It's also the month that we hit the restart button. Most of the classes that Hunter takes are only a semester long, so we tend to take January to figure out what direction he'd like to go in. These days it's all about medicine and health sciences. Math is still year round with Teaching Textbooks as our curriculum. Travis is the lead teacher for math and works with Hunter every night to complete one to two lessons. We have closed such a huge gap in three years from where he started (2nd grade level) to today (8th grade level) and he is developing a true understanding of the concepts.
Our focus this semester is all about science. We will be using the Science for High School to study Human Body and Senses along with The Great Courses- Medical School For Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases. Hunter has already been out to the junior college and can enroll when he turns 16 for the Certified Nursing Assistant course. He can also begin on his helicopter pilot's license, so becoming a flight nurse seems to be his goal.
|learning how to drive a car...|
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|The promise of Starbucks makes venturing out into nature more tolerable...|
In November Hunter got to visit the 9/11 memorial and museum in NYC. We spent a full day exploring the city and then the museum. Hunter had read so much on the subject that it was neat to see him take it all in and then find some of the people's names that he had reasearched. In March he will travel to San Fransisco to see Alcatraz. Travel is a huge part of his learning.
I am constantly amazed at this homeschooling journey we have set out on. Focusing on a love of learning instead of checking off lists or standards has made all the difference in our son's education.