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Civil Rights Tour: Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham

Travel is one way to gain an appreciation of what you have and what you don’t have.  I don’t think you have to travel to foreign lands to discover new parts of the world and most importantly, new parts of yourself.   We are blessed to live in a diverse, expansive, beautiful country and even though I do not have wanderlust and do not yearn to travel internationally, I do want to see our country and expose myself and my children to as much of it as possible.

When I look back over our past travels, the places we go are remembered in our photo albums and travel journals, but it is the people we meet that stay with us in our hearts.  There was the bookstore owner in Chattanooga, the shell store owner in Sanibel, the restauranteur in Huntsville, the bellhop and the taxi driver in Puerto Rico, our teachers at Marine Science Consortium, and most recently, the woman who at 15 snuck out of her house and marched over the Selma bridge in 1964 and the homeless man who educated us in the park about …

Equine Affaire

2015-2016 Physical Education Course Description:
Bi-Weekly Equestrian lessons at XX Farm, XX Connecticut.                                                                         Volunteer for their summer camp program (20 hours)                                   Volunteer for Fall at the Farm Fundraiser (6 hours)                                Attended Draft Horse Exhibition at Wright’s Farm, Orange, CT (1 hour)                                                                                                                               Attended Equine Affaire: Equine Affaire’s legendary educational programs form the cornerstones of the events.  Attended clinics, seminars, and demonstrations on a wide variety of equestrian sports and horse training, and health. Equine Affaire’s rosters of presenters include Olympians; World and National Champion riders; Pan Am Games, WEG, and NFR competitors; popular equestrian TV personalities; authors; course designers; judges; veterinarians; professo…


Time is finite.  We can’t make more of it no matter how hard we try.  We have a set number of hours and minutes in one day.  What we do with them, how we allocate them,   and how we fill them are up to us.  We can say we wish we had more time, or that there are just not enough hours in the day but how many times does an hour simply slip by while searching Pinterest or getting caught up in political drama on Facebook or by watching someone else’s life on YouTube.
One thing that has always been important to me is family.  If we have this amazing opportunity to be home, not confined to a schedule, and did not take time to visit with family and bond with younger cousins and visit with Aunts and Uncles, then I would think that was a tragedy.
The concept of family has been on my mind lately.  How family has changed from eras of the past where the nucleus did not break apart and scatter, how the elders were cared for at home and families cohabited for life.  Now we view it is lazy, unmotivated…

Seeking Silence

How awesome is it that NaNoWriMo falls at the same time the bulk of our novel writing with OYAN is beginning?!  In our last lesson, the instructor, Daniel, commented that inspiration is not always a given.  Authors do not always have the luxury of waiting to write until they feel inspired to write.  Often then have to push through it.   It’s not always easy and it’s not always fun.  
I think it is my “job” to try to make it fun.  One of my most favorite writing memories was working at Yale University while Grace attended a Splash.  I wrote at a coffee shop and I wrote at the library and I loved it, every moment of it.  I can’t tell you what I was writing about, although I think it was my still unpublished art journaling eBook.  What I can tell you is that I felt like a writer.  That feeling was what I wanted the girls to experience so we packed our laptops in backpacks and headed to New Haven.
Our first stop was Foundry Music, our favorite music store.  We are in desperate need for adva…

Wright's Farm Draft Horse Exhibition

One aspect to my record keeping is to continually search out opportunities that fit our areas of study.  Last year Grace earned one credit in horseback riding for Physical Activity.  Lee Binz states that if a child plays a high school sport it is automatically a credit.  In Connecticut, homeschoolers do not have the option to play on their local school teams, so we have sought out individual opportunities.  Last year her time was spent at lessons and at two horse shows where she competed.  
I have read threads on homeschooling Facebook pages questioning if a child should earn multiple credits in the same subject, for example Equestrian I, II, III and IV or just one credit.  I refuse to discredit my girls and not count what they are doing each year, especially if each year is more strenuous than the last.  I have also read that colleges are impressed by students who show dedication and determination in one area.  Ultimately it comes down to keeping a transcript that you as the educator,…

Finding Joy and Wonder in Biology

October was hard.  Sickness slowed us down, way down.  At times my only goal was to get math done.  Now that we are back on track, we have some catching up to do but not at the expense of joy and wonder.  
We are using Apologia Biology for Grace’s studies.  It covers each of the Kingdoms as a unit beginning with Kingdom Monera, or bacteria.  While she was interested, she was not enthralled.   Imagine my joy when I realized that overnight our yard had sprouted mushrooms!  One of the beauties of home education is that you do not have to go in order.  The way Apologia is structured allows the student to skip modules and connect their reading to real life understanding.  Grace however, is orderly and linear.  She felt strange skipping ahead to module 4 but I assured her it would be worth it.   She began reading about fungi and we began making our first ever spore print from the mushrooms in our yard.  Spore prints are ridiculously easy.  Remove stem, place mushroom gill side down on a piece…