Today I finally got all my planning done for the school year, including who gets the computers at what time, when the teens will be taking their science tests, and which books all the kids will be reading this year. Our three teens, all juniors, have just one book a month of assigned reading, which they’ll read during the first two weeks of the month, then write about during the second half of the month. In conjunction with that, we’re working our way through a world view book called The Eternal Argument. They’re kinda yawning through this one so far, but I at least think it’s interesting.
Our 7th grader has three books a month of assigned reading. I was going to have her also do some essay writing like she did last year, but after going through the bookshelves upstairs, I realized there are great quantities of wonderful books there that she’s never read. Since she has really taken off with her interest in reading lately, I decided to make it a reading year for her. Plenty of time to work on more essay-writing for next year. My 4th grader, who still reads best when reading to me, has a book or two a month that we will work through together.
To make the books easier to find, I set all their books for the year together on one shelf. The teens are reading some of the same books, and some fairly deep ones, including the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, and few others that are no slouch. One interesting new addition to our library is Worthless: The Young Person’s Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major. It is an uber-practical and irreverent look at selecting a college major that I have really been enjoying reading, and that I thought might give some guidance to the teens who don’t yet have a game plan post high school.We’ll see how it goes.
One other new addition this year for the teens is a College Prep Genius program that we started last week. It is proving to be absolutely excellent, and while (again) it’s not riveting to the teens, it is exceedingly practical. Over and over while watching the DVD’s with them, I’ve said, ‘I didn’t know that!’ And these are not the first kids I’ve helped prep for SAT’s. I think it will offer them some major help on the PSAT in October, and the SAT next year. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
That’s enough for tonight! I’ll check in with you on Friday and tell you how I’m doing on my grocery savings challenge.