Monday, November 11, 2013

Was that a Compliment?

I think I was just complimented this afternoon by my 8 year old.

We were working on our writing assignment. The lesson was teaching us how to trade out those boring "to be" verbs for some more exciting and flashy action verbs. We were given a sentence where we then crossed out the "to be" verbs and then thought creatively on how to rearrange the words left and add some new really great ones. Molly and Annie and Jonathan and I were really wracking our brains to come up with some good sentences. But it was hard.

At one point, I had just finished helping to guide them through the process and we came up with a GREAT sentence, whereupon Jonathan exclaimed in his excitement at what he was part of producing,

 "I'm going to come to YOU for advice. You should live on a mountain!"

Boy, moments like that, where you see your kid's excitement over learning and accomplishing things, make this tough business of homeschooling our kids so worth it. So worth it!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Talented . . . or Just Silly?

The days are getting shorter and it's getting darker earlier. These are some of my favorite times. I used to especially love these days when the kids were all younger. Between the hours of 4-6pm, while I was working on chores and dinner, we would put on a radio drama or audio book and they would color or we had a favorite PBS show "Jakers" that we all loved to watch. We would giggle and the house just seemed so cozy and fun.

Now, the kids are older and "Jakers" is not longer on PBS in the US and we have worn out all of our audio books, etc. So, how are they spending these cozy afternoons now?

Well, those that weren't doing homework yesterday, pursued their interests and talents in some creative ways. Click on David's picture on the right to see what he posted last night.

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