Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Reawakened to Relaxing

It is going to be freezing cold this week.  W and I will be enjoying a week inside.  We'll get to the gym as often as we can, but it's so fun being wrapped up in blankets on the couch, drinking tea, and watching movies.  At home, he's been keeping pretty busy:  cooking, making videos, training his parrot, and learning more and more things about gaming, research, and computer programming with the gaming laptop he got for Christmas.  He is learning about new programs, watching tutorials, and creating his own sites.  He created his own Minecraft server yesterday.  It's so great to see him so focused.

He's doing great with academics, too.  We've been trying only 2-3 subjects a day only for the last couple of weeks and it's seems to work out better.  We get to stick with something a little bit longer each day and this has meant that more chapters are getting done each week.

He does 10-minutes of reading each day, gym is 3x a week, library is once a week, field trips are once or twice a month, and of course there's choir, theater, and CCD on the weekends.  Keeping things simple is the best way for W.  I will always believe in afternoons free, facilitating interests, and getting out and seeing the town as often as we can.  I so wish I got this kind of wonderful education as a child.  I almost feel like an unschooler again.  :)

Last week's academics:  Greatest Common Factor, Large number divisibility short cuts, Fractions, Past & present tense verbs, Hieroglyphics, Cuneiform, Papyrus, Science during the Dark Ages - up to 1500AD.

J went to her (hopefully) last Sweet 16 this past weekend.  I think she's gone to 2 every month since last January.   Dance competition season is in full swing.  She's doing about 5 or 6 of them this year.  It's a Nationals year, too.   She will be finishing up her solo this week, all her own choreography once again.  She also will be doing a duet, maybe a trio, a few small group numbers, and a few large group/production numbers.  These include tap, contemporary, musical theater, jazz, and lyrical.  I love competition season!

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