Starting the New School Year

Okay, summer vacation’s over and I’m getting back into the groove of waking up early and spending the majority of my day behind a textbook. It’s pretty hard, I can tell you that. I’m used to going to bed late and sleeping in pretty much every day. Yeah, I know, it isn’t really good for me to sleep halfway into the day, but I’m growing. At least that’s my excuse. Now that I’m starting high school, I have to get serious with earning credits. I’ve already earned two biology credits (one of those is a lab credit) from taking Biology Dissections in 7th grade and Marine Biology last year. It’s nice to have those out of the way, since they were high school level classes.

This year’s schedule includes:

Latin (I’ve been taking Latin for a while now. LOVE IT!!)

Bible Study

U.S. History

American Historical Literature

World Geography

Algebra 1

Physical Science

Wordly Wise Vocabulary–book 9

My mom gets us Sonlight curriculum. It’s a Christian-based curriculum that we’ve been using for a while now and really like. This year is the first year that I get my own schedule to go by. In previous years, my mom got the schedule and told us what we needed to do. But this year, I can just look at what I need myself. I thought I wouldn’t need my mom to help me so much this year, but it turns out I have a lot of discussions and questions that we need to do with my history and literature. Plus, I have to do three current events reports a week. I’ve never done something like that before, so it’ll be a challenge.

I’m also going to a different homeschool co-op this year. I really liked the one I went to these past two years, but they just didn’t have any good classes for older students. They mostly had classes for younger kids. So this new one we’re going to is much bigger and the church they have it in is HUGE! The classes I’m taking there are:

Digital Photography (looking forward to that one)

Yearbook–My best friend and I tried making a yearbook for the homeschool group a couple years ago, but it utterly failed. (We were too shy to take pictures of everyone)

Personal Finance

I’m also on the wait list for Creative Writing for Publication, which was the one class that I ABSOLUTELY wanted, but also the only one I didn’t officially make it in. How many kids can possibly want to write? I thought I was an oddball for wanting to write so much. Oh well. All I can do is pray someone drops out. 🙂 If I don’t get into that class, I have to take Academic Writing. I’d MUCH rather take creative writing.

I’ll have third hour free, so I’ll be able to catch up on schoolwork that hour.

I’m really looking forward to learning as much as I can this year. It’s a huge milestone. Even though I don’t particularly like the literature books Sonlight picks out for me (e.g. Peace Child–the first couple chapters make me want to be sick), but I’m reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer next, and I’m looking forward to that one. Plus, since I want to be an author, I have to get good grades in Lit, so I’ll just tough it out.

We started today because we tend to take a lot of vacations during the year. That’s one of the glories of being homeschooled. We work on our own schedules. It’s pretty nice that I don’t have to wake up at 6am to get ready for the bus. I’m NOT a morning person.

Anyway, good luck to all of you starting a new school year!

And P.S. Remember when I said I was working on my 45,000 word goal in July? I did it!!!! I made my goal!! I am SO happy! I haven’t looked at it since I finished it, just to clear my head. I don’t know how terrible my grammar is from typing so fast, but I can always fix that. 🙂


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