Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Break is Almost Here

Since it's mid-December, we have only one week left of school before our Christmas break. As I always do just before a break, I've been looking at our plans to see how we're coming along with our work.

Dea:
Her current term is up at the end of January. She will have to do some work during Christmas break to be done with everything by term's end. She only has 3 chapters left in Geometry. She's still continuing with ASL. She is currently in book 8 (out of 10) for Accounting. She is reading To Kill a Mockingbird, and still has to read The Count of Monte Cristo, as well as do some Grammar for English. She has finished her Econ class & the online class she used as the Writing portion of English. So, just 4 subjects left for the term. She's not too far behind, though she could be further along in Geometry if she didn't fight about it so much. I had also hoped she'd be done with To Kill a Mockingbird by the beginning of December, to allow her 2 whole months to read The Count of Monte Cristo. She fell a bit behind with her English, though, probably due to fighting about the books she had to read.


Jay:
4th grade started mid-April, and 5th won't start until mid-April 2014. So, we still have a few months to finish the work for this year.
He has already finished the 3 Math books we had planned for the year - LOF Elementary Physics, LOF Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology, and LOF Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics. He will take a break from Math until after Christmas break, when he will start LOF Beginning Algebra.
For Grammar, we've been using Grammar Land & Grammar worksheets I print for free online. He only has 6 chapters left of Grammar Land. We're also about halfway through AAS5 & more than halfway through his Required Reading list.
He's less than halfway through LFC C, and we may not finish it by the end of the year. It's fine if we don't, as we can finish it next year. He's still continuing with ASL, as well.
He is making his way through Perplexors A & is really enjoying them. He will definitely finish it before the end of the year. Luckily, he still has some pages left in Advancing Through Analogies. He's really enjoying analogies, too. We started with just one analogy a day. Now, he's doing two a day. After break, I'll see about bumping it to 4 a day. I'm not sure if he'll finish this book by the end of the year or not. It's fine either way.
We haven't been as diligent about Art or Music as I would like. We're only on our 2nd artist of the year. He has been doing work for both subjects, just not every week. These are both less structured subjects, anyway, so it isn't a huge deal if he skips some weeks.
In Geography, we are on his 4th of 6 trips to plan. This one is China. He is really enjoying doing Geography this way, instead of the boring textbook way. We will probably finish all 6 trips by the end of the year.
In History, we have been studying early U.S. History, up through the Civil War. We are currently only at the American Revolution. I don't think we will make it through the Civil War this year. That is fine. 5th grade will also be U.S. History, so we will just continue form wherever we leave off.
In Science, he's working on Marine Biology, and I'm sure we'll be done by the end of the year. His study of herbs has been moving along, though somewhat slowly. He wants to continue with it after this year, though, so I'm not really concerned about whether or not we get through all the resources this year.
He isn't really behind schedule in much, so I'm not concerned with the few areas where he is.