|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.
Another new thing going on is that W 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 interest-based academics, will keep him plenty busy all summer.