OK, so technically it's Saturday. Deal with it.
Last week we dropped our oldest, Julia, off at college. She transferred to Bowling Green State University in Northern Ohio after doing a full year plus while staying at home. I haven't cried yet, but I do miss her presence and it has me in a funk. I'm trying to adjust to the loss of my right hand gal! Sorry, no photos...I'm a bad mom! <wink>
If that wasn't enough of a smack of reality that my kids are growing up, we followed up the college drop off with a visit to the athletic adviser at the University of Akron with our oldest son. John, as you may not know, was offered an athletic scholarship to play baseball at UA and he has verbally committed. The visit was just to see that John's studies are on track, with a preview of what to expect as an education major (math). National Letter of Intent signing is in November (when he officially commits to play for UA). I also finally got to meet the head coach, so that was pretty cool.
We're slowly working our way into some semblence of a school rhythm. A nice amount of reading going on for most of the kids, so that's a big plus. We're still waiting for some new books to arrive, but I'll talk about those below
I'm seriously excited about starting with the Learn Math Fast system. The books have been shipped, so now we just need to wait. In the meantime, some of the younger kids have been doing math drill at XtraMath. Great stuff for our relaxed homeschool!
Free online homeschool. Yes, you read that right. A friend posted about Discovery K12, so I thought I'd check it out. I'm not using it for all my kids, but it is great for the temperament of our 11yo son, Drew. He has been plugging away at it for a few days and seems to enjoy it. He feels like he's "doing school" and yet there's no commitment to it, which means it's very flexible for the relaxed homeschooler. You can do all or some of it, there is feedback for the parent, and it's all laid out for you.
High School learning. With two high schoolers with two very different learning styles, it has been...interesting. Lizzy, a sophomore, loves to read. That said, she's taking a more literature-based approach to her studies. She'll be using American history guides from Beautiful Feet and doing science with the help of John Hudson Tiner's books. She also expressed an interest in learning Latin, so she'll be using the Memoria Press items we've had around forever.
John is taking Intro. to Chemistry/Biochemistry at the local branch college as a post-secondary student (dual enrollment) this semester and plans to take College Algebra in the spring. He's rounding out his required classes (as per NCAA) here at home with English, Latin, and American Government.
One week left before fall sports begin. John is playing for the Cardinals' scout team, the Midwest Redbirds. The alumni list of players who have been drafted is impressive! Drew it taking the fall off to just chill. AJ, on the other hand, is not only playing fall baseball with some of the boys from his coach pitch team, but also flag football. Connor is squeezing in as much fishing as he possibly can before fall sports take over.
And what about me? Well, I keep dreaming of returning to Ireland, so I console myself with following Twitter accounts that post lovely photos of the place...I think it's my way of adjusting to change.
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