Ah, the second week of school, time to tweak already.
No sense in trying to make something work. I don't like the science book we bought. I actually bought two. They're integrated science books by Glencoe. Last year Thomas read Life Science and most of Earth Science by Glencoe on his own. So I figured that this would be a hit, too.
It may be with him, but it's not with me. I find them choppy, light, and dull. I think they'll be great for him to sit and read on his own, but I wanted something more this year.
Bob and I sat down and had a teacher/principal conference. Or perhaps it was a parent-teacher conference. Whatever. We discussed what we wanted to accomplish in high school and worked back.
10th grade: biology
11th grade: chemistry
12th grade: physics
So, Bob came up with the brilliant plan to do that same order starting in 7th grade. So I'm stuck trying to find a middle school biology program.
I didn't look too hard. We're ordering Power Basics Biology. That was fairly easy.
Another GREAT tweak? ROSETTA STONE!!!!!!! A good friend sold me hers for a good price. It arrived this weekend, and I sat and did the first lesson. Six times. Ahem.
I love it. It is the way to teach me a language. The older I get, the harder it is for me to learn a language, as our dismal attempt last year proved. This is right up my alley.
So yesterday Thomas had his first lesson. He liked it. At first he got frustrated because he didn't know what the words meant, but as he went through it he realized he would have to use his brain to figure things out.
As I suspected, he's doing better than I am. I am trying to stay a lesson ahead of him so I get that extra needed practice.
It's a BIG hit, though. I am so thankful to my friend!!
Other tweaking I have to figure out: scheduling. As usual, I have too much on our plates and not enough time. We have not started Lightning Literature, keyboarding or computer studies. I haven't thrown art in, either.
I'm going to have to play with our schedule a bit to make everything fit without being overwhelming.
We are loving our spelling program still.
Tonight I'm going to spend an hour studying and trying to get a final tweak completed. A final tweak for now, at least.