parker is officially a 6th grader which has me wondering 'how in the world did that happen???' but happen it did, and we are moving along with this thing called homeschooling.
i thought i'd give a rundown of how things are looking for his journey as of right now.
math: he continues with life of fred and has just started working through decimals and percents. so far this seems to be enough and his time spend on each chapter is taking longer than it used to. in my mind we feel behind, but i know for him he is right where he needs to be. and really, he is only behind because of our babymoon this past year, followed by a lot of fall travels. we are home for a long stretch and we should put some mileage into math now.
language arts: i continue to love and follow bravewriter. i am working to get us back in a groove with working through issues of the arrow. i also am picking and choosing projects from partnership writing and faltering ownership. my goal is one completed writing project per month. we'll continue to have poetry teas. i'd like to add in weekly freewrites. in addition to working through this we also work through writing & rhetoric. we really enjoyed fable and the chapter we completed in narrative 1. i opted to not finish the second book and instead start narrative 2 now. he also continues to work through visual latin.
coast live oak: this is parker's fourth year in coast live oak. i am not sure he gets much out of it anymore, but the social outlet is exactly what he needs and for that i am happy to keep him in the class. he definitely still enjoys his time there. to kick it up on the home front i am making sure he gets to his questions each week. i am also having him select one of the questions to expand on in more detail and create a sketch to go with it. he is keeping this in a small sketch book.
sculpting the human body: i found an excellent art class for parker. over the course of the school year he will be sculpting the human body. he has worked hard the last two classes making his armature and adding the block that will one day be the pelvis. in this class he will also have homework and work on sketching the human body as well. so far he really seems to enjoy the class and it is a perfect fit for him.
tinker crates: he seems to enjoy the tinker crates when he gets a chance to work on them. we are several months behind so we are focusing the couple months on catching up. he can typically work through one crate in an afternoon, maybe doing some additional experiments and research over the next couple days.
steve spangler science: we are really, really backlogged on these science kits. i hope to work through one over the course of two weeks. i want him to do the experiments and keep a journal, possibly adding in extra reading and research as it fits. the couple kits we did were excellent so i hope we can catch up before our subscription expires so we know if we want to keep going or not.
reading aloud: oh how i miss this piece of our homeschool day but thankfully lila is letting us find time to fit it back in, even if only in small chunks. we are reading through story of the world volume 3, the way we work, 13 paintings every child should know, and of course plenty of excellent literature. i plan to pick another shakespeare play to read soon as well.