September is here and for us that means the start of a new homeschool year. We follow the traditional school calendar (September thru May) because of the awesome distance program we use for Marcus’ core subjects.
This school year got off to stressful start because of driver’s ed. Sigh. To avoid dual-enrollment, I put Marcus in a seven-night driver’s ed. course which began last week and just ended last night. It’s a shame he couldn’t have taken the only other summer course which was in June, but that coincided with a youth camp. Honestly, if I’d known it would be this time consuming with the four-hour classes from 5:30 to 9:30pm, and the hours of homework assigned for each class (he basically rewrote the driver’s handbook), I would’ve made him trade his summer camp for driver’s ed. And, he’s still not finished because he has all the driving-with-instructor time to get in. One is scheduled for this afternoon for four hours, another for next Thursday, and then two more need to be scheduled after that.
So, up ’til last night his schedule looked like this-
- 6:40am wake up, get dressed
- 7:10am leave for Seminary (20 min. drive + traffic)
- 7:40-8:30am Seminary (this is a four-year scripture study program for youth)
- 9:00am breakfast, set up for class
- 9:30ish-am online American History II (1860-present; live-streamed)
- 10:25ish-am online Earth Science (live-streamed)
- 11:25ish-am online English (live-streamed)
- 12:25ish-pm online precalculus (live-streamed)
- 1:30pm lunch
- 2pm-5pm driver’s ed homework (at least two solid hours worth); math or chores as time allows or sometimes we snuck in a quick devotion/scripture study; quick dinner
- 5:15pm leave for driver’s ed
- 5:30-9:30pm driver’s ed class (carpool home)
- 10pm second dinner because he was hungry, even with snacks at driver’s ed
- 10:30pm shower, brush teeth, get to bed
Driver’s ed. made us feel sorry for the public high school kids taking it. We know two girls in band, and band practice is after school for an hour and a half and then they had driver’s ed for four hours. These girls were at the school from 8:30am to 9:30pm! We were wondering when in the world they found time to do their driver’s ed homework? Or just breathe? We are so glad we homeschool. One morning we skipped Seminary for some much needed extra sleep. We can do that when we need to and to make up the absence, Marcus completes a worksheet the teacher emails him.
I don’t have any science books to show because all the resources will be provided by the teacher.
Aside from the time and stress of driver’s ed, which I realize is both necessary and temporary, we are excited for this homeschool year. Even though I don’t personally teach Marcus’ core subjects, we still make time to do other types of learning together, and I read all of his novels for English with him. But on our own this year we plan to make time for:
- an early Church history unit study
- a unit study about C.S. Lewis, including much of his poetry
- fieldtrips to museums
- hiking, biking, nature walks
- art lessons
- poetry tea time
- meal planning and dinner prep
- finishing six merit badges and his Eagle project
- visiting his dad in Montana at least once a month
♥ Are you homeschooling a teenager this year? Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog today. Are you seeing signs of fall where you live? Here, not so much. Not yet. ♥