I feel so out of the loop the last few weeks. I have not been very active with the girl's school work. I know they are older, and I don't have to help as much. Things have just been a little off scheduled, and I don't want us to end up like last year.
That was the start of a post from a few weeks ago that never got posted.
This week has been so much better. We had a field trip Monday to the Chattanooga Aquarium.
We had a really great time with family and friends.
|Baylee is trying to look smart in this one.|
I laid down the law Tuesday, and it has been smooth sailing since then. I have had to stick to what I said, but the girls know the rules. No TV or "fun reading" until school is done for the day.
We started Life of Fred last week and they love it. I was going to try to do a chapter in it then switch back to Saxon and do a chapter in it. But the girls love Fred and do not want to go back to Saxon. So we are sticking with Life of Fred. They actual look forward to doing math, and they enjoy it. That is something we have never had.
My 10th grader has started her Biology from Shepherd Science. She has completed chapter one, and is really doing well. I love the layout of the book, the parent guide, and that it has a lab DVD.
I use the parent guide outline as lecture notes. So when she is done reading the chapter, I give a little lecture following the outline, and she takes notes. I want her to be able to do that in college, and I really love that Shepherd Science is giving us that opportunity. In the past, I would not know what topics to pull out for her to take notes on. I wish I had this for the other subjects to.
My "baby" is still working in her Trail Guide to Learning. I really don't think it is at her level, so we are going to change to Notgrass' America the Beautiful when she is done with this Unit. I think the Trail Guide would be great for elementary students, but she is in middle school.