Wow!! Here at Sweetness and Light we are entering our 14th year of home education, whew! And still several years to go, woohoo!
Violet is in 12th grade, Matthias 10/11th, Seamus 6th, and Sean-Paul 3rd. It's hard to believe that it's gone by this fast and yet, there's still so much learning to live! We are excited about our new year and have some good things to share about each of the kids.
Highlights of Violet's senior year :: Lots of dancing, she's enthusiastic about the possiblities that lie ahead of her in the world of ballet. We are exploring colleges and dance opportunites around the globe to see what will be a good fit for her future. On the academic front, Violet is working through various courses this year including, Health, American Government and Econmonics, AP English Lit and Composition (Homeschool Connections), Catholic Morality, Washington State History, Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry w/Matthias, and World Geography. This is on top of her dance and rehearsal schedule which takes up five hours each evening!
Matthias' year is shaping up well :: Java Programming, Blender Nature Academy & Architecture School, Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry w/Violet, High School Religion II, Modern American History (Homeschool Connections), Chemistry (Khan Academy), Washington State History, and World Geography. His English Grammar and Composition are sprinkled liberally throughout all of his subjects as well. Matthias is also fine tuning his piano skills and interests in all things "techy" including building computers, designing websites, and posting computer product reviews on his youtube channel :) Oh and he was happy to be on an all-star winning juniors baseball team last spring and looks like there will be a follow up team for seniors this next year, so he is excited about that!
Seamus is embarking upon 6th grade with abandon and well on his way to following in his older brother's footsteps in the math department. He couldn't wait to start Pre-Algebra at the end of his 5th grade year, which he did and is cooking along nicely in this new year. Always a happy camper when math goes well :) Additionally, he is working through the late 19th century up through WWII in history, he'll be confirmed this year at our Latin Mass parish, he is learning to write well and conduct research on many different subjects of interest to him. Seamus continues to excel at cello and was honored to participate in several master classes this past year with some world renowned cellists. Baseball will be a big part of his year again with his current team and we are enjoying a nice break from all the baseball tournament madness of the summer.
It doesn't seem possible that Sean-Paul is a 3rd grader, I can't even believe that he is 8 and our last little one, or so it seems...His favorite thing about school is reading with me, which I love. All that great literature to explore! He is excited about all our our new Montessori materials for the Elementary classroom (I've been anxiously waiting to introduce them to him). He excels at math, loves anything hands on and is a big help to me in the kitchen and around the house :) It's going to be a really good year for Sean-Paul.
How are things shaping up in your homes for the new year??? I'd love to hear, God Bless you and I pray that you find joy in all you do with your children :)