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Homeschool schedule today

Prince of Persia Film still

Prince of Persia film still

So, we were all planned out… Science, Math, and Bible Study in the morning (Switched on Schoolhouse), then history, Vocabulary test, and Grammar this afternoon.  We chucked it all to watch Prince of Persia, complete with discussions.  🙂  So I figure we’re covering History (we’ve learned about the Achaemenid Empire, better known as the Persian Empire), Geography (as we’ve located the Persian Empire (historically) and the current Iran on maps, Western Civilization, religion (they reference both Paganism and Christianity throughout the movie), and legends… how they have been passed down orally for years.  The discussion about legends has sparked a weekend-long discussion about other legends and predictions, 2012, and all sorts of other things.

We’ve all agreed that we’d love to see more movies like this, and on our next library trip, we’d like to look into the writings of Nostradamus and how his writings have been interpreted so that people say they have “come true”.  If we’d been home, we would have used the internet to discover more, but as we were in the car, we could only discuss things in general terms.

We would have gotten to more today, but today, Tom & Chris are learning to make Disciples Crosses (another one of my business venture ideas years ago).  😀  A Dad/Son business venture (and something that is a ministry of their faith)!!!  I LOVE it!  😀  I’ll post a few as soon as they have some made.

Can I just say again that I LOVE homeschooling?  Even when we’re not “in school”, we’re learning!!!!  As a caveat, we did this even when the kids were in public school… the learning.  It’s the passion for it that I see in him that I really love!!!  Now that he’s not “burned out” in school, he doesn’t close down his mind on the weekends, saying he doesn’t want to learn!

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Sometimes I really LOVE writing

Some days I really LOVE being a writer.  Other days not so much.  😀  Today’s one of my days that I love it, because I have been wishlisting all kinds of books to review about magic, faeries, and other celtic and folklore.  I also have photography books on there, as well as tattoo books, and more.  Quite an eclectic mix… just like me!!  😀

I started this blog post two weeks ago.  Since then, I’ve finished (for now) my wishlisting, and bought several books with a couple of gift certificates.  They’re slowly trickling in, and I LOVE IT!!!  Just received a reference on folklore, magic, and writing fantasy that I hope will help me re-work my book-in-progress so that I can renew my spark with the characters.  I’m still waiting on several others, and can’t wait until they all come in!

Last night we had a small lesson, driven by the children, that I wanted to share.  We had recently watched Percy Jackson:  The Lightning Thief, and were discussing the ancient gods.  Someone brought witchcraft and paganism into the discussion, and we had an interesting time trying to remember the gods of olde and their stories, as well as clarifying some on what witchcraft and magic truly is about.  My oldest (and only daughter) was here yesterday, too, so she was able to tell what stories she remembers.  I have always been fascinated by and with pagan gods, as well as the craft, and it was fun dispelling some myths, and broadening their horizons.  They seemed very interested in learning more, so I think I’ll be going to the library tomorrow and getting some books on mythology to see what summer learning we can do in our last week of everyone here together.  The stories of Greek Mythology are so much fun, maybe they won’t realize that they are learning, too.  😀

Today hubby and I are going to review Chris’s new curriculum (ABEKA… interesting that the Christian curriculum will come in at the same time that we’re learning ancient Greek Mythology).  Hope to have something concrete, as well as a schedule for him, soon.  He’s not taking the initiative I’d hoped he would to do his schoolwork.  It’s okay, since this is summer, and everyone does need a break.  But I’m also ready to get him back on a schedule of doing his work next month.  He goes to visit his mom for a week next Friday, so hopefully I’ll have a few worksheets for him to do while he’s there, and he can focus a little more.  When he gets back, Tristan will be back at Dad’s, and Micah will only have two weeks left.  Micah’s mom is coming out early August to pick him up, and staying a week to visit and have a vacation.  I’m looking forward to her time here, and really appreciating that our relationship with her is so easy (although it does have it’s issues as well, not nearly as many as there are with some of the “other” parents in our crew).  😀

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