We had a really wonderful first week back at school, better than my expectations--all thanks to the Lord! We're both really happy with our new schedule, liking our studies, and I think overall, really grateful for the balance the Lord has brought to our homeschooling life. It's something I've been working at for a couple of years. I know we'll have our ups and downs in the course of the year, but with a strong start, I'm encouraged and hopeful that we're on the Lord's track.
This year, Sweet Pea's 8th grade year, we're doing Sonlight's Core 7, the second half of a two-year world history adventure picking up at the late Renaissance. The King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell is a captivating adventure that takes place in northern Mexico during Coronado's explorations (quite a look at the devastation the Spaniards' "gold fever" caused to the indigenous peoples). And our read-aloud, A Murder for Her Majesty is giving us a very authentic look at the world of musicians and the cathedral at York during Queen Elizabeth's time. Fascinating. If you read the book, be sure to do a Google on photos of the cathedral--there's some excellent collections that really give you a perspective on what happens in the book. Amazing building.
We're also doing Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra for math this year, Apologia General Science, Easy Grammar 9 for a light review, and a big-time emphasis on writing. We'll be working through exercises in Jensen's Format Writing as well as the fun fiction workshop, Reach for the Stars, sold as an e-book through HSB. And SweetPea will be doing the public speaking class again in our support group, and piano.
So we have a full plate, but a rich one. And as I've said a hundred times, I'm so glad I'm getting to do my education all over again! Satisfies me to my toes.
Now I need to tend to my "day off" to tend to everything else! The weather is beautiful so I'd better include some sunshine and physical effort outside.