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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Monday Musings (on Tuesday)

What I'm thinking: How I could use a cup of coffee and how much this kind of thing is interesting to read on other people's blogs. Hope it is the same here. :+)

What I'm reading: Veritas Press' Omnibus II. I am scheduling Hannah's reading and I really enjoy the essays at the beginning of every book. Frankly, the essays are better than some of the book choices!

What I'm listening to: My children playing a game.

What we're learning: Reformation history, how the Israelites lived during the Judges, Boston Massacre and Tea Party for "Littles History", and how much my children would like to go to the tidepools on the coast.

What I'm watching: We will be going to see Avatar this weekend.

What's cooking: Roast chicken, baked potatoes, broccoli for dinner.

What I'm buying: Absolutely nothing. :+)

What I'm wearing: A long flannel nightgown that graces the floor. It is my favorite winter nightgown made for me by my mother.

What I'm thankful for: Our church. The families' love and prayer; the fellowship and deep teaching.

What I'm creating: Crochet dishcloths. That's about it at the moment!

What I'm praying: God's wisdom and direction for my husband as he continues his job search--and for a job opening just for him.

What I'm planning: My co-op month! Just finished coloring in my sample habitats yesterday. So pretty!

What I'm looking forward to: Co-op this Wednesday. What God will do in the future.

A picture to share:

 

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Good stuff out there.

I just love finding things online that I didn't know were there. :D One of my children needs a little extra work to really learn this lesson in her Math U See so I went to the site to see if they had anything that might help. Did they ever! They have a worksheet generator that you can specify for different lessons. So not only does she have fresh problems to work with, I don't have to think them up! It will even generate the answer key if you want it to. What a bonus! Poof, her math lesson is ready for tomorrow! I love MUS!

In our Mystery of History study we have been learning *so* much. The Reformation and the Renaissance are such amazing and heroic times. Right now we are reading a marvelous book about John Calvin. He is one of my heroes. The book is called, The River of Grace: The Story of John Calvin. It begins when he is seven and goes through his early life, his conversion upon examining the scriptures for himself, and his roll in the formation of the reformed church. It never ceases to astound me how little people knew of God and His word in the church at this time. Even the services in the churches were in Latin and the common man could not understand! I praise God for the Reformation. We would not have the light of His word were it not for courageous men and woman during the Reformation! We are very much enjoying it.

My newest review product I am working on is a biology program from Science Shepherd. It is beautifully put together and very thorough. I am excited about it. More on that in the future!

Even in the midst of our crazy winter storms I am starting to think about spring. What will we plant in our EarthBoxes this year? I have purchased a few heirloom seeds as the one bean heirloom from last year worked so wonderfully. (And we harvested the seeds again of course for this year!) The site is a little wonky for finding what you want, but Cherry Gal is where I chose to purchase the seeds I wanted purely because they had English cumcumbers! She has a neat selection and we bought some herbs and a few other veggie seeds. Spring will be fun!
 

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Mullings

Another year! Time keeps marching on whether I am available for it to do so or not. :+) I am excited about this new year and grateful for every day.

We start our second week back post-break tomorrow and it is going well. I set up a schedule/check-off list for each child right before we started back last week and it has been working remarkably well. So much so that my younger two keep reminding me of the things we have yet to do all day until they are accomplished! This is both wonderful and frustrating all at the same time. LOL I am grateful though, in truth, but it makes for a very busy day. Homeschooling five with all different levels of study is really a challenge, but a good challenge. At the end of last week I thought to myself, wow, this is hard work, but work I want to be involved with. So we work!

Last week I had a wonderful night out with a dear friend. We started at the Fox and Goose Pub for dinner where I had the *best* fish and chips! It was a wonderful old brick building with very British decor. It was a fun "flash back" to England for me and wonderfully Americanized because there was no smoking! :D Then we headed to the Crest Theater in downtown Sacramento to see the beautifully gifted George Winston. His talent is so multifaceted it simply astounds me. Not only can he play some of the most beautiful piano solos, but he also plays very complicated guitar and harmonica pieces. I did not expect that at this concert. I also did not expect that he would be so unassuming. He wore jeans, a blue Oxford shirt and sox!! Evidently he plays best that way as Diane said that is how she has seen him play twice before--even in a suit! :+) Our seats were unbeatable and his playing superb. Thank you again, my sweet friend, for the glorious evening of time just with you!

We wrapped up our first semester artist study on Raphael. His artwork was unmatched--even today. It brought tears to my eyes a few times while studying it, it was so beautiful. I cannot imagine having that kind of gift. We are now moving on to an American artist, John Singer Sargent. He was, in effect, homeschooled! That was a fascinating discovery. Of course they wouldn't have called it that, but it is how he was educated. His mother, I would hazard a guess, would have been called an unschooler. :+) We are just beginning our study about him from the wonderful and free Ambleside Online art schedule. What a tremendous resource Ambleside is! My dear friend Nancy, is educating us on our new composer, Edward Elgar. I love what she brings out and shares with our family. Dawn is sharing and teaching scripture to the children as well as a study of maps in our geography course, and Charlotte is teaching a hymn this month. A rich time of fellowship and learning!

God is faithful and we are resting in Him. Welcome 2010!