Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hear the Singing?

Here is what has made my homeschooling mother's heart sing.

The other day Tyra and Ethan had a large and intelligent discussion about gemstones and what kind of gemstones Indians probably had and what they used the gemstones for.

Today Tyra and Ethan were playing so well together that when a friend rang the doorbell they got upset and said, "I just want to play with you."

Cedric was unseen and quiet for a long time so I went to check on him. What was he getting into? A book. My favorite book of all things. The Ordinary Princess. (He was gazing intently at the details of the pencil drawings within the book.)

We haven't done our German lessons for a while yet when we tried a online German course Tyra got almost all of them right the first time!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Book of Mormon Party

We did it!
We finished reading the Book of Mormon together as a family. We had a Book of Mormon party with cupcakes and watermelon to celebrate.
I have loved the discussions the stories from the Book of Mormon has brought into our morning devotionals. Goodbye Book of Mormon....we'll come back to you again.
As for now, we'll be reading from the Bible.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Share 'n' Tell, Larry Arnoldsen

We hold a weekly Share 'n' Tell where our family gathers round and shares what it is we've been learning about. Here's this weeks...


Subject: Gemology

Shared with us her favorite gems: Opal and Quartz
Recognized different birthstones including most everyone in the family.


Subject: Indians

Explained the difference between sedentary and nomadic Indians. And the differences in how they ate, lived, and hunted.


Subject: Book of Poems

Pointed out his favorite details from the poems and illustrations from the book, Here's A Little Poem.


Subject: Balance

Showed us how she can now stand up by herself.


Subject: Chinese, Writing, Economy, Computer Part

Explained basic chinese grammar and character writing, supply and demand equilibrium, graphic design principles, and showed us basic components of a logic board in a Macintosh computer.


Suject: Oil Painting, Homeschooling

Discussed one rule for good composition she learned from her first oil painting class. Discussed Larry Arnoldsen's view on curriculum and how to learn.

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So, here's my two first oil paintings ever! Very exciting! I'm taking painting classes from Nathan Pinnock.

Also, here's a link to a wonderful article from Dr. Larry Arnoldsen on Homeschooling.