Missions to Modern Marvels:
I am not quite sure how my sweet middle son Riley has reached the point of nearing the end of 8th grade and beginning high school next year, but apparently he has. He is in an incredible growth spurt, and this is just an exciting time for him. He can be depended upon to finish his school well each day overall, but the occasional lapse of focus reminds me how important it still is to carefully check his work each day, going through each part of his guide with him to make sure nothing accidentally fell through the cracks. He is quite careful to do all of his work, very conscientious about doing his work well, and one to go the extra mile with creative projects just because he enjoys them - so, when he misses something in the plans, he is not happy. Correcting his work is sometimes difficult, as if there is a mistake, he takes it quite personally and is genuinely upset about it. I love this more kind, tender side of my nerf gun toting, 3-wheeler riding, wise-cracking 14 yo. It is such a privilege to know him so well in these teenage years, though they are somewhat turbulent ones.
One of the things I will miss next year, and Riley will miss as well, is his heading up the DITHOR projects with his little brother Emmett. They finished the humor genre this week, and they had a blast doing a re-enactment of Don Quixote. They made scripts and reenacted a hilarious part where Don Quixote attempts to attack large windmills, seeing them as fearsome knights to attack. Wyatt and I watched Riley and Emmett act this out, and we were laughing so hard at their crazy antics and makeshift windmills and characters they put together! This is the 'humor' genre at its best! They did a wonderful job with their spoken parts as well, high-lighting each of their lines and practicing the punch lines together for days on end. I liked Riley's way of organizing their scripts and setting up the re-enactment. What fun!
Riley has also done a wonderful job of organizing his notes for our Worthy Words discussions. We have truly enjoyed these Socratic discussions together1
What a good week!