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In a nutshell, we're on track with all subjects... except for science.
Surprise. Surprise. Surprise.
3 modules completed. 18 modules in all to complete. 1/2 a school year down.
I may stink at science, but my math skills are good enough to crunch those numbers and know that we have a problem on our hands.
I know Orville will complete modules 4 and 5 by Christmas. I doubt we will have time for more. Completing those 2 modules would keep him working at the established pace, devoting the same number of days each week to science. I doubt during the busy holiday season that we will be able to add in more science time.
So, the way I see it two things must happen.
- After Christmas, science gets bumped way up on our priority list- from a 3-times-per-week subject to a five-days-per week priority.
- We need to be prepared to continue science classes into the summer.
The other big issue this week has been bullying and name calling.
We have been meeting Tutoring Student at the playground twice each week. The boys and TS have a great time and get along just great. However, because he is public schooled, we have to meet after ps hours, and the playground is teeming with a variety of personalities.
The boys have encountered many children this week who have taken issue with them for a number of reasons...being homeschooled, being short, wearing glasses, being socially different, etc. In part, it has been an issue of "kids being kids". In part, the kids just don't get our counter-cultural ways, and the boys are reaching a place in their lives that they must face that uncomfortable decision to fit in without compromising or just not fit in.
They have been called an assortment of names this week. The playground kids have also tried to get the boys to do things that are against our family rules. When the boys would not comply, they were once again teased and called an assortment of names.
- I see the silver lining in this. They are obedient even in the midst of provocation. We have been reading Proverbs this month, and the applications at the playground have been quite obvious, even to my 10 and 11 year olds.
- We are raising them to be prepared to "speak with the enemy at the gate". I don't want you to think that I consider children to be the "enemy"; however, this is the type of practice and training the boys need to grow to be men of integrity, filled with grace and wisdom, ready to give an answer for what they believe and to counter lies with the Truth.
We have had more talks and made an action plan, but I'm still interested...
What would you do? Leave a comment or send me an email. I'm all ears.