Happy New Year!
I hope you have had a good holiday season. I have not felt like writing much this month. There was a lot of holiday prep to keep me busy, but I’ve also had mixed feelings of sadness about the ongoing pandemic and other events as well as some contentment and gratefulness for my daily life. All of this puts me in a quiet mood.
I have been thinking about the future, though, and I’m excitedly putting together plans for my eldest son’s high school years and my younger son’s middle school years. I’m still in the early stages of planning. I do want to take the time to write a pdf resource that will outline how we handled 8th grade, and I’ll write a blog post or two about my younger son’s 5th grade. But this may not happen until late spring or early summer. I’m writing at a snail’s pace these days.
In the past, I wrote more regularly on this blog, sharing details of projects and whatnot, and this helped me when it came to end-of-year record keeping. Now I don’t have that to look back on. I’m going to have to scratch my head and remember what we did. 🙂 But I won’t have to work on that until summer. I don’t mean to rush things, but as we turn our attention to spring, I can’t help but take note of everything that will need to be done.
In the near future, I’m excited that my boys will be taking some courses on Outschool. By sheer good luck, I happened to find a science class for my eldest son that is using the same textbook he’s reading right now. So he’ll have a live teacher to help him through the second half of it, and the class will include experiments and activities. I’m glad he’s going to get a taste of an online class because he’ll be doing much more of this in high school.
Today I’ve been doing a little housecleaning. Twice a year I go through our homeschool room and declutter, rearrange and organize it in a way that will better meet our needs for the days to come. I am creating a bit of a science laboratory in there in anticipation of this class. 🙂
As far as books, I will share what I’m reading right now, which is a middle grades novel set during the Revolutionary War. Forge by Laurie Halse Andersen is the second book in the Seeds of America Trilogy. Even though it’s written for youth, it doesn’t feel that way to me. It’s a story that makes me want to keep reading. It is extremely well-researched, includes quotes from primary resources, and most importantly, it gives us a new perspective of this war because its main characters are slaves. I assigned the first book, Chains, to my 8th grader this year as part of his literature unit, but I loved the book so much that I wanted to keep reading the rest of the series. My son wanted to read the second book too, but I told him he’d have to wait until he finishes his other assigned books. 😉 I would highly recommend these books to anyone, and they are appropriate for adolescents, though they don’t shy away from difficult subject matter.
Also, if you have emailed me, and I haven’t written you back, I’m sorry! I will hopefully find time to keep in touch in the new year, and I hope you’ll also keep in touch with me and let me know how you’re doing.
Hopefully one year from now, 2021 will be ending on a brighter note!