Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
We use the classical approach to education modeled by The Well-Trained Mind. We are on a four year rotation for history and science. This year history is early American history and goes from Christopher Columbus until Pre-Civil War. Our main text for history is A History of US, but we also incorporate lots of other books. History is heavy on reading.
Some of the history books for both boys:
For Luke I am focusing on reading, writing, and arithmetic.
At home we are using:
lapbooks, read lots of books, and try to have lots of adventures and fun.
At our weekly homeschool co-op Luke is taking Character First, Science, History, Literature, Music, Art, and P.E. Some of these classes have take home work he completes Tuesday through Friday.
I need to add spelling and continue to work on manners with Luke.
I'm hoping for Luke to develop a love of reading.
I'm thinking of having Luke take piano lessons.
Extracurricular activities for Luke: Cub Scouts. He wanted to join Cub Scouts last year, but I just couldn't make it happen. This year he is so excited and can't wait for his uniform and the fun stuff (camping, archery, pine wood derby!).
Since Caleb is in junior high his classes at the co-op are a bit different than Luke's. For all of them he has work to complete at home and bring in to be graded the next Monday.
At co-op Caleb is taking:
- Latin (Latin for Children: Primer B)
- Science (Exploring Creation with General Science)
- Writing (U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons)
- Spelling (Spelling Power)
- Handwriting (A Reason for Handwriting)
- Grammar (Daily Grams)
- Math (Life of Fred: Fractions)
I'm hoping to have Caleb become adept at typing this year.
Our school day starts each morning at 9 a.m. with a devotional, prayer, and the pledge. Then we dig into their subjects. Have I mentioned I love homeschooling the boys? Have I ever mentioned it is not always nice and pretty and fun? We have wonderful days and we have horrible days where we are all at odds with each other and yelling occurs. That's life. At this moment for us though homeschooling works.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
I invited my sister to attend with me, and my Mom offered to keep the kids. Hubby graciously encouraged me to go. Friday morning the boys and I drove to Dallas. The conference started Friday, but my sister had to work and I didn't arrive until Friday afternoon, so we made the decision to only attend Saturday.
Saturday morning we barely made it on time. As I was getting ready that morning, I realized it started an hour earlier than I thought. Um, yes not smart. Then we ran into a traffic jam on the highway that slowed us down. I dropped my sister off at the front door at 9:01. It started at 9:00. Cutting it a little close, I met her inside the cavernous American Airlines Center.
Our seats were on the floor level (YAY!) so we had to ride a special elevator down to the bottom level. Julie and I thought it was funny that each elevator had an attendant to push the buttons for us. Also, the elevator had a tv in it. Here's our secret entrance.
"Over the Top" had started.
First up we heard from Patsy Clairmont. She is a funny, gifted speaker and a character. I would love to hear more from her. She told an impactful story about her son, who was on life support for 21 days.
- Prayer matters, people matter.
- Some of us create our own problems
- Change can be good.
- Life is hard, never give up.
Then we heard from Brenda Warner, wife of football player Kurt Warner. She told of the horrible circumstances that happened in her life, but through it all she tried to live with courage, honor, and integrity. She really has an amazing story. We purchased her book and I can't wait to read more from her.
- Circumstances don't determine who you are.
Then the beautiful Sandi Patty took the stage and sang "When You Wish Upon a Star". I kind of wondered why she was singing this song. She told of how her dream when she was a child was to be an entertainer at Disneyland. She auditioned as a teenager, then was told she could sing well, but her dancing wasn't very good and that she had extra weight that didn't fit the Disney image.
- God hears and knows our dreams.
- He doesn't say no to our dreams, but yes to dreams we cannot see.
- Dreams don't always look like we want them too.
The highlight of the day was Sandi Patty singing "We Shall Behold Him". So amazing!!
Lunch was provided to us and was great. The line was short and we quickly got our boxed lunch of a grilled chicken sandwich, chips, rice crispy treat, an orange, and bottled water.
After lunch we heard from a couple of more speakers. Um, I stopped taking notes, but rest assured they were good too.
Doesn't my sister look beautiful? She was such a trooper attending the conference with me a month away from her due date. We had adventures on the elevators and in the men's restrooms. Most of the men's restrooms were open to the ladies and of course had shorter lines.