Sunday, August 24, 2014

So many pictures and stuff to share, but before that, I have to ...

get the kid's homeschooling schedules down.

This year I have a 3rd grader, a 6th grader, 2 seventh graders, and a 9th grader.

Someone hold me. At least send me wine.

So, for the 2014-2015 school year...

3rd grade

     Charlotte's Web
     The Moffats
     Farmer Boy

D'Aulaires Greek Myths

Latin: Prima Latina

Spelling will be finishing up Rod and Staff 2. My kids learn to read VERY SLOWLY. Article on that coming up at Sandbox.

Primary Language Lessons

Math is Math U See Beta and Gamma

Science is Memoria Press Astronomy
                 Nature Study

History is Grombacher's A Little History of the World. 

Baltimore Catechism

6th Grade

     Anne of Green Gables
     The Bronze Bow
     The Trojan War
Language Arts
     2nd half of Intermediate Language Lessons
     Our Mother Tongue
     Memoria Press Poetry and Short Stories American Literature

     Latin for Children

     Memoria Press Astronomy/constellations
     Nature Study
     Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding

     From Sea to Shining Sea (Catholic Textbook Project)

    Math U See Zeta

Baltimore Catechism

Chorus, Also sax in performing band

7th Grade

Humane Letters

History spine Kingfisher's Red to outline
Memoria Press,  Famous Men of the Middle Ages

     Sir Gawain
     Idylls of the King
     Connecticut Yankee
     History of the English Church 
     Eve of St Agnes
     Magna Charta
     Richard 2
     I Henry IV
     St. Luke
     A Man for All Seasons

Poetry by memory:
     Tennyson, "And Slowly Answered Arthur from the Barge"
     Poe, "el Dorado"
     Keats, "La Belle Dam Sans Merci"
     Shakes, "Let's talk of worms and epitaphs"

Out of Class reading Lord of the Rings

Grammar/Writing: Warriner's 1st Course

Latin: Latin for Children

Math: Teaching Textbook Alg 1a (I split Alg 1 into 2 years for 7/8th grades)

Science: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science (8th grade text that I might split up into 2 years if it's all too much)
              Nature Study
              Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding

Chorus, and I'm trying to talk them back into band.

Religion is Faith and Life 7

9th Grade

Humane Letters
   History Spine: D. Mills Book of the Ancient Greeks
                                          Book of the Ancient Romans
                                          The Great Courses Western Civ with Professor Noble
     JW Johnson From God's Trombones
     1&2 Samuel
     The Destruction of Sennacherib  
     Nash, Very Like a Whale
     Mythic Prototypes of Egypt, Akkadian, Hebraic, Greek*
     Excerpts of Hippocrates
     Euclid, Elements of Geometry
     Plato, Apology
     Aristophanes, The Clouds
    Plato, Meno
    Mac Leish J.B.

To Memorize:
    Psalms; 8, 19, 23, 137
   Thucydides, "Fix your eyes upon the greatness of Athens"

Lost Tools of Writing Year 1
Warriner's 3rd Course

Latin: Henle Year 2

Math: Serge Lang's Geometry

Science: Margulis, 5 Kingdoms (biology-stick)
              Cobb, The Joy of Chemistry (chemistry-carrot)
              Dissection of worm, frog, fetal pig, and other fun stuff I want to do

Religion is Fr. Barron's Catholicism.

Marching Band, Jazz Band, Performing Band, Chorus, Madrigals (honors chorus) at the local high school

Art for all of them is a hodge podge of Drawing with Children, Nature Study, and projects I love. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

that's just how it happens

It's never a flash bang, fireworks, big and overwhelming. It's more like, "What just happened?" We started off with a dog we loved who passed, then bought another, and then we adopted one and bred her... and we want to do this more.

Kids are growing, maturing, starting new parts of their lives. All of this requires changes. Good things growing around here.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

{pretty, happy, funny, real}


Took the kids on a hike to Butter Milk Falls. 

Back when I was about 8, and this was someplace only people with 4x drives went, my parents took me. There were no stairs to walk up, you hiked up the slate. 

So I was up on the top, hopping around like the goat I thought I was...and I fell. And started sliding down, and down. My father jumped after me, slid down himself, and caught a tree to stop us. 

Thankfully my kids didn't recreate that part of the story. 


Back there, past the falls, in the middle of Nowhere, there is the Walpack Inn. It's like a stone lodge, and they are famous for their bread. Having lived here my whole life, I know that if you are driving by on a Thursday, you can go through the kitchen door and buy a loaf of bread. This one was still warm and smelling like molasses.  It's a beautiful loaf, with such gorgeous gluten development, it's a must have. They cut it into big slabs and serve it as a appetizer. 


I've got Celiac and can't eat it. 


You can take the kids out of country, but you can't take the country out of the kids. 

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Friday, June 20, 2014

So Much Crazy

I hate crazy but sometimes you just have to deal with it.

Some of the crazy includes...

A Very Pregnant Dog who is about to Birth Any Minute. I learned how to build a whelping box which might have been one of THE most frustrating days of my life. Not because building it was hard, but because tools broke. Then we couldn't fix them. Then I had to buy new ones. And all of that took about 5 hours out of my day. Not Happy.  I leaned how to check for impending labor. This includes a thermometer. Daughter asked if I had to put thermometer in the dog's mouth. No. That's now where it goes.  I learned about Doggie Momma Abandonment and how to prevent it. About supplemental feeding of pups. About the ENORMOUS amount of eggs this dog eats. So many that I had to buy a bigger pan to cook them in. 


Saving baby bird from cats, and then having baby bird funerals. 

Sewing dresses for growing girls. This is Simplicity Lisette 1419.  Lots of pattern alteration here.

History feildtrips to the local county historical society. We found through reading John Adam's letters to Abigail that he travelled through our county prior to the revolution and make remark about some nearby features, such as our courthouse and a local mill. We went to the historical society to find out if indeed that was the same location of the county courthouse -it was- and then had a great tour around the museum. We're going to find more local revolutionary spots next week. 

Town festivals with lots of fun and fireworks. Seriously awesome fireworks. But that day was a LOT of walking and wow, LOTS of walking.  The fireworks totally made up for it. And we were right under them. 

 I got the garden planted which is a HUGE relief because food prices are SKYROCKETING and I really need the garden this year.  I already have blossoms.

And, best of all, I figured out what was causing my whole body hives, and the insanity of my dermatographica.  That story I will share later. It deserves a post of its own.

And, as always I've been writing a lot for Sandbox to Socrates and when I do that, my own blog suffers. I'm trying to work though that.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

I'm joining up with Like Mother, Like Daughter today for a {pretty, happy, funny, real} because I actually remembered to take pictures this week!


This is an unusual pretty, I know, but it took some work and I think it's yummy and pretty. (Maybe LMLD needs to add a {tasty} ). 

This is a fermented kraut. 
You can do it without a starter culture like Nourished Kitchen, but I don't have that patience, or space, or crocks, so I use a culture starter and a kitchen aide shredder. On that culture starter link there is a great video on how to make your own. 

With the starter, one packet makes 20 quarts of veggies so that's a LOT of veggies.  I made 2 quarts of regular kraut for hot dogs this weekend, and some veggie kraut for me and the peeps. Because I'm celiac, adding fermented veggies is an important part of taking care of myself and the kids eat it because they taste great. The other quarts are cabbage, carrots, parsley, and I top the jar with a lemon slice. Sometimes I put in an orange slice, and I've tucked slabs of ginger in there before. It's also a great way to make Dilly Beans. And then I take the extra juice and use it for salad dressings and homemade mayo. Fermentation is the gift that keeps on giving. 


You will never guess what this is. 

It's not honey. 

It's not homemade maple syrup. It's not store maple syrup. 

Would you believe it if I told you it was dandelion syrup? 

And it tastes JUST like honey? 

And if you could imagine how wonderful it is over really creamy home made yogurt? 

If you see gaggle of kids picking dandelion heads off people's lawns, that would be MY kids. 

The recipe came from the book Health Through God's Pharmacy by Maria Treben. 

The Recipe is two heaped handfuls of dandelion heads, which are put in one litre of cold water and slowly brought to a boil. Remove from heat and leave overnight (cover them!). The next day, strain the dandelions out, and press all of the water out through a strainer. To this liquid add one kilo of raw sugar, and half a sliced lemon. I used organic sugar.  Don't add more lemon, you'll make it too sour. Simmer the mixture, but don't boil, you'll destroy the vitamins. Simmer until it gets to the consistency of honey. Too liquid and it will spoil, too think and it will crystalize--which you may want to try because then it would be a candy. 

So we've been using it just like honey and that makes me VERY happy. 


What's funny about a truck? 

What's funny is when you didn't take the picture, and you go to upload the camera and see that someone else was ninja like in picture taking. Middle son took this one, and from all of the other pictures he takes, he's got a great eye. This would be his Pop-pop's truck. 


Just schoolin'. In the two seconds of sun we've had this spring we made it out onto the porch. 

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