Happy Fresh New Term!! At least it’s a fresh new term for us, & there’s something about a lovely fresh new term that is a little bit like a fresh new week or year. A chance to begin again & reach new goals, to enjoy the journey & discover new things.

Our year has been a bit shaky with making multiple {not normal for us} changes in our curriculum to suit our current life circumstances. While I know that there is much to be said for staying any given course, there is also much to be said to teaching our children to adapt to the changes around them without forfeiting your standards. If nothing else, hopefully this insanely rocky year will have taught our children that simple life lesson.

Our first week back to business went off with a bit of rush & scurry as we dealt with a dead car in the driveway, but thanks to RACT & a great mechanic that was only a small side show to our week. The rest unfolded in a very smooth fashion considering we’d been off for longer than normal, as our final week and a half of Term 2 was riddled with one wild ride of a cold, medical & life appointments I had to help Nana cope with, & a few medical scares of my own.

I really expected our first week back to be a bit rocky & am so grateful that it wasn’t. In fact, I was so stressed that we’d have a stressful week I spent time praying about not stressing. You see the irony in that circle of stress, right? Ha! My kids weren’t too fussed about getting back to things, but they were worried about the insanity starting up again, which makes me extra grateful for a calm week to set the tone for the rest of our term..

Morgan & I kicked off the week with his lovely spines, we’re working at a slightly different pace than the guide has us at as we didn’t finish Term 2 exactly where we wanted to be. We ended up covering from 1936-1941 this week, as we had some extra time & were keen to read ahead as well.

This puts us deep in the throws of World War II, so I’ll be rounding up another lot of movies & other small films to watch. I actually had a few films for this decade flagged that I couldn’t wait to watch with him, so I’m a pinch more than a little excited to be here at last. For those of you familiar with Core 300, we’re using our movies more as our research projects with a bit of, “Hey go look up  what was happening in Australia at that time..”

He happily wrapped up China’s Long March, which isn’t one I can share much about as I haven’t actually read this one. It’s sitting in a pile of many other books awaiting me. He shared some interesting tidbits about the book & we enjoyed debating some notes that Mr Holzmann left in the Guide about the Fritz’ neutrality as she wrote the book.

We’ve revamped our Lit for him for the remainder of the year as well, originally he was suppose to cover Brit Lit this year which he started out doing, but then we realised we were using Lit 200 vs 300. However, after a few prominent books from 300 we swung right back to our Brit Lit choices. So this week he’s reading The Strange Case Of Dr Jerkyll & Mr Hyde.

Jayde picked up where he left off in Core H, but because he was also not entirely where we’d like to be by the end of a 2nd Term {mostly due to our late start} we’ve opted to work at a slightly accelerated rate here too. In fact our Bookshark Level 7 has the perfect schedule for that so I simply pulled it off the shelf. He wrapped up Week 10 in that with his spines, started Arrow Over The Door, & he & I are still reading George Washington’s World together. He really loves this book & I love how the author has so wonderfully intertwined everything that is happening within the time period.

My load with this boy is very very light as he does a fair some of things on his own now with only one book done together. It’s a GOOD thing, because this is what we work so hard for, but on the other hand it’s a little sad too as it just shows how fleeting my time left with him is.

Both boys tackled their FIG {as we now call it}, which if you’re interested you can score a free one from Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op. {Please note, though, that you get a FULL free student book, but only 2 weeks of the teacher book. Still not bad if you’re keen to try it out.} I’m so glad we opted to back up a bit because the clauses are much much easier for them to spot now.

Which may, or may not, be in part due to the fact that they are now using EIW for writing & it starts them out with learning about sentence fragments. So they get an extra dose of practice from both grammar & writing. We opted to move the kids to EIW because it was set up in a much more user friendly way for them to continue working solo while I was dealing with the life events Nana was going through. It just allows them to keep moving at their own pace even when I’m not available. 

Jayde continued forward with his math, I was a wee bit worried about how this would go with an extended period of time off. He actually got sick first, so by the time he was on the mend the rest of us were down & he volunteered to keep us “company” in the sickbay {as in the lounge room surrounded by quilts & a stack of movies..} However, he aced his quiz & only asked for help with one problem which was a fantastic way for him to start off math for the term. He’s really doing very well with the switch we made for him to move to Teaching Textbooks.

Morgan is still in a slight math glitch, so I had him hold off this week so his reentry to things would be a bit calmer & less stress filled. Can you tell I’m big on reducing the stress around here? We’ve had our fair share of it, & it’s just not fun. Ha! This kid was a little worried about not getting any math in, but when I explained why it wasn’t on his schedule he shrugged & kept moving.

We dug back in with our Bible study on Esther, & realised that our next study should really be with the Precept Upon Precept guides for a bit more meat in our studies, but that’s not to say that this particular level has nothing to offer either.

Science also happened this week. For now Jayden & I reading through Painless Earth Science which he’s so-so about. He’d really like Astronomy for the remainder of the year, but it’s really quite difficult to find something suited to the S. Hemisphere. I’m working on it though. Morgan, on the other hand moved on with his Friendly Biology tackling a bit of Chemistry this week. 

Despite being independent we still meet in the mornings & enjoy a few shared things together. Currently that includes our Bible reading, poetry, apologetics, & a read aloud. It’s a great way for my late riser to wake up without feeling rushed & for our day to still be productive & move forward.

Our current, spur of the moment, read aloud is The Adventures Of Nanny Piggins. It seriously is a laugh a minute & I have to admit I’ve been laughing so hard at times I couldn’t even read the content on the pages which elicited a lot of, “What’s so funny?” 

Our current poetry book is actually a rerun as we’ve yet to purchase a new one for the year. This is the book that goes along with the Core Jayden is doing, so we opted to take another run through. Admittedly this wasn’t one of our all time favourite poetry books, but we’ve really missed our early morning poetry sessions too!

We also threw in an impromptu Independence Day celebration, we’d intended to postpone that until the weekend, but some goodies we were awaiting for the celebration arrived on Wednesday, much to our delight, so we ran with it. All up, a really lovely start to a fresh new term!
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