Thursday, August 18, 2016

Week 2 and there is More Work To be Done

Week 2 and 3 was full of Exciting Discoveries

My Tiger Lilly drew this for me and I had it put on Canvas, then hung it on one of our main walls in the living room. She was so excited and happy with my surprise.

Not a Good Week

Well this week we had only two mini-meltdowns. I knew it would come. Just exhausting dealing with them.

Speed Racer's Week: 

Blended Middle School/High Schooler 12 yrs old

Challenges this Week
Well, we are trying a hand at having Tiger Lilly validate Speed Racer's daytime online independent work. She get's paid to do this job.

However, she did well at making sure he was engaged, but she noted that he didn't finish 25% of his planned work because she started him later than 10am.

Therefore, Speed Racer has to finish up his independent work over the weekend. Which means for him - Saturday school.


Another night were my little guy stays up WAY TOO LATE and doesn't want to wake up. He gave his sister a hard way to go on Monday, and it didn't get any better with me.

No out right tantrums or freak outs, but some smacking of teeth, tossing around books on the table in a loud manner and prolonging school by an hour (which we don't have since we are supposed to be done by 10pm!)

So, with a few nights of this, I locked up cellphone and game controllers until he focused and finished his work.

Mommy had to reign in the irritation at the fact that to finish the work he wanted to listen to music, hum and tap his pen - all to annoy me further.

So that meant school didn't end until 11:45pm two nights this week. Yeah, I could've ended early, but I want to be consistent with this child or he would act out every single night for school to end early.

Planning Forward:
He will have four Landry Academy classes that start at 7am and 10am four days a week. He plans to do the homework for those classes weekly. We will have to figure it out as these have priority over his online independent classes.


(10 am-12pm) Daily Independent
Psychology and Sociology he failed to pass the chapter test in Sociology with a passing grade. So he will review the chapter and have to do the test again on Saturday.

Macro Econ and Information Systems were finished without issue although he did write down questions that he asked Tiger Lilly and his dad about.

Physics he loves this class since he figures he can use it towards getting his Pilot's license one day.

(1pm-2pm) Daily Independent

Membean thankfully he is now on level 2 as far as word understanding and usage goes.
Geometry (Teaching Textbooks) takes him about 30 minutes
Speed Reading & Comprehension with Ace Reader he is really doing well with this. He told me he liked it better than the workbook reading and comprehension

(2-3pm) Mon and Wed with Tiger Lilly tutoring him

Java Homeschool he finished his first program with help from his sister.

(3pm-4:30pm) Daily

Tiger Lilly was telling him what he needed to code while reading it from her phone.

Geometry AbekaAcademy he had two quizzes and passed with A's. Taking this with TT Geometry follow up is working out well for him. He likes getting it from two different perspectives.

Copy work his cursive and print writing has come a long way!

Sequential Spelling He is getting all of his words right. I am thinking of moving him up, but we will see.

(5pm) Martial Arts  or Soccer
He has 1.5 hours of one of these a day. Saturday, he has other activities.

(6:15-6:30pm) 2 days a week
3-minute devotional for guys Bible Devotionals he actually loved spending the one on one time with his dad doing this.

(6:30-7:15pm) Dinner

(7:15pm-7:30pm) 2 days a week
Math Drill he is still having challenges with decimals. The adding and multiplying of them. So, he is taking about 8 minutes to finish his drill sheets and only getting 60% of it correct.

(7:30pm - 9:30pm) 5 days week
Chemistry with Abeka he passed all of his test so far with A's.

(9:30pm-10:30pm) 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.

PE Is done 6 days a week. He is in Civilian Airforce Program (or CAP), Young Eagles, martial arts and Soccer.

Weekend Plans: Saturday 9am to 12 pm: CAP or Young Eagles (where he actually flies an airplane!). Finish up any excess homework. Attend Church youth group. Sunday is church, cleaning and the beach.

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

Tiger Lilly and Rose had an Impromtu Paint Night

Tiger Lilly is still on her 'light' schedule since she has until the end of August for the college courses.

Challenges: The homeschoolprogramming class was a bit outdated with the requested software download. So she spent the week working on finding the right plugin for her application.

Also, she told me her brother drove her crazy.

11am-12pm - 3 days a week
Software Development class She is correcting her draft Trade Analysis paper on game development frameworks.

12pm-1pm - 5 days a week
See the Light Art Class finally she is getting to the drawing of people. That is one of the areas she isn't as confident in her art.

1pm-2pm - 5 days a week
Homeschool Programming Android Programming it's coming along well. She is learning some things that she didn't learn in her college course since that course was more rushed.

2pm-3pm - 3 days a week
Calculus with Saxon & Dive and CTCMath Oh this is a challenge for her! She does like the CTCMath version and explainations better than with Dive.

5pm-6:30pm - 3 days a week
Soccer she is starting to loosen up. However, on Friday we are starting her with a new Martial arts that she is fussing about attending stating she has too much physical exercise already with soccer and going to the gym with her dad. I reminded her that she has to have 1.5 hrs of exercise a week and doing something different each day will be best for her.

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.


Meals Okay, the freezer meals are coming to an end and I have to do it again. Prepping is my least favorite part of the process.

Cleaning. Hubby hung the door on my oldest daughter's room and she was ecstatic but not happy that he decided to do it at 12am in the morning...

Work & Life Balance. My schedule is back to normal. BUT now I have to drop off my 2 older kids in the morning to their jobs and pick up one. So my schedule is all over the place as my husband and I flip flop drop offs until the older kids save enough for new cars.

Lesson Planning. Coming along well. I wanted to do two weeks worth, but didn't get around to it.

Rest. You'd think I'd get more sleep. However, my husband likes going to the movies - late, at night, and during the week when it is discounted. So, one late night at the movies, another late night with him putting in a door meant two 5 hours nights of hardly any sleep. The rest of the week I was up to 6 to 7 hours.

Marriage Check Up. Still having fun together by riding to pick up kids or going to the movie. This week got ahead of us though and we didn't have much 'chatting' time.

1 comment:

  1. I love that you surprised your daughter by having her artwork put on canvas. That is awesome!