How is the year going?

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How is the year going?
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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 10:29pm

Even here in late-starting Canada we're six weeks into the school year. Things are starting to gel a bit. Time to share ...

How are things going for your middle- or high-schooler? Are they getting accommodations? Are they getting challenge? Is the school year working out as you had hoped (or feared)?

If you're homeschooling, how are things moving along for you? Any changes this year? Any new pursuits, either at home or elsewhere?

Miranda

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Mon, 10-17-2011 - 11:49pm

Mixed bag.

DD 14 is enjoying 10th grade. She is taking all honors and AP classes available to her which is both good and bad. Good in that she has some really engaging teachers and focused classroom, bad in that she's got an insane amount of homework to be done each night. No real accomodations in place. I mean, she's young for grade but the skip was 9 years ago... seems silly to consider it an accomodation now lol. She is still considered "seminar" (their highly gifted program) but there isn't a special class for them after 9th grade. She's happy. She's engaged. Can't complain.

DS 10, is struggling with the middle school transition. It's all about those darn organizational skills that he simply doesn't have. On top of that, he's missed 6 days due to illness and hunting down all that make-up work, arranging to make-up tests has been a serious challenge for him. He does love math though which is entirely online. In that class, he's perfect (nothing to turn in, same requirements every single day.) He is half-way through pre-algebra and will likely move into algebra after winter break. He is in all the advanced classes. Science is still taught in Spanish like at the immersion school. He goes in early 3 mornings a week for advanced Manadarin (it's not really advanced... just much further along than the standard classes.) He started a new instrument with the band and that's been a challenge. No real GATE class until 7th grade.... but in reality, it's not needed at this point.

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 1:09am

I tried to be brief, but all three of my elder kids have made such drastic changes in their lives and educational programs that it was hard.

Dd17. Officially still in high school because she still has three credits to go. She's supposedly doing them on-line while living in Montreal on her own, studying music intensively, preparing for auditions for college next year. I say supposedly because her internet still isn't connected

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Wed, 10-19-2011 - 12:31am
My daughters are unschoolers...things keep unfolding around here in completely unexpected ways.

dd13 has been taking lessons at a therapeutic riding stable (the only able bodied rider who is not a sibling of another client), which has morphed into a lot of volunteer work, taking care of horses, learning about horses, and working with clients. She was taking the school bus to town twice a week to volunteer, and I'd pick her up in the mid afternoon. Last week she left for a twenty day visit to her aunts in San Francisco...I get the idea that she's getting very well acclimated to her present digs and may suffer culture shock on her return to the trans Pecos. Horse lessons stop on the first of November and start when the cold wind dies down in the spring, April or so...but there will still be some volunteer work possible there, and certainly at the Humane Society. She's fostered dozens of kittens...we have one of their dog kennels parked permanently in the family room in the expectation of more kittens. So far I've managed to avoid getting rabbits and chickens, but those are on her list and she is determined!

dd17 is focusing on art, music, German, and math. At the moment, she's waiting for Photoshop to unfreeze. Tomorrow she says she's going to practice and scan two sketchbooks, and whatever I want. ( That would be math.)

I dug out my Elementary Differential Equations text (at the time I passed the course but I'm not sure why) and put new strings on my viola because I didn't want my dd's to have all the fun.

(I'm lying on the floor shivering while I write this because a) I always lie on the floor to work on my laptop and b) it's cold in here because our house has the amount of insulation I imagine would be needed in some place like Bermuda and it's now 42F on the way to below freezing outside and nobody wants to be the first to turn the heat pump on. dd17 and I brought in the pet plants this afternoon...now the dining table (actually a repurposed library table) is covered with straggly tomato plants. Last year I had one tomato and some petunias that wintered over and now I'm curious...

Deborah
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Sun, 10-23-2011 - 10:38am

My 13-year-old

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Fri, 10-28-2011 - 5:53pm

Sawyer is in 7th and is having a great year!