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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

George Washington Notebook Page

We have studied and read so much about George Washington, that he really deserves two blog posts. Below is the notebook page I have my high school kids complete for this history binders (century book)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Jack's Insects

As many may already know we do our best to have a Charlotte Mason inspired home school.   We have started reading one of the books that would have been used in one of her schools.  It is called Jack's Insects by Edmund Selous originally published in 1910.  Here is a picture of the text:

The story begins with a young boy who dreams to be an entomologist.  He is showing his younger sister his new book.  They fall asleep and are suddenly in the book.  If you decide to read this book,  I have listed some of the characters they meet and learn about on their journey. 

Chapter 2  Jack Promises the Great Morpho Butterfly

Chapter 2:  Quite Unintentional Insult
Blue Morpho Butterfly

Chapter 4: A Butterfly with a Grievance- and Other Butterflies
 Heliconea Butterfly
Leaf Butterfly

Chapter 5:  Caterpillars Extraordinary
 Flowering Caterpillar
 Twig Caterpillar
Snake Caterpillar

Chapter 6:  Very Surprising Adventures
These two spiders pick them up when they are looking at flowers.

Flowering Mantis

Chapter 7 Jack and Maggie Have Their Lives Saved
Green Leaf Grasshopper

Chapter 8- All Full of Glory and Grandeur

Plague Locust

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Back on Track

When I first started this blog, I wasn't sure what I would contribute. I had doubts whether anyone would benefit from reading what I have to say, still do. Recently, I have been watching various videos from other homeschool mom's, whom are just starting to homeschool. I have seen the fire and excitement they have. It is slowly rekindling that flame that I had.

It is amazing how life can impact you. Since I started this blog in 2012, we have moved twice, sold a house, remodeled a house, health issues, a few family surgeries, a few births, a few funerals and currently trying to sell a house. All of this at the beginning and during those homeschool dreaded years of 'how to homeschool high school'. In fact, last summer was a blur. All I remember was wake up, work, eat, go to bed exhausted. I know if these occurrences did not happen everything would have progressed smoothly and as planned.

You know, that is just not how life works. The important thing is to be able to get back on track when you've made a detour or two. That is my plan. We have homeschooled throughout these occurrences, and it has felt like we are just going through the motions. We have covered science, history, literature, Latin, math, etc. I am not worried necessarily about their education.

I am worried that we are loosing that love of learning. I have noticed that homeschooling has been a chore at times, when we all used to be excited and overjoyed with what we were learning.

Beginning last October, I have been on a protocol to help combat my health issues (thyroid). It has taken a few months, but I am starting to feel normal again. This means I am ready to take back control of what our homeschool life used to be.

This post does not have any beneficial information, only my sentiments that I plan to get back on track. Maybe someone will receive motivation, ideas, from me that I have received from others.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Classical Education - Ted Talks

I just watched this video on Ted Talks. I thought it was a clear, concise explanation of classical education.  I know that I find it hard to explain in few words.  (I suppose this is because I did not have a classical education)

I think it is important to remember that you do not have to have a 'school' to provide this type of education for your children.