When certain subjects continue through the summer (like Latin and math) it seems one year blends into the next. One week I took year-end photos of the kids and the next week a new year began.
Between the wake up call of entering the high school stage and being inspired by Kendra (though I am not nearly as funny) I felt compelled to interview the kids fairly thoroughly.
What is your favorite subject?
In which activities did you participate this year?
Ballet, violin, and Youth Choir at church.
What was your favorite field trip?
Attending the Sleeping Beauty ballet.
Name a favorite book.
Anything by Hilda von Stockom.
What are you pretty good at?
What is the hardest thing you did this year?
My history book.
That would be Christ the King Lord of History, correct?
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Practicing violin 100 days in a row.
What are your summer plans?
Read the Mysterious Benedict Society, go on vacation, attend violin camp, master my unicycle, and pet my kitties.
What do you hope to do next school year?
Learn a lot of French.
I detect a theme.
Of course I have to ask you what you want to be when you grow up.
A French major.
Of course! We will get back to that.
I have a few more questions for you, just for fun, to get you thinking about life.
First, would you still like me to use a blog name for you, and if so, which one?
What do you like about our family?
That we homeschool.
And what do you like about that?
That I get to see my cats more and have openings in the day to practice violin.
How do you think school would be different if you went to school?
I would have more homework and have to get up earlyer.
Do you think they would be able to teach spelling better than what you learned at home?
What's your favorite chore?
Cleaning my room.
You keep your room very neat.
Is there any thing you like to cook?
Pizza and muffins.
What's your favorite thing to do lately?
Make paper dolls and memorize French songs.
You seem happier than you were a few months ago. Why might that be?
I turned 14. It's an even number.
Tell me about your school work this year.
I did Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra, Apologia science, Christ the King history, Phonetic Zoo spelling, Write Shop writing, Jensen's Grammer, Rosetta Stone French, First Form Latin, Faith & Life religion, and mapping.
Was “grammar” one of your spelling words?
I don't remember.
Is school work easy, medium, or hard for you?
Some medium, some hard.
Anything you were excited to learn about?
French and mapping.
Anything you would want to change for next year?
How many books do you think you read this year?
Thirteen or so.
Name some titles.
Les Miserables, Oliver Twist, The Borrowed House, The Phantom Tollbooth, Door in the Wall, Eagle of the Ninth, Benjamin West and his Cat, Redwall, For Altar and Throne, Augustine Came to Kent, and Crossbows & Crucifixes.
Which poems did you memorize this year?
Casey at the Bat, The Pessimist and the Optimist, and How to Tell Wild Animals.
What about music lessons? What were your favorite pieces to play?
I love my violin lessons! My favorite piece is La Folia by Corelli that I am working on now.
How many concerts or recitals do you think you attended this year?
Ten or twenty?
If you don't become a professional musician, what do you think you will do with your musical skills when you grow up?
Play music as a hobby.
Name three things you want to learn about this summer on your own.
How to ride a unicycle, First Start French, and learn to tap dance.
Do you think this year was too busy, just right, or not busy enough?
A bit busy, but I still got almost everything done.
What about Dad? How is he involved in our homeschooling and family life?
He's the head of the family and answer all of my brother's crazy questions.
He's going to put in a lot of hours at work next year. What's the most important way he can be available to you and our family?
Still crack funny jokes.
How do you know Mom & Dad love one another?
They would have to love each other to homeschool five kids.
How well do you think you share your feelings?
Not very well.
What's your favorite thing to do as a family?
Go on vacations and do jigsaw puzzles.
If we could travel more as a family, where would you like to go?
France, the rainforest, the ocean, and Washington D.C.
What do you think our family will be like when your and your siblings are all grown up?
Probably still close.
What will Dad and I do when you are gone?
Travel, go to concerts, take up golf, garden, and photography.
Do you think you will get along with your brothers and sisters when you are older?
Do you think you will live close or far away?
I want to live in France.
How often will you call home?
Uh, at least once a week.
And you will have a spare bedroom for mom & dad when we come to visit?
What do you think you will do for a money when you live in France?
I don't know.
What career fields are open to French majors?
I don't know. I'll think about that later.
Maybe we could start looking into that?
Will your kids get along with their cousins?
How important do you think it is that we all stay Catholic and in the state of grace in the next 50 years?
I don't know.
What would it be like if our family all ended up believing different things about faith and morals when you are all grown and have children of your own?
If I put this on my blog, is there anything you want to share with my readers?
Latin is terrible. French is awesome.