Home School Life Journal

Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

This Moment {The White Hart Edition} and Snapshot Summary: October 17-23, week 7

{this moment}
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments at Soule Mama for all to find and see.

Snapshot Summary, October 17-23

  We just finished reading Little House in the Big Woods. Even though we haven't reached this period in our history studies yet, I thought I better get started early since we intend to leisurely read the whole Little House series. We will be doing an activity or two when we finish each book.
 For finishing The Little House in the Big Woods, we made "thimble" pictures...
on "frosty windows."
I intended to make Molasses candy, but we need snow or at least shaved ice for it, and since our ice shaver is packed, we will have to wait for snow for this.
We completed a page in our postcard-geography album for New Mexico.
To celebrate our learning about this state we enjoyed a Mexican influenced dinner.
Alex worked on physical geography of the Eastern states in geography, read about the pilgrims, worked on his physical science lapbook and wrote about lateral lines on fish in zoology.

 We enjoyed Indian Corn Rice Krispie Treats...
and cupcakes for our poetry teatime. We read Poe's The Raven and, later for the older kids the parody, Ravin's of a Piute Poet Poe.

Quentin's sketch of Josh and the Big Wall.
Quentin and James have been fun drawing scenes from Veggies Tales from the drawing tutorials at the end of the CD's. I was pleasantly surprised how well they did.
Since Steven is able to drive (although he still has to use crutches to walk), we have been getting out of the house more and seeing friends.
On Tuesday night, Sam and Katie went square dancing. Since they have graduated from the square dancing lessons, they can now come back and be "angels" to help the new students learn.
On Thursday, they went bowling with friends.
 I stayed home with Alex as the bowling alley is too noisy for his comfort. He has some sensory sensitivities. This gave me more one-on-one school time with him.
On Saturday Katie and Sam went with a bunch of other teens to a corn maze and on Sunday we went to the Pumpkin Patch. (see below).
 Quentin drew a spider for his nature study journal.  He worked on addition and subtraction. We also learned about the British in India and completed a map for it. Sam worked on pronouns in Latin, sentence practice in Greek and some map work in geography. He read about George Washington's childhood and about Daniel Boone. He worked on solution statements and solution sets in algebra and simple apprehension in logic, which leads to...

Our Favorite Resource This Week
Traditional Logic (grades 7 and up) is the beginning book of a course in classical syllogism. It goes into the theory of knowledge, logical statements, how propositions can be opposed, how they can be equivalent and the rules for the validity of syllogisms. It is Christian based and uses some Christian statements as examples for how to logical support the arguments. It is excellent for giving the student a way of organizing thoughts in a logical manner which helps when later writing essays.

What we are Reading This Week
 We are on to the second book in the Little House series.
Sam is reading Flatland, which is a novel that combines philosophy, geometry and satire (of the class distinctions of Victorian England.)

Weekend Snapshots
 Minature Golf
 Teen Flashlight Corn Maze

 Trip to the Pumpkin Patch
 It was interesting that they each picked out a different kind of pumpkin.

 Lots of fruits and vegetables to look at...and even apple cider slushies.
Don't forget to take time to smell the flowers.


  1. What a wonderful week full of fall activities! I am so pleased to hear that Steven is able to drive again. Big praise! You all had another rich week of learning woven with art (love the thimble painting and the Josh and the Big Wall sketches!) and baking (yum corn rice krispy). And sounds like a fun weekend ahead!

  2. I think it's great the way you adapted the thimble pictures! I am so glad to hear that Steven can drive now, and the kids have been getting out to do some fun things. We've been planning to go bowling sometime, and we just haven't done it yet...you've reminded me.
    Thanks for linking to Favorite Resources!!

  3. I'm impressed that Sam is reading Flatland!

    Those deer are beautiful. We used to get deer in our yard a lot, but now we pretty much only see wild turkeys.

    You got so much done this week! I love the combination of learning and fun!

  4. There is always a lot of interesting things going on with you. Thanks for linking up.

  5. Love all the wonderful things you and your family have done. Glad to hear Steven is driving again. Did you put your move on hold or just decide to stay where you are?

    I love all the weekend pictures. How fun! Love at that Mum!! I would love to have a couple that big in my yard.

  6. What a great week. We love Little House book. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  7. Your blog is SO wonderful!! I am a new homeschooling mom of 4 (8, 5, 4 & 2) I am blessed by your heart and loving your ideas. You are such an amazing example of a teacher. Thank you!! :)


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