Home School Life Journal

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

This Moment, Kismo Blue Edition and Snapshot Summary, June 22-28, week 33

{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 SouleMama.
Snapshot Summary,  June 22-28

We went on an all-day field trip, following the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail...
 starting at the Netherland Inn...

 continuing through the Natural Bridge region...
The diorama of Richard Henderson making a treaty with the Cherokees enabling a colony to settle in Kentucky. This treaty was made at Sycamore Shoals, Elizabethton, TN.

At the Cumberland Gap visitor's center, the boys tried on colonial clothing.

Relief map of the area around Cumberland Gap.

 and ending up at Cumberland Gap, Kentucky.
Standing on the state border between Virginia and Kentucky at Cumberland Gap.

Pinnacle Overlook (elevation 2,440 feet) gives a spectacular view into Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. 

And so, when we got back, we completed our pages on Kentucky in our postcard-geography album.
We have been enjoying experimenting with beeswax crayons...
because they give such rich color to artwork.
 James and Quentin went to Vacation Bible School this week.
They played lots of games...

decorating flower sugar cookies
 made snacks...

James' garden snack, complete with earth, rose bush and a blue sky with puffy white clouds.

 planted little gardens of their own in jars...

"...if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

and other crafts...
flower pens

 made some new friends.

 One day we had a fish lunch because we are getting back into studying swimming creatures.
We diagrammed squid...
Quentin's jellyfish picture
and made jellyfish pictures...
Alex's notebook page on jellyfish
which went on our notebook pages.
We made jellyfish in a bottle.
 We practiced spelling/reading words. We made "golden" words by using gold glitter glue to write words.
 We went to the library here for the first time here in TN and got a library card.
We wrote about history in our notebooks and colored maps.
We have been experimenting with making yarn with a drop spindle.
We received a postcard of Alaska from our friends at LaPaz Home Learning. We added it to our Alaska page in our Postcard-Geography album and to our post about Alaska.
"I've included a book of traditional English recipes. I love the old-fashioned picture in these! I also included a Beatrix Potter postcard print. We live a few hours away from the Lake District, where Beatrix Potter lived and wrote. She bought up several farms and lots of land in the Lakes and left it all to the National Trust; probably the main reason why the Lake District is preserve today as a national park. We have toured her home (Hill Top) on several occasions. Her husband's former office in Hawkshead is also a National Trust property, and they exhibit her original artwork (from her books) there. If you haven't seen the film Miss Potter, I highly recommend it. I thought a  postcard map of the UK and a Stonehenge postcard would be nice for a continent box. We've been to London a number of times and still use the tube maps they have available at the railway stations. It's always quite an adventure. My son loves the London Underground and collects these maps -sometimes they change the design on the cover, so he's always excited to add a new one.  Here is a British coin, 2 pence coin. I hope you enjoyed getting this packet. Cheers! -Debbie from Our Cup of Tea
We also recieved a packet of goodies from Our Cup of Tea, appropriate for a continent box on England. Do you see where we are heading for our geography studies for this coming school year?
Peanut butter and banana "sushi"
These are really good dipped in honey.

In between our studies, we have been enjoying the summertime. How about you?


  1. I'm so glad you liked the packet. Have fun with your continent boxes! :)

  2. I had that jellyfish in a bottle pinned to do, but wasn't able to do it, it just looks SO cool!

  3. There is so much to comment on - I just don't even know what to say. The memories you are making - wow! I love the photo of everyone standing between the states. And continent studies! Wonderful way of learning. (one more wow :)

  4. I've always wanted to do the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail! Hopefully, we can next time we come that way:) Love all of your fun photos...especially the VBS pics. I love VBS!

    The first photo of your dog reminds me of ours. We have a blue heeler mix that's 13 years old. She's the best dog:)

  5. Wow, that's so much good stuff! It reminds me that I wanted to work with our drop spindle, that I need to get a California library card, and that I haven't blogged about (or thanked) Our Cup of Tea for our package. yikes. I'm both inspired by your blog (as always) and reprimanded for my poor manners!


    1. Oh, Amanda, I hope that you just keep the inspired part. I would hate to think anyone left this space feeling reprimanded! :)


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