What my kids want to learn and accomplish this year ~
Anne (13) in 8th grade wants to ~
- To read the entire Harry Potter series. (She has seen the movies but never read the books.)
- To explore ways to make money and help with our family's small eBay business so there is more money for dance classes.
- To learn to sew with the sewing machine and clean up her hand sewing so it is "prettier".
- To add more meals to her cooking repertoire so she won't "starve" when she is a grown up. She would like to use the Harry Potter cookbook, as well as learn more family recipes. (I am thinking of having her start her own cookbook in which she adds her favorite dishes.)
- To complete a logic course that has a concentration in deductive reasoning and puzzles.
- To learn the math she needs for junior high/high school, but in the fastest way possible that will stick in her brain.
- To DANCE, DANCE, DANCE, and do forms of exercise that support dance, such as Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi.
(You will notice there is no mention of history, literature, science, or writing. Math only made the list because she didn't get as high a score as she got last year on end-of-year testing. Her score was still in the high 80's but not the 90's like last year, so she wants to do better.)
Dean (15) in 9th/10th grade wants to ~
- He wants to continue improving his drawing skills and take classes with his art teacher, Miss Laura.
- He wants to improve his flexibility so that he can enjoy dance more. (He loves dance but often feels like a failure at it because he isn't performing to what he feels is good enough, so we are looking into trying Tai Chi.)
- He wants to dance with the Junior Company this fall. He was accepted to Junior Company but may not take a full load of classes, pending what the physical therapist advises.
- Dean wants to continue his study in guitar, electric guitar and ukulele.
- He wants to increase his math knowledge. (However, he said it would probably drive him crazy.)
- He wants to continue working on healing from depression and anxiety. Dean really wants to feel confident and content. (In fact, those were his exact words to his doctor yesterday ~ "I want to feel confident and content." I thought that was very well spoken. Sometimes, he really amazes me.)
(Please note that Dean also did not mention literature, history or science. He does worry about his math skills and wants to improve them so he won't feel so stressed out.)
This is all good food for thought. I will be posting this weekend their books and courses for next year.