This past week was our second week of the 2011-2012 official school year. For readers who know us in real life.. you know we never really stop schooling.. or learning! We continue as much as possible through the summers.. especially in history, literature, math and science. There have been many real-life interuptions that resulted in the math cirriculum not being completed by end of year testing... plus, with math I find 'if you don't use it, you loose it'. It is easier for the children to continue onto higher math with out a several week break. However, we do have an official start date.. if never an official end date.. for each school year. A day when we implement a well thought out and planned schedule of our days. A day when we purposely study, discover, practice, listen and experience learning. A day when we begin adding to our days more nature study, art appreciation, music appreciation, more language arts, planned electives and much much more!
Tuesday art and literature subject is poetry. We continued reading the poetry of Carlos C. Williams.
We completed our Language Arts, Math and Science with out a hitch.. Daniel was finally able to complete his Science experiment that needed modeling clay. With all our planning, somehow modeling clay escaped the 'list'! It happens sometimes.
Amelia completed her first lesson in Artisitc Pursuits... I think she is really going to enjoy this! And what is so great... it will earn her two high school art credits. Perfect! We scheduled that only two days a week, an hour alotted for each lesson.
Amelia also had her first lesson in Elegant Essay. I am really nervous about teaching this, not remembering much of my high school education on writing! But, we are going through it together.. and so far.. after four 'sessions' are enjoying the journey.
After school we had some more fun with Ping. Alex and I searched on-line for Chinese food recipes that might tempt his picky palate. We decided on Sweet and Sour Meatballs. Again, Daniel was the chef in charge.. working on an elective credit in Culinary Arts. (Right now, that elective mostly a figment of our imagination! we are documenting time spent and recipes made.. but haven't developed our syllabus and credit requirements. The same is true for a Foods and Nutrition elective for Amelia.)