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This year we are planning to do a bit more school than we’ve sometimes done during the summer months.
P is supposed to start 9th grade this fall and he is behind where we want him to be for math. Our switch from Math U See to Teaching Textbooks did not net the result we were hoping to see. Instead of becoming more independent of a learner, P tried to just do the work without using the program as intended. And, it has been reflected in both his grade from me and the standardized test results.
So, we are back to MUS picking up where we left off in the Zeta book. I’ve bought the Pre-Algebra teacher guide and DVD set and just need to order the student pages. I’m just waiting for him to get further through Zeta before I place that order (to save on shipping charges by ordering all the MUS materials I need for the upcoming year at one time.) Where he is on math come late July will determine his official course for the school year (pre-algebra vs. algebra I.)
All the boys are continuing to work on ALEKS and Mathletics. R is also spending time on Ten Marks and wants to continue with that online service. R and D are doing some work with Time 4 Learning as well.
The older boys also need to finish reading their history ‘text’ (Story of the World 4) over the next few weeks. I’m not giving them all the associated work, but rather want them to have the general exposure to modern history.
Foreign languages will still be going in the house this summer. P and R will be continuing to work on Latin for Children A over the summer. I can see how learning Latin should help them to better understand English and be primed for high school Spanish.
As J is still addicted to Speekee, we’ll have those DVDs running a few times each week. The boys have been found to correct my pronunciation of a few words at times as well as telling me what the Spanish word is for common objects.
Finally, we’re going to do some fun science again this summer using Supercharged Science.
It’s not meant to completely fill our plate as there are breaks for Scout camps in June and family visits later this summer. Plus, we have plans to go dip netting as a family. That has me dreaming of a well-stocked freezer and jars full of salmon. I suppose you could say we’ll continue PE under the guise of hiking and other outdoor activities, too.