Starting our 14th year of homeschooling today. I can hardly believe my baby girl is in high school this year. Wasn't she just beginning kindergarten? Wasn't she just 3 years old and taking ballet class and afternoon naps and losing teeth?
And completing her first "chapter book" ever? Oh, those were such milestones and proud moments! But today she begins algebra I (she actually started this summer), and American Literature (The Scarlet Letter is first up!), and Spanish I and philosophy and economics and more. She's taking a break from CC this year, but will likely return in the coming years. I just felt that God was leading us to be at home together this year doing our own thing, and am praying that He uses the year to pour into her an abundance of grace, confidence, strength, and wisdom. (Not that she doesn't already posses these things!)
And Mr. Cooper is a SENIOR! Here is is with his monstrosity of an American History textbook. He began the Challenge III level of Classical Conversations last week and has been hitting the books for hours on end ever since. Shakespeare, poetry, philosophy, pre-calculus, chemistry, and Spanish are all on agenda for this year ~ and LOTS of rhetorical assignments like debate, speech, memorizing lines of Shakespeare, etc.
But it seems like yesterday that he was just learning to type on a very old desktop computer. He's still the fastest typist in this family for sure!
The cuteness. Oh my.
I'm hitting the books this year, too. My first seminary course began last week, and I really enjoyed the lectures and readings. Fascinating stuff ~ philosophy, philosophers, the nature of reality, arguments for the existence of God, existentialism, noumena, phenomena, Tertullian, Athanasius, Luther, Calvin, Barth. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of information, but I love learning it ~ I think. My first quiz grade has me a bit discouraged, but this is a new week, and I'm hoping to get the hang of things soon. Prayers are appreciated.
First on the agenda was buying a car. Kory was blessed by a gift from his grandparents that enabled this purchase, and we are so thankful. (Thanks Grammie and Paw-Paw!) It was probably the easiest, smoothest transaction in car-buying history! I put out a plea on Facebook, a friend from high school, who happens to live near my dad, responded (Thank you, Lee Ellen!), we took it for a test drive the day after arriving in Texas, everyone had the correct paperwork, they signed over the title, Kory wrote a painful check that was well within our budget, and we drove away. Initially, I did the driving, since it is a manual transmission, but Kory practiced over the next two days and took to it like a pro.
I feared the transaction at the county tax office the next day would be stressful with long waits and trips to various offices, but it wasn't. We waited about 3 minutes, and walked out with Texas plates and registration in under 20 minutes. Amazing. (Acquiring insurance was done over the phone at 9pm ~ inexpensive and unbelievably simple. Wow.)
It was so wonderful that all of this happened so smoothly, because it was Friday, and Kory needed to be at school on Sunday afternoon to begin his week of training for LEAD mentoring. EVERYTHING had to happen by Friday, and it did! This also meant that Saturday could be spent washing, vacuuming, Windexing, and Armour All-ing the car. It cleaned up beautifully! (Have I told you how much I adore washing cars, vacuuming cars, and Windexing and Armour-All-ing cars? Heaven!)
He's in a single this year and loving having the room to himself. I think he needs curtains. What do you think? Only kidding. Pretty sure he's not concerned about window treatments, though I have to say, he has his own ideas about design and room decorating. He's especially excited about his new futon. Living the life...
(Send your kids there! You won't be disappointed! REALLY.)
(Okay, I'll stop.)
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Oh, and we also made a lot of progress on a painting project.
We hauled the heavy furniture out to the driveway, and started scrubbing each piece with a steel brush. We followed that up with steel wool. Next came washing with soap and water, rinsing, and leaving out to dry overnight. Although, in south Texas, it only takes a few minutes for a soaking wet towel to dry ( I know this because we also went swimming), so the table probably dried as soon as we finished, but we couldn't tell, because it was dark by that time.
Well, that's the long update. Now, I'm WAY overdue to be off the computer and setting up Kayla's Spanish CD-Rom curriculum as well as her online stock market game. After that, it's over to the dance studio to register her for Hip-Hop class.
Don't even ask me if I've watched today's theology lecture.
Happy Back-to School!