Educating Our Oaks in September 2017

It is suddenly October, and I haven’t written the wrap up post for September.

We had a good September learning about Igor Stravinsky, Thomas Moran, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, George Washington, Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Carl Linneaus and Thomas Jefferson. We explored the people and places of American history up to the War of 1812, and we are on track with science experiments and reading. Micah finished his work for Challenge 2 for the month. I am mostly caught up in tutoring duties for my Challenge 3 class. We did some work for The Little Light House, and we participated in a jog-a-thon to raise money for that organization.

I am constantly doing the next thing, but I am never finished.  In this odd season that I am in, where most of the homeschooling work is to direct children back to their assignments when they are distracted and only a little is hands-on teaching, I have snippets of time to learn things that I will need to know in a little while (like Chemistry and Calculus), and I have snippets of time to tutor my mom-friends in Latin and math as needed.  It seems like I should have more time to do other things than I actually do. I wish I didn’t need quiet in order to write. I’d get a lot more written if that were the case.

Books finished by Micah: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin, and  “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift. He also read snippets of other books that he will read a little at a time over the year and did some internet reading of research for a large project.

Books Josiah finished:  The Witch of Blackbird Pond (which he was surprised to learn isn’t about a witch at all) and The Horse and His Boy, bits and pieces of other books that he will finish over time. He also read most of the Ranger’s Apprentice series.

Books Gideon finished: The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian,  bits and pieces of other books that he will finish over time. He feel in love with Narnia, and he read most of the Ranger’s Apprentice series too.

Books I finished: Reading People by Anne Bogel,  The Millennials, Hamlet, Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker, Jane of Lantern Hill, and some articles and parts of books about education and teaching, like Stratford Caldecott’s Beauty for Truth’s Sake.

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