Before I posted this Weekly Wrap-Up post, I was determined to finish up this term’s plans for Mr. B…our last official term homeschooling e.v.e.r. If I had to pick a word that describes my feelings at this very moment it would probably be fulfilled. My days homeschooling may be numbered but my heart is full of knowing that I have done my best to fulfill the role of teacher/mentor to my children during their formal high school homeschool years.
So many great memories filed away, like gems in a treasure box. I am going to try to fit in a few more golden memories as we work our way through our last weeks, finishing quite a few courses early.
(He is already planning a Minecraft themed graduation party with me…it is going to be fun!)
Want to know what we are going to be doing this term? How about I make a list?
Pre-Calculus from Teaching Textbooks: He will be finishing this up early in April and it will not be too soon according to Mr. B. This is a good and thorough course and Mr. B is hanging in there until the bitter end.
Anatomy: His main text is Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals and he supplements with the coloring book and the Great Course DVD series-Understanding the Human Body. I have organized these by topic and he finishes a chapter with the corresponding DVD lessons every couple of weeks. He loves this topic so it is easy to talk to him about it and I enjoy reading his notes.
Art and Music: He convinced me to forgo the senior project and to continue our study of modern art/composers the way we have been since the beginning of the year. This meant more work on my part but in the end it is working out since I will use the plans with my homeschool co-op art class as well. Artists up on the schedule: James Rizzi, Horace Pippin, Faith Ringgold, Charlie Harper, and Rene Magritte.
I had a request from a reader to share my co-op art plans with details so you can follow along with us. I will make it a point to post those plans ahead of time for you if you are interested. Most of the time they are straight from other blogs or websites like Deep Space Sparkle but I will give you the links I use.
Poetry: William Carlos Williams and then we are going to finish up with Tapestry of Grace’s last assignments from the Poetry Anthology. Our year will end with the silliness of Shel Silverstein.
History: Tapestry of Grace Year 4 Unit 4!!! This unit includes an intense geography component and instead we will be studying the countries of the modern Middle East. I think this is something Mr. B will enjoy and glean lots of relevant information from as we work with maps and include cultural studies as well.
Extras that I would like to fit:After he finishes his anatomy course, I would like for him to take a quick run through 7 Sisters Psychology course. He will also be finishing with his history and literature early and this might give him time enough to work through this course from 7 Sisters: Advanced Guide to High School Short Story Writing – Myth and Fantasy. It all depends on how things play out over the term.
Ambitious, maybe. I know Mr. B though and he is ready to dig in for his last term of work. In fact, I spied him working on math over his winter break so he could “get ahead”. He also finished reading Great Expectations early so he could work on the essay over the break. He is a motivated student and such a joy to watch.