Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Homeschooling lately

Nature study --

Redhumped caterpillars love redbud trees (and liquid amber, plum, apple, and walnut trees). We hoped we might see some cocoons and moths before we realized they're considered pests, but we suspect the neighborhood wasps got them first.

Most of our interest-led science studies have centered on pets the last few weeks. Minnie is our new dwarf hamster. She's very friendly, and seems to be adjusting well to our home. We've also been obsessively researching dog breeds, in hopes that we will eventually be finished with remodeling, and able to welcome a puppy into our home -- preferably one that doesn't eat hamsters.

History and architecture -- monasteries, castles, mosques and cathedrals...

We may not have cabinets in our kitchen, but we have lot of boxes with which to re-enact medieval battles!

Math --

"If they're friends, he shouldn't charge them anything, Mom!"

Reading --

Literature --

We finished listening to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, which was a hit. And Littlest got to see "The Sword in the Stone" for the first time. (The big boys agreed the book was better!)

I exchanged "Idylls of the King" for "The Lady of Shalott," but the boys were, sadly, unimpressed by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. They did like this obnoxious version.

Caedmon's Song was a nice introduction to early English poetry, and we enjoyed A Boy Named Giotto for artist study.

We're now finishing Beowulf, and beginning Arabian Nights.

Music --

Daily practice, lessons on Fridays, lots of Vivaldi for composer studies, and a little birthday concert for Great-Gramma Kathy, who is 82 today.

Happy birthday, Gramma!


MamaTea said...

Love that they answered zero for what the friend should charge in the math problem. Sounds like something that would happen here. On a good day I would laugh about it. On a bad day....well... ;)

Looks like lovely beautiful wonderful fun at your place!

Jocelyn said...

my kids are loving that answer! And now they are wondering if they ever had a violin. LOL

mandi said...

Aww- sweet boys. I agree wholeheartedly. A gift is a gift.

island girl said...

Oh, I am new to your site/blog...absolutely love it! Lots in common! Happy autumn :)

Deborah Allen said...

I write children's devotions/sunday school curriculum and home school bible studies, would you be interested in piloting some of my lessons? I follow your blog and enjoy your home school activities.
Please check out my site and let me know if you might be interested.
Thank you!!


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