Friday, September 21, 2012
Week 3 of School & Landry Academy
To say its been busy around here is an understatement. I've heard it said that the busy people get things done. I think psychologically you know you have to stay on top of more things so you just get it done. Not an idle moment here. Using grid sheets for each student keeps everyone on track has been working really well. Everything is planned out down to how many pages to read each day to when to ask mom for the quiz or test. No one has to wait on mom to go to the next thing and they know to ask for help immediately if they get stumped. Of course this requires me to stay on track of grading work but that's a topic for another day. We are starting out our day together around reading the bible and this book:
It is part of the MFW ECC curriculum which the younger girls are doing this year. The stories are fascinating and we can't wait to find out each day what will happen next in this adventure. There are some great discussion questions at the end of each story which makes for great conversation among us. The reviews at amazon.com all same the same thing - enjoyable book that captures so many truths of the Christian faith.
I've been so busy with The Old School house curriculum reviews that I've hardly had a chance to write a weekly wrap up. What prompted me to write one this week is Princess' experience at Landry Academy's 2 day lab intensive. It was great! I dropped her off Monday morning at 8:30 am. My mom who lives in the city where the intensive was held picked her up and took her back the next morning. The intensive was held about 1 hour from our home. What an experience. She dissected a pregnant lamb, a frog, a sheep's heart, and a cow's eye. I know gross and so much more than what is required in a high school biology course. I was concerned that it was too much in a short period of time and would she remember all the details as she studies the text throughout the year. Let me tell you my concerns weren't warranted. She took lots of pics and Landry provided a nice book of notes with lab reports for her to fill out. I was able to look through and see her diagrams and write-ups. She also worked within a group to perform the labs. I could've never replicated this experience at home or at the local coop. I can't believe I was so broken up about not getting in the coop biology class back in June. This was so much better and all for the cost of the microscope I would've purchased to do labs at home. This was worth the money.
If Landry comes to your city do not hesitate to sign up. I know this sounds like a review but it is not. I am looking at other classes they offer to see if there is anything we should sign up for. I'm thinking we just might tackle Chemistry at home next year and do the 2 day intensive for Chemistry with Landry.
This was such a great experience I'm hoping other Landry classes are this good. Dissection pics to follow, look at your own risk:
Head over to weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers to see what other moms were up to this week.