Driver’s ed is going beautifully now. One day left for the class and one more drive – which was rescheduled due to anxiety. That was a small setback, but taking this class has had so many benefits. DD2 has made new friends – a difficult venture for her as she is shy. She has gained experience with a different teacher, which warms her up for her veterinary class this fall. She’s been taking quizzes and will have a final test – she has test anxiety (depending on the day) and needs practice. The teacher turned out to be a perfect fit for her, even with all of the anxieties. She needs all of the positive school experiences she can get!
DD1 finished her second portion of driver ed and has just has one more hurdle until the full license.
The walking program we’ve been taking part in wraps up this week. We’ll continue to walk, but are all looking forward to being able to go on our own schedule. 6pm is a bit early for us to get around for, factoring in the time DH gets home from work.
DD1 will finish her volunteering the first week of August. It will be nice to have yet another activity off the schedule, especially as I am her transportation.
August has appointments and things going on, but the schedule isn’t as daunting as July’s. We are not a family who likes to be constantly going.
I made myself sit down and work on lesson plans for DD2 today, and the first week is completely planned. If all else fails, we can start school without scrambling. Of course I want to get a lot more finished, but it’s good to know that first week is set. Writing review sheets and tests (history) isn’t my favorite thing to do, so it’s slow going, but the first set is finished and the second review sheet is close to done. Thankfully history is planned through the end of the first semester and literature is set for the year.
Thursdays for home school have been ‘different’ days since the co-op ended. This year will have standardized test prep on Thursdays – much of which is simply test taking strategy and skills which will help with taking tests in general. The public schools do plenty of test prep, and this child hasn’t taken a standardized test in nearly six years. Especially given her test anxiety, this child needs some practice.
For math, Thursdays will have graphing calculator lessons. I’ve never used them, but found a DVD series and some workbooks. After that, I’ll have her read “Flatland”, which was my father’s favorite (geometry teacher). I haven’t planned beyond that.
My son has been bummed that we haven’t been swimming this month, but the schedule is simply too crazy right now. Three days of the week, the car engine barely gets to cool down between runs to drop someone off or pick someone up. It makes it worse for him that all of the running is in regards to the girls, but I can’t help that. He needs new shoes for church and pants for school, but I want to wait a couple more weeks before we get those as he’s at that point where we’re just waiting to have him wake up three or four inches taller than when he laid down the night before.
August will be movie month. My oldest – the future English teacher – can’t believe there’s a better version of “Pride and Prejudice” out there than the one she saw (with Kiera Knightly). Oh yeah. Six hours of awesome. I had the girls read “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins, so we’ll watch that movie. “Thor” is thrown in for my son, then there’s “The Sound of Music”, which the kids haven’t seen but need to. They also want to re-watch the PBS cartoon series “Liberty’s Kids”, which stays pretty true to the history of the American Revolution while also entertaining, so I don’t mind. That’s a lot of screen time and it may not all fit with our other agenda items, but we can watch on weekends after school starts if we need.