August 27, 2010

Homeschool Days 8/27/10

"To teach a man how he may learn to grow independently, and for himself, is perhaps the greatest service that one man can do another."
~ Benjamin Jowett

I know it's been a while, so here's a quick rundown of some of the things are are doing/are coming up.

Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated)Funny Girl is now in her own book club.  For August we read Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated).  I'll be honest, I thought we'd be reading beginning chapter books with this younger group, but the book was perfect.  Thunder Bear did us the honor of reading the story aloud (quite fantastically I might add).  Then the kids broke up into groups; some made their own kites, while others played a book-themed version of Chutes and Ladders.  It was pandemonium and totally fun!  For September, Funny Girl and I have chosen Pinduli.
Pinduli (ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Awards)
After taking a couple of months off, Robotson is ready to jump back into his book club.  September's book is Jeffrey Strangeways.  We just recently finished Anger.  Not sure what we will pick up next.  He's mentioned the next in the Black Stallion series, or we might read something else along the Buddhist theme.

This last month we've cut way back on the computer usage.  Actually, a lot is different around here right now - more things are "Mom's Way."  Part of the reason is attitude problems.  But despite the way we got to this point, I have to say that I'm not upset that the kids have to find other things to keep them busy.  Of course, we've been doing a lot more running around too - that helps.  In the next couple of months we have scheduled trips to the Botanical Gardens in Atlanta and Athens, the Center For Puppetry Arts, Tubing in Helen, a special Trick or Treat, a hike up Stone Mountain, a walk for Diabetes, and several birthday parties.  Computer time is sometimes forgotten completely.

The biggest thing coming up for us is Robotson's CAT5.  Georgia law requires a standardized test be taken after the third grade, and then every three years after.  It should arrive the week of September 13th.  I'll be glad when it's over.


  1. I just read the description of Pinduli and it sounds like a fantastic choice!