Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Goblin Slobber!!???

Theresa over at Lapaz homelearning has a great new unit up and running.
Since Harry Potter is on everyone's minds over here at our home (Mom, Dad, and Hannah reading them while son 12 swallowed them whole in the last month!), we decided that we were in for a Harry Potter unit study. First up is Goblin Slobber.....

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Tonight I was going to be doing a little planning... instead I am tucking in early with a cup of tea ( a bowl of cereal too!) and a good book.

But on the topic of planning, I read a great post today. I found it both simple and wide. I think tomorrow when I spend a some time in the evening planning and making up some goals for our year of learning, I will write up something similar but unique to my own family. Something that recognizes the large goals, and realities, so that they don't (or I don't!) get lost in the details.

Off to my book and my teacup...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Next 'First ' Day

I think the last few words of my 'first day' post were 'it was wonderful'. If I had to pick a key three words to begin this post with those would not be in the first 300 that would come to mind.

Honesty.... our little 'homelearning/studies etc. or whatever you wish to call it, does not always go smoothly. During math, even with Steve Demme, it can rarely go smoothly for days. But this is not the fault of my dear children- at least not most of the time. It is that old adage my friend Wendy likes to quote- 'if Mom's not happy, no ones happy'.

Our 'next day back' was not a smooth day. Maybe I was under the allusion that they would all be as smooth as that glorious 'first day back'- but hey, I have been at this for eight years now and knew it couldn't be that.

Whatever it was, it was.... and the next day was new. This adventure called 'living, loving, learning, and growing through it all' is not a sprint- it's a marathon. Not for the light of heart. But boy does it take heart. It is a humbling process, one that on those type of days I come to realize (again) can't be undertaken without grace.

Off to bed to try to be a little more rested for another day full of possibilities.....

Note to self: GET TO BED (too little sleep can often mean more of the above days!_

A neat post about 'next days' written by Karen at her wonderful blog.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The sorting hat says that I belong in Gryffindor!

Said Gryffindor, "We'll teach all those with brave deeds to their name."

Students of Gryffindor are typically brave, daring, and chivalrous.
Famous members include Harry, Ron, Hermione, Albus Dumbledore (head of Hogwarts), and Minerva McGonagall (head of Gryffindor).

Take the most scientific Harry Potter
ever created.

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