The rose red fingers of the dawn of 2016 stretch out to greet some big events in the life of our family. The marriage of our eldest daughter. The welcoming of a son-in-law. Perhaps a guest bedroom? The final year of home education for our second daughter who is looking forward to a driver's license and life after home education. And the continuing adventures of our life with our youngest daughter and her life embracing, contagious, vivacity.
I can't help but remember the days of our beginnings. Those first timid steps into the path of home education. With daily nap times, lazy afternoons, snuggles on the couch, early morning rises, and the rest. 2016 will be our busiest and most scholarly year yet. Maybe ever. Life with teens is something else. And it is something wonderful.
Plans & Goals for 2016
Try and keep connected while supporting each child as she spreads her wings and makes plans for her future.
Try and find space to keep connected with my dear husband. Space for us.
Somehow keep our home space clean and welcoming. Finding routine and rhythm amongst the potential chaos.
Wedding Planning. I'll say no more.
Our time with our Green Path Scholars community has added a wonderful dimension to our learning life. We are reading, discussing, thinking, and writing more together. A couple of years ago I was feeling exhausted. I had about 5 or 6 years left to go in our homeschooling journey, was looking toward the finish line and wanting to finish strong, but I had nothing left. Our new community has helped revive our enthusiasm for this lifestyle of learning together. I am personally seeing the benefit now of providing opportunities for teens to learn together in a small group setting. They really make eachother dig deep and think. They challenge each other. And they are challenged themselves to consider others perspectives.
As each daughter begins to think about what her next step will be, we work together to try align their topics of study to encourage and equip them for their next step. Strengthening weaknesses in content or study habits, building interests to propel them forward, and making plans are all part of our learning process.
Miss A - age 17. Final year of home education.
I will be creating her own individual Year 12 Certificate of Home Education at the end of this year. She has already completed Biology & Latin to a high enough level and these will be added to her certificate.
1) Music: our main focus as that is the vocational path she is heading down.
- Violin lessons & exams
- Grade 4 & Grade 5 theory
- Music History - Discovering Music DVD Curriculum
- Exploring Composition & Music Analysis
- Performance - Church Music Ministry; Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra; Youth Band; Sunshine Coast Junior Eistedfodd
2) Maths: Business Maths
- Excel Preliminary Business Studies Workbook
- IEW: Lemonade to Leadership
- IEW: Economics Based Writing Lessons
3) English, History, Geography: Reading, Written Narrations, Essays, Discussion, Keeping a Commonplace
- History of the English Speaking People's Volume III
- Geography Colouring Book + Trail Guide To World Geography
- The Rhetoric Companion & Aristotle's Rhetoric
- History of Christianity
- Literature - The Odyssey (Homer), Philemon (Bible - slavery), Little Women, Uncle Tom's Cabin, How Should We Then Live
Miss K - age 15.
1) English, History, Geography: Literature, Keeping a Commonplace, Oral & Written Narrations Learning the art of Dialectic (thinking, questioning, discussion)
- Lost Tools of Writing
- IEW: The Nose Tree (Grammar)
- Literature: The Odyssey (Homer), Pilgrim's Progress, Just So Stories, Nanberry (Jackie French), Shakespeare's Sonnets
- Story of the World Volume III: Early Modern Times
- Courage & Conviction: Chronicles of the Reformation Church
- Trail Guide To World Geography
- Math U See
- Living Math Units to match our Early Modern Time Period for History.
- Signs & Seasons (Astronomy)
- The World of Chemistry (Tiner): Used as a springboard to research deeper into topics of interest and add to science notebook.
- The Elements - book & apps
I am beginning to consider myself a work-at-home Mum now and looking at my days with new eyes. Managing my time, keeping my days aligned with my goals and making space for my work, priorities, and relationships. The concept of balance is becoming increasingly important to me. The Best Yes and Teaching from Rest are two books I keep returning to during this season.
A Day In My Week
Each day is so very different now it is difficult to pick a day that is representative of our life of learning. We have two GPS community sessions which take half a day each. We have one day at work with Dad. We have music lessons, orchestra and church music ministry rehearsals scattered through the week. Surfing. Driving lessons, Bible study, youth group. Friends, family. Somehow, amongst all that, we aim to weave in approximately 4 hours of study time 4 days a week. And maintain a relatively peaceful family life.
2016 is going to be full. And lively. And stretching.
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