4.29.2013

The Girls Rule! School: Another progress report

As I mentioned here, the Girls Rule! School operates year-round. Our academic year begins in August, and our studies sort themselves into three terms of unequal length: August through December (five months), January through April (four months), and May through July (three months). Rather than taking an extended break of any sort, we generally enjoy relaxed periods of study that usually coincide with the winter holidays, the conclusion of winter swim season, and the conclusion of summer swim season. 

For us, "relaxed" means, minimally, math-music-literature, but also includes wrapping up aspects of independent study projects, working on neglected art pursuits, and taking additional field trips, particularly those related to birding or nature study.  During our relaxed period of study this term, however, the literature leg of our math-music-literature model was shortened somewhat to more fully accommodate independent study projects and to allow for the time demands of both the driver education course (four days weekly for two hours each day; four weeks) and the lifeguard certification program (thirty-six hours of classwork over a two-week period (not to mention the assigned reading)). 

With the second term of our 2012-2013 academic year drawing to a close, then, I find myself reviewing our progress, which included (admittedly) only sporadic work with Destinos (Spanish) but also continued excellence in history, math, logic and philosophy, and science (the latter of which included the girls' ongoing self-directed study in animal behavior and physics, respectively).

Here are some highlights:

LITERATURE
Shakespeare studies: 
Julius Caesar (a reread) 
Measure for Measure
Othello (review only)
Henry VIII

Novels: 
Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes) 
Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) 
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick) 
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Poetry:
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools
Poetry Out Loud

FIELD TRIPS AND OTHER ADVENTURES 
Theater: 
Julius Caesar at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Sweet Charity at the Writers' Theatre
Othello: The Remix at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater
"Exploring Henry VIII" at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (discussions and rehearsal)

Music:
■ Frank Vignola (guitar) at SecondSpace Theatre 
Chris Thile (mandolin) and Brad Mehldau (piano) at Chicago Symphony Center
Open rehearsal for donors: Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Ricardo Muti and featuring Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Opera:
La Boheme at the Lyric Opera
Giulio Cesare, a live broadcast of the Met performance at the movie theater

Museums:
■ Lincoln Park Zoo
■ "Picasso and Chicago" at the Art Institute of Chicago
"Art in Bloom" at the Milwaukee Art Museum


Other:
Chicago Wolves hockey game
"Beluga Encounter" at the Shedd Aquarium
■ The Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley 
Volo Bog State Natural Area
Eight swim meets: two rec team (including the conference meet) and six USA Swimming (including last-chance time trials for regionals, a conference meet, and regional championships)
■ Work: Miss M-mv(i)'s regular assignment as a lifeguard and both Misses' as substitute swim instructors 
■ Weekly piano (both Misses), violin (Miss M-mv(i)), and guitar (Miss M-mv(ii)) lessons and daily practice
■ A piano performance / evaluation at [insert college name here]
Driver education course
Lifeguard certification course (Miss M-mv(ii)) 
Stroke clinic 

4 comments:

ohio12 said...

I am so glad to see you are continuing to post about your schooling. You had said something a few months ago that made me think you might stop. I can't tell you how much I appreciate these glimpses into how you and the girls do learning and life. There is very little like this available for those of us nearing the middle and high school years.

sarah said...

How have I missed reading your site all these years? Its wonderful - I have you bookmarked and if you see me in your stats, rifling through your archives, it's just that I'm catching up :-)

Alice@Supratentorial said...

What did you think of Thile and Mehldau? My husband and I saw them recently in Maryland. We both greatly enjoyed the performance but agreed that we probably aren’t musically knowledgable enough to really appreciate all that they did.

ChristineMM said...

Thanks for the homeschool update. Your family's learning is so inspirational!