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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Oregon

We went to the Oregon homeschool conference and met some wonderful homeschoolers. In addition to the conference, our entire family met with some close family friends (the Holland's from Oregon) and went to Sunriver for a family getaway.

Here's a photo of our adventures:


Imagine if every few minutes a hundred gallons of ice water is dumped on your six year old daughter who was clinging to a rope at the front of the raft in order not to be tossed into the level 3 rapids, while two dads and four kids under 14 years old fight for your life (well, maybe not your life). It was an adventure. It was all my idea so I'm glad we made it through.

First Week!

Well, we did it. We completed our first week of school. It went quite well, inspite of the fact that we homeschooled in the most disastrous homeschool room one could ever imagine. I had wonderful visions of cleaning up that room and organizing it before we began; but after a few hours of cleaning, I realized that we would not be starting school until January if I waited for the homeschool room to look lovely.

Do you have one of those rooms that collects all the items you don't know where to put? All summer long, if I didn't know what to do with it, into the homeschool room it went. That was not long-term thinking. Oh well, I've managed to work through chunks of it throughout the school day.

Our schedule is quite packed right now. My oldest daughter (will be 14 in two months), is now doing two-a-days. No, she doesn't play football. She's training to be a ballerina and goes to ballet from 10:00 -11:30, then comes home to do her school work, and returns for her afternoon classes. I'm really happy with all the choices we made for curriculum so far. Here is what she is doing:

Cambridge Latin (I'm still waiting on the teaching DVD's to arrive, this counts as high school credit.)
Analytical Grammar (We'll do the 3 year course in 1 year - it will be our last indepth grammar course before she takes the SAT)
A Fresh Approach Algebra I (Seems to be going really well, so far. No need for my intervention yet; but she's still reviewing pre-algebra.)
Basic College Math (Yes, she wanted to do two math courses just to make sure she was ready to leave basic math behind)
Sonlight 100 (She'll then study for and take the American History CLEPs this summer)
Cursive Copywork (Because her beautiful cursive has gone downhill. I created a copywork devotion for her called Cursive Contemplations - now available through HomeschoolEstore.
Write at Home (writeathome.com) Essays and Research Paper workshops
Apologia Physical Science (she's doing the Liveandlearnpress lapbooks that go with this, which are fabulous! I have a sneak preview of their Physical Science, but they have them for all the Apologia courses - including all my elementary books!)

She's also taking a lot of electives including competition speech through a local arts academy for high school homeschoolers, called Artios.

Although we are super duper busy, the year is off to a great start! I'll share how things are going with the younger ones soon.