It was slow going last week trying to get back into the mental mode of school, but we did it. Both SweetPea and I are glad to be back at it--we just seem to do better with a schedule.
We finished a very interesting book last week, Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster. It's the story of smallpox, the ghastly impact on our world over the centuries, and the discovery of the vaccine that literally conquered this "monster" and changed the world. I highly recommend the book even as an adjunct to a science program. In fact, it's a fascinating read for anyone, and certainly throws a different slant on history.
I've said it here before, but I'm really delighted with our math curriculum, Teaching Textbooks. I hear comments regularly from SweetPea of how much she likes the pace of it, the clear instruction, and how well she is understanding the foundational concepts of each topic. Thank You, Lord! This is music to my ears after a couple of years of curriculum-hopping to find what would work for her after we finished elementary Singapore. I think we can just stick with it now through high school and expect good results.
And this week we will begin Great Expectations by Dickens as a read-aloud. From the looks of the study notes, we'll be awash with new vocabulary. A decidedly wonderful way to learn words!
I'm using Writer's INC this semester as the basis of essay writing study, reading and discussing each of us with our own copy. I love this resource and have been trying to use it more as a study text for some time, so this is a great chance to do that.
So we're off to a good start for 2010, and I'm so thankful for this amazing privilege of homeschooling!