Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Day by day, and with each passing moment....

....Strength I find to meet my trials here; trusting in my Father's wise bestowment, I've no cause for worry or fear.

Those who have been around since my first month of blogging may remember THIS post about my first day of school.
I thought I'd do a post similar - about the curriculums I am currently using.

In science, I am studying biology with Exploring Creation with Biology by Dr. Jay Wile. I have been using the "Exploring Creation...." curriculum for almost my entire student life. They are very good books, though sometimes dry and boring, like all science books can be. I am enjoying biology a lot more than physical science, which was the last book.
And off to the left is my self-decorated amazing science notebook.... complete with Paul McCartney, the Beatles, a Star Trek logo, the TARDIS, the Ninth and Tenth doctors, and a picture of my piano.
And above the Beatles is a quote by Benjamin Franklin: "Never leave that for tomorrow which you can do today."

In math I am grade or two behind... So I'm trying to get caught up in that.
So far in algebra we've just been doing review... All the easy questions are throwing me off! I expect them to be hard, over think them, and end up getting the wrong answer. Sigh....
Teaching Textbooks is a good math curriculum for those who don't understand how math works (that would be me!). It explains things very well and you can buy an explanatory CD for the computer that helps you along as well.

My mother is the teacher of my writing "class" made up of me and two friends. We are learning how to write good essays using The Lively Art of Writing by Lucile Vaughan Payne. I am learning lots of good things! I only wish the author would cut back on the examples!

I'm learning cursive for the first time....

And I'm still learning Dutch with Rosetta Stone.

The literature course I am currently going through is Excellence in Literature the American literature study. The books to read include, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin, Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper, The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

Then of course there's music..... I'm in choir and ensemble where we are singing very very fun songs!
I also started singing lessons! Very very exciting... I'm sing the Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) currently... Maybe I'll post me singing it when I get it worked up.
There's saxophone:

And piano! Right now I've got lots of piano on my plate.... scales, Hanon excercises, a Handel Gavotte, the Solfeggietto, Beethoven, Christmas jazz.... Lots to work on.

And here is me playing "Day by Day" arranged by Mark Hayes. I playing this in church on Sunday.

Live long and prosper!


  1. Ah, algebra...I miss it. Geometry sucks. Then again, I zone out in class a lot which doesn't help.
    You're only now learning cursive?! I had to learn in third grade...It was sooo cool when we first learned it, and now everyone hates it because it cramps your hand after a certain period of time. So we just do our own thing.

  2. Abbey, I thank you for playing that song, so I could hear it. It was beautiful, and I could sing the words with it.Next time, have the camera showing your face at the end.
    Love you, from Grama

  3. Hehehe, that's how I get money too 8-D I bank at the bank of Mum.

    E-Lock, that works. Sounds kind of detectiveish without being too Sherlocky. You're right! His scarf doesn't look like a man's scarf! It kind of looks like the Doctor's, only not as cool.
    I like scarfs too 8-D They are fun.
    Yes, they need to work on the mysteries. If they are going to make him Sherlock they could at least use some from the book, as much as I would hate him solving Sherlock's cases, at least they wouldn't be the same though. I'm slightly worried though about how they will do Adler. If the Brits couldn't even get her right I think we are done for.

    Yeah, I think it is weird when Sherlock calls Watson John. I've always known him as Watson, but yes, if any of them have to go by John then it should be Martin Freeman. Jude Law is much more fitted to being Watson, though I think I will always find it odd to hear John. (That sounds a bit confusing I'm sure, but you probably get it 8-D) I made up this rule when I started reading the books. I decided I would never call Sherlock, Holmes. He had too cool a first name to go by his last. And I said I would never call Watson John, because John is too typical a name. So they shall always be Sherlock and Watson to me. (My sister read the books because of me. One day she said, "I don't know why I call Sherlock by his first name and not Watson." And I said, "It is because of me. You learned about them from me and that is what I call them." So, I'm warping others into doing it 8-D

    I agree. This show isn't like Sherlock at all. It is just a money making ploy because anything Sherlock is doing well now.
    I liked when Not-Sherlock lit the violin up as well 8-D That was unexpected...but I wonder how come it had no burn marks on it later...He plays better then BC, I will give him that - though he probably wasn't really playing.
    No, I've not heard of Peter Whimsey...I will have to see if I can find the books. They might be fun.

    Oh! Jonny Lee Miller is in Emma?! I've orders to watch that one...some one else is in it who my sister likes. Billie Piper I think...or Pepper Potts...not sure. I think it is Emma I am under orders to watch. Does it have a Wentworth in it?

    I will have to try that with the original DW shows.

    Now I will close and answer your other comments 8-D


  4. Yes! I've read the short story enough to memorize it, or so it seems, and I still missed things, in plain sight. That could have slapped me in the face. I think from now on I will find someone else to read it before I publish. My brain likes to miss things.

    Do you get to go to the midnight showing of The Hobbit?


  5. Beautiful playing, Abbey. I enjoyed it very much. Good page turning too.