|Homeschooling, October 2017|
We have enjoyed learning how to paint with acrylics using Cinnamon Cooney's (The Art Sherpa) tutorials. She shows and describes how to complete any of a whole list of gorgeous paintings. Even if you have no experience and feel you have little talent, you can still create beautiful pieces of art. As she teaches, she is constantly telling you why or how she creates the effects she is showing and her tutorials are filled with so much information, it is almost like taking a college-level art course! I am taking this information and making quizzes to complete their art classes. I cannot recommend these tutorials enough, as they can transform your student that feels as if he cannot create art into confidant artists. Alex has created several beautiful pieces even with his language difficulties, so it is also very helpful in teaching art to people with special needs.
The College Kids
The college kids are doing well and enjoying their classes. They have adapted to their new college and all the driving that Sam has to do to get to them (it is an hour and a half away). Katie has particularly fallen in love with ceramics and believes that she has found her calling. These are some of the pieces she has created (a couple of her best pieces I cannot show as she is giving them away as Christmas presents) in her Ceramics I class. She is looking forward to taking Ceramics II and III.
Both Sam and Katie have also learned a lot in their First Aid course and now know how to perform lots of live-saving measures, including mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and using a defibrillator.
Sam is also enjoying his Political Theory class and I am enjoying hearing about one of my favorite professors from when I went to the same college many years ago.
Statistics is probably their most difficult class and seems to be the course that requires the most homework.
James, 9th grade
James is doing really well since we switched to Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum for his entire school program (I will be writing more about the curriculum in next month's post.) It is very much a read-the-text-and-answer-the-questions program, which is not my style of learning but it works for him, so we are sticking with it.
This month he went over American Indians, reviewing their foods, family and home life and communication in People, Places and Principles of America, The Discovering. He reviewed pronouns in English I: Language Skills. He reviewed graphs and signed numbers in Basic Math Skills. He learned about atomic weights, heat, measuring temperature, Galileo and the Pendulum,, Galileo and motion: speed and acceleration in Integrated Physics and Chemistry.
Quentin, 8th grade
Quentin has completed his study of Exodus this month (Picture Smart Bible Curriculum). He is studying the chemistry of life in Biology, and the basics in Physical Science (Exploring Creation with Physical Science). He is studying fractions using Math on the Level. He is working on Greek (Basic Greek in Thirty Minutes a Day: New Testament Greek Workbook) and Latin (Latin's Not So Tough, Level 3). He is working his way through How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare. Although he did not attending Fencing lessons this month due to illness, we did manage to go to some Voice lessons, and he is progressing nicely with that. He has been working on Billy Joel's Piano Man and Simon and Garfunkel's The Sound of Silence. Next month we plan to focus on his writing history papers.