My Life This Week –
Finishing up Sonlight Core F – Eastern Hemisphere, planning for Core G – World History Year 1: Ancients to Medieval. Getting ready for Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony! We are keeping an eye on our fennel plant – we have two more crysalides! Doing lots of laundry as we get Number 1 Son ready to go to George Mason.
In Our Homeschool This Week:
We school year round – albeit unintentionally. The first summer after we decided to homeschool, we worked on Math (repeating third grade math) and began the wonderful Zoology series by Jeannie Fulbright Exploring Creation with Zoology – Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day. Homeschooling was new to all of us, and focusing on these two subjects enabled us to ease into it. Last summer we continued because it was so effective the year before with math, and it gave us a chance to work on composition skills with our IEW curriculum. We read The Hobbit aloud, and did a lot of reading about weather too.
This summer we were seriously behind. It was my fault. We spent an extra week in Antarctica because I fell in love with the drama of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance. We spent two extra weeks in Japan because I love Hokusai and Hiroshige, so we added in books about printmaking and painted a fish, and studied tea across Asia (which wasn’t in the curriculum)! We loved learning about Korea so much that we wanted to read a few extra books. We stayed on track through South and Central Asia. Even extra reading on the Silk Road didn’t slow us down too much. India was six weeks and that was about right. But then after taking unplanned weeks off in May – for testing, a wonderful Latin Practicum courtesy of our local Classical Conversations group, and for the HEAV (Home Educators Association of Virginia) Convention, we started June and still had the Middle East and Africa to study. YIKES!
So, we have pushed along. With co-op and a few other things on hiatus for the summer, we compressed the schedule, doubled up on some reading and managed to get finished without really feeling rushed. This week GraceNotes finished the Sonlight Core F “Eastern Hemisphere Explorer Notebook” and was SO EXCITED! Me too! It is a tremendous accomplishment! Eastern Hemisphere Explorer consists of timelines to be completed, maps to label and fill in, and questions to answer about the religions, economy, natural resources, culture and famous people of each and every Eastern Hemisphere country or region we’ve studied. I’ve added notebooking pages and special writing assignments as various topics have come up. She has prepared a Missionary Biography page for each missionary we’ve studied this year, and her year-long project was a dictionary compiled of words and phrases from the various countries (largely Asian) that we’ve studied!
This week we finished reading about David Livingstone (missionary/adventurer/doctor), and the Western tribes of Africa. Even though we were anxious to finish, I found a few gaping holes in the Africa curriculum, so I added in a few picture books about Nelson Mandela, Wangari Maathai, and the concept of micro loans. AND CALLED IT GOOD!
I Find Myself Inspired By:
Chick Fil-A, the new Virginia Conference UMC bishop, Reverend Young Jin Cho, and Rev. E.M. Bounds.
A Thought I Keep Having:
I’m borrowing from the Francis Schaeffer Studies Organization: Disagreeing with someone is not the same as hating them. It has been an interesting year watching certain special interest groups express more actual hate than those whom they have labelled as “haters,” but are more accurately labelled “disagree-ers.” And we’ve seen that it can be dangerous, or costly, to disagree, but sometimes we must speak up anyway.
I’m pre-reading GraceNotes’s readers for our first term of Ancient History, so this week I’m reading Theras’ and His Town by Caroline Dale Snedeker, and The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge. Last week I read the Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, and the week before that I read Hittite Warrior by Joanne Williamson. All good! She will love them! For my devotions I’m reading an out of print copy of E. M. Bound’s books on Prayer (it’s a compilation) one chapter a day, and working my way day by day through Prayers for Today: A Yearlong Journey of Contemplative Prayer, by Kurt Bjorklund. I’m also continuing my Summer (soon to be Autumn) Apologetics course with Victory of Reason by Rodney Stark.
As little as possible, but made lasagna for a dear friend who is having surgery on her ankles. We also tried a crockpot version of Beef Stroganoff. We used meatballs instead of roast (and we added caraway seeds). It turned out great and did not make my kitchen hot!
I’m Praying For:
The dear friend having surgery on her ankles, Youcef Nadarkhani, the Assam region of India which is reeling from violence after experiencing devastating flooding, South Sudan, The Virginia Conference UMC Bishop Reverend Young Jin Cho, and the United States of America’s political process.
A Quote , Video, Photo or Link to Share:
Janie B. Cheaney in a World Magazine Article:
“But heaven is not a white hanky of consolation in times of grief, nor a windy platitude. It’s closer than we realize, joined to earth at the hip. “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!” sing the Sons of Korah (Psalm 84). An image of heaven springs to our minds, but the place of the song is on earth—the Temple in Jerusalem… N.T. Wright contrasts the pantheist view of God-as-everything and the deist view of God-as-elsewhere: “Judaism and Christianity have a view of God in the world that is much more interesting and complex—where God and the world, heaven and earth actually overlap and interlock.”
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