Many parents have been forced into schooling their children at home these past couple of months, and I can imagine how hard that must be for them. For us, it hasn't been as much of a shock to our family dynamic because we were already homeschooling. However, the Pandemic has certainly changed the way we have done things, has "messed up" our plans, and has produced lonely and stressful situations for all of us. I can say for certain, schooling at home during a stay-at-home order is not a typical way of homeschooling, and we are hoping/praying that next school year will allow us do things the way we are used to doing them.
Here's a brief update on our
NUTRITION CLASS: JJ and CV were almost finished with Nutrition class before they could no longer meet together for lessons. For their final project, they were supposed to plan a menu, shop for ingredients, and cook a meal for both of our families. They got as far as planning the menu but, unfortunately, were unable to shop and cook as a team. The boys enjoyed learning together while it lasted.
|Comparing nutrition labels on cereal boxes|
CAREER EXPLORATION: During 1st Semester, we finished our book-work and visited a Funeral Home, a charcoal artist, and the local Post Office. We had planned on visiting several more businesses in the 2nd semester, but plans changed big time once the Pandemic broke out. We did manage to get a Career Fair in that was held at the High School, and JJ was able to get some new ideas about potential jobs from there. He also visited a friend at the local Subway, then filled out and turned in his first job application. Again, the Pandemic stopped that job possibility from happening. He will try applying for a job again at a later date.
STRENGTH & FITNESS CLASS: The gym where JJ has his classes, of course, closed its doors during the Pandemic, which was sad. But, JJ has been able to continue with his class via Zoom meetings. He is very dedicated to getting and staying fit, and does not want to miss a class if possible. I'm glad the Zoom meetings became an option for him.
MODERN WORLD HISTORY: This is one of the classes the Pandemic did not change. After finishing Ancient World History in 1st semester, JJ used a history textbook to get a good overview of Modern World History. He read a portion each day, wrote a brief summary, and watched a topic-related video.
ALGEBRA I: Again, no change in this class, but whew! We made it through it, and JJ passed with a C grade. That's really about all I have to say about that! Then, with the few weeks we had left over, he moved on into an introduction of Geometry.
JUMP IN (WRITING): No big changes with this class either. JJ completed all his writing assignments. Honestly, he didn't enjoy writing them, but at least he got through the course and learned a little more about how to organize his thoughts. The final assignment was to do a book report. JJ chose the 3rd book in the Michael Vey series which I read aloud for us both to hear. Because of our time at home, we were able to get in some extra reading time and finished the book quicker than we normally would have.
|Typing a Book Report|
OTHER MISC. PHOTOS FROM
|Volunteering at a local food distribution|
|Helping Dad change the kitchen faucet|
|EL taking part in a Zoom "show and tell"|
|Church at Home|
|Mom wearing a mask at a doctor appointment|
|Mowing the lawn|
|Assembling one of 4 Star Wars puzzles|