Well, it's been too long since I posted but honestly, I do have some great excuses! Start with a dragged-out cold, add an unusual number of outside activities, throw in some early panic that Christmas is closer than you think, and for a grand finale, pour a mug of hot tea all over your open, running laptop and voila!--there you have a recipe for Neglect the Blog. (Really, I didn't pour the tea on purpose, you know--I tripped and the tea did the rest. ) Anyway, said computer is on it's way to a hospital in Texas where I hope they will be able to doctor it up and send it home well. (Oh, Lord, please!)
In the midst of our jam-packed schedule, we have been able to stay steadily at school, SweetPea and I, albeit not as thoroughly as I would wish. I was getting frustrated at the big bite Saxon math was taking out of our day, sometimes as much as two hours, so I made the executive decision to limit math to one hour a day during our busy times--just work at whatever and not necessarily try to complete a lesson a day. I've been amazed at how it's helped us get other stuff done. (Now why didn't I think of this sooner?! By the time we finish high school I'll have all this stuff figured out.)
So here's what we're working on this week, besides math:
- overview of our solar system, starting with the sun; I'm having her do a diagram/fact sheet for each heavenly body
- Reading Detective (literary analysis)
- Keys to Good Language for grammar review
- Wordly Wise for vocabulary study
- poetry analysis and writing a couple of them
- ROME! - Genevieve Foster's "Augustus Caesar's World," "Beyond the Desert Gate" read-aloud, "Eagle of the Ninth" read-aloud (this one is really well-written), "The Bronze Bow" reader
- mini-report on Hadrian's Wall
- I hope to work in a couple of art lessons on ancient Rome
- SweetPea is also working on a fun piano composition called "Menagerie," a suite of vignettes of African animals on the savannah, really expressive and fun.
I have to put in a plug for Sonlight here--this is the most amazing curriculum. It's all we've ever used and I am utterly sold on using literature for history rather than textbooks. What a way to learn, benefitting from someone's thorough research and digging deep into cause & effect, etc. It's our best part of the day and I am incredibly thankful to be getting the education I didn't get the first time around!
Here in Colorado we're having a really mild fall, not even snow yet except in the mountains. We've loved the long display of colors and are finally tackling the last rake-up. It's been wonderful to enjoy the sunshine and gentle temps this long. Hubby told me today that we're near to setting a record for such a late snowfall--set back in the 1930s!
And oh, joy...gas is down to $1.97 a gallon today!
Well, 'nuf for now. God bless your day!