Friday, September 22, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - Week Three: UpRise and School Days

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Homeschool news  . . . Kennady was hard at work on all her classes this week, and this was the first week that she had a fair amount of homework in all the co-op classes, so she got some practice in spreading out the work over the week. All went well until late Wednesday afternoon, when she realized she had missed doing the homework for the writing class that I'm teaching! (When we got to class, I guessed that she would not be the only one that hadn't done it all, and I was right.)

Other news . . . We had a busy and exciting weekend at UpRise in Shippensburg. Our whole family went, along with three of the kids' friends.

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Needless to say, we all had especially long naps on Sunday afternoon! The hubster's hockey league started up on Sunday night, and after that the week progressed pretty much as usual. Which is to say, it was very busy! Kennady had chorus rehearsals and a guitar lesson, I attended a membership meeting for our homeschool fellowship group, we all had midweek activities at church, and of course there was work and co-op classes. On Thursday evening Kennady had an extra worship team rehearsal too, as she is guesting with our other worship team this Sunday.

What's Working . . . Overall, I'm excited about how well things are working out this school year, and yes, I know it is still early!  No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials has been a great find for Kennady - she is getting the work done without it taking all day, and she is getting it right. She had a little trouble with one concept about a week ago, but she asked for help with it right away, and then understood it when we worked through a couple of the problems together. That means our plan for staying right on top of grading and checking work is effective, because I could help her right away, and she didn't get behind while waiting for help, nor did she plow ahead and do pages and pages of problems incorrectly. Co-op classes are working out really well too. She is still excited about French and Speech classes and manages her homework well (until the glitch this week! Ha!). And yesterday she realized that it was important that she be able to see the words and phrases she is learning in French in order to memorize them. So we talked about the possibility of looking them up on her own if they are not in her textbook so she can make her own flashcards. That is a direct result of what she has learned about herself using the GATE College System. She learned that she is primarily a visual learner, so she needs to see things and be able to visualize them in order to learn and memorize most effectively. Another way that GATE is working is that it's helping her see the importance of prioritizing and parceling out her schoolwork, and how to minimize the distractions in her learning environment.

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Funny, Flop, or Fail of the Week . . . so on Tuesday night I had a homeschool group meeting to attend while Kennady was at choir, and I assured her I would be there at the end to pick her up. I did a great job of watching the clock all the way through the meeting and felt like I was golden - no way would I forget or lose track of time. Nope. Either I failed or the clock jumped from 8:30 to 8:55. Yeah, so at 8:56 I notice and gasp, almost swallowing my own tongue and I'm like "Kennady is finished choir in 3 minutes and I'm gonna be so late!" I texted her as I left so at least she knew I was on my way, and fortunately it's not terribly far away, so I did get there at about 10 after 9 and it was all okay. I guess I do need to set the alarm on my phone to make sure I get there on time next week.

I'm sharing this Forgetful Fail in the weekly link-up called Friday Funnies, Flops, & Fails hosted by Doodlemom's Homeschooling Life.

I recommend . . . if you missed it, I recommend checking out last week's Looking After the Homeschool Mom Round-up at the Homeschool Review Crew blog.

Looking after the Homeschool Mom{Round UP}

My post: Encourage One Another

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On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Recent Reads - The Princess Spy
What I'm Reading - September 18, 2017
Scripture and a Snapshot - Begin the Music

Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I reviewed The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson, which I finished last week, and I've been reading:

My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma by Andrea Boeshaar
The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

A parting shot . . . this punk who asked me to take photos on Sunday afternoon.

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Kirsten West said...

I always love catching up on your week by reading these posts each Friday! That GATE College System looks really interesting...
Also, the Harvest Special coupon looks like a great deal! :)

Rebecca C. said...

Sounds like a great and busy week.

Christy said...

You handled being late much better than me or my teen. My big fear is being late to pick my daughter up from an event. I even fretted everyday all those years she was in parochial school when I had to drive her to and from school each day. But at that age she didn't have a phone for me to text, now days I'm not sure if she has her phone with her. You've never met a teen more blasé about her iPhone, yet worried about her mom not being somewhere on time.

Joanne said...

Sounds like a fun weekend for sure! I love that your daughter understands what she needs to succeed at schooling.

Joesette said...

The concerts sound wonderful! We love Skillet!

Annette said...

so glad that GATE is working well for your girl, makes things easier eh?

Rodna Allman said...

I am starting over and working on preschool stuff. Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of blogging about schooling soon!

Jennifer said...

GATE sounds helpful. I'll have to look into that. Homework, schoolwork... Every Monday morning it seems like my son and I play catch up. That is a great math, possibly the only math that worked for all three of my kiddos.

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