The Titanic sinks in…

April 13th was the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the unsinkable.   The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, VA offered a homeschool day in observance, with extremely well done exhibits, activities and presentations. We registered in advance, so when we got there, getting started with the activities was a breeze.  Each child was given a “boarding pass” of a real passenger who had been on board the Titanic and was instructed to check the registry to see if they survived.  Odds were much better for women and children!  This was a point driven home over and over again throughout the exhibit.   We were also … Continue reading The Titanic sinks in…

Homeschool Plus Open House

A recurring bit of advice for new homeschool moms is to look into homeschool support and co-ops.  In addition to giving parents a break, a homeschool co-op enables children to experience different teaching styles, make friends, and learn something that perhaps mom can’t or doesn’t want to teach.  We are fortunate to have the Homeschool Plus Co-op in Norfolk.  The class schedule at Homeschool Plus is deep and wide, offering academic as well as visual and performing arts for elementary through high school ages.  Knowing that I wanted to cover the academics for at least a year to get a better grasp on Grace’s strengths … Continue reading Homeschool Plus Open House

Passport to India!

One of the bright spots of our homeschooling week has been “Going to India with Chris” with the Sonlight “Passport to India” program.  A wonderfully engaging young pastor named Chris from Washington DC is visiting India for the first time, with a small crew, and is sending back photos, videos and statistics.  Startling statistics.  India has been on my heart ever since the United Methodist Women did a geographic study of India and Pakistan.  The study was somewhat focused on the religions of India, the unfairness of British rule and the disaster of partition.  But along the way we also … Continue reading Passport to India!

first day of the third week…

Okay, so I might have panicked just a little yesterday when I opened my Instructor Guide and saw that on Friday we had not finished a few things.  Friday is Chesapeake Christian Homeschool Group Park Day so we were out at the VB City Park  in the afternoon, and then ran a few errands for weekend events and projects.  We left Chesapeake just a tad later than we should’ve and got seriously stuck in traffic.  By the time we got home it was after five o clock.  Saturday was paint day (different post) and Sunday is SABBATH – Thank you God!  So Monday morning … Continue reading first day of the third week…

The School Room!

So it seems that savvy and hip homeschoolers spend August sprucing up their school rooms.  Grace and I shopped for some desk chairs, and storage for notebooks and Instructor Guides, and reorganized our book shelves to make space for our Sonlight books and also extra trips to the Library.  So here is how our School Room looks!  I can say that after a few days of school it seems to be holding up! Continue reading The School Room!

Post Scripts

I am here at my desk on Friday night of Labor Day weekend.  We didn’t go to the farm (in southwest Virginia) because we thought we were getting a hurricane in our coastal Virginia town, and of course, if there’s a hurricane coming you have a choice.  Either stay home to watch the water rise in the yard, and put buckets under the leaks that are inevitable with 100 mph winds and a 90-year-old house, or if it’s really bad, leave.  Well, since it wasn’t predicted to be that bad, we stayed home, buckets at the ready.  Not that I’m disappointed exactly, but now … Continue reading Post Scripts