Fritz started his first job about a month ago. Just before he turned 12 he started going to Code Ninjas. He became a black belt about a year ago. And now he’s a Code Sensei!
Adrian has absolutely loved these past two years in middle school. He has grown and matured and learned so much. He was quite sad when he got home Friday because his final year there has come to an end.
He did amazing his last quarter of middle school, especially since he was so far behind just two months ago (a lot of work and an increase in his medication dosage helped get him back on track).
Spanish 1B – C 72%
(73% on the semester exam; 74% for the semester; 76% for the year)
Fundamentals of Computer Science – A 100%
(97% for the semester; 96% for the year)
Health – B 89%
(86% on the semester exam; 92% for the semester – it’s a one semester course)
Science – A 91%
(92% for the semester; 95% for the year)
American History – A 94%
(90% for the semester; 90% for the year)
Algebra I – B 85%
(99% on the semester exam; 88% for the semester; 88% for the year)
ELAR – B 85%
(89% for the semester; 89% for the year)
(*semester exams were only taken in classes he earned high school credit in)
In 10 1/2 weeks Adrian will begin high school at DATA (computer science pathway of course… just look at that computer science grade this quarter) and iCSI. Before then, though, he’ll be taking a couple weeks of camps at Code Ninjas and will be teaching some of his little siblings how to play Minecraft and maybe Roblox and working with his father to prepare more for his IT Fundamentals certification test he’ll be taking next year.
On Saturday Fritz turned 14! He’s 5’5 3/4″ now and just such a good human. His happy place is still Code Ninjas. He takes classes in digital logic and Python from home and is part of their esports competitive team and goes to the dojo to code for an hour twice a week. He’s a purple belt leaving just brown, red, and black to go. He had already done his two hours during the week, but asked if he could pre-do one of his hours for next week on his birthday. See, he spent an hour of his 12th and 13th birthdays coding at Code Ninjas so he wanted to spend an hour of his 14th there, too. Crazy to see how much he’s grown.
While we have liked Power Homeschool and it has definitely helped while incorporating the toddlers into our family, there are some definite negatives to it so we have decided we will not be using it last year.
So I’ve been lesson planning. I’ve been working on Fritz’s plans first. He’s going to be in high school. How did that happen? I started this blog when I was pregnant with him and now he’s almost 14 and heading into 9th grade. Crazy.
The boys will both be using Layers of Learning as a base for history, geography, science, and the arts, but I am making it so I am not so needed and they can do it on their own. Fritz will be doing year 1, 14 units for two weeks each and 6 units for one week each. Adrian will be doing 34 units from year 1 and 2 for one week each.
They’ll be using Writer’s Workshop for grammar, usage, and mechanics and vocabulary/spelling. They’ll be using Cover Story for writing. They’ll both be working on handwriting. They’ll be using Progeny Press literature guides. I haven’t picked books for Adrian, but Fritz will be reading To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, Romeo and Juliet, and Lord of the Flies as well as reading and analyzing a few Robert Frost poems.
They will be using Family Time Fitness for PE. For math, they’ll be using Art of Problem Solving. Adrian will be doing prealgebra and Fritz will be doing introduction to algebra. I have never seen Adrian get so excited over math as when I showed him the AOPS samples. He loves the idea of playing with numbers to make it all make sense. I gave them both several choices for math and they separately both picked the same one.
Fritz will be taking Spanish I from the Well-Trained Mind Academy. We agreed that truly learning a foreign language will work better with a live teacher. He’ll be taking that two mornings a week. He’ll also be doing on-line seminary, covering the second half of the Book of Mormon in the fall and the first half of the Doctrine and Covenants in the spring. He’ll have one evening a week in person at the church for that.
Fritz will also continue doing Code Ninjas. I’m not sure exactly how that will look by the time school starts. The dojo is currently shut down completely and he’s been working on Unity 3D/C# on his own a little bit at home and then taking some on-line classes from the senseis via Zoom. He takes digital logic once a week, Python twice a week, and HTML once a week. He is also on the esports team. He has practice two evenings a week and games on Saturdays. We’ll see how any of that changes in the fall, but for now he is loving it.
Our 2020-21 school year will be 34 weeks long. We’re going to start the day after Labor Day and finish the Friday before Memorial Day.