme and partly our technology - and gave up in disgust. On Tuesday we went with our birding group in the morning. When we got back we were both unreasonably tired so ended up wasting time online before Miss 16 had to head to work. And the evening is not a good time to tackle things requiring heavy duty brain power. So no statistics on Tuesday. Wednesday we made some progress with me getting some things (and thus being bale to help her figure them out) and other things clicking for her. On Thursday Mr 19 was actually able to explain a couple of things (he had a test on Wednesday night and needed all his time to study since he'd been sick the previous week and was a little behind schedule; I hadn't wanted to pick his brain any earlier) and we finally got to the end of the first section. The plan on Friday was to tackle one section in the morning and the other in the afternoon, along with finishing up bits and pieces from her other subjects. Friday morning ended up being a bust since she wanted to go to the gym to keep up with her new workout schedule, then she was asked to coach a preschool class. She was going to decline but since it would help out a friend she said yes. By the time she got home it was lunchtime. So we ended up doing one section in the early afternoon, then finished up some other stuff, before completing the remaining section in the late afternoon. And amazingly it went with hardly a hitch (our spreadsheet package had a glitch and refused to do what it has done before; we simply moved on) - funny how something is pretty simple when you know what you are doing!

Chocolate helped get us through statistics that week. It was either that or give in to Miss 16's suggestion of a stiff whisky! 


If it had been any other week we may have left some of the statistics until the weekend. But we had a pretty full weekend planned. On Saturday it was our birding group's monthly field trip. I keep forgetting I'm in charge of these now and when people ask exactly where we're going and what we can expect to see that I'm the one who is supposed to know the answers! For whatever reason not many people turned out on this trip but those that did had a good time. The weather was better than forecast, we saw some good birds and I didn't get us lost (always a danger when you head off the beaten track to a location you've never been before). Luckily Miss 16 got plenty of outdoor time on Saturday because on Sunday she was stuck indoors 7 hours judging at a trampoline competition.




8 comments:

  1. Wow! The beginning of the end! I'm still very far from that, but I know it is coming, and I have many, many friends who are facing the same changes you are. I wish you and your girl much joy as you make so many upcoming decisions.

    (And I've never taken statistics, and now I really don't ever want to!)

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    1. This week was a doozy but all in all statistics hasn't been as bad as either of us feared. It will be useful for her in the future and I love how she's making use of it now. We have a national election in six days time and the news is full of polls, often contradictory. Miss 16 is forever muttering "But what about the margin of error" or "That difference isn't significant" etc. She's obviously internalized some of it at least.

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  2. I'm at the beginning of the end with Scarlet ... sigh ... she'll be 'officially' finished in December, even tho' she may carry on with a few subjects with us after that ... lots of mixed emotions here for sure! I've still got Thomas of course for a few more years ... very painful to think what it'll be like when he's done! Ack! 'Homeschooling Mother' has been my identity for so long!!!

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    1. I'm wondering what I'll be when I'm no longer a homeschooling mother. Still if she decides on the local university she'll still be homeschooling next year. But another university is clearly a better fit for what she wants -apart from the financial implications that is. So I'll be happy with her jumping through hoops instead of homeschooling next year if that is what she decides.

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  3. Ending for good, wow. What a mix of emotions you must have right now! Since Miss Fiona is just starting kindergarten, I have a while to go even though Victoria has graduated and Rhiannon will at the end of the year. I think I'll have been homeschooling for over 30 years by the time we're done. Yikes! LOL I always think about what different birds you guys must have in your corner of the world than ours here in Minnesota. We share that love, though. The saddest for me right now is that the pelicans are leaving. They are my favorite summer birds here. They fill the lakes and wetlands near us and we love to watch them on the water and in the air. Many other birds will stay and keep us company though. Enjoy your new week!

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    1. I'd love to see a pelican but we don't really get them here. I guess when we know for sure that Miss 16 won't be homeschooling next year I can look for a paying job and start saving for an overseas trip!

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  4. Are you trampolists then? To be able to judge a contest? fascinating. neat that you go birding. :)

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    1. Miss 16 has been a competitive trampolinist since she was 9 or 10. She decided to retire earlier this year but still coaches and judges. Birding is her other serious interest - no sign of her retiring from that yet!

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