While I've managed to update my other blog the past couple of weeks, I have fallen by the wayside here----and I've not really updated over there like I would like to either, but such is life. :-)
So now that it is SEPTEMBER I will try to report on what DG has been up to for the past couple of months.
July was spent in full dance mode, with math and some literature done here and there. DG was able to help with two weeks of dance camp for the younger girls at her (now) former studio and she also attended a week of a dance intensive there for older dancers. She had a blast all three weeks! She enjoys working with the younger girls a lot, and thinks she might enjoying teaching dance classes one day. As far as her own classes, she determined that she wanted to try for a longer workshop or intensive next summer! She took three ballet classes and two modern classes in the afternoons over the summer, and she was exposed to a different style of ballet and an excellent teacher that danced in Russia when she was younger. It was very neat for her to have that experience!
I got much better at making buns more quickly this summer....imagine that!
At the end of the summer DG decided to audition for a ballet school that is close by, and we made the decision to switch studios after her audition and meeting with the artistic director of the school. It was an emotional time for sure, but in the end I think it was good that it was a short period of time between when she decided to audition and when we needed to finalize plans for the new dance season. She LOVED her old studio and her teachers; but she is settled in to her new routine now, and she is enjoying all that she is learning at her new studio. She also decided to audition for a production of the Nutcracker this year, and we are eagerly awaiting news of whether or not she will have a part. Regardless of the outcome, we are very proud of her for auditioning. In fact, we are very proud of her for all the new situations she found herself in over the summer and how she handled and worked hard throughout each one!
As for an academic update, we are beginning to get back to our full schedule. I've made a couple of changes in our curriculum. One change is that I decided to go ahead and have DG start Analytical Grammar. She is enjoying it a lot so far! We also added a Critical and Creative Thinking book into the routine . She is enjoying that as well. DG also started working in the first unit of Write with the Best. The jury is still out on that one and if we will continue it. I have YET to find a writing program that I think is a good fit for DG. But for some crazy reason, I keep thinking I NEED to use one! I also ordered and have begun listening to the course Teaching the Classics from the Center for Literacy Education. I've started to implement some of the beginning lessons which discuss literary elements.
I know this isn't nearly as exciting as pictures, but here's a glance of her last full week of studies:
Bible ~ Faith Based Reading ~ Personal Development
- Who is God? p. 32-41
- Beautiful Girlhood ch. 3 and ch. 3 journal
- Proverbs 17-20
History ~ Citizenship ~ Geography
- Discovery of New Worlds ch. 1-8
- Augustine Came to Kent ch. 1-4
- We the People: The Story of the Constitution
- Book of Centuries entries
Science ~ Nature Study ~ Natural History
- Swimming Creatures p. 41-53
- Burgess Seashore Book ch. 5-6; notebook page
- The Cricket in Times Square ch. 1-6 (on CD)
- Tar Beach (Setting/Characters)
- Song and Dance Man (Setting/Characters)
Art ~ Music
- Picture Study: Renoir-Two Girls at the Piano
- Recorder practice
- Hymn, folk song, patriotic song study (National Anthem, Oh Shenandoah, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing)
- Composer study: Tchaikovsky
Math ~ Logic
- TT Lessons 36-39
- Logic p. 8
- Creative/Critical Thinking p. 1-3
Writing ~ Grammar
- Analytical Grammar- Lesson 1 Notes, Exercises 1-3
- Write with the Best Unit 1; Days 1-4
Physical Education ~ Dance
- Ballet Classes: Four classes 90 minutes each
And there you have it! What DG has been up to for July and August!
(This picture really sums it up......reading and dance and dance and reading! I snapped this shot of her fitting in a few more minutes of reading before we left for ballet this week.)