A great first week

We had a really wonderful first week back at school, better than my expectations--all thanks to the Lord!  We're both really happy with our new schedule, liking our studies, and I think overall, really grateful for the balance the Lord has brought to our homeschooling life.  It's something I've been working at for a couple of years.  I know we'll have our ups and downs in the course of the year, but with a strong start, I'm encouraged and hopeful that we're on the Lord's track.

This year, Sweet Pea's 8th grade year, we're doing Sonlight's Core 7, the second half of a two-year world history adventure picking up at the late Renaissance.  The King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell is a captivating adventure that takes place in northern Mexico during Coronado's explorations (quite a look at the devastation the Spaniards' "gold fever" caused to the indigenous peoples).  And our read-aloud, A Murder for Her Majesty is giving us a very authentic look at the world of musicians and the cathedral at York during Queen Elizabeth's time.  Fascinating.  If you read the book, be sure to do a Google on photos of the cathedral--there's some excellent collections that really give you a perspective on what happens in the book.  Amazing building.

We're also doing Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra for math this year, Apologia General Science, Easy Grammar 9 for a light review, and a big-time emphasis on writing.  We'll be working through exercises in Jensen's Format Writing as well as the fun fiction workshop, Reach for the Stars, sold as an e-book through HSB.  And SweetPea will be doing the public speaking class again in our support group, and piano.

So we have a full plate, but a rich one.  And as I've said a hundred times, I'm so glad I'm getting to do my education all over again!  Satisfies me to my toes.

Now I need to tend to my "day off" to tend to everything else!  The weather is beautiful so I'd better include some sunshine and physical effort outside.


  1. blessingsundreamtof8/29/2009

    What a treat to read your blogs!!! I appreciate your tips on herbal remedies and your healthful recipes!!! I have several friends who will appreciate them too once I pass them along. Also, it sounds like your daughter and my oldest son are doing some of the same curricula in school this year! So glad to meet you! We so enjoy Colorado. What part do y'all live in? Have a great weekend!




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