Friday, January 25, 2008

Week 18 in Review -- Midyear Summary

I am taking a break from my Schola et Studium blog so for the time being, the weeks in review are coming over here. Previous ones are here and here. In case you don't already know, we do a blend of classical, Charlotte Mason, and unschooling. I do a sort of not-very-intense LCC for the basics (which are to me Math--Language/Latin/Greek--Literature), use Charlotte Mason ideas for the "atmosphere, discipline, and life" (habits, nature study, living books) and the unschooly ideas sort of flow around the edges in my theories and principles and how we make our educational decisions around here.... This has evolved through the years of finding what works for us and the balance changes from season to season and year to year. can see the Week in Review Mr Linky over at Trivium Academy.

This week in review also happens to be a mid-year review since last week we reached 90 days – halfway through the school year. Hooray!

Looking at the progress charts for the 3Rs, I was happy to see that we are closer to track than I had thought. You can click on the charts to make them bigger. This is for a just-turned 15 year old in "Year 9" and a just-turned 12 year old in "Year 6" (both their birthdays were in January and the older one's was just this week)

This chart is year 9 for the basic subjects. Logic took a hit, and so did Latin, when the Algebra started taking up a bigger part of the day.

Here is Year 6. I had handwriting down, and it transferred to spelling, and I didn't know quite how to work it so that it showed easily on the chart. So that looks a bit worse than it actually is.

Here is Year 9 -- readings and narrations. I stopped keeping conscientious records on these ones sometime in December, plus we let science take a back seat.

Here is Year 6 -- a partial list of readings and narrations.

General Notes and Thoughts:

I don't have my oldest scholar, a senior in high school, on the charts because she is quite independent and keeps her own records. Nor do I have the little ones on here. Paddy is a kindergartener and Aidan, who functions between late kindergarten and early first grade, is special needs and I find it very difficult indeed to project where he will be in a given amount of time.

Looking at these charts, I am a bit relieved because I thought we had fallen further behind than we had in fact. But I see what we need to focus on and that would be, um, writing. We do some written narrations but there is room for lots of improvement. My older children learned to write happily and competently just by example, time and plenty of cooperative projects. Basically we unschooled writing, in a word-rich environment. But for this set, I would like to focus on it a bit differently. So that's something to ponder and plan for.

Anyway, that is a long enough post for now. Overall, we had a good week. The first couple of weeks after resuming our studies after Christmas were a bit rocky, mostly for me changing tracks back from lots of free time to not very much. But now I've resigned myself and am back to having fun planning history and literature and trying to plan our progym.


momof3feistykids said...

I love your charts. I have experimented with similar forms, because seeing things neatly laid out helps me feel less overwhelmed. :-)

What curricula do you use for math and logic?

Sherry said...

It sounds like things are going really great at your house! I am still a couple weeks off from our mid-year, but I think we are pretty much on track so far! Your charts are really great!

Have a blessed week,


Willa said...

For Sean, year 9, I use Jacob's Algebra. For Kieron who is in Year 6 I use MCP Math as a springboard and then I usually write problems out for him and have him do various mental math exercises etc.

As for Logic -- Sean started off the year with Traditional Logic 1 from Memoria Press. It worked wonderfully for his older brother Brendan, but doesn't seem to work so well for Sean, partly because his brain is fried after Math and Latin.

Kieron was using a little book called Thinking Skills F from Essential Learning Products (it seems to be OOP now -- but it's similar to the Building THinking Skills curricula sold by Critical Thinking Press).

Kim F said...

Willa I can't find your email offhand and would like to pick your brain about a couple things. Can you drop me a note when you get a minute? Thanks!