Wednesday, July 16, 2008


A surprise day with my husband home from firefighting led us to a impromptu visit to a dear friends house (Patti) just a bit south of here. She let us loose in her beautiful yard, complete with vegetable garden, and chickens, to pick berries. The girls picked just enough for us to make a berry pie. They just ate theirs for dinner.

Here are some highlights.

~I thought the crocked stem of this poppy was just lovely~

Where have we been?

Well the school year came to a halt, and we were blessed with the ever increasing days of summer. I am pleased with the way my first year of homeschooling went. I have to admit, I spent most of the year terrified, over-researching and analyzing everything, but I probably would have done that if she was in school (lol).
She is doing well according to our "homeschool teacher" and she is very pleased as well.

It is summertime and I am in the throws if my catalogs and books, doing planning for next year.
For the most part, things will stay the same (classical), but I am toying with the idea of ditching the First Language Lessons for Primary Language Lessons by Serl. The repetition in FLL was driving me crazy. I am also thinking of getting rid of Shiller for Singapore, and sticking to the Montessori manipulates that I already have.
I will be adding cursive, and am trying to figure out a way to work in the Children of the World program by Winterpromise that I think is so lovely, but never had the time to get to. Truthfully, I don't really know how I am going to work it in this year either. Oh yeah, and I am thinking of switching from living learning to R.E.A.L. or NOEO science. I guess that is a lot of change actually~ahhhhhhhh. But everything with Story of the World will stay the same.
I can see my beautiful friend in Massachusetts falling over as she reads this. We both started out with the same curricula at the beginning of 1st grade.
There really is a method to my madness, I just have not figured it out yet.

Here is a photo I am sharing of our backyard in summertime.