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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Curriculum 2014-2015


A new school year has started, and  new books have been cracked open in our house. This year I have a 2nd grader, a preschooler, and a baby. This is also the last year I don't have to worry about reporting to my school district, so I am enjoying the laid-back non-stress year as much as possible.

This year we are approaching school with a unit-based classical style, as a family. Although my four-year-old may not understand everything, she is enjoying "doing school" with her big brother. I am loving how we are bringing all the subjects together by using RC History, which is a Catholic, classical, literature based approach to history. The co-op we belong to, Classical Catholic Memory, is also easily fitting into the units we are studying since they are both based in the ancient world this year, and the time of the Old Testament. They are both building a timeline through the year and I hope for the crossover to help Sebastian see connections in real life.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Nice Bucket Challenge

I know you have all seen the Ice Bucket challenges that have been raiding social media lately.  I like the idea of bringing ALS to the forefront and making it a discussion point. People need to be aware of this disease so we can combat it. I do not like the idea of pouring ice water on my head. I was nominated to take part, but of course, I had to put my own spin on the idea.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A conversation with Kaelyn



Children are funny ducks.  This morning I had an argument with my oldest son about whether or not there were six or seven days of the week. I won when I showed him the calendar, but he is well versed in the art of arguing a dead point.
 
Then I had an interesting conversation with my daughter. It was priceless, so I had to share. Here is a typical conversation with my almost four-year-old daughter.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Starting Preschool

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School has started up very slowly and gently.  So far we have gone on a few field trips and had four days doing book work.  We continue to read books together and we do tons of crafts.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Indian Echo Caverns

We have started off our school year with a few fun field trips!  We went to the Philadelphia Zoo, Gettysburg, and now we have added Indian Echo Caverns to the list.


We decided to meet up with a friend, Drew, (who is a cool dude and I forgot to mention that we were meeting up to him so I am really sorry!) to go spelunking in Indian Echo Cavern, just like Minecraft. To be honest, I don't remember most of what the guy told us during the tour, but here are a few things I learned.
  •  It is old
  • The Pennsylvania Hermit lived in the caves for a while
  • Don't touch the walls because our oils do something bad to them
  • It is a constant 52 degree temperature in the caves
  • It is *very* dark when they turn the lights off
  • Native Americans probably used the caves for a natural refrigeration, and winter protection
  • It isn't a good idea to promote your store in a cave
It was a very interesting tour and I would do it again sometime. What I came away from the day thinking was how beautiful our world is. This seemingly boring cave has so many beautiful structures inside. It was quite breathtaking.

The family with Drew, outside the opening of the cavern.

Because I forgot to write about meeting up with Drew last week, I will write him this beautiful haiku to make up for it.
Every time I hear
a donkey lick a rabbit,
I will think of Drew.
 I hope you have enjoyed this Drew-ed edition of our Summer Adventures!