Home School Life Journal

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

September 4-10, Camp Bergenholtz to the Start of our 20th Year of School Year, days 1-3

This week we transitioned from our family summer camp, Camp Bergenholtz to the beginning of the new school year.

Family summer camp bass pro

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Saint Leonard, Maryland

has 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River in Calvert County, Maryland, In the Exhibit Barn we saw "FARMERS, PATRIOTS and TRAITORS: Southern Maryland and the War of 1812." We then took a pause for lunch. Brenda had made us a lovely Antipasto picnic lunch. There is also an Indian Village which shows how life as it might have been when John Smith visited the people who lived along the Patuxent River. The Indian Village has four lodges of different sizes, a central fire pit, and racks for smoking fish and meat. It is protected on one side by a palisade that the Indians used to help keep out raiders from other tribes who would take the stores of dried corn. A working garden is located just outside the palisade where a variety of plants represent the crops Native people were growing.

Eating Out at Ledo's Pizza and Nagoya Japanese Bistro

Sam had his first taste of Sushi and he helped Brenda learn how to use chopsticks.

Maryland Crab Boil and Smith Island Cake for Labor Day

days 1-3

First Day of School

We had our traditional First Day of Homeschool School lunch. This year I took inspiration from Brenda and made a toasted cheese, tomato soup, green beans and peach halves. I also added "Lunch Lady Brownies." James and Quentin had their traditional school cones.

Alex's (age 21, special needs) first art project of the year, Late Summer Dandelions.

This week we:
  • Began our history studies with the Incan Empire, focusing mainly on the geography of the area, legends of the beginnings and how their centralized society worked including travel and communication. We learned about chasquis, or runners of messages or goods and reviewed quipu, a method of keeping records. We are reading Incans, Aztecs and Mayans by John Holtzman.
  • James began Teaching Textbooks Algebra I with a lesson called advanced arithmetic.
  • Quentin began his math work with place value including decimals.
  • We began Tai Chi lessons.
  • We began rehearsing Murder at the Banquet, our play for this year.
  • Sam began his year with some old favorites, Rosetta Stone's Japanese, Teaching Textbook's Algebra II (Solving First-Degree Equations) and The Power is in Your Hands writing program.
  • We began reading The King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell and The World of Columbus and Sons by Genevieve Foster.
  • Alex began his school year with an art project...late summer dandelions. He also worked on some programs on his iPad.


  1. You always have the best pictures! What fun! Always loved camp anything! Enjoy the weekend and week coming up!


  2. Genny is trying out Rosetta Stone Japanese this year, too. I've even worked through a few lessons - it's quite challenging! You hit some great living history museums - fantastic transition back into the school year.

  3. It looks like a great kick off to the new school. I love you first day of school lunch, complete with the tray. How cute. It looks healthier than the public school lunch (at least around here).
    Blessings, Dawn

  4. How wonderful of you to make the first day so special! Looks like a great curriculum lineup, too. Stopping by from Weekly Wrap-Up, and thank you for stopping by my place. My kids have some of the same learning issues you deal with, so I know the patience required. Blessings to you!

  5. I'm so jealous of your living history museums you have.

  6. I love all of your photos! What fun!!! It's awesome that you also celebrate the first day of school-- we do breakfast and your family does lunch. :-) Can't wait to see how your year progresses!

  7. You are so great at documenting everything you do! I love historical learning vacations! I also love Alex's latest painting!


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