deltagal wrote:For someone who says she is not thinking clearly, you've done a much better job than I at articulating what we want to pursue. So, yes, the block schedule as you have it. The only revision is he would do one day in Bible each day, along with the math. And only block the literature and history portion. Thanks!
The potential pitfalls I am seeing (based on if I were doing this with my family...)
getting math done on co-op days before going to co-op classes. That might be difficult. Math lessons might be 60-90 minutes a day to get it done. That's going to make even more "rotten" and exhausting. (I know what you mean... Their bodies are growing and they need more sleep and you think they are 2 years old again... wow.. my high schooler is up before noon. imagine that.... breakfast is on the table. she's motivated because she wants to go see that movie that opened this weekend. )
Getting Bible done might be easier on those co-op days. If the book Church History in Plain Language gets to be too much... on some weeks it will.... adjust as you go along.
the reality may be that he has some homework on the weekends in some subjects.
During weeks 3-10 in WHL, there is a research project and writing with it. That will require some library time on those WHL block days, or weekend. Given those weeks tend to be in the fall, and you have football season... would it be a good idea to start his WHL studies earlier than the rest of the school year academics and get a jump on it?
I know that my oldest works informally in a block schedule style on many weeks. She gets obsessive and doesn't want to set down something. Then that means other things didn't get done. So we smash some stuff together. But, the difference with us is that she only has one day a week with an outside sport. no homework of note.
deltagal wrote:Your thoughts are very helpful! I think you are right about the math. Come to think of it that was our issue this year. And he's behind. What to do?
He really would like to not be at the tutorial all day, but it requires a trip in for me and the 2 courses he's interested in taking primarily - Latin and Biology are at 9 and 1 respectively, so it puts him there all day with a study hall, lunch and elective. I've not been able to figure out another way to do that piece....
so he wants Latin. he wants biology (and that makes sense... who doesn't like a lab partner to look at microscope with stuff or dissections and let them do it... giggle). so journalism isn't needed - he's not saying "but I want to go into journalism in college ,and I should take this)
let's brainstorm through that roadblock..... if he just did Latin... and came home...(or even if you carpooled for part of the trip)
Why couldn't you do Biology at home? Apologia Biology is very doable at home. Might mean getting microscope and slides (cost now, but you have plenty of children who will use them. check homescience tools for those kits) Might mean 4 dissections at home or virtually...from here
or if you're needing to do "ap" level... check here for combining both Apologia books.. (we did not do this by the way!)
but that would free up his time for Wednesday, for football. For still seeing his friends 2 days a week at Latin, which he wants to do. I think it's a life lesson in time management for them. setting priorities. making tough decisions to do a lot of good stuff.
and as much as it is painful to type... Math catch it up in summer school.
The other way around is do Latin at home (I dont' have recommendations for that) and do Biology at group. But, I just don't have experience in that.
But I'd drop one of the classes at the co-op/tutorial in favor of big picture of it all.
deltagal wrote:Good thoughts Crystal. And it's painful to read, as well - "math catch up in summer school."
We'll keep playing with this.