The first 2 weeks of Keilee’s High School Adventure is in the record books and it went really well!
It was really a seamless transition back to school. Keilee was VERY ready to start back.
She loves Psychology and keeps doing all these ‘experiments’ on me. One thing she did was asked me to talk for 2 minutes without pausing while she used “Talk to Text” to record it. She said, “Mom they did it for hours in the experiment but I’m not going to make you do that”. Gee thanks babe. It was honestly harder than it looked! I did a lot of ‘and yes I’m still talking and I can’t wait until this is over’ kind of talking. She decided to create a Facebook Page with a few friends so she could use them as guinea pigs! I thought that was a really GREAT idea!
She loves “The History of the Ancient World”. It is SO similar to SOTW. I got the audio from Audible so she reads and listens at the same time. The Guide is very helpful too.
Algebra is ……well Algebra. I am very lucky that a dear friend gave us Saxon Algebra last year [No we didn’t finish it and plan to this semester] but we don’t love it. In trying to keep this real, we kinda despise it. Not every lesson is like this but a few are just like pulling fingernails. I don’t know if it is so much Saxon’s fault as just “Algebra’s” fault. I am trying to figure out what to do before my television gets broken from me throwing the book through it.
She is using LifePrint for sign langauge and has honestly learned so much quickly. She keeps asking me to quiz her and it surprises me what she has learned.
But our favorite is Southern Literature. So far we have read 3 short stories; “Childhood: The Biography of a Place”;
A Southern Landscape” and “State Champions.” We have really enjoyed them and learned so much. Words like galluses, brogans, cutworms and citrons. We realized we saw citrons at our Farmer’s Market but didn’t know what they were. We read about a church with a gold finger pointing to the heavens and Googled it. It is a real place. We also read in the same story about Windsor Mansion, a beautiful plantation home that burned down in the late 1800′s. Also a real place! I told Keilee is reminds me of a grown up version of Five in A Row. Well at least the way we are doing it. Most of the authors so far have YouTube videos we have watched also.
Keilee worked so hard getting her things ready for her first Market this week. She had beautiful things but there was very little turnout. She did sell a couple of things and we met an amazing homeschool family who own a nearby farm so it was all good. I absolutely love that homeschooling gives her the time to explore these things that she loves. I have found out over the years that a Keilee who has time to create is a much happier Keilee. She draws so much of her energy from making beautiful things.
One thing about living here that I love is all the connections Keilee and I make. I posted this on Instagram and really started thinking about it. Every memory I have of things from age 9-22 are in this house. And Keilee’s will be too. Our Christmas morning memories will be in the same room. She jumps up on the same kitchen counter I jumped up on. We ride bikes down the same alley and walk the same streets. These pictures are at the elementary school a few blocks from our house. My brothers and I rode our bikes and had a tree house and spent hours playing here. This is the same bridge, minus the handrails, that we played on. Connections are beautiful.
Keilee has decided that homeschoolers need a secret sign to use. We met one of our very good friends because Keilee insisted I asked her at Wal-Mart if they homeschooled. She was there during the day with 5 kids and her sons were actively engaging with their Mom so Keilee was sure they were homeschooled. She was right.
In other news I GOT A JOB!! It is a very small job with very little money. Not enough to actually completely support us but it is perfect for right now. And it could grow into something bigger. And it is with a Christian Non-Profit that has been in operation in our town for 47 years. AND it is WORK FROM HOME!!! I will blog more about it later.
I’m going to try to be better about posting. Honestly I totally blame Instagram. I know everyone doesn’t have Instagram but it is just so much easier to post one picture and a small ‘post’ than to edit pictures and post on my blog. That being said, Keilee and I LOVE going back to previous years and months to see what we were doing so I do what to keep blogging.
I hope everyone is having a great school year; if you’ve started yet that is.
“Educators – like musicians, journalists, carmakers, and bankers before them – won’t know what hit them. But as sure as change is overtaking every other sector of society, it will overtake education – as well it should. Our cookie-cutter, one-pace-fits-all, test-focused system is not up to the task of teaching the creators of the new Googles.” – Jeff Jarvis in Hacking Education