I usually don't do December and January unless interesting things happen as December is usually write-off month (too many end of year things happening for anything to be effectively planned and even if it could be planned we'd be exhausted as normally around the end of year things we just want to chill) and January is planning month (because my organisational skills are that atrocious that I need an entire month to plan).
I thought I'd already done August Homeschool Miscellany but apparently I'd done July and collected photos for August but not actually written the post. Oops. So everything ended up getting grouped as I've been struggling this year.
It's no accident that October was left out, apparently we didn't do anything that I could include.
Goolugatup Heathcote Museum
We initially heard that there was a museum in the building of the Heathcote Cultural Precinct when we attended a relative's birthday party there. The precinct was a mental institution in the 1920s for mildly afflicted people and was one of the pioneering ones that broke away from the methods that seem to result in buildings being haunted.
What we didn't know was that the museum was really, really tiny (one room) and we had to wander through the art gallery to get there.
This was written for my 15yo who hates bookwork but has grudgingly accepted that that's how some things have to be learned. It was written to squeeze in once a week but ideally should probably be done every day (he is trying at least XD). If you're a bit more enthusiastic you can substitute the ORs for ANDs.
Two pages out of each workbook
one section out of each of the following Khan Academy courses:
I wrote July HS Misc pretty late at night and completely forgot I had told @bearone I would do this one (which is "the next one" from my last one XD) with explanations as to how our crazy shenanigans can translate into stuff to soothe the Education Department. Was going to edit the original post but it got a bit messy and I started rewriting the entire thing so thought it might be somewhat safer to do a "companion" type post. And I'll be somewhat recycling the photos from that post (though I think I'll just screenie the sets to make my life easier), so watch out for the fake wounds again.
If you know that I only clump months if at least one of them has been quiet/lazy what does this tell you? XD
I also did it at the end of last year I hope that didn't set a precedent >_>
Comp season is one of our quieter periods and between that and juggling school transportation and crammed work days we got even less done than usual. I was going to put together a compilation video of all the routines but some combination of my phone and computer has been giving me an inordinate amount of trouble has made getting photos and videos off it way harder than it should be in this day and age and I've given up on that for now. That is one of the main reasons why I'm so horribly behind on hs misc.
10yo spent some pocket money on a crystal growing kit from Australian Geographic and grew it.
The mess that has been this year continued along with my sustained failing to manage one in school and two out. I've ended up palming most of the school-related stuff off to JJ, which has mostly been parent/teacher meetings and he's supposed to be helping her with homework and doing the admin stuff too but somehow I'm still getting stuck with that (guess the 12yo is just used to me dealing with most things).
10yo got into making paper planes again, he was happily off on his own once I'd reminded him how to make them. As he was occasionally cutting our printing paper into squares for some of the plane designs, he decided not to let the off-cuts go to waste and started making smaller and smaller planes. I think he remembered doing something similar last year.
By necessity we ended term 1 pretty quietly with the Scitech homeschooling lessons. Occasionally one or both boys missed some lessons due to colds, which I didn't realise at the time was a taste of things to come.
After one of the lessons both of them got to, 10yo decided to blow some pocket money at the Scitech shop on some compound eye glasses. There was some hilarity when both of them had a go with it the first time.
As February was ending I suspected Term 1 was going to be a write-off for the boys and unfortunately I wasn't wrong. An additional and unforeseen problem with the school run was that even though it's short it seems to be further destroying my problem shoulder, so I really didn't want to drive anywhere, which given the time restrictions caused by school and the amount of pain I was in basically meant we got stuck with the Scitech homeschooling lessons I'd booked at the beginning of term, and me imposing 10am-12noon as "no non-educational videos and games" time if we were staying home. They could still use their screens but had to be doing Khan Academy or making something, or doing any off-screen activities.
February was confusing.
I thought I had everything worked out. I was going to show 12yo how to get to and from high school for a couple of weeks, then cut her a key and leave her to it and just continue as normal with the boys.
I didn't realise a) that this would be tiring and b) that 12yo kept insisting on being accompanied past the two weeks and both her and JJ were having epic freakouts about "what if she gets on the wrong bus" on the way home, as the bus route couldn't be easy and just reverse, the opposite route goes in a different direction. I had told 12yo how to get back to the main road and where would be safe to cross and which bus numbers to take, but anyway.