The snow and ice finally turned to rain,drenched us for two solid months, then settled in to a more usual pattern of extreme heat, dotted with heavy storms and frequent tornado warnings. Our weather alert radio has certainly been busy these past few weeks!
Neal and Alanna once again opted for Standardized Tests rather than building portfolios for the year-end evaluation required by the State of Ohio. They were both in the top one percent, which Severus Snape would call "acceptable."
This past year was quite interesting. A few high points:
Alanna continued her reading and writing gains. She has finished three books, but she says that they are not worthy of publishing.
Neal continues to scarf down and absorb facts as quickly as he does food, which is saying something. He's also quite adept as Tech Support.
Thanks go out to CK12.org and KhanAcademy.org for brilliant resources! It's wonderful to have someone actually explain algebra in a video or on an e-book so cogently.
Neal started a novel, which began brilliantly but soon fizzed out. I'm still wondering how the story would have gone!
We charted Neal and Alanna's progress in high school subjects. Neal is through nearly two years, and Alanna has about 1/2 a year of credits.
The return of Deathly Heat must mean that school is over, more or less for this academic year - except for the frequent educational excursions and activities that we do in the summer as a matter of course. Since we've discovered the Blue Star Museum program, which allows military families free admission to hundreds of museums across the US this summer, we've been salivating over the lists. COSI, Westcott House, Boonschoft Museum, Columbus Museum of Art...they're all on there, and they only cost the (substantial) amount of gas money that it takes to drive there. If gas was cheaper, we'd be on the road weekly, hitting nearby states, but that's a fantasy for the future. Right now we'll just stay close to home, except when we visit Renee or Claire.
I'll be back soon with news of Next Year's Plans. Until then, please enjoy this shot of a Very Educated Baby:
Now guess which baby that is!