Category: Homeschooling

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Mummy!

Last Saturday we went to Cincinnati to see the mummy exhibit. It was fascinating. Unfortunately they didn’t allow pictures in the exhibit, which made me sad. They had mummies from Egypt, mummies that were naturally formed due to heat and acidic bogs and so on, and more recent people who had been mummified somehow when they were entombed in church crypts. Rosie was enthralled. Ada was kind of horrified. Henry kept pointing and saying, “Rawr!” Then doing his fake scream. Tyler...

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Why I homeschool my children.

“I am.” –We have the power of knowing ourselves. “I can.” –We are conscious of the power to do what we perceive we ought to do. “I ought.” –We have within us a moral judge to whom we feel ourselves subject, who points out and requires of us our duty. “I will.” –We determine to exercise that power with a volition that is in itself a step in the execution of what we will. (Words from “When Children Love to Learn”)...

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The Drive Home & Homeschooling.

I’m not really sure what to say now. I’m sad. Especially about Misha. I can’t help but wish for some sort of miracle that would allow me to just adopt Misha and live happily ever after. I’m trying not to think of it. The drive home from Atlanta was tough. We passed through so many terrible storms. My 20 year old sister was with me, so at least I wasn’t completely alone. I think the trip will be good birth control...

The Eruption. 2

The Eruption.

Our house has four fireplaces. They’re all the original Victorian fireplaces and they’re for decoration only. They’re blocked off, which makes me sad. I would love a cozy fire! In the homeschool room (actually a dining room) the fireplace had this hideous strip of hot pink foam board about six inches wide and the length of the fireplace stuffed across the chimney hole where the smoke would go up, blocking it closed. You could see the pink foam board if you...

Cute Chicks and Raw Factoids. 2

Cute Chicks and Raw Factoids.

The other day we had our first birth at the cabin! (This is an iPhone snapshot. Seriously! And in case you were wondering that big pink spot on the chick is the thigh, nothing is wrong with it. Seconds later a big clawed foot popped on out, connected to that plump pink thigh.) In my garage at the old house there was a hen sitting on eight eggs in a box in the back of the garage.  I waited until the...

Tufted Titmouse. 1

Tufted Titmouse.

 I took Ada back to the doctor today. Her throat is still infected, worse than before.  We had to miss homeschool co-op because she was awake all night with a fever yet again. Rosie is as grumpy as she’s probably ever been in her life!  Her nose is still stuffy, which is unusual for her.  Must be an extra crappy cold. Ada still acts cheerful, despite being sick and never sleeping. Here she is on her bird watching perch this morning....

First day of co-op and a few pictures. 0

First day of co-op and a few pictures.

We had our first day of the Charlotte Mason homeschool co-op yesterday. It went very well!  The only downside was they actually intended for me to be the helper in the 4/5 year old class and not Ada’s 2/3 class.  Ada wouldn’t stay in the 2/3 class without me.  To be fair I had promised her we would stay in the same class together. I tried leaving her in there and she just stood in the same spot and sobbed silently....

Possums, Co-op, and Photos. 0

Possums, Co-op, and Photos.

I need some kind of possum repellant spray. These ugly beasts (or Tools of Satan as we jokingly call them) are terrorizing my backyard!  They have ripped the heads off of a few hens over the past few years, and they love to steal eggs.  This past summer they ate an entire nest of duck eggs that were close to hatching.  Poor Mama Duck was panting and paralyzed with fear in the corner next to her nest under the chicken coop....

Thoughts from Charlotte Mason study group tonight. (Vol 6. Ch. 3, pt. 1) 0

Thoughts from Charlotte Mason study group tonight. (Vol 6. Ch. 3, pt. 1)

I wanted to write down some quotes and thoughts after reading the first three sections of Chapter 3 from Charlotte Mason’s book Towards a Philosophy of Education.  I’m reading the book with a group of other moms.  It is so wonderful to meet other mothers who are interested in the same lifestyle I am!  We meet every Tuesday night to discuss the book and plan our Charlotte Mason style homeschool co-op, which will start classes in January. If you want to...

Macaroni Pizza! (And a sort of DITL…) 1

Macaroni Pizza! (And a sort of DITL…)

Devoting part of every day to reading and discussing school subjects with Rosie takes up a lot of time.  It’s very hard to keep Ada quiet and entertained while I work with Rosie.  I’d say that’s probably the most difficult thing about homeschooling. The other difficult thing is finding a balance between what Rosie should be learning and what kind of subjects she enjoys.  For example we studied vikings for a week and they did not interest Rosie in the least.  Ada...