Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Progressing forward...


Why did summer have to pass so darn quickly? I miss our little bit of camping property. We were there about three weeks ago to put everything away for the winter. Fall is upon us with bright beautiful autumn colors. The mountain sides are flaming with red, pink, gold, orange, and lighter shades of green now.

Speaking of Fall, we started our homeschool year with the Annual Utah County Homeschool Picnic. This was our third year sponsoring the picnic at South Fork Park. I'm not kidding when I say that I think we must have had over 400 people come. Gove thinks it was closer to 500. I think everyone have a fun filled day.

We are studying ancient history using Story of the World by Susan Bauer this year; we are using her Writing with Ease program and her mothers grammar program. I decided to use a planner like I did the first of the year at Lehi Academy and it's really helping me plan our weeks and see how much the children are doing and how they are acting.

We remodeled our main basement room and I/we now have a 14 foot time line, roll up maps of the world, chalk board and lots of potential now. For example, today we built step pyramids like in Egypt except ours are much sweeter because of the sugar cubs. We started the 6 week process (almost two months) of mummifying a Cornish hen. True it sounds gross but the kids are all for it and once it's ready we are going to wrap the poor little thing in linen strips and add spices and maybe some precious jewels I happen to have just laying around for times like these.

I and Gove are exercising while we watch the Great Lectures series on the subject of Ancient Egypt. I have found this to be very much worth the investment. For example, I always thought the Rosetta Stone was in three different languages but it's just two. Egyptian (hieroglyphs and a type of long hand) and Greek. We will be attending the King Tut exhibit later this year while it's still nearby. The kids are very excited for this.

With th
e changes made to our home education of our family, I'm pleased with the directions we are taking.