I have been working on my posts from 2010. It is fun to go back and read what we were up to. I was so good about doing weekly reports on what we were doing in our homeschool. Even with a baby in the house my other kids got a lot of school work in. I was able to read so many books with them! I almost feel guilty that Molly, who is now going through many of the same subjects I was covering back then, isn't getting the same treatment.
I am spread a lot thinner now. I am also less in charge of what my kids are learning. With Sophie taking most of her classes online, I am relegated more to a homework coach with her. I just help her manage her time and not get too behind in her assignments. She has classes through Williamsburg Acacademy, BYU independent study, and even some from our local charter school (can't get away from the "life skills" health class that is required for all Freshmen in this state.). Algebra is the only subject I am actually the teacher for. I admit I am more of a mentor who just answers questions rather than a teacher. She reads the lesson in the book and does the problems. I just correct them and then help her see where she went wrong. It is strange to be so removed from what she is studying.
Ian too is taking his classes online through Williamsburg. He is doing 6th grade with them and doing the same program Sophie did with them for her 7th grade year. So I am familiar with most everything he is being asked to do for his classes and most of the books. They have added a few different ones then what Sophie was required but mostly it is the same curriculum. He does math with me too, rather than doing math with Williamsburg. I am not a huge fan of Khan academy and that is what program Williamsburg uses. He is working through Saxon 76 and doing it mostly independently. I haven't even corrected his work in about 2 weeks. I am a slacker! He doesn't tend to have any issues with math and asks questions when he needs something explained differently.
I try to fill his day with History, Science, Latin, and such. But a lot of the time he is just given a book to read and then he tells me what he read. Since we have been studying ancient Greeks so far this year he has been reading lots of greek myths.
But there is still time for some pleasure reads too. The Al Capone does my _________ series has been a new favorite around here. Maybe we will have to make a trip to Alcatraz sometime soon!
Henry also has a bit of extra LEGO time.
This lovely lady that Sophie colored in years ago when she was in first grade and studied Weather has been a big hit. Molly has been able to dress her up in appropriate clothes for the weather that day.
We are moving onto botany now and learning about plants.
We got a botany science kit and are growing a few different things with that kit.
Henry too is good about practicing. He is learning the Moonlight Sonata. He loves that it isn't an arrangement but the actual Beethoven. He is getting really good at that one. But again it would be nice to have a little more variety. But they must practice the songs over and over again if they want to get them right.
Molly only practices when I force her to but she is still progressing. It is still mostly exercises and really simple songs for her so that is a lot less fun than "real" music so I can understand that she is not as interested practicing. She doesn't fight her lessons so I guess she will get there eventually.
So not quite a weekly or even a monthly report like I used to write but a little update on what we are up to.