Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wise words from unexpected sources...

Over the years, I have collected small acorns of wisdom from unexpected sources. These are the quotes from novels, from movies, from our children. These are the song lyrics, the lines from poems, the lines from plays that make themselves at home in my head. Some are mutual between myself and others in our shared histories. Others are personal mantras. In this periodic series, I'll share some with you. I hope you'll share some here too.

Wise Words 
from unexpected sources...

Blow up your T.V.
Throw away your paper
Move to the country
Build you a home
Plant a little garden
Eat a lot of peaches
Try to find Jesus on your own.

  from Spanish Pipedream by John Prine


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Weekly Update October 16

Spent this week exploring:
Irregular verbs
The takeover of the Ottoman Empire by the Russian Empire
A new Latin declension
The Song of Hiawatha
Electric and Magnetic Forces
Poetry by Langston Hughes
and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (100 times!)

Todd was off on Friday, so we decided to spend a last glorious Indian Summer day outside as a family at our favorite apple orchard. Reeves thought he's died and gone to heaven! A lovely day, topped off with a little school: taste testing, measuring, comparing/contrasting, watercolor painting, myths and legends, and history...all about the apple. (Oh, and caramel apples and apple cider for lunch!)

We've ended the weekend with the joy of the Texas Rangers! Reeves and Daddy are watching 
The Natural as I post this in preparation for a big week in baseball.

Have a great week! Go Rangers!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

City Poetry

Today in our poetry study, we looked at the following poem:

The City  by Langston Hughes

In the morning the city
Spreads its wings
Making a song
In stone that sings.
In the evening the city
Goes to bed
Hanging lights
About its head.

Afterward, the kids wrote their own poems about our city - Georgetown, KY.
(posted anonymously)

Our Town Hall


When the clock tower
Strikes twelve,
The flowers start to grow,
The light poles turn on.
Oh, yes! This is my home.

We Never Made it to Town

At 12, the clock bells
So we walk uptown.
As the cars go by,
And we pass the library as well,
We see a tree,
A ginkgo tree,
And we see the leaves fall down.
We keep walking up to town.
We stop to rest
In the warm sun of summer
But we fall asleep
And we never make it to town.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Weekly Wrap-up (a little late) - Oct. 1, 2011

We have finished our first grading period and are currently two weeks into the second. Both of the big kids are really showing eagerness to complete their daily tasks, even if they would rather be doing something else. It's as if they both finally comprehend that focus and a positive attitude really does yield more time for adventures of their choice.

Embree is busy with rehearsals for her fall show with the Repertory Company, is putting her nose to the grindstone in math, and just today, asked to read ahead in her assigned reading (Old Yeller) and to work ahead in her favorite subject (Latin). I am enjoying her new found enthusiasm.

Reeves and Dad are enjoying their Father/Son book club. They just finished The Sign of the Beaver and have moved onto The Wreckers. He is enjoying his assigned reading, Rifles for Watie, and the Civil War study we are working on this semester. Reeves has really become a calming force in our daily routine. His developing maturity is revealing quite the interesting, loving young man.

Brice is NOT what I'd call a calming factor in our day. He is super at entertaining himself when I need to work with the big kids, but his play is often vivid and rambunctious. I love to sneak a peak at his intricate rail systems or dinosaur biomes and watch his imagination in action.

This week, I spoke to the Psychology of Women class at the college. I have spoken to this class annually for some time. Mostly I just tell my story as a woman. Specifically, the professor has asked that I talk about my decision to stay at home with kids and how I keep myself involved  and up to date in professional venues. Because of our unique family story this conversation often includes our experiences with open adoption and homeschooling. There is always discussion about the levels openness we have with our children's birthfamilies. Oddly enough, though, the biggest concerns are those about homeschooling.

Specifically, there is always concern about the social development of our children...not surprising. Now, Todd and I have long ago put to rest the issue of socialization of our children. We have fielded that question many times. But, I try to remember that even though I find this a non-issue, and even though I have answered this question many, many times, this may be the first time this person has ever asked, "What about socialization?" Granted, it's the first thing people ask because it's the main argument against homeschooling in the mainstream. But, it's still important for me to answer. It's important, not because I need to defend our decision, I don't. It's important because this is my opportunity to educate take some of the mystery out of whooo-homeschooling-whooo and address the myth of poor socialization. So I smile and explain it, again, and hope that person finds my openness and eagerness to share an invitation to learn ask more.

So, we are off to our mountain retreat for a long weekend - a fall break. Much needed...highly anticipated by the grown-ups in the family. The kids would like to be going somewhere more exciting, but Todd and I are looking forward to the slow pace, the foggy mornings, the crackling fire, and the family time.

Have a great week!