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Weekly Wrap-Up: Final Planning and Getting Ready to Fly

The past few weeks I have had my desk covered with potential curriculum, books, and notes. My planning binder was a most beloved tool as I honed down to the final courses for Mr. B. I outlined the final courses in this entry: Charlotte Mason High School Grade 12. Now this week I have been busy inputting the weekly plans into Homeschool Tracker, printing out notebook pages, and realizing there are still some holes to fill.

One of the holes is a new year of 20th Century Art for Mr. B. This really is our bonus year for art since we finished all of Harmony Fine Arts plans for high school.

 We will be completing picture study with some advanced questions to answer on notebook pages, there will be follow up activities using a variety of media, and we will be using a new book to inspire more creative thinking. I highly recommend Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures for all ages of artists. 

I am hoping to polish these new plans and offer them as a free download at the end of the school year so stay tuned. Of course, we will be sharing our artwork as the year progresses.

The other hole is our composer study. Mr. B loves music appreciation and has requested specific composers for the year’s study. These are in no particular order or from any one time period. They are just going to be for the pure enjoyment of listening and recording his thoughts in his notebook. His list? Schumann, Grieg, Chopin, Dvorak, and Prokofiev. I have lots of music on my shelf for him to listen to, we have a paid subscription to, and we will be choosing a few YouTube videos of live performances to listen to as well. I hope to find some local performances to put the icing on the cake.

If you would like to hear one of our selections from Chopin, here is a link to Nocturne in E Flat.

Mr. B is completing his summer reading assignments, diligently working on his Teaching Textbooks Pre-Calculus lessons, and squeezing in a lot of sand volleyball and running. He has taken up running this summer and I won’t be surprised if he enters into some of the local community races. I really love to see my children find activities that they can be passionate about because it makes life so much more enjoyable.

I also am trying out a new curriculum from Heritage History this year. We are using their British Middle Ages curriculum as a supplement to Mr. B’s literature reading. We are viewing the stories and biographies in this package as context material for his high school literature plans. I have loaded the ebooks onto my Kindle Fire and Mr. B will read these as he finds time in his schedule.I am enjoying the curriculum so much that I became an affiliate and if you click over to my affiliations page you will see this month’s free offers from Heritage History (use my discount code: Barbhope).

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Update on Mr. A’s flying: Mr. A has been taking flying lessons all summer long and yesterday was the first time that I had the nerve to go up to the airport to watch. He thought he was going to solo fly but it turned out he had one more lesson to go before he could try flying on his own. I watched him as he did his pre-flight check out of the airplane, methodically examining each moving part and visually making sure the plane is ready to fly. It was comforting to see the confidence on his face…when he climbed into the pilot’s seat I caught a glimpse of the man he is becoming. There is no holding that back.

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I do not like to fly and my stomach is a nervous mess even watching him fly with his instructor next to him. I decided parenting is all about the very slow gradual releasing of our control over our children. There is also a large amount of facing our own fears as we watch our children tackle things that come their way. This whole experience has taught me to trust that Mr. A is ready to fly both literally and figuratively. These are the moments that we have been working towards….all the good habits, the confidence building, the zest for new things. Here is the proof that those are deep in his heart.

That about wraps up where we are in our school planning and summer activities. It is still very relaxed and our official “first day” will be in September.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: A Lot of Letting Go This Week

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Glorious April Day Visit to Yosemite National Park

Mr. A, my graduate from last year, made a big step this week. He took his very first “behind the wheel” flying lesson on his way to getting his private pilot’s license. If you have been a longtime reader of this blog you know that he has had this as a goal for many years. He actually took the plane off from the airport and then flew it by himself. I have a total phobia of flying so even thinking about this made me shriek on the inside. He knew this and didn’t tell me ahead of time that he was actually going to fly the airplane at his first lesson…he only said he was going to go talk to the instructor. Good move on his part since I probably would have done one of two things. I would have either thrown myself in front of the airplane so it couldn’t move or I would have been there with my camera to take photos. I’m sure he didn’t need me to do either of those things. Next lesson…this afternoon. Sidenote: He is also up for an internship in aviation maintenance at a local airport. This would be an answer to prayer.

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Look closely and you will see Half Dome in the distance (left horizon).

Now the second big step, which I am not sure if it was bigger for Mr. B or for me. I drove him to the community college and dropped him off for assessments and a counseling appointment. He is determined to take a few classes either this summer or next year. In a new stage of our relationship, I left him to navigate the big world of the community college on his own. He looked so young (which he is) but he also had a little spring in his step as he walked down the sidewalk to the Student Services building. I refused to question myself. (Did I prepare him enough? Is he ready for this step? Should I have fill in the blank? I am confident that he is ready enough.)

The rest of the week was full of lots of outdoor time. We took a day trip to Yosemite National Park to see the beautiful waterfalls that are flowing this time of year. We were treated to some magnificent wildflowers (which you can see a glimpse of over on my Handbook of Nature Study blog this week). Mr. B and I have been participating in the April GetOutside Photo Scavenger Hunt hosted by Go Explore Nature by taking walks/hikes every single day this week. You can see our photos on the Pinterest Board.  We also worked in the garden pulling weeds, trimming bushes, and planting seeds. Mr. A rode his bike to work this week to save money on gas. We all have spring allergies.

We have three weeks of school left for the year and I am feeling the pull of summer vacation.  

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