Friday, August 26, 2016

Full Blast and Sputtered


Great Weekend Doing Martial Arts at the Beach

Actually held Speed Racer's Interest
And Even Tiger Lilly Grudgingly Participated

We went to the movies to see Kubo.
Enjoyable, Captivating yet a dark tale.

where Tiger Lilly and her Dad came in 1st Place

12 yrs
Changes? We dropped the JAVA HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMMING for .... da da da ... Prodigy. My son, Speed Racer stated, "Mom two programming classes? Really? I'm smart, but not that smart". So I laughed and told him I would introduce another practice in Math.

If you've noticed, I am really working on building his Vocabulary, Math Skills and Writing skills in prep for his next year of CLEP/DSST and SAT testing planned for 2017-2018 *plans on how I will tackle that will be coming soon. I am contemplating using Dual Credit At Home ( ) or using this free CLEP Prep lesson plan for homeschoolers created by this awesome lady named Tricia ( .

(7am-8:30am) Online Live Class
Landry Academy Classes

Had to make him go to sleep early - which he totally hated, but conceded in order to get his cellphone back. He is adjusting to the classes overall.

Writing ER: is on Monday's.  I woke him up and logged him in with no problem. His homework in this class isn't bad and the teacher is engaging. He does a bit of the weekly homework a little each day.

Algebra 1 (Saxon): is on Tuesday's and waking up, getting in gear for class worked out better. The class also can be done independent of the time since the teacher pre-recorded the video review of each lesson. He does a bit of the weekly homework a little each day.

Python Programming is on Wednesday's: This class gave him a bit of a challenge, he doesn't like the reading homework, but I read it with him later in the day to get him engaged. He does a bit of the weekly homework a little each day.

(9 am-11am) Daily Independent
Psychology, Sociology, Macro Econ, Physics and Information Systems is going well and only takes him 10 minutes each to get through videos which also have the written transcripts to each and 5 question quizzes. He found a method and is doing well. What quizzes and test he doesn't pass, he saves to do with me in the evenings or weekends.

(11am-12:30am) Online Live Class
Landry Academy Classes

Spanish  is on Thursday's: This teacher posted a Quizlet list for the kids to go over daily with homework. He started working through the list on Monday. He does a bit of the weekly homework a little each day.

(12:30-1:00pm) - lunch

(1pm-2pm) Daily Independent

Membean he does this for 15 minutes a day and is on level 2 now.

Geometry (Teaching Textbooks) this takes 30 minutes and he thinks it's easier than Abeka Geometry.

Speed Reading & Comprehension with Ace Reader is a 10 minute online interactive reading comprehensive program that he's zooming through.

(2pm-2:30pm) Daily Independent

Prodigy (Math Game) he noted that the lessons are getting more difficult with not much instruction.

Copy work is doing Great Writer's Quotes in cursive, he writes so well in cursive and to think he's a lefty! It takes him 10 minutes

(2:30pm-3pm) Snack Break

(3pm-4:00pm) Daily

Geometry AbekaAcademy he finished his test and got a 78% but still had some concepts he needed help with. We called the student tutoring line which seemed to put him back on track.

Sequential Spelling  still seems a bit easy for him (I think membean is really helping). I am considering giving him the chapter test to see if I should just move him on. This takes about 10 minutes.

(5pm) Martial Arts  or Soccer
Soccer & Martial Arts: Which he loves having something to do everyday to break the school monotony.

PE Is done 6 days a week. He is in Civilian Airforce Program (or CAP), Young Eagles on Saturday's

(6:15-6:30pm) Does these 1 time each a week interchangeably

3-minute devotional for guys Bible Devotionals he actually loved spending the one on one time with his dad doing this.

(7-7:30pm) Dinner
Late Night doing Chemistry.

(7:30pm - 8:15pm) 5 days week
Chemistry with Abeka he passed all of his test so far with A's.

(8:15pm-8:30pm) 5 days week
Wordly Wise yes I added this and it takes him 10 to 15 minutes to do it.

(8:15pm-9:15pm) 3 or 2 days a week 
English Literature and American Literature this he says has a lot of overlap, so he happens to do well on test in both classes. He doesn't like reading the classical stuff though so I got movies.

Weekend Plans: He's going to a Homeschool Carnival at one of the homeschool parent's home. And hopefully surfing lessons.

Tiger Lilly's Week: High Schooler /Dual Enrolled 15 yrs old

Tiger Lilly is my complainer, but she eventually gives in to the fun to be had.

Tiger Lilly started her DUAL ENROLLED COLLEGE classes this week. Woot! (she didn't say that).

(9 am-10:30am) Daily Independent
Landry Academy

Network Pro cost us an additional $89 for the online cbt interactive lab membership with that is used by the Teacher. He gave the wrong code and had to later make adjustments to our account, but all went well.
10:30am-11:30am - 3 days a week
Software Development class (Homeschool Class by mom) She is correcting her draft Trade Analysis paper on game development frameworks.

11:30am-12:30pm- 3 days a week
Calculus with Saxon & Dive and CTCMath The CTCMath is working out better for her, but she does extra practice with Saxon.

1:30pm-4:30pm- 3 days a week [Dual Enrolled College Course with]
Nutrition is a class I am hoping will help her make healthy food choices. It's a required science that she could've CLEP out of, but decided she actually wanted to take a class. This week she wrote essay, on nutritional choices, did some discussion answers.

Relational Database Design This is a required course for her major and she will work with Oracle DB products, design her on database structure, build it using SQL and work on it with a group. This is mom's field of work, so I look forward to any questions she will ask. She had a Database Design project, discussion question, and diagram to create.

Technical Writing She hates technical writing but likes creative writing. I am hoping she will find a medium here. She had an essay, introduction of herself, and some discussion post to make.

5pm-6:30pm - 3 days a week - PE
Soccer, she is liking her team and is now looking forward to practice.

7pm-8pm - 1 day a week
Japanese with 1.5 hr tutoring is going well. I am looking for an in person training class though.

8pm-9pm - 2 days a week
3-minute Devotional for Girls she likes it and it gives her and I a reason to discuss tough issues.

9pm-10pm - 3 days a week / and 2 days a week
Homeschool Programming Android Programming has staggered to a halt. We are working with them to find out why the plug in's don't work.

See the Light Art Class is down to 2 days a week.


Meals We failed to do the Freezer meal prep this week. Sigh, so it was back to winging it. I went to Sam's Club and got bulk meat and just had to figure out what to cook each day. Not good.

Cleaning.Even though we have less space, it seems there is a lot of clutter building up than anything. However, this weekend we should be able to re-configure this weekend.

Work & Life Balance. Is crazy, crazy, crazy since my oldest daughter Rose lost her driver's license - yet again. That makes three times in 1 year. Yep, you heard me. Well now we have to drop off and pick her and her oldest brother up which is running myself and hubs ragged. Soon they will have their own cars and this shouldn't be a problem.

Lesson Planning. Had to be adjusted again. I seem to just keep waiting til the last minute to do this. I am aiming to do better this week.

Rest. I actually did pretty good this week. Making the 12 year old go to bed at 10pm (okay, at least by 11pm) allows me to unwind and get 6 to 7 hours of sleep a day - this week.

Marriage Check Up. We didn't get time alone this week to go out and eat or chat. Also, we were just so tired we couldn't move when we finally didn't have to drive anyone somewhere.


  1. HEY! It's been so long since I've read other blogs...making a decision to go back to those who encourage and inspire me. I love reading about your plans and life. Tell me, they do this all independently while you are at work? I plan to show my 13 year old this list. She thinks she is asked to do too much. Also, one more question, what do you suggest for beginning computer/programming classes?

  2. Hi there Heather! My 12 year old does all the 'Daily Independent' work on his own. They are usually computer based interactive works that take him no more than 15 min a session (truthfully only 10 min if he stays focused). We started slow, and I would time him. As he got more proficient, I'd add another 'subject'. Truthfully, it was to keep him from getting into trouble by messing with his sister who was doing her work. I was shocked by how much he actually covers in a day on his own. Took me awhile to find 'what worked' for him. is great and I can track it when I am not home. The videos are only 5 to 7 minutes, it has written narration of the video and a quick 5 question quiz. CTCMath is similar, so is Membean. *For Computer Programming classes, my kids really enjoyed: (1) YouthDigital Game Design 1 and 2, then Mod Design, Server Design (on sale at Homeschoolbuyersco-op. (2)TechRocket (3) Code Academy (4) Once they have done all of those, then the online Landry Academy courses in Python, C Programming was WONDERFUL!! My daughter really did well in her college programming classes because of this road.

    1. All of these are on sale at Homeschoolbuyersco-op or other online specials. I listed what I paid for it: ($379 a year), ($79 a year) and YouthDigital ($99 a year)

  3. You're so organised. Sigh. I'm so not :)

  4. You're so organised. Sigh. I'm so not :)