Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall into Reading Challenge 2012

It's the first day of fall which means it's time for the Fall into Reading Challenge at Callapidder Days. I have participated for a couple of years now, and it's always a lot of fun. Here is my list for this fall's challenge:
Everything ~ Mary Demuth
The Girl in the Glass ~ Susan Meissner
All Things New ~ Lynn Austin
The Choice ~ Robert Whitlow
The Winter Seeking ~ Vanita Hampton Wright
Wishing on Dandelions ~ Mary Demuth
Persona Non Grata ~ Ruth Downie
Into the Free ~ Julie Cantrell
Unwilling Warrior ~ Andrea Boeshaar
Talking to the Dead ~ Bonnie Grove
Les Miserables ~ Victor Hugo
Transforming Grace ~ Jerry Bridges
I think I have a little of everything on this list. Several of these books have been languishing on my shelves for years. As always, I reserve the right to change my list to suit my whims or ditch it all together. Happy fall, and happy reading!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thankful Thursday

                    When you are thankful, you affirm the central truth that I am good ~ Jesus Calling
~saving a little money
~belly laughs around the table
~unexpected money
~beautiful weather
~new faucets

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

6x6 Challenge

Mary Demuth posted this challenge on her blog, and I thought it was a great idea. The point is to come up with six tasks to complete over the next six weeks. The challenge starts today and lasts through October 23rd. Here is my 6x6 list:
~ cook 3 never-been-tried-before meals
~ complete nine weeks of lesson plans
~perform 2 new offertories
~walk 20 miles
~read 6 books
~ get a mammogram
I have my list written out on an index card so I can keep it in my memory for the next few weeks. I'll post a follow-up when I'm done and have (hopefully) completed the challenge.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Summer is Gone ~ School Has Begun

This summer has zipped past us, as all summers seem to do. We started school last week. This school year is so different than the previous ones. The most obvious change is that Adam has graduated. I still have trouble wrapping my head around that thought. I have an eighteen year old, high school graduate. I remember holding him on my 22nd birthday and thinking that when I turned thirty he would be eight, and that was very, very far away.

Another change this year is that I have done very little planning. I'm actually just writing things down as I go. I have a lot of things planned in my head...they just haven't made it to paper yet. For the most part, we are in a rhythm. We just move on to the next level or the next subject. I always try to be flexible, and allow for interest led learning, so the girls have chosen some of their own subjects this year. Here is a break down of what we are learning this year:

Elin ~ 10th grade
Geometry ~ Teaching Textbook
Chemistry ~ Apologia Science
*English 2 ~ Alpha Omega
Spanish 2 ~  Alpha Omega
Home Ecomomics
 Bible ~ Family Reading Bible, church
Speech ~ CEF Training Class
*I usually do my own literature units for high school using a reading list and Spark notes. This year, I let Elin choose what she wanted to study. She chose: Romeo and Juliet, Persuasion, Alice in Wonderland, and The Scarlet Letter.
Anna ~ 5th grade
Math 5 ~ Teaching Textbooks
Language Arts ~ Easy Grammar, Beyond Five in a Row
Science ~ Five in a Row Nature Studies, Beyond Five in a row, interest-led unit studies
History ~ Beyond Five in a Row, interest-led unit studies
Bible ~ Family Reading Bible, church
I still have a few more things to purchase, but we are off to a good start. I'm hoping to get a lot accomplished and maintain a good schedule through out the year. We'll see how that goes.