Monday, April 28, 2014

A Rhetorical Question from Study in Philippians 3

How did Paul's parents feel when he called all his credentials junk? (Phil 3:1-11)  Incredulous? Hurt? Worried that he was being lead astray? Did they ever understand?

One might think such things about parents who choose homeschooling instead of classroom school away from the home.  Even my parents don't understand what was so bad about my classroom training.  After all, they say that I was on the honor roll and all kinds of band/choir accomplishments.  I had many opportunities that the classroom school provided, but compared to what my kids get today, I'm still convinced that we are doing the best thing.  But, what happens when my kids choose something different someday. Will I be like Paul's parents and freak out?  That is, I'm assuming, if they freaked out!

Many transitions are upon us as homeschooling parents, or parents in general.  We have 12 and 13 year olds here, and but for a blink of an eye they will be choosing their way all too soon (in fact, we encourage it).  The Mommy and the Daddy will need to transition along with these 3Gs.  Prayer that each chooses wisely or is able to rebound as we once did when we didn't seek wise counsel.  Are we allowed to advise these three to pray fervently/listen carefully about each decision they make?  Are we up to it?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April Field Trip to GHC-CVG with the Whole Family

When we decided to take the last break before the end of school the week after Easter to coincide with G2's and G3's birthday, the Cincinnati Great Homeschool Convention became an attractive goal.  I made arrangements to volunteer for our family admission costs to the convention.  I'd done this here in Chicagoland at ICHE and wasn't afraid of the tasks involved.  We made arrangements to cash in some hotel points for a relatively free stay at the nearby Hilton property in Cincinnati.  We are trying to fly stand-by, but we still don't know how that will pan out until we're returned.  We researched the plan to visit the Creation Center (per Judy Hoch's advice in her February blog post), but found that without a car and an additional adult entrance fee (G1 became even more expensive), we'll pass this time. Each G is geared up for a busy schedule in the REAL FAITH for the REAL WORLD Teen Track and doesn't actually know anything about Cincinnati chili yet.  We have three different museum field trips planned and it'll be good to get to at least one of those.  Probably looking at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center or the William Howard Taft National Historic Site (so the Nat'l Park passports are packed).

I've made lists for each of our family members to visit various vendor booths while at the convention, i.e. Memoria Press and Teaching Textbooks (per Marci Goodwin's advice in her February blog post).  I seriously need G1 to have his hands on the geometry textbook in order to give me feedback.  I am going to try to teach all three on the same science curriculum so do I need 3 copies of the text?  Will I continue to use the Classical Education method for high school science and will it be hands on science?  I wanted each of my students to see the science books available to them in high school and get their input.  I'll keep Paige's recommendations about science study in mind during each science speaker I hear.  I'm taking Tina Robertson completely serious when researching the options for homeschool history choices.  I will very much enjoy meeting some of my homeschool mentors from the blog world and eat some Cincinnati chili with Jimmie Lanley.  I just love the way Amy Maze presented justification for more family bonding.  I seriously needed the encouragement that Heather Woodie promised I'd find.

So, here goes another family adventure. (Family Adventuring at "We’re not on a vacation, where we seek relaxing pleasure experiences every day.")

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SOTW3Ch32 Lewis and Clark

  • All Read Janet Benge, Geoff Benge.  Meriwether Lewis: Off the Edge of the Map, YWAM Pub, 2001. Off the Edge of the Map, A Fearless Young Man, Looking for Adventure, Terra Incognita AND EVERYONE WINS BECAUSE WE LIKED THIS BOOK! WHY? It has many pieces of dialogue, and we've visited some of the places that are discussed in the book. Schoolhouse rock Elbow ROom
The Opened West (

SOTW3CHChapter 32, begins on page 297  

Lewis and Clark Map the West
Haaren – William Ewart Gladstone
Bachman, Great Inventors and Their Inventions:  Guglielmo Marconi
Trails of the Pathfinders. By G. B. Grinnell
The Louisiana Purchase by Robert Tallant , The War of 1812 by Richard B. Morris , The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz bio-president during War of 1812 , Pirate Lafitte & the Battle of New Orleans by Rbt. Tallant War of 1812, The Lively Lady by Kenneth. The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark by Rhonda Blumberg , Naya Nuki by Kenneth Thomasma. Sacajawea’s friend captured with her ,
Zebulon Pike, Soldier & Explorer by Leonard Wibberley explored southwest 1806, Bold Journey: West with Lewis & Clark by Charl  So much good reading about this time period. We were able to do 3 books.
Tecumseh's Resistance
 How has the world transformed? Review the National Geographic Map inserted into the green book
Haaren - Count Von Bismarck
Bachman, Great Inventors and Their Inventions:  John P. Holland
Guerber Story of the Great Republic: Ch. XIV  The Gerrymander, 1809

Monday, April 21, 2014

SOTW3Ch31 The Changing World of Factories VS Jefferson Ideals

In all this reading, we learned that Jefferson didn't like what was happening in Europe during the Industrial Revolution. He abhorred what it did to the people and to the earth.  As we prepared for the readings on Lewis and Clark during SOTW3CH32, we saw the disconnect that existed in the US government between those who wanted to grow the economy with industry versus those who wanted to grow the country with more land and natural resources.
Read TOG Week 4 General Information for all Grades "Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase" p.11
TOG Week 4 Dialectic Level History Accountability Questions #1-4 & Thinking Questions 1-2 p16
SOTW3CH31, begins on page 289
A Different Kind of Rebellion
The World of the Factories
Bachman,  Great Inventors and Their Inventions:  Thomas A. Edison
The Luddites
    Homemaking with Heart
  •  Bachman, Great Inventors and Their Inventions:  Orville and Wilbur Wright
  • Guerber Story of the Great RepublicCh. XXII  New Inventions, Ch. XXIII  Whitman’s Ride, Ch. XXIV  The Mormons, 1831
  •  War Inventions and How they Were Invented   by Charles Gibson
  •  Listen on your kindle called With Lewis and Clark by Edwin Sabin. (ALL THREE WIN!!!)
  • Scott O’Dell, Streams to the River, River to the Sea about Sacagawea.  G2 Wins this one! She read the whole book and entered it on Goodreads. 

  • (the Chester Comix website has so many helps for teaching)
  • Usborne pages:  Pgs. 340-341; Life in the New Towns
  • KHE pages:  Pgs. 340-341; Industrial Revolution 1836-1913
  • KHE pages:  Pg. 327; Unrest in Britain 1811-1832

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Curriculum Choice: Bible Study Decisions

We've participated in a Community Bible Study for four years now. I've relished the fellowship with other moms, women of faith and kids.  I really know the value of well-written study questions.  I enjoy studying the same Bible chapters that my kids are reading and studying each week.
Our CBS teaching leader's graphic last week to teach about Philippians 1.
As we move forward, I'm torn between continuing with the kids in a lower level study (for their ages and knowledge) and the alternatives. But, what are those alternatives?  I'm anxious to know more about what's available beyond.  Yet another question to answer in prayer and the next homeschool conference (GHC-CVG).  

Thursday, April 3, 2014


SOTW3CH29, begins on page 275
Napoleon Comes to Power
Synge Struggle for Sea Power:  Napoleon Bonaparte, Horatio Nelson
Haaren - Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon & the Napoleonic Wars by Albert Marrin
(Hillyer) Children’s History of the World:  Ch73
Guerber Story of the Great Republic:  Ch. X  The United States Buys Land (1803)
Synge, Great EnglishmenHoratio Nelson
Henty. At Aboukir and Acre I read this and decided to pass for kids reading b/c it didn't focus on the French as much as it did a British kid and native Egyptians.

Jakob Walter, The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier. [TRYING OUT THE TAPESTRY OF GRACE DIALECTIC TRACK]
Eugenie Foa.  The Boy Life of Napoleon / Afterwards

The Emperor Napoleon
Haaren - Horatio Nelson
Usborne pages:  Pgs. 334-335; The Empire of Napoleon
KHE pages:  Pgs. 320-321; The Napoleonic War 1797-1815

SOTW3CH33, begins on page 309
The End of Napoleon
Napoleon's Wars (And 1812, Too)
Synge Struggle for Sea Power:  The Beginning of the Struggle British Admiral Duncan defeated the Dutch in their own port. The Battle of the Nile, Copenhagen, Napoleon, Emperor of the French, The Battle of Trafalgar, The Death of Nelson, A Second Charlemagne, The Rise of Wellington

Guerber Story of the Great RepublicCh. XV  The War of 1812, 1812

In Belgium a year ago this month.
Synge Struggle for Sea Power:
The Defense of Saragoza, Sir John Moore at Coruna, The Victory of Talavera, The Peasant Hero of Tyrol, The Empire at its Height, Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow, Wellington's Victories in Spain, Spain for the Spaniards, The Fall of the Empire, The Congress

One Of The 28th - a Tale of Waterloo

Guerber Story of the Great RepublicCh. XVI  “Don’t Give Up the Ship”  1815, Ch. XVII  The Star-Spangled Banner, Ch. XVIII  Clinton’s “Big Ditch” (1825)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SOTW3CH28and39 China 19th Century

SOTW3CHChapter 28, begins on page 267
The Kingdom at the Center of the World

Bachman,  Great Inventors and Their Inventions Elias Howe & the Invention of the Sewing Machine
Guerber Story of the Great Republic:  Ch. VIII  A New President, China, 1735-1796
1796 Chi’en-lung of China abdicates in favor of this son (define abdicate!) (Who is his son? Why his son?)
                              An imperial edict forbids importing opium to China (Did it work?)

The Rise of the Opium Trade

Bachman,  Great Inventors and Their InventionsCyrus H. McCormick and the Invention of the Reaper
Guerber Story of the Great Republic:  Ch. IX  Death of Washington, China

Grace Lin.  Where the Mountain Meets the MoonREAD-NO REPORT

CH. 28. Confucius: The Golden Rule (book), Golden Rule
CH. 28. The Greatest Power (Demi, book), Power demi

SOTW3CHChapter 39, begins on page 361
The First Opium War
1839 The First Opium War begins
1842 The First Opium War ends with the Treaty of Nanjing

Mara L. Pratt.  American History Stories, Volume III.  Kindle version, chapters
The Administration of James Madison , Dolly Madison , The War of 1812 , Hull's Surrender of Detroit , The American Army of Two , The Constitution and the Guerriere , Old Ironsides , The Wasp and the Frolic , The Lost War Sloop , "Don't Give Up the Ship" , The Friendly Foes , A Young Hero , A Lucky Shot , An Adventure of the Ship President , A Story of Sackett's Harbor , A Story of Stonington , Commodore Perry , "Remember the River Raisin" , Our Capital Taken by the English , The End of the War.

Usborne pages:  Pgs. 354-355; Changes in China
KHE pages:  Pgs. 344-345; The Opium Wars 1830-1864

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Squirrel nest post back here.  Why not combine #naturestudy and gardening? Builds character too.