Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with the driving class and curriculum fair

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, y’all! Have you had a good week? It’s been a rather productive one here. Megan survived her driving class.

That kid cracks me up. She texted me on her lunch break Monday. I asked her how it was going. She told me it was, “only ‘meh boring,’ not ‘bang my head against the wall’ boring.”

It was a 9-5, Monday through Friday class – all seat work. The driving part comes later. That’s a lot for a homeschooled kid used to setting her own schedule. She did well, though.

She took her lunch on Monday like Josh did for the whole week when he took the class. She was the only kid in class who didn’t walk down to Chick-Fil-A. It’s a good little walk. She talked her boyfriend into coming to visit her so she wasn’t alone.

The first day of class, I asked Megan to give me her best, “Mom, you’re ruining my life” look. She’s got it down. {grin}

The rest of the week, I paid for lunch in exchange for Josh going, picking her up, and taking them to lunch. Call me a paranoid, but I didn’t really want her walking all the way to Chick-fil-A with a bunch of kids I don’t know (because kids can be mean) and I didn’t really like her being the only one in the building with the male instructors. It was worth the price of lunch out for four days for my peace of mind.

Megan is extremely happy to have the class behind her.

Today is our local curriculum fair. I need to go look around a bit and pick up a few things. In a very timely and surprising turn of events, Josh voluntarily sat down with me on Wednesday and told me his goals for the upcoming year.

Among other things, he wants me to hold him accountable for reading and writing more. Yay! He also wants me to give him a set of vocabulary words each week, and he wants to start taking ACT practice tests and maybe do some study guides.

Who needs a cat bed when you’ve got a sink? It even comes with a ready source of fresh water.

Those are all his words. I was very impressed. So, any good suggestions for interesting books for teen boys? He’s looking for books a bit challenging, but still doable. He has dyslexia, so, you know, not The Iliad or Don Quixote, but something engaging that will improve his reading skills and expand his vocabulary.

Megan, on the other hand, doesn’t have any ideas what she wants to do this year. I may take her to the fair with me a bit to see if anything sparks her interest.

I guess that’s about it for me this week. Hey, at least it’s starting to get a little more schoolish.

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  1. I have to give your daughter credit for taking that class. Yikes. I would’ve been climbing the walls! And our cats lie in the bathroom sinks, too. So funny. The porcelain must feel cool to them. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  2. Love Megan’s face. My twins give me that look. Lol! Its been great being able to follow you all these years. My kids are just under yours, so I’ve been able to gain a lot of insight from you. Thanks for all your homeschooling high school posts. We are starting 9th this year.
    As for your son we are reading The three Musketeers right now. He might enjoy that. It’s a great story. Or The Scarlett Pimpernel, A tale of two cities. Hmmm I see a theme going here. Sorry I love historical fiction. Just throwing those out there.

    1. Yes, teens are very good at that look. lol How exciting to be starting high school! I hope it’s a great year for you all. Thanks for the book suggestions!

  3. Have you tried any N.D.Wilson books? Our kids like most of them.

    We have been blessed in that none of our girls had to take driver’s ed. Our son took it (and was boldly given a piece of paper with a couple of girls’ phone numbers) since he had a nearly full-time job at 16, but since the girls’ jobs have just been part-time or non-existent, we’ve waited till they were 18 and didn’t need driver’s ed.

    1. My oldest didn’t get her license until she was 18, so she didn’t take the course, but I wish she had. I’ve actually thought about having her take one of their adult classes. The class is on the expensive side and kind of a pain, but it has given my teens an awareness of defensive driving techniques that I’d never have thought to teach them. They may or may not critique my driving. {ahem}

      I haven’t heard of N.D. Wilson. I’ll have to check those out. Thanks!

  4. We are using Kahn Academy for Test Prep. It’s free and does the grading, both of which are very important to me.

  5. My boys LOVED the Kingdom Series and Knights of Arrethtrae series set of books, both by Chuck Black. They parallel stories in the Bible, which was very exciting for me to hear the excitement in their voices as they “recognized” the story from the Bible, of which I was notified each and every time. They aren’t too thick and are pretty easy reads. I was at a homeschool convention a few years back speaking with the author and as he was telling me about the two series, I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned to see a very tall teenage boy standing behind me. All he said was, “Buy your son those books. Hands down the best books I’ve ever read!” You can’t get a better review than that!

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