Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Year 2, Catch Up (Weeks 12-18)

     I wrote the post below before Thanksgiving but forgot to actually post it because I was busy stuffing my face enjoying morsels of our blessed meal throughout the day.  Yesterday 12/1, marked the 90th day of school for us.  It's our halfway point.  Today, to celebrate (we didn't get to yesterday because I was tutoring) we decided to stay in our pjs---all day.  Yes, as I type this I'm sitting comfortably in my pajamas (I showered and threw on a clean set) while listening to the rain (and my kids going stir crazy from ONE day of having to stay inside.)  On with the post:     

     It's almost Thanksgiving and it's been roughly 6 weeks since I've last written.  It's just been THAT busy.  Planning a birthday party while maintaining a home, teaching, tutor planning for CC, caring for 2 kids with special but different needs (one who happened to also get an infection) and a week of me being sick along with 3 weeks of construction on our backyard to boot; well it's obvious that something had to be pushed aside and it happened to be this blog.  With every passing week I felt guilty because, after all, this is a blog I started for my kids, as a way of remembering and looking back to see how far they've come and I've left the past few weeks out. 
     However, I've let that guilt go because in the past few weeks a lot was accomplished and memories were made.  When I ask my kids to point to a state they can; my son can name all of them and their capitals as well.  We went to the Bodies Exhibition and we were able to show our daughter what a spinal cord looks like and where her surgery was done as well as showing our son a heart that had a similar condition to his.  The kids learned about slavery and one of the books we read was Henry's Freedom Box, which really made an impact on the kids because who would risk sending themselves in a box?!  We also began our tin whistle lessons as part of Classical Conversations.  As a CC tutor, my hope is to get my class to perform "Jingle Bells" at our annual Christmas party. 
     That's all I can remember right now which leads me to Thanksgiving.  I asked my kids what are 5 things they're greatful for and this is what they said: 
Little ToughieThat Jesus died on the cross
My mom and dad
For my home
That I have my own room
That I can help the homeless 
A380That we have a dog
For my little sister
For my airplane collection
For my family
That Jesus died on the cross for us
      I'm thankful for much.  Far too much for me to write down here.  We're blessed, even in times of darkness.  It doesn't always seem or feel that way, but God's purpose is beyond my understanding, beyond our understanding and my hope, my only hope lies in Him.  I'm thankful that He is my light.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Year 2, Week 11

  What a week!  We did so much, but what really stood out was our History project.  This will be a post in pictures.

     This week we read a lot about George Washington.  We had several books on hand but our favorite was George Washington's Breakfast:

     My kids liked it so much that we decided to go ahead and make George Washington's Breakfast of Hoecakes and tea:
There's cornmeal back there somewhere.  Washington grew corn
on his plantation so it was no wonder Hoecakes were a favorite.
Cracking eggs.
Adding a minuscule amount of sugar.

Mix some more!
We fried them in a cast iron pan.  The closest we could get to how
they were originally made; on a hoe!
A spot of tea.
The finished cakes.  See that one front and center?  My son
said it was shaped like Africa.  This is what happens when
you homeschool and teach Geography.
They had it with raw honey and cultured butter.
Lucky kids!
He had four of them.
She just had one.
Washing it down.
Taking a sip.

     That is how our homeschool week ended.  With some hoecakes and tea on a Saturday morning.  The kids thoroughly enjoyed them.  On our CC meeting day my son presented the book, summarizing it.  My daughter presented the hoecakes; the ingredients and how to make them.  Since the recipe made plenty we were able to bring some and pass it out to the class.  I'm trying to do one project a week, preferably one they can do with The Principal so that he knows what we've been up to and the kids can share what they've learned with him.  Plus, hands-on learning is always fun.

     That's all folks.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Year 2, Week 10

     I'm just a few days late with this post.  Progress!  We've found our rhythm since beginning Classical Conversations.  We just completed our first month of CC and week 10 of our homeschool year.  Just to refresh your memory, we officially began our homeschool year in July, studying the California Missions.  Once Classical Conversations began, our curriculum shifted to line up with what was being covered during this CC Cycle (we're in Cycle 3).  This is our second full year being part of CC.  We got to join a community in the early 2013 and have enjoyed it ever since.

     Which brings us to what we studied this week.  We focused on the Declaration of Independence.  As a special project and a break from the norm, I had the kids translate it into their own words.  Yes, it was a big task for my (technically) first grader and for my oldest, but with The Principal's help they got it done!  Here they are hard at work, writing their translation next to a break down of the Declaration:

     When they were done I typed up their words to look like an official document.  On the other side is a printed copy of the Declaration of Independence:


     We also read The Fourth of July story by Alice Dalgliesh, which got them excited for next year's Independence Day celebration.  My daughter said she plans on yelling, "Hooray for Liberty!  Hooray for Freedom!" during our neighborhood's annual Fourth of July Parade.  I'm sure she will.

     That wraps up our week as we begin another!  Have a wonderful week.