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What Homeschooling Looks Like

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

At least at our house… sometimes. One of the fun things about homeschooling is that it can be so varied. It’s still easy to fall into ruts, but it’s just as easy, really, to mix things up and try new things. Here are some snapshots from the past couple of months showing what Sam’s day […]

12 December 2014 Ornament Craft Fair

Friday, December 12th, 2014

When a homeschooling mom organized an ornament craft fair a few weeks ago, I volunteered to bring a craft, and then backed out, feeling overcommitted (3 days till surgery!) When Sam learned that “we” had backed out of the fair, she was horrified. Aghast. And she quickly took matters into her own hands. She devised […]

11 December 2014 Haiku Writing Station

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

I ran a Haiku unit during our monthly history club meeting. (This month’s topics included medieval Japan). I worked with two groups that self-separated along gender lines. The boys wrote a haiku about an octopus: Stretching gracefully The water’s blackened with ink He is a rainbow The girls wrote a haiku about a kitten: The […]

8 December 2014 Bûche de Noël

Monday, December 8th, 2014

I think that’s what the French Club kids were saying. We were all focused at that point on trying the bûche de Noël that AC, Sam and I made yesterday. Today Sam and I added marizpan champignons and other tree fungi to it (cake pictured bottom right). It was tasty! French Club goes on a […]

6 December 2014 Cultured Cultures

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Sam helped her Fermentation class run a tasting booth today at the CHEC winter festival. On offer were several different kinds of fermented vegetables and the class cookbook.

1 December 2014 Bonjour, Amis

Monday, December 1st, 2014

How is it December already? Only one more French Class till we break for the holidays and my surgery.

21 November 2014 Ferments

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Sam’s “Cultured Cultures” class ended today at CHEC. It was essentially a cooking class, where the kids learned to make fermented vegetables such as cabbage, ginger, pickles, and beets. They also made a class cookbook and packaged samples that they’ll sell at the CHEC Winter Festival in a couple of weeks. Sam came home with […]

18 November 2014 Flinch or Catch

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

The Tadpole and Bullfrog classes at Green Adventure Project play a game of “Flinch or Catch” with teacher Ben from the UK.

17 November 2014 Nails and Knives

Monday, November 17th, 2014

AC and Sam have been doing physics projects and experiments at night. This evening they learned about incline planes and wedges. AC had Sam hammer three different nails: one standard, one blunt, and one chiseled. The idea was to see which one took the most work to drive in and pull out. As expected, the […]

15 November 2014 Indian Village at Jamestown

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

A guide taught Sam how to make rope at the Indian Village at the Jamestown Settlement. We had a fabulous afternoon learning about the Powhatans and the Jamestown settlers, and touring replicas of the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery.

13 November 2014 Barbarian Tag

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

As part of our unit on the fall of Rome and the division of the Roman empire into east and west, we played Barbarian tag. The Goths, the Visigoths, and the Ostrogoths eventually “turned” nearly everyone 🙂

10 November 2014 Freeze Tag

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Backyard full of kids post-French Club playing freeze tag. Sam is in there somewhere– maybe in the tree?

28 October 2014 Parkday

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The circle of moms at the weekly homeschool parkday. Notice the orange tree aflame in the corner.

20 October 2014 Jouons aux cartes

Monday, October 20th, 2014

French Club played card games today.

13 October 2014 French Club Back in Session

Monday, October 13th, 2014

9 October 2014 Beowulf

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

We did Beowulf in our monthly history club meeting today. Thanks to Nathalie for sharing this photo with me!

7 October 2014 Apple Picking

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

6 October 2014 Waiting for the Bus

Monday, October 6th, 2014

We rode the bus to the Paramount Theater downtown to catch Visible Fiction’s excellent “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” I was too engaged by the show and the beautiful day to take any other pictures.

18 September 2014 18th-century Saw Mill

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Sam got to help saw a log in a replica of an 18-century saw mill at the Great Hopes Plantation.

17 September 2014 RevQuest

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Sam, Susie and Timmy completed RevQuest– a spy game which had us hunting for clues and deciphering encoded messages in our mission to secure the support of the French in the war for independence. Here, the kids met a contact outside of the Magazine.