Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Break!

We're having our two-week Christmas Break right now. It's almost over. I've mostly been reading and sleeping. I missed being able to read whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, so I read 1984 (Orwell), The Book of the City of Ladies (de Pizan), The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger), and two fantasy books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, called Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness. It's been very nice to just be able to read and think all day, take a break from classes and studying for tests.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Exams!

Hi! I know it's been a while. I've just been too lazy to sit down and write a good post. Yup, that's a sure sign that the novelty of public school has worn off. Sometimes it feels like I've always gone to public school, but there are times when I stop and think, "Wow, I'm going to a public school. What did I get myself into?"

Friday, October 22, 2010

Volleyball!

In P.E. we're playing volleyball. It's been a little rough for me, because I'm not good at volleyball at all. I'm slowly getting better, though. I can serve now and most of the time I can set the ball up/hit it over. But I'm still a little uncomfortable, because all the kids are so competitive. It makes me nervous to play, because I'm worried that I'll mess up and make my team lose. Now that I'm getting better, though, I don't feel as bad. Volleyball is actually pretty fun, if everyone tries to do their best!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Not Much New

We had a long weekend. We had no class on Friday, because of a student-parent conference and other stuff. It was a nice little break, but it made me dread this morning even more. I just did not want to get up. It was too dark outside and my bed was nice and warm. Somehow, I managed to get ready before 7:20.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Speculation for the Day

One thing that's very different in the Catholic homeschool culture around here than the public school culture is that the majority of homeschool kids wouldn't even think to swear, especially in public. Sure, some homeschoolers do rebel and start swearing, but it doesn't happen too often.

Friday, October 8, 2010

It's Homecoming

I'll give ya'll an update:
  • The psychology class is really easy. So far, I don't have to study that much, and I still get As. The stuff isn't that hard to remember and the multiple choice quizzes and tests are pretty easy (for me, at least).
  • For P.E., we're playing flag football. I've gotten two touchdowns so far, although I've dropped and missed the ball more than I've caught it. It's still a lot of fun, though! Next, we're playing ULTIMATE FRISBEE! I'm either going to love this or hate this. I'll hate it if the other kids don't follow the rules. Without the rules, ultimate frisbee is lame.
  • French is pretty easy. It's getting a little harder, but not by much.
  • A.P. English is getting a little easier. It's getting easier to write the timed essays. Yesterday, we had to write an essay about a poem. What we did is walked in the classroom, picked up the poem, read it for the first time, and then had to write an essay about it within the hour. I finished right after the bell rang. I ran out of time and didn't write a good enough conclusion, but that's just something I have to work on.
  • Algebra III is a little hard for me, because I'm more behind on algebra than the other kids it seems. I'm still managing to gets As and do better than others, though. I don't get it. Today, I had a quiz that I thought I'd get a C on, but I got an A with extra credit. Either I'm really good at looking at the question and guessing, or I subconsciously know it. Maybe it's a little of both. Either way, I hope I keep it up.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Homecoming!

School is going great. I'm getting As, one -A, and a B, without wearing myself out too badly. At this point, it's honestly not taking too much effort to get good grades. It's either that I'm really smart, or that the people who get bad grades just don't care. I'm thinking it's the later, although it could be a little bit of the former. I mean, OK, I could be "smarter" than other kids in some sense, but I think that it isn't really hard to do well in these classes. You just gotta do all the homework and some studying. It's not that bad.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday!

Another week has gone by and I have gained a little bit more knowledge...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Bad Day

Today wasn't a good day. It's not that nothing really bad happened, it's just that I'm in a horrible mood. It didn't help that I had my essay reviewed and graded today or that I had an algebra test...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Settling In

My eighth day of school. I can't believe it's been only two weeks and I already feel like I'm getting the hang of it. So far, I've turned in all my homework in time, done well on the quizzes, and have made a few friends. I'm getting the hang of seminar, and the lunches aren't really that bad. I like all of my teachers, and none of the classes bore me to death. So far, so good.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Bruises!

Monday went better than I expected it to. Usually Mondays go horribly for me, but nothing really bad happened, which I am thankful for. The only thing I'm not thankful for is the homework I have to do for A.P. English. Has anyone else ever done a "reduction" for a book? I wonder if it's called something else outside of my A.P. English class, because nothing comes up for it on Google. Dang... that means I'm going to have to come up with original ideas after all.

Friday, September 10, 2010

TGIF

I now know why school kids always look forward to the weekend. When I was homeschooled, it wasn't as much of a big deal. But now that I go to school, I can't wait to be able to sleep in past 7:00.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day Two!

Salvete! (Hello in Latin.)

Day two was more stressful than day one, mostly I think because I was so tired. I couldn't fall asleep until midnight and had to get up at 6:25 again. I'm hoping I'll gradually be able to fall asleep sooner. Also, I was a little late for seminar today. I had left my backpack in my locker before P.E., and then after P.E. I had to rush and try to find my way back to my locker and then get to seminar in time. Didn't work out. It's so hard to get places when there are so many kids in the hallways. Oh, well. The teacher was nice enough to understand that I'm a newbie. Tomorrow, maybe I should just take my backpack to P.E. I don't know where I'll put it, but I really don't want to be late to seminar again.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The First Day

Bonjour! My first day of school went well! I only get lost once, I was able to open my locker, and no one made fun of me.

I started out the morning waking up at 6:25 and getting ready for school. That was hard, because I didn’t get any sleep at all. I just couldn’t get to sleep. I may have gotten some, but I couldn’t tell. Coffee helped, though!

Hiho, hiho, it's off to school I go!

First day of school. I'm waiting for my neighbor to pick me up at 7:20. She's also a senior at the high school. If I had taken the bus, I would've had to get up at 5:25. Instead, I had to wake up at 6:25.

I'll tell you how it goes!

Catherine

Monday, September 6, 2010

Brand New Experience

Tomorrow will start a new chapter of my life. It won't seem like a big deal to some of you, but it will be quite a change for me.

For my senior year, I'm going to the public high school. It will be my first time going to a brick-and-mortar school ever. For the first time, I will have to be stuck in a school with kids my age. For the first time, I will have to raise my hand to ask a question in class. For the first time, I won't be both the smartest and dumbest in my class. I'm excited to go, but I will miss all the benefits of being homeschooled.

Homeschool to Public School

I've been homeschooled all of my life. Tomorrow, for my senior year of high school, I'll be going to the local public school, just to try it out. This blog will document my experiences.