And now back to our regularly scheduled gardening posts. Yesterday the boys and I ventured into the Forbidden Forest to collect magical figs for our Morning Health Potion. I knew it would be risky, and sure enough, we barely escaped an attack from the Giant Spiders deep in the forest.
No, seriously, I am so glad I didn't scare everyone away with my HP enthusiasm! I realize not all Christians are comfortable with some of the fantasy aspects of the stories. But I am convinced that the books' themes reflect Christian values and Truth. And I have been having SO much fun with planning our Hogwarts Home Study program this week!
Last night I picked up parchment for our Hogwarts correspondence -- and then the boys received their invitations to the homeschool program via owl post today! (Isn't that a funny coincidence?)
I also found the coolest wands for only $2/set at World Market. (They're sold to Muggles as chopsticks.) The kids will need to activate them with crushed fire opal dust (sold at Michael's as burnt orange glitter) at our first lessons in a couple weeks. I've been bugging our best friends with my ideas via e-owls (in order to keep it a surprise for the kids), and they're going to join us for lessons once a week or so, but we're not quite ready to start.
It is SO hard not to jump right in with a bunch of Lessons! But I know myself and the kids, and I don't want to get burned out by trying to do too much at once. I want to keep the enthusiasm going. After their owls arrived today, we decided to start reading Book One again. That should keep us busy until we can get together with the other Gryffindor home study students.