Last week we finished our first week of Year 9 using mostly the Ambleside Online suggestions for this year but with some Australian substitutes and a couple of science additions. Each time we\’ve gone through this AO year we\’ve done things a bit differently.
This time around I have a few other commitments, including having a day with my two grandchildren when Moozle practices her Aunty skills and not a lot of our regular work gets done.
We also have a lot more outside commitments than we\’ve ever had before because I\’m only teaching one. This has been a stretch for my less than stellar organization abilities and that is reflected in my plans for the year…I haven\’t fully decided what we will be using in a couple of subjects at this point.
Anyhow, I thought I\’d do a little post on our first week, so here we go:
Captain Cook by Alistair Maclean. This is a substitute for one of the American biographies AO schedule and I\’ve scheduled it for Term 1.
Two more books I\’ll be including are My Love Must Wait by Ernestine Hill, which sounds like something from Mills & Boon, but is a superb account of the life of Matthew Flinders, and Currency Lass by Margaret Reason, which is set in the early days of Sydney Town – lots of local history in this, especially of the Parramatta area.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Age of Revolution by Winston Churchill
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson – I\’m reading this aloud as part of Science this year and editing where necessary. We\’re only one chapter in but it generated some great discussion!
The study of Architecture continues and this week Moozle read about Michelangelo in a chapter from 50 Architects You Should Know.
Men, Microscopes & Living Things by Katherine B. Shippen is a Newbery Honor book I\’ve added in for science as we skipped a couple of books from Year 8. I bought the guide to this book from Sabbath Mood Homeschool. It\’s well done and would be suitable to use with a range of ages. The author includes \’Special Studies\’ and gives guidelines on how to go about them, which I find helpful as I tend to neglect this after a while.
We only did half of Napoleon\’s Buttons last year so it continues this year. I\’m surprised she likes this book as much as she does because of all the organic chemistry details it includes. We had a home ed high school chemistry workshop a few weeks ago (which she loved) and that was a great way to boost her understanding.
Phineas Gage is another book we didn\’t get to last year so we\’re doing it now.
The Arts by Van Loon – one of the AO options for this year. We\’ve previously used the Janson book of Painting which is a bit dry whereas Van Loon\’s book is more engaging, I think.
I bought this Art School Watercolour course during the Black Friday sales last year & Moozle started it this week. So far it looks good & I\’ll post some more details after she\’s used it for a while.
* Did some hand quilting on her patchwork quilt project while I read aloud – it\’s getting there bit by bit.
* Orchestra Rehearsal – once a week; preparation for a Musicianship exam and cello practice.
* Commonplace Book – chose a quote from her reading & wrote in in her book
Emma by Jane Austen (re-read)
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (re-read)
We started using The Art of Poetry from Classical Academic Press about a month ago. I\’ll be writing a review shortly.
I\’m taking advantage of these free edX courses: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Italian. They each run for 12 weeks and may be accessed until 2020.
I\’m really thrilled about these being available because Italian would have been my first choice as a foreign language as my Dad\’s mother was from Molise in Southern Italy although she spent most of her life in Scotland and we were surrounded by Italian speakers when I was growing up.
Due to the lack of resources, especially for younger children, when we first started home educating, we opted for French instead.
The plan was that we\’d work through the lessons together but my daughter has left me for dead…I can get the accent easily enough but trying to learn vocabulary when your brain appears to have the dimensions of a pea is very difficult. I have progressed very slightly. She said to me, \”I think because I\’m young it\’s easier for me.\” Never a truer word was spoken.
I read a few of Elizabeth George\’s books some years ago & liked them and this one, Life Management for Busy Women called out to me from the bookshelf so I thought it was probably time that I read it again.