Sunday, August 28, 2016

What's On The BookShelf: July & August

 In July I crash listened to all of 7 of the Harry Potter books via Audible. Yep, all 7. After a few rough weeks of craziness & some rough patches I was looking for a book to read to invest myself in & when I was sorting through my stack I opted for the HP Series.

It was nice to absorb myself in books where good always wins, the right choices are always made no matter how hard they are, & where friends stick with one another to the very end. Yes, I've read the book a few dozen times {to put it lightly}, but sometimes rereading a good book is like visiting with old friends.

Book 5 is always the hardest, the turning point. Professor Umbridge is so decidedly evil for all the typical reasons: self glorification, hatred, bigotry.  I've always hated & loved that book. Not to mention the loss of Sirus always deeply annoyed & saddened me.  All though each time I reread the loss of Dumbledore & then Fred it's caused me to state my complete distaste for Rowling. Ahh, I'm a nerd what can I say. I think my family caught on to just how nerdy I am when they announced they were going to bed & I shouted, "What?! Now?! The Battle of Hogwarts has just begun I cannot go to bed now!"

As always listening to Jim Dale read any book is pure delight, & these books were fun to listen to again, despite being sad & heart wrenching in places.  I did not, however, rush out to buy The Cursed Child after finishing the origional series, & am not entirely sure I'm interested in reading it. My #1 beef with Shakespeare has always been that I hate reading out play scripts. They leave much to be desired because of the lack of description, & knowing that's exactly how The Cursed Child will be formatted makes me groan, not to mention the amount of spoilers I've all ready read about the story.

In August I dug this book off the shelf & began rereading portions of it, skimming through others, & delving into portions I felt I really needed to refresh myself on.

My youngest found the entire idea that I was reading this book absurd because I am all ready homeschooling 2 teenagers so why bother? Ahh, if only..

I actually pulled this book off the shelf to refresh myself on various ways to accomplish things in grades 9-12 in the USA. Yes, we live in Australia, but having children who are citizens in both countries we'd like to be sure we've covered all the ground work.

There are also rumors afoot that we could land back in the states before our children have completed their high school years & so it's equally important, if not more so, to be sure we're covering the ground we need to cover now so that the kids don't need to backtrack down the line.

Over all the book gives some great tips & ideas, but there are some aspects of it that are so-so. For instance, the author states that she doesn't advice what she's about to suggest that you do. Which makes one shake their head & ask exactly why she's suggesting it then. While I'm not intent to hold my child back if he wishes to aim for dual credit I think there is a lot to be said for rushing children through some things instead of enjoying where they are at. Not to mention the mass of immature children who are not ready for various aspects of life that have been thrown at them.

I've also been plaguing many friends on US soil for help & tips & running various information by them to make sure we're on the right track. It's funny to be 10 years into homeschooling & suddenly feel like a fish out of water. Having said that after much research, asking, praying, & help we finally feel like we have direction & our eldest has even formulate a 4 year plan with the idea that some things are mandatory & others are ones he can pick & choose from.  Exciting times for sure!

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