We're gearing up for school at our house. This year we'll have two second graders, a fourth grader and a fifth grader! Where has the time gone?
I'm excited that we've joined a homeschool group here in the area. It's an a la carte program that allows me to pick and choose classes for my kids. This semester I chose Art, Writing (Institute for Excellence in Writing), Science, and Classical Memory Master. The classes are taught by former or retired teachers. The church where we meet allows parents to check out books and materials from their extensive church library.
Here's a list of what we're using this year in school; all textbook names are links:
Bible--Children Desiring God Series: God's Names, God's Providence, God's Promises,
Grandpa's Box by Starr Meade
Science--Answers in Genesis: God's Design for Life,
My Nature Journal
History and Geography--Story of the World Volume 2
Character--Lessons in Responsibility for Girls, Lessons in Responsibility for Boys, Character Trails
We loved seeing Seurat's pointillism up-close!
This is the kitchen of Julia Child. Her real kitchen was moved into the Smithsonian!!!
There are so many other things I'd love to share that we weren't allowed to take pictures of like the flag that flew over Ft. McHenry in 1814--our Star Spangled Banner, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Magna Carta. So incredible.
The kids noticed that we've lived in the 3 states carved right over the doorway.
|The site of Laura's beloved dugout in her book On the Banks of Plum Creek|
|Laura's "Big Rock"|
The table land above the dugout
pumping water from the well
making corncob dolls
walking to church through the cornfield--this was Phil's favorite part of our day
Tidying up a dugout
And cleaning the claim shanty