Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Yesterday, I finally got a couple more months of hours added up and confirmed that the four older kids have well over their 1,000 hours for the school year. Katie...not so much. However, getting everything added up made it possible to come up with a plan for the remainder of her school year.

So, while the older kids continue to do math each day, they will each also have a task that they help Katie complete for her school progress. There are also a couple of independent/mommy supervised tasks that she'll have each day. Even with time off for a much anticipated visit from Aunt Beka and the Cousins, she should be done by the end of June.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

May 17-23

I just realized that I didn't finish this post and post it at the end of the week of May 23rd. I was attempting to create a post throughout the week to publish on Saturday, because that seemed like it would be an easy way to do it. Not so sure about that method now, but I'll try again when we really get going with school again (probably August).

Sunday -
We enjoyed being at BBC for Breaking of Bread, the coffee break prayer meeting, and the teaching meeting. Jim Price shared some fascinating historical accounts of events in the 40 years following the death and resurrection of Christ.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Week that Was

I'm going to try updating during the week but just accumulating the week's account in one post to be published on Sat. or Sun. I liked doing it that way this week; we'll see how it goes.

On Tuesday, we were able to visit Grant's Farm in St. Louis with Mama Byrd, Dad & Mom Smith, Aunt Joyce, and Sarah & Blessings. It was a fun, relaxed excursion. The bird show was particularly educational, and it was neat to see the birds at such close quarters. There was one owl who got very stubborn and didn't want to leave the stage, providing us with several extra informative tidbits as the MC tried to fill time.

Wednesday, we enjoyed Jonathan reading to us from Prince Caspian after supper.

Thursday, the older kids enjoyed a game of Farkle with Gramma Byrd (on Papa and Gramma's last day to visit us). There was also lots of extra reading time for Kate, Grace, and Stephen with Gramma.

Saturday was a day of room cleaning and relaxation. The kids enjoyed Georgia being over for several hours and getting to play games with her.

The only day we missed our math and reading summer routine was Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Monday Gardening, etc

We got 49 tomato and pepper plants planted in the garden yesterday. Josiah was a big help with the tomatoes, and Katie pulled weeds for me. Later in the day, Barak helped me break up the ground and make hills for planting the winter squash.

All five older kids helped with caring for the chicks and ducklings we got last week. This will be a steady thing.

We're to the point where we're doing Math and a couple hours of Reading each day for "core" school work. Katie and Grace also did some phonics card review yesterday.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day and week recap

This morning at church, we watched a Moody Classics Science video on the properties, effects, etc, of water. Lots of great information and photography!

3rd meeting message was on 2 Cor. 6.11 - 7.16. Good discussion on the way home, due to some questionable hermeneutics in the message.

Last week, we did math 3 days, and had reading time at least 4 days (2 hrs). Lots of game playing, too (at least 2 hrs each of Thinking-Skills-worthy playing). A week full of exceptions, due to a welcome visit from Papa and G'ma Byrd.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

An afternoon at Shaw

We had a terrific afternoon at Shaw Nature Reserve today - had a great walk (about 3 miles) with the Papa and Mama Byrd and Mom Smith. Then, frozen pizza, apple salad, bacon/cream cheese/jalepeno things for supper, and a fun game of Farkle after the kids went to bed. Whew!

We took quite a few pictures that we will be identifying this next week. It's neat to see the kids paying attention to the details in nature, noting the number and shape of leaves, flower petals, etc.

I'll post pictures soon.

Friday, May 8, 2009


As Jonathan and I have been reviewing the actual text of our state's home education statutes, we have decided to make some adjustments in the way that we keep our school records. This blog is part of those changes, and while its purpose is primarily for the purpose of recording the day to day activities of our home education journey, any blessing and enjoyment that you receive from it will be icing on the cake.

The verses in the header express some of the most important of our goals in choosing to educate our children at home. Sometimes, though, it is easy to miss the value of the teaching that happens along the way. Our hope is that this blog with serve both as part of our record keeping system and as a tool to capture important memories and moments.