This past week started our new schedule. And it wasn’t that bad! Some days I think I like having places to be. I complain about it yes, but on days that we have nothing to do I find myself wishing we had things to do. I think it is a grass is always greener kinda thing.
Co-op was awesome! Seriously awesome. My Art Journaling class was amazing. Thanks to Jess at Teachable Moments I was fully prepared. Honestly she and I have talked and emailed so many times this summer about my class [and everything else under the sun] that I really wasn’t worried. The kids seemed to really love it. In fact at the end of the day a little girl came up to me and gave me a rose because she said it was her favorite class. The Drama class was great too. This class is more challenging for me because I am always involved. The games and discussions all have to be led by me! I also have a bigger class, around 17 so I was a bit nervous. I can’t wait until Monday to do them both again! Thank you Phyllis for all your help with Drama games. What would I do without my Homeschool Moms???!!!!
One thing I wanted to share is that Keilee is taking a Photography class. It is mainly high school kids. It is a large class, around 18. She said the teacher, who is a photographer for the newspaper, spent the class lecturing. He kept asking questions and no one would answer. Keilee said she knew some of the answers so she kept answering. She said, “Mom I would wait every time but no one raised their hands and I felt bad for the teacher”. I called her Hermione all the way home. But I started thinking that has to be so frustrating! To be a teacher and try to engage in class discussion and no one do anything but stare. Maybe they were just unsure because it was the first class. Kei is really excited about it because she loves taking pictures. As most of you know.
Keilee started her Animal Clinic Internship back on Tuesday. She loved it. She baked brownies to take. She took something she had baked every week last year and I suppose the tradition will continue!
She had Gymnastics on Wednesday. She is the only one in the class and she was so excited. The girl teaching is great. She competed in Gymnastics until she hurt her knee when she was 17. She was so enthusiastic and seemed to really be impressed with what Keilee could already do. She already has her working on new things because she said Keilee’s technique was great. She was surprised because she said most of the time when you are self taught the technique is wrong. She doesn’t realize how many hours of YouTube videos Keilee has watched. Anyway I had one happy girl. Which made me one happy Mom. My pictures aren’t so great because I was across the gym with my iPhone.
Keilee has started a Smash book. She has worked on it almost every day. It is similar to an Art Jounal but it is a smaller book. I LOVE her ideas!!! She amazes me how she can ‘think’ of things. I can recreate something I see…..well sorta, but she just imagines it and puts it on paper.
The page in the center she wrote. It says:
When I grow up I want to be a hero.
The kind who saves lives, heals the hurt and help those who can’t help themselves.
I want to be the kind of hero who fights for what’s right no matter what the cost.
The kind people call for help.
Who shows love to the unloved.
When I grow up I want to be an Animal Rehabilator.
The other side of that page is the Superman one.
And school stuff…yeah she did school stuff. We did Algebra [Lord help me]. I love Saxon but occasionally they just don’t explain it enough for my Non-Math brain. We just met our neighbors across the street. Well we have known them but never talked. They go to our church and we didn’t know. We have 5 services so there are so many people we don’t know. Anyhoooo the girl is a serious Math geek. She offered to help Keilee with her Algebra so score for me!
We read History almost every day. We are reading SOTW 4 but also “A History of Us” which I seriously love. I bought them on eBay and only the ones we needed. We started in 1900. This week we read about Jackie Robinson and then I rented “42″. Nothing like a great movie to reinforce something you read. We also read about Russia and Lenin and Stalin. We have such great discussions when we read history together. She is also keeping me updated on the Syria crisis from watching CNN Student News every day.
She is doing Ecology for Science along with her Internship. We also read in our “Handbook of Nature Study” This week was grasshoppers. Then she found videos to show me about grasshoppers. Nature is just so amazing.
I wanted to put this video to share. My brother sent it to us and let me put it on YouTube. You must watch it!! It is the hummingbirds at his house. I could not believe it. Watch!! At about 1:00 there are tons of these.
So there is our first crazy week of our new school year. And I survived. Only 36 more to go! Now if it would just cool down a bit I would be great. Of course then I will be complaining about the cold.
Happy Friday the 13th!
“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” ~Eartha Kitt
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” ~Henry Ford