To show the Antilles Islands that Columbus discovered, Wyatt painted underwater mountains with just the tops showing at the surface, looking like islands. He enjoyed getting out his watercolor paints from CTC to do this. I like that Wyatt can enjoy these art projects without being too hard on himself if they don't look stellar. Doing art is not something Wyatt enjoyed early on. It is not his natural bent and caused him some angst. However, he still has learned to enjoy it overall, to just do his best, and most of all - to fully appreciate a talented artist's work and gifting. These are just as important lessons as being good at doing art itself.
In science, Wyatt is moving along and doing well with the lab portion too. It is challenging, but he is enjoying it. Science is NOT my natural bent, so I am incredibly thankful that this science/lab has been appropriately challenging for him for being a high school student without being overly challenging for me as a homeschool mom. He is able to do this completely independently, and he really likes what he is doing. I find the answer key for the workbook to be very helpful as well. I am so glad I know I don't need to stress out about science in high school, as it was a big stress to me I felt was looming ahead until I knew HOD was writing high school guides including the science and labs. I honestly think the whole science/lab teaching responsibility is the reason many homeschool families feel they cannot continue homeschooling their dc through high school. Well, no worries with HOD. It truly is doable, with everything in the kit for supplies for the lab, and with directions that students can follow largely independently. WHEW!
Wyatt swashbuckled his way through "Treasure Island" and laughed his way through "Ragged Dick" for lit. I knew Wyatt would love "Treasure Island," but his loving "Ragged Dick" was somewhat a surprise. Of all the books he has read so far this year, "Ragged Dick" is the one he repeated the most quotes from. I admit, it's pretty quotable. He also spontaneously gave oral narrations on "Ragged Dick" to all of us sitting together in the living room (not assigned oral narrations, but more like just for fun spur of the moment). He was always laughing his way through them, and we were laughing by the end too once we understood the Ragged Dick's' wit and way of getting out of various predicaments.
Now, Wyatt is back to reading BJU Lit, which he is really enjoying as well. This ebb and flow between BJU lit and reading classics has been genius. He likes the variety. I have learned NOT to overdo the going over the answers together in the BJU guide though. The teacher's guide has some pretty long, whopping, awesome answers that Wyatt just was not giving fully, and I was sort of getting on him for not giving them. One day I didn't have out my answer key and listened to his answers and thought they were right on track, very insightful, and showed he understood the reading well. Then I got out the answer key and thought, 'Man! He didn't say the half of that, but I wouldn't have either!' So, now, I have him give the best answers he can, and then give him the teacher's guide to read their answers. It has helped him enjoy our discussions more as well as answer more fully each time, thanks to the good modeling of the TG.
I had to laugh taking this picture below.
I was giving Wyatt a hard time that I only had 1 picture of him and wanted to have at least one more for this week (he's a typical teen and sometimes dodges the camera
). He told me he'd grab a book he's enjoying reading, so I could snap a picture. He grabbed BJU, and I took the picture below. I thought it was interesting he chose BJU as his favorite book for the picture, but what made me laugh out loud is after I had snapped the picture, he stayed there and read another 10 minutes. He had flipped to a story he hadn't read yet (which I didn't know), and he had started reading and didn't want to put it down. I said after awhile, "Hey, I'm done with the picture! Why do you still have your head buried in the book?" He sheepishly told me, "I haven't read this one, and it's REALLY good! I'd better not read ahead though, I'll put it aside... but MAN, it's tough to put down!"
Nice to hear, huh?!? So, yes, I guess he does enjoy BJU LIT very much as well!