We started back school the first week of August, making this past week our fourth week completed. Hooray! A few things are different for us. We're modifying Ambleside Online, combining it with Memoria Press Classical Curriculum. On Wednesdays, the boys attend outside classes. The other thing that is different this year is that the girls have a classmate. We added our sweet neighbor, Miss B, a third grader to our homeschool. So, on any given day at our house, we're covering first, third, fifth, ninth, and tenth grades! Yep, I'm pretty busy! If you see my free time somewhere out there, would you mind putting my name on it with a sharpie, so I can get it back one of these days! Seriously though, my motto these days is "Life is hard, but God is good--- let's give Him the glory in all we do!" Even though this is the 10th year of homeschooling, and Lord willing there are twelve more to go, I know in my heart of hearts I'll miss it when it is gone.
|Playing apple math with mom|
|Cookie Sheet Spelling|
|Her fabulous apple pie!|
|Muffy's watercolor of grasshopper|
|Miss B, Muffy, and Cousin C|
|section of Muffy's Mandie in the Secret Tunnel canvas|
Miss Muffy, our fifth grader, is working through most of Ambleside Online 4 this year. Her literature for the first term is Robinson Crusoe. Her assessment of it thus far is that it is a bit boring. We've added weekly written narrations to This Country of Ours. New courses added this year are Memoria Press First Form Latin, Memoria Press Greek Myths study, Memoria Press Insects science study, and Memoria Press Classical Composition Fables. In her free time, she enjoys reading Cherry Ames (old 50s series about a nurse) and drawing. She loves her art supplies. For this term's artist study, I had the girls reproduce John Singleton Copley's portrait of Paul Revere. She worked on it over a course of serveral days. She also is getting fairly independent in the kitchen. I bought her the Keepers At Home handbook which she loves working on spiritual goals, cooking goals, various craft skills, etc. She will earn badges as she completes the items. It is a blessing to watch her grow and mature in the faith.
|Muffy's copy of Copley's "Paul Revere"|
|Cupcake's version of Revere, black lines on face are his veins of course!|
My summer and most of the days are spent in school, preparing or working with the kids. I was hoping to take some classes for women through the seminary, but decided my plate was full and will postpone those plans. Matt is back in school at the seminary, working on his THM, while continuing to work full time. He preached twice in August while our pastor was away. He's busy, but is a big help keeping things going on the home front.
Till next time.