I hope you had a happy Christmas. We did. It snowed the night before, so we had a white Christmas for a change. The children do not remember another white Christmas in their lifetime. Many of my friends in Tennessee said similar things.
This year, 2020, cannot finish fast enough. But the artificial line between two years does not change the status quo. The political situation in the USA is still up in the air, no matter what the mainstream media tells you. COVID-19 seems to be growing – though many people think the statistics are inflated and erroneous (on purpose, to frighten and control the population). Last but not least, winter will send us some cold fronts for the next three months, for sure. This will lead to disruption in traffic, power outages, cancellations of different programs etc.
As Christians, we believe that God protects us and guides us. We have nothing to fear for the future unless we forget how God has led us in the past. We take consolation and strength from the words of the Bible and the promises of God. He has good things for us in store. God has a good plan for us.
We continue homeschooling and take one day at a time. In 2021, we still participate in a Spelling Bee, Science Olympiad (invitational and Regionals), piano festival, violin recital, piano recital, and annual standardized testing. We have lots of goals to accomplish, lots of skills we must continue to hone.
For the first time, our son will take the PSAT 8, 9. I will see if I can arrange for him to also take the ACT. It may seem early, but we know other seventh graders who have taken these exams. It helps familiarize them with how to tackle these tests.
He just finished pre-algebra, which was his seventh grade math book. I have some other math books he could work through before he starts algebra, but I think he is ready. Regardless, I will start preparing him for the SAT and ACT during regular school hours.
I wish you a Happy New Year! May God continue to protect you and guide you with wisdom and discernment as you continue your homeschool journey!