Saturday, January 3, 2015

Second Semester

All good things must come to an end and it's time for this break to be over. I'm getting us all ready for second semester this weekend. After a late night New Year's Eve, followed by another later night for the Sugar Bowl (way to go Buckeyes!), I'm feeling behind but there's still tomorrow.

Girls: Not much changes for them at home or at Veritas. Bobo switches from Government to Economics, but other than that they'll continue on in Latin, History, and Science there (and Math for Elbow). Both girls will carry on with Literature at home; Bobo and I will continue to slog through Saxon's Algebra 2 as well. Bobo did a study of Twain in the Fall for our American Lit class, reading some of his short stories and Huckleberry Finn.  We're moving on to Steinbeck after break. I'd assumed we'd start with Of Mice and Men, but after reading it again this weekend I'm switching to The Red Pony.  After that she'll tackle The Grapes of Wrath.

Boys: We've ditched our library days for the time being. It was great to get our year started, but Right Hand Man grew a little weary of wandering aimlessly between the bookshelves while we tried to work. Toddzilla also prefers the comforts of home (which include things like wearing pajamas, playing Legos as a break, listening to music on his iPod during math... it's a pretty hard gig to give up).  Happily he likes division. Reading, not so much (unless it's the sports page). He tolerated Sounder before break. His current reading of Hatchet seems to actually interest him. Crockett likes the Frog and Toad books as well as his reader, Busy Times. The Patriot is coming along in the Kindergarten Hooked on Phonics "books." Our "I did it!" chart is literally tearing apart as we've peeled off the previous user's achievement stickers four times by now.  We're supplementing My Father's World history (Creation to the Greeks) with Story of the World: Ancients.