Friday, January 27, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up -Steady Progress

Another week has gone by, more lessons checked off the things to do list.   That's really about all I can say about this week.   We've been steadily moving ahead and the kids have realized that we only have 12 or so weeks left in this school year.

Olivia realized that she needs to start moving quicker in both science and geography.   Both are set up as 5 day a week classes, but our schedule only allows for 4 days a week.   The sudden realization that she's not going to finish until mid summer has jostled her into doubling up on those 4 days to make up for the lost day.   In the photo below she's creating a storm surge.

I'm studying the curriculum catalogs, trying to make my choices for our upcoming year (7th and 10th).   My biggest conundrum is whether to move to Algebra 2 or Geometry for Olivia.  I know a lot of people, and some curriculum producers, say Geometry should come first because it'll be on the SAT's....but I just hate to give her a year to forget between Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.    What's worked well for you in this area?

Basketball season is in fully swing.  Poor Lindsey is the tiniest player in the 11-15 year old bracket, and it's a mixed league with boys and girls on the same team.   This week's game was against a team from a local boys home.  Watching her try to guard someone 6ft. tall, and probably 150-175 pounds was "interesting".  While she obviously couldn't keep him from shooting, she actually did a really good job of isolating him and keeping him from getting the ball as much as he typically does.   Surprisingly, Olivia is one of the two most aggressive players on the team and she's always right in the middle of things scrapping for the ball.  I never would have thought it possible.    Tomorrow is a "bye" week, so there is no game.

We're still hitting the gym 4-5 times a week.  Lindsey has quite a following with the elderly population at the gym, as well as with the personal trainers.   She's developed a new exercise routine for Olivia and my husband and really kicks their butts when she's working them.  We've had two different trainers tell us they can see her doing this for a living.    I finally hit the 35 pound weight loss mark!  I've been stuck at 30 since before Thanksgiving!

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8 comments:

  1. It is nice when the week flows by without any upsets. Routine is a nice thing. Have a nice weekend.
    Blessings, Dawn

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    1. Yes, it's good to have just a week of normal life, with progress to show for it!

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  2. As for the HS math, if you can find an Algebra II book with a lot of Algebra review at the beginning, you could probably do Geometry before Algebra II without too much difficulty.

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    1. If Horizons math went beyond Algebra 1 I wouldn't have this issue.

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  3. Math - my oldest is doing Geometry this year (10th) and Algebra 2 next. I'm just following the way Math U See suggests.

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    1. We've used Horizons up until now and it's worked great for us...but they don't have anything beyond Algebra 1, so I'm shifting vendors which is where the biggest "What if" comes from.

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  4. I'm looking for a Geography course for my guy who will be 9th grade next year. He has low comprehension. He loves workbooks and activities. Got any recommendations?

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  5. If he's into activities while learning, you might look at Galloping the Globe or Cantering the Country. Both are for younger students, but you could add extras to hit to make it more challenging for him. However, Christian Light Publications has a 9th grade Civics/geography in workbook form that might be of interest. Their products aren't as academically rigorous as others. I'll include the link below.
    https://www.clp.org/store/by_course/81

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