Friday, June 30, 2017

Year Ten - Done!

As always, my annual disclaimer...

For most of you, this post will definitely fall into the category of over-sharing.  For me, this is recored-keeping.  If you're interested in the nitty-gritty of What We Do For Homeschool, here's your fix.  If not?  Nothing to see here - move along  ;D

As I tidied up the school corner (I can't say "school room" any more!) and did some record-keeping for Gunnar's transcript I was kind of shocked to realize that this was our tenth year of homeschooling.   TENTH!  I guess I was more than "kind of" surprised!  It has felt so different this year, with only one student, and him only part time.  But here's a quick rundown on all the boybarians...

WYATT - graduated from Whatcom Community College in December - WOO-HOO!!!  He's working full-time for a local heating and air-conditioning outfit.  Yay, Wyatt!

TATE - just finished his first year at Bellingham Technical College, through the Running Start program.  He chose to take 20 credits each quarter, and maintained a perfect 4.0 while working part-time and remaining active with the Civil Air Patrol.  

Just yesterday...

Tate was notified that he's the recipient of a $2000 Grainger "Tools for Tomorrow" scholarship.

We're just a little bit excited about that!

He's working full-time this summer at the local Wastewater Treatment Plant, which also counts for TWO internships for his BTC program - Process Technology.

Gunnar - like his brothers before him, has taken three classes at the high school - Algebra, English, and Spanish, while continuing his studies at home.

Gunnar completed a one year overview of World History...

... and introduction to logic, with The Fallacy Detective...

... and a year of Apologia's Biology with labs...

... and I've got to tell you how much we love the student notebooks.
Totally worth the extra bucks.

He also read and discussed Jay Wile's Reasonable Faith, Henry Morris' What Is Creation Science?, Duane Gish's Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No!, and the Harris brothers' Do Hard Things.

 Gunnar has also continued taking private violin lessons this school year,
and we're looking forward to a week of fiddle camp.
He's planning on giving the school orchestra a try next year :D

It's been a really good year for Gunnar.  He's making the transition to working more independently and relying less on me.  I gave him a weekly schedule so we could see the whole year mapped out (and adapt and flex when we wanted), made sure he had what he needed for his biology labs, checked his work a couple of times a week, and helped him review for tests.  He's growing up :D



Choate Family said...

Doing the happy dance for ten years of successful schooling at home! And for the three amazing young men you are raising 😀

Sara McD said...

Good year! Congrats to all. Tate the overachiever!

I wish our state allowed us to do part-time public school. They make everything so hard here. Even athletics. *sigh*

Unknown said...

Congratulations on a decade!!! Your investment has truly paid off! (And oh how I love these posts.)

Monica said...

Three very handsome and successful young men! I can't believe how much they have changed. Always adorable but quite grown up now! Sorry Mom. ;)
I wasn't able to homeschool but I what hard work on both parent/teacher and child/student it requires.
Great Job!!!!