May 20, 2010

Secular Thursday: Homeschool Days 5/20/10

"There are two types of education… One should teach us how to make a living…and the other, how to live." 
~John Adams

Have you checked out the other Secular Thursday Bloggers yet?  Thursdays seem to be busy for us lately.  Ah well, here's our week.

We actually finished The Lightning Thief.   By we, I mean the girls too.  I've completely stopped trying to keep them out.  One of the biggest reasons I decided to homeschool was because I didn't like separating kids by age; yet day after day I was doing it at home.  That was my other big realization from a few weeks ago.  It's been a bumpy road, but I think it's working out.  The girls can stay with us, but they need to be quiet.  We have to hush them a lot, but it's getting better.  They also have the choice to leave if they wish.  They generally stay.

We've had several new conflict resolutions regarding the computer and whether to schedule school time or not.  There is now a profile on the computer specifically for our school days.  It's never locked and the kids have to share it or use conflict resolutions to work out disagreements.   It has very limited access, but we add websites and programs nearly everyday.  The biggest hit lately is OE Cake.  It's playing with physics in a paint-type program.  You will get addicted to this one! (via Instructify)

I could fill an entire other post with all the books we've been reading.  I'm just too tired to do it justice right now, sorry.

Fun Stuff We've Been Doing

We went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens today with several other homeschooling families.  We barely saw any of it, but the kids checked out everything in the Children's Garden.  We also did the Canopy Walk.  I could have stayed there for hours, but the kids were ready to go.  Despite some complaining at the end, I think they really did enjoy it.  Of course, I took a billion pictures that I'll eventually get around to posting.

Fun Stuff Coming Up

How to Train Your Dragon Book 1Our book club meeting is next Wednesday.  Our procrastinating selves have failed to even start How To Train Your Dragon.  Yes, this is our choice, which means we are in charge of the meeting.  I'm sure we'll get it done, but I'm so not good at finding fun activities.  I'm leaving that to Robotson.


This is just way too cool!

Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch (HD) Camera E-8 from Mark Gray on Vimeo.

The Big Picture had shots from the shuttle launch.  We stayed at the lake just so we could watch it on a big t.v. instead of the Internet.

See a giant robot baby and robots sorting salami! (via

This one was a big hit with all of the kids.  We watched it over and over.


This is a pretty neat spelling game.  It took one game for Robotson to really "get" what you had to do, but then he was pretty good at it.  Not bad for a kid who has never had any sort of formal spelling lessons (he was doing the 3rd grade games.)  (via Free Technology for Teachers)

Science and music.  This site is really fun!  Actually, the entire Exploratorium is super fabulous.  I could spend hours browsing just for myself.  (via Free Technology for Teachers)

There was so much more.  I had to cut out about half of what I was going to post.  I also have a ton of things floating around my head that I want to write.  It will just have to wait I guess!

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