I won't deceive you. Homeschooling is not always a walk in the park. It's not always sunshine and rainbows. And one thing I can say with absolute conviction is that come bedtime, I am finished. Love you lots, kids, but it's been a long day. Long days aren't always necessarily bad. Just tiring. This happens, I guess, when you pour so much of yourself out from the moment you wake up until the moment they (and you) go to sleep.
Here's the way these next few posts are going to work - I'm going to show you a bazillion pictures from the past 7 weeks, and attempt (through the process of captioning) to cover (or at least touch on) the topics of curriculum choices, homeschool perks, building family bonds, and general life as a Sheppard. Hold on to your seats.
We probably spend too much time doing projects and not enough time reading.
Our studies have taken us from Ancient Egypt to the first Middle Eastern cities to the origin of the Jewish people which included (but is not limited to) time spent on hieroglyphics/cuneiform, making our own Rosetta stones, learning and carrying out the mummification process on some excess Barbie dolls, drawing Pharaoh from our Funny Faces book, covering the entire book of Genesis in one week by making our own coat of many colors, building a ziggurat, and watching Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (on VHS even).
Can't even tell you how much Ben enjoyed destroying Barbie dolls. The poor kid is surrounded by girl toys 24/7.
Betcha can't figure out whose is whose. (Hint: I helped with Sarah's.)
We are using Apologia's Exploring Creation through Astronomy. In the first 8 weeks of school we've covered the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and we're about to begin the best of all planets, Earth.
Dropping asteroids on Mercury. It's not a pretty planet, that's for sure.
Exploring molten rock versus lava versus volcanic rock as it pertains to the landscape of Venus
Oh my goodness, this is long. And I've only covered two subjects. Well I guess we know what the next posts will be about!
What do I do with Sarah (the 3 year old) while all of this is going on, you might wonder.
I just let her make her own trapeze equipment. She'll make a great circus performer some day.
Until next time - which will hopefully not be weeks and weeks - I have so very much to put down in writing!!!