Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Rush!

The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
Cub's broken arm (3 places) and my sprained ankle have changed things up a bit. For one, the laundry is hard pressed to get folded and put away as stairs are my nemesis and he can't fold. We are having an official laundry folding party today.
And it's changed school up a bit, too. He's delving head long into SWB's History of the Ancient World (he is so a Susan Wise Bauer fan-boy). Advanced Bio finds him dictating study guide and "on your own" questions to me. We are getting by but his one-fingered typing is slowing things up a bit.
Meanwhile, Flower is studying hard for Classical Conversations Memory Master - 24 weeks in 7 subject areas word perfect. By Tuesday she needs to be to the point of missing 3 or less in each category. She's so there. We are all marinating in the Timeline song and the first 12 elements of the periodic table by number,element and mass. It's all good and I am once again impressed with how the simple (albiet not easy) task of memorization brings clarity and understanding.

Speaking of Classical Conversations, we are down to 4 weeks of Community Day. Half my fantastic Master's class has already registered for Challenge A! Woot! This summer is going to whiz by with Drama Camp, Shakespeare Camp, Conferences, Practicums and, hopefully, a Bridgeway Academy Learning Lab thrown in! I am already putting fall events on the calendar- Cub wants to make it to TP Survival and Feeche has Challenge Extreme on his mind. He just has to coordinate that with college/ work.
We've had some 70 degrees days already and trying to keep the kids contained and focused on math, science and their research paper for Essentials Face of Hisory has been challenging. They are desperate to get outside. Thankfully, our enclosed porch (think 1920's farmhouse, windows all 'round) is where we tend to live, once it's gorgeous out but we still need to get stuff done.

Art-ish: Freshly dyed sheep run in view of the highway near Bathgate, Scotland. The sheep farmer has been dying his sheep with nontoxic dye since 2007 to entertain passing motorists.

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I will really, truly post How to Succeed as a Homeschooler on tomorrow! 
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