Lesson Planning

I’ve been doing a lot of lesson planning and getting assignments entered into Homeschool Planet over the last few weeks. We’re pretty much ready for school to start at the end of the month. Adrian will be a 6th grader, Fritz an 8th grader, and Cameron a senior in high school.

History, geography, science, and the arts will be through Layers of Learning again this year. We’re on year 4, modern history. We’re going to learn a lot of great stuff.

Fritz and Adrian will be doing Analytical Grammar, Beyond the Book Report, and Wordly Wise. All three boys will be doing Writer’s Workshop (which is new – and looks seriously awesome – from the Layers of Learning people).

Fritz and Adrian will be doing Teaching Textbooks for math. I was rather surprised when Adrian easily tested into pre-algebra. I shouldn’t be surprised. He’s been doing Math Mammoth for a few years and it’s really prepared him well. Fritz tested into Algebra I, but that was not a surprise at all. Cameron will be doing Khan Academy for math.

The younger two boys will be doing some test prep. They both need to learn how to do the whole bubble in an answer thing. In addition to basic test prep, Fritz will be doing some simple studying for the ACT and PSAT. He’ll be taking the PSAT for practice near the beginning of his 9th grade year so I figured now is a good time to start getting ready for it.

Fritz will be doing Visual Latin for his foreign language. Adrian’s going to keep doing Spanish, but he’s not going to do DuoLingo anymore. Instead we’re going to have him watch cartoons in Spanish with English subtitles and see how that works for him. There’s a lot of Netflix originals that allow you to do that, including some he’s watched in English so he’s already aware of how the storyline goes.

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Adrian’s Letter

When Cameron and Fritz turned 11, they got their Harry Potter letters. We meant to give one to Adrian on his 11th birthday, but we totally forgot! I remembered a couple days after his birthday and quickly ordered an owl from Amazon. Luckily I already had the letter on my computer so that was easy to print out for him.


The owl arrived one evening while Cameron had taken the boys to Sonic for half price milkshakes. This presented the perfect opportunity to have the owl and letter waiting for him when he got home.


We included in the letter a note saying the owl was late because it got lost on the way. In a way that was true. Amazon actually lost the first owl I ordered after it was out for delivery!


He was so happy to get his letter. For a while we weren’t sure if he actually understood that it wasn’t real. He was totally acting as if the owl was alive and everything.


After a while he asked us if he was the only one of the boys to play along and pretend it was real. He then explained that he was going to keep pretending and that was just a breaking the fourth wall moment. We should’ve known. This kid absolutely love role playing.

Adrian’s Birthday Celebration

On Wednesday, June 19th Adrian turned 11. Jamie had to work almost all day, but he spent the day having fun with his brother, grandparents, and me so that was okay.


His favorite presents were his talking Buzz and Woody. With Toy Story 4 coming out just after his birthday, he’s been really into those movies lately.


We went to see The Secret Life of Pets 2 at Alamo Drafthouse. It was a really cute movie. Everyone enjoyed it from ages 11 up to 74!


We went to a trampoline park where the boys got to jump for a couple hours and played several games of laser tag.


We went to Golden Corral for dinner where Adrian could pick whatever he wanted for dinner. His choice? Rice and cheese, his favorite food.


The boys went swimming in the pool at the hotel.


They played some D&D after Jamie got finished working and got back to the hotel.


When we got home, Cameron gave Adrian his present. Adrian was thrilled to have a talking Forky to add to his Buzz and Woody. He had been slightly disappointed on his birthday to not get Forky since that’s the one he wanted most of all.

Last Quarter of the 2018-19 School Year

We completed the third quarter of the 2018-19 school year last Friday. We learned so much this quarter.

In history, we learned about the Boston Tea Party, the founding fathers, 1776, and the American Revolution. In Geography, we learned about Japan, Iran, Samoa, Tonga, and South Africa. In Science we learned about chemical reactions, compounds, oxidation and reduction, and acids and bases. In the arts, we learned about folk music, Rococo art, and crafts. As always, we started each day by watching CNN 10.

Cameron read (listened to) The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War by Fred Anderson, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis, 1776 by David McCullough, and The American Revolution: A History by Gordon S. Wood. His grades were great:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
PE A
English A
Math A

Fritz read Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz, Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady, and My Brother Sam is Dead by James and Christopher Collier. His grades were perfect:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Piano A
PE A
Religion A
English A
Math A
Logic A
Latin A

Adrian read Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean Fritz, Abigail Adams: Girl of Colonial Days by Jean Brown Wagoner, Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady, and Can’t You Make Them Behave King George? by Jean Fritz. His grades were excellent:
History A
Geography A
Science A
Art A
Recorder A
PE A
Spanish A
Religion A
English A
Math A