|At the adventure park|
So speaking of intrinsic motivation, this week, after looking at and discussing colleges and plans for the future, W has decided he'd like to continue with daily formal academics. I told him I hope he's not saying that for me. I'm fine with however he'd like to "do school". But he said he realized that there's no way he's not going to do everything he can to ace all the tests he has to take and get into his college of choice. So we came up with yet another weekly schedule for the rest of 8th grade and through the summer. After pulling out every single resource we have in the house and having him go through everything he has decided to continue using Saxon Algebra 1 (he loves Saxon), a couple of Barron's "Painless" series books, and a reading comprehension workbook. This sounds fine to me. I'll go along with whatever he wants to do. Knowing his track record, this all may change next week. But then again, HE is doing all the picking, choosing, and scheduling, so we'll see.
He has also decided that he'd like to have a "regular" 9th grade curriculum (math, English, biology, history, etc). We went over a lot of things together and he picked out some new stuff. Saxon will stay. He likes reading comprehension workbooks, so I found some high school level ones we may use. And we plan on getting more Barron's books in different subjects. He wants to do bio labs, so I found a good microscope, the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments, and a kit that goes with that book. After endless searching and comparing, he finally settled on a text called: Biology: Life on Earth with Physiology. And for history Short Lessons in World History. I think it's a great plan and he seems excited about it. I guess all this interest in curriculum is coming from his recent college research. He made his goals and is seeing to them. Again, I credit intrinsic motivation. If this curriculum was my idea, he wouldn't be nearly as enthusiastic.
Another new thing going on is that W joined a gym and has been getting really serious about exercise, fitness, and nutrition. This, along with his ongoing interest in computer engineering, our restaurant adventure, lots of field trips, and his desire to complete the current math book, will keep him plenty busy all summer.