On Your Mark, Get Self-Start

The boys were great self-starters today. When I was getting ready to walk Orbit, Elijah reminded everyone they needed to do the next 2 states in their workbooks. The boys sat and did most of their Government unit study while I was out. They wrote a Washington quote in their journals, looked up definitions, watched a Liberty Kids episode about George Washington, drew a map of the 13 colonies, and answered questions about the early pilgrims.

Ian is struggling a little with the “greener grass” of the idea of going to school all day with friends. Although he admits he really wishes every day was Friday, and he knows it isn’t and can’t be. He knows there would be major trade-offs.

Here are the sketches Isaac & Ian made in their notebooks of the first colonies.


Ian drew an interesting picture that is a bit Escher-esque, only with more circuits, ducks and soda.













They also did some Lego and started some paper mache. The boy’s projects just look like a covered balloon right now.

I’m being crazy and starting a sad attempt at a paper mache First Order Storm Trooper mask. No idea what the future holds for it.

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School of Hard Walks

I am SO bored of walking this dog. Yet I’m bound (by choice) to it by two chains. One, it keeps Orbit sane, and two, if I want any chance of beating back the scale, I have to get my 10,000 steps in. I am desperate to make it bearable. I’ve burned through all the interesting podcasts I’ve currently found. I’ve worn out my favorite songs. Now, I’ve resorted to hatching Pokemon eggs and catching ridiculous numbers of Rattata and Spearow. Level 11 in da ‘hood, wooptie woo. *sigh* Sometimes I snag real-life “Pokemon” by photographing bugs, fungi and turtles. The blistering heat and sogginess of August don’t help. “Getting” to walk in the rain makes me giddy. Sometimes I mix things up by walking the in the opposite direction or adding or deleting a section of neighborhood. I’ve made a point to remember names of neighbors I meet (Yes, I write them on my list called “neighbors”). Sometimes the boys come along and we chatter for half the walk and then whine for the rest. I try to mentally focus on the benefits, but it can be a struggle.

I usually like it better when I’m not walking alone (since it’s “their” dog, but he’s too big for them to control), but, we have a deal. If the boys don’t come with me on the walk, they have a different job. It’s either a house cleaning task I assign or a school job. Today, I gave them the open-ended job of coming up with a school project of their own.

Ian invented a multi-purpose spoon that was also a wrist band, a cake tester and a writing utensil. My biggest question was how you feed yourself without stabbing your own eye with the toothpick, so he demonstrated how it barely grazes one’s forehead. I suppose that could help a person pace one’s self at the table.

Isaac invented a more imaginary gadget called a “Shrinkinator.” He jammed a bent paperclip through a bottle cap to make a selector that “clicks” along the ridges of the bottle cap and taped that to a ribbon spool, which also had a spoon taped to it to direct the shrink rays.

Elijah drew a picture of what he’d like the world to be like, which involved a powerful helmet that lowers onto his head, causing major electrical surges and allows him to then go defeat lots of enemies.

Next up, we have some Bible study and some geography. Happy Tuesday.

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First Day of the Same

If I can’t manage to do regular blog posts, the least I can do is document the first day of the new school year. With the way we home school, it feels like an artificial deadline, but we try to keep it simple and follow our local church school schedule since they do Home School Fridays there. Here are the boys holding their “first day of” grade numbers that they drew.










And some individual shots:

First Grade

Third Grade

And Fourth Grade

The boys have been busy making comics today, but they paused to play a math game called Fact Family Rescue. They took turns wearing the Mom, Dad and Baby hats, corresponding to the middle, biggest and smallest numbers. They had to get safely into different rooms, led by “Dad,” by solving the equations. Sometimes an unexpected event would come up and would switch the operator on them, or would move one of them to another location, but they had no problems making it work.

Now Ian and Isaac are making illustrated stories in their journals and Elijah and I are about to play some Scrabble Jr.

The church showed us they have our back by hosting a 12-hour prayer vigil last Sabbath for all the students and educators. We are looking forward to another good year!

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