Meg’s Courses, 11th Grade, 2016-2017

History and Literature: Roman Roads Media “Greeks” (Literature and history) A full year French Revolution history and literature unit of my own design Latin: Henle II (Memoria Press) Greek: First Form (Memoria Press) Math: Precalculus (Teaching Textbooks) Religion: History of the Church (Didache) Science: Exploring Creation with Marine Biology Literature is included in both history […]

Two Weeks In

I still have a few things I haven’t prepped or planned for, but the first two weeks of school have been an unqualified success! Smoothest start ever, I think. Why? Kind of loose a schedule. I’m not planning to do this or that on this particular day. I have it set up so the little […]

My Boy

He’s fifteen. He’s already man-sized, and he’s got a lot of growing left to do. He’s strong. He says, “Can I carry that for you?” I say, “It’s heavy…” He says, “Nothing is heavy for me.” He loves his little siblings, and he’s a good friend to his older sisters. He spends hours watching his […]

Apple Picking

We haven’t been to an orchard since 2003. Most of my poor children can not remember ever going apple picking. Ever. I had an excuse when we lived in Georgia; apples don’t really grow there, so we really couldn’t go. But we’ve been here for eight years. The orchard isn’t far away at all. And […]

Rendering Lard

One of the nice things about a homestead type of farm is that you can raise a lot of your own food. We’re in the throws of chicken butchering now, but we also raise up a couple of pigs each year for our own use. We hire out the butchering still, but I always ask […]

How Silly of Me

Yesterday, I got word at the last minute that there was a free event that afternoon at the art museum. “I wish we weren’t doing chickens, today,” I mentioned to Delaney early in the morning. “Otherwise, I’d totally be there.” She looked at me with raised eyebrows. “You know you can do both, right? You’ll […]

It wasn’t THAT windy…

We were minding our own business, eating a lunch of tuna salad sandwiches and enjoying the breeze on our almost finished patio. Suddenly, we heard a noise, like a cracking or a falling. “I hope that wasn’t the beehive,” said I. “More likely it was the tent,” said he. “You’re both wrong,” said Meg, returning […]

Notes: 1/180

Evie already knows her ABCs from singing and pointing at the letters at the end of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Eric Carle’s ABC.  So when I formally introduced her to the letters a, c, t, s, and o this morning, I wasn’t too surprised that she knew their names, and she knew most of […]

Henry’s Baptism

First, I have to tell you that Henry LOVES his bath.  It’s a big love – a big, splashy love.  He stretches out in that water, head cradled in my hand, and he kicks, and he flails, and he sometimes looks quite earnest, and other times overjoyed.  But he’s happy – always happy – in […]

The French Revolution: A Book List for High School (or Adults)

My vision of our high school curriculum is a kind of smorgasbord of half year studies that my scholars can choose from according to their interests and tastes.  It’ll take me almost forever to pull such a thing together, but eventually, someone will have the benefit of lots of options, and I will have the […]