Last week we began the 2015/16 school year. This is the Prairie Family’s 14th year with A Beka Academy–hard to believe, isn’t it?! This year we have grades 11, 9, 8, and 6. John has graduated from high school and will be leaving to attend Kansas State University later this week.
Brock is a Junior in high school. He’s following right along in John’s well-laid footsteps and does extremely well academically. This will be an important year for him as he begins to more seriously consider colleges and what areas he may want to pursue. He’ll also be taking the ACT in a few months, which is, of course, a big step towards the future. A new thing for Brock is that he will be taking choir at the college. John started that when he was a junior, and it was a good experience in many ways. It helped to “bridge the gap” from homeschool into traditional settings, plus it was just neat to get involved with other kids to share music. So, tomorrow is Brock’s first day at the college, and we are looking forward to many exciting opportunities for him in the days to come.
Cosette is a freshman–yes, a FRESHMAN! 🙂 She is taking the full load of regular A Beka Academy classes, and is doing very well. She also has some new things to look forward to this year. First of all, she is excited to be taking piano lessons from the same lady at the college that John has taken from for the last couple of years. She had a few lessons with her this summer, and it is really neat to see her making tremendous musical progress already. She can’t wait for the fall lessons to begin–taking lessons from this teacher will give her many recital and competition opportunities, and she is very excited. She is thinking about participating in Scholar’s Bowl at the Christian School, but we’ll have to see how that all works out scheduling-wise.
Luke is in 8th grade which means he will do a real science project. He already has a neat idea picked out, so that will be a fun adventure for him and me to have together. He’s still involved with all of his music lessons, and we are planning to add him into more of our ensemble-work.
Kara is in 6th grade. She was excited to finally retire the last of our big, outdated tv’s and to replace it with a nice, small, thin monitor that allows her desk to be pushed up to the wall like everyone else’s. She is continuing to take trumpet lessons out at the college and improves every week. She is looking forward to participating in the college musical again this year.
As for me, this year is going to be hectic and crazy. In addition to our regular school stuff, I have around 16 students lined up for music lessons with a couple more coming in a few weeks. I am also planning to help lead the Christmas program at Heartland Christian School again this year, so in late September/early October I will start meeting with the kids to get that prepared. The local homeschool group is starting a choir this year and asked if I would be willing to lead grades 7-12, so that will be a new adventure as well.
Of course, going back to school for the Prairie Family means a serious return to music practice and performance. We never really stopped over the summer, but it was pretty hit-and-miss at times, especially when I was painting the house. Now we are back into the daily routine and that helps our consistency immensely! We are going to be playing for the Gem Lions’ Club barbecue next week, so it is good (and necessary) to get back at it in a focused-kind-of-way.
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