So, what are we up to?
Drama ~ Gavin has decided he wants to participate in a drama club this year for one of his electives. We met today with the director of an independent (not affiliated with any particular homeschool support group) homeschool drama club in the area. We had a great first impression and Gavin is excited about this new avenue of creative expression. He's also looking forward to making some new friends.
FISH ~ Late last spring, and throughout the summer, two of my friends and I have been working on kicking off a new homeschool support group for our area, FISH. I'm happy to announce that things are moving along and we have our first official event coming soon. We've spent a lot of time in prayer about this, and have sensed the leading of the Lord all along the way. He has confirmed again and again for us that this is the right thing. After being a part of a much larger group for a very long time, this is a big step, but one I'm excited about.
Thirty-One ~ For nearly all of our marriage, we have been a single-income family. And I'm so grateful for a hard-working husband who has shared my vision for homeschooling our children. I've been praying and looking for a way to make a little extra money for our family, if for nothing else than to allow us to have a little flexibility. A little over a month ago I became an Independent Consultant for Thirty-One Gifts. I'm having so much fun and am really learning things about myself because of this. I've been stepping outside my comfort zone more and more and learning that I can do this! Since high school I've had an intense fear of public speaking (even in small groups), but forcing myself to stretch my limits has helped a lot and I'm feeling better about my self and my abilities.
School News ~ All three kids are doing well with all of their subjects so far.
Gavin started off with a lighter load, but he will begin Algebra 2 next week, and then the first week of September he will resume Piano lessons. He has an audition this Thursday for the Homeschool drama club. His main subjects are going pretty good. He finishes his first literature unit this week (Robinson Crusoe) and has an essay paper to turn in on Friday. He likes his Biology iBook, but says he's still not a fan of Biology, no matter how good the book is at presenting it. We are both struggling through the labs for Biology and hoping they will get a little easier once we get past the unit on The Chemistry of Life. I think I'd rather dissect a frog or cow's eye than figure out molar solutions. Heaven help me!
Ben's doing very well with pre-algebra, maintaining an A average so far. I do have to accommodate his dyslexia by helping with sequences, but usually when he can see the sequence, he can figure things out pretty quickly. He is making good progress in Barton and I can tell a difference in his spelling. His favorite subject by a mile is science. Everyday he gets online to see what science experiments await him at Supercharged Science and he gets going. At the end of the week he reads the material and answers the questions. It is wonderful to see him get so excited when his experiments work!
Luci also is crazy about her science this year. After completing her lesson for the day she spends a great deal of time drawing or summarizing in her notebook and looking up all the optional internet links or doing the optional reading/tasks. She can't get enough life science! Future veterinarian? Perhaps! And when she's not doing science, she wants to be doing art. Science and Art all day and she'd be a happy camper!