May Check-in Time!!!

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May Check-in Time!!!
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Wed, 05-04-2011 - 4:12pm

Let us know who's here and how things are going now that it's May and the school year is coming to an end (for the non-homeschoolers/unschoolers)... Lots of things to be arranged for next year? Or just easily sitting the remainder of the year out? Any plans made for the summer months already? (and that of course can be answered by the non-homeschoolers/unschoolers too)

Suzanne
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Thu, 05-05-2011 - 10:12am

We've had a mixed spring. Dd20 is taking some time off, very unplanned and unbeknownst to us prior to it happening. So, she's 4 credit s away from her degree and living at home (returning to school in the fall). She's currently looking for a job.

Dd18 returns home tomorrow-

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Registered: 05-18-2005
Fri, 05-06-2011 - 7:51am

Munch will be graduating from kindergarten in late June.

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Fri, 05-06-2011 - 1:16pm

Dd17 is trying to get as much of high school wrapped up as she can. She's in a part-time program where she does most stuff by independent study at home, and for a couple of years she wasn't really committed to graduating as a school student (as opposed to informally graduating as a homeschooler) so she just took the courses that interested her. Now she's committed to a school diploma, and she's wanting to leave home a year early, so she's trying to compress a bunch of credits from 10th, 11th and 12th grades into this year. Next year she'll hopefully have just three or four courses left to do.

Then she was accepted into the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, a full-ride summer program which is built more around the university academic year than the high school calendar, so she has to somehow finish her courses and exams three weeks early. So she's busy! She just got back from a week on tour with her choir, which added yet another wrinkle. She has a performance on Saturday accompanying the local community choir, then a Sunday performance with her string chamber group, then at the end of the month three choir performances, and at the beginning of June a run of five shows in the pit orchestra for a full-scale musical. And all her NYO symphony parts to learn (big things like Shostakovich and Mahler symphonies). On top of it all we're trying to figure out accommodations and auditions for orchestras for next year in Montreal, and silly things like getting her dental work done before she goes away. It feels a little nuts. She leaves in just over a month, and likely won't live at home for anything other than holidays after that.

Ds14 was on the choir tour last week and had a totally awesome time. There are about 20 brilliantly talented, quirky-wonderful young men in the four-voice choir of 60, and since ds is now a baritone (last year he was a soprano) he really felt like he has bonded with the "men." He came home full of creative plans inspired by ideas and interchanges he'd had with his friends. "I told Jackson I would learn this on piano, and write him a cello part, and Kieran taught me to play ukelele -- I'm really good, I want to buy a uke! -- and I told everybody I would make them computer wallpaper based on our choir graphics, and ...." The kid doesn't even play piano (well, he had a year and a half of lessons at age 5-6, but hasn't really touched it since), but at home he's managed to arrange songs, teach himself the piano skills and read bass clef (he's a violist, so he mostly just reads alto clef) and play them very well. The other thing that makes me smile is that at one point on tour the tenors and basses where asked to each sing solo in front everyone to help re-define their ranges (adolescence being what it is for male voices). My ds is a young 14 and very small for his age, and is awesome at blending, so he took the choir by surprise with his big robust almost-bass voice. And according to his sister, a number of the girls were practically swooning at his feet after that ... teenage girls who are passionate about choral singing apparently tend to also be passionate about boys with beautiful low voices. He certainly never expected to get romantic female attention in a choir where there are a bunch of 16 through 20-year-old guys. He's been busy with computer-related stuff at home too. A couple of weeks ago he blew away our homeschool liaison teacher with his coding of a little falling sand game where he had simulated all sorts of chemical elements and physical reactions -- and was told that his little hobby-like diversion was considered robust enough project and presentation to warrant him being granted an 11th-grade computer programming credit on the spot. We're having our struggles too, with the academic bookwork required of him in the science course he's taking, but I think he'll get through the math and science courses by the end of June (which is when public school, and our homeschool/hybrid program, end for the year).

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

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Sun, 05-08-2011 - 8:34pm
Ray is Ray... 1st grade will be ending in late June. Still finishing up testing for PT, OT and a slew of other things. We're hoping to write and IEP at the end of the year for our 2E kiddo.
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Mon, 05-09-2011 - 8:48am

DS 12 is just getting out of the hospital and goes back again in six weeks for more treatments for his autoimmune disorder.

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Tue, 05-10-2011 - 3:25pm

My big girls are finishing up 8th grade. I think they have finally hit their stride in middle school now that's it's almost over, lol. They'll be in high school in the fall, all of their classes are all set.

I love that the older they get the more recognition they get ( as well as other students who have found their talents and interest).

Cathie, mom to Audrey & Emily 12 yrs, Libby 2 yrs