Homeschool Highlights ~ Weeks 19 - 21

We are about to make an about-face in our homeschool. Life changed so much when we grew by 2 feet! Boaz is a wonderful addition to our family and we are all so in love with him! But, I am feeling overwhelmed and ready to simplify my life. Needless to say, this will be my last weekly homeschool highlights post. I will share some of the changes we are making, but I am not sure when.

Days in School: 95 ~ just a little over half way. 85 days to go. I'll continue to keep track on a handy calender that I printed from Donna Young. I keep this in our portfolio along with course descriptions, samples of the children's work, etc. This is not required, but I do it anyways.


Biblical History/Grapevine: Ester, The 2nd Temple... we are almost done with the timeline! Which means we are almost through the Old Testament! It has taken us 2 years, but 2 years well spent! Only a few more lessons left and then we will review. I've decided to call this Old Testament Survey for Jordan's transcript. It will count as his 9th grade History. Luke is doing all the History readings (Victor's Journey Through the Bible, The Holman Bible Atlas, Who's Who in the Bible).  I enjoy listening to Luke read - he makes everything sound interesting. He reads the Bible like a story and pulls you in and makes you want to hear more.

Pop's also reading: Lady Carliss for the read-aloud.

Finished Unit 5, Chapter 4 Carbohydrates and Sugar and started Unit 6 The Endocrine System and Emotions. We have only one chapter left in the book!

For a cooking project, we made roasted brussels sprouts.

I never dreamed I would like these. I was forced made to eat them as a child once and they were so gross I gagged and threw up all over my dinner plate. I don't think I was made to eat them again.

They remind me of little cabbages, and indeed are from the same family. We roasted them with some olive oil, salt and pepper until they were dark brown.

The darker they were, the better! Yes, I actually liked them. (I must be getting old). The kids liked them too!

We also made a pizza.

Red tomatoes, yellow bell peppers, green avocado and lettuce, purple onion... the goal was to add colorful ingredients. We made a taco pizza. I had Nathan pick out the toppings - he is my most adventurous eater. He'll eat anything (that is food!). (Food, as in what the Bible says is food, that is).

We've been studying Latin.

We learned about Stuff.

The Story of Stuff Project:

The Story of Stuff, Where our stuff comes from and where it goes when we throw it away.
The Story of Electronics, Why "Designed for the Dump" is toxic for people and the planet.
The Story of Cosmetics, The ugly story of "Toxins in. Toxins out."
The Story of Bottled Water, How "Manufactured Demand" pushes what we don't need and destroys what we need most.
The Story of Cap and Trade, Why you can't solve a problem with the thinking that created it.

All this talk about stuff is makes me want to avoid the stuff-mart. I'm also getting rid of stuff. Spring cleaning starts early this year.

Boys finished Volleyball. Malachi finished Basketball. Chess Club started last week. Floor hockey starts this week.


Delightful Links:

T.O.B.Y Homes-Cool Highlights @ Hearts in Training


  1. Funny, I just bought a bunch of brussle sprouts (can't remember the last time we have them!), I had child hood issues them too. :-) But like them now. I have never tried them. I will do that wiht this batch. :-)
    Much Love, p

  2. We'll miss your posts but we can all certainly understand the need to simplify. I only have two children but my second one is very high maintenance (bless her heart) and her arrival has definitely made an impact and led to a lot of changes for me. Even three years later things I still haven't been able to add back what I had I put on the back burner. But God is faithful and one day this season will end and I hope to be able to read a book for fun again one day. LOL I wouldn't trade my little terror for anything.

    I read your simplify post and I have something that might help you with meal planning. I discovered it recently and it has been such a blessing for our family. It's called e-mealz

    It's a small company that makes a simple dinner plan each week, complete with a shopping list. They have several different options for plans: regular, low fat, weight watchers, low carb, meals for 2, tons of different options. And each plan has different options according to what store you shop at. I do most of my shopping at Walmart so my plan is based on what they have on sale each week. They offer it for several different stores or a generic "any store" plan.

    We've been using the low fat menu and everything we've had has been delicious. And it's easy enough to swap out any meals that we're not interested in for old family favorites. I get into ruts with meal planning and this has been such a blessing for us. I love that all I have to think about is breakfast and lunch.

    Enjoy that snuggly new baby!! How I miss that age.

  3. OH I love it...I will have to check out this stuff ....stuff. I also would like to how to do this template - ish style...anyway I am not a fan of Brussels Sprouts...hmmmm.

  4. I hope that you will be able to continue homeschooling even though unable to post.

  5. Old Testament Survey. I like the ring to that.

    I've been thinking of trying Brussels sprouts myself; I've never eaten them before, though.

    I've watched the Stuff videos before, twice.

    Soooo, I'm very curious about the sports. I'd like to give my boys the opportunity for such things, but it seems everything has games on Sabbath. How do you get around that?

  6. Hi Michelle-Visiting from the TOS CREW-Little Boaz is adorable! Just wanted to say hello. I too despised Brussel Sprouts, but maybe I should try them again. We put away the Choose Life as were in the moving process back to Georgia. Anxious to get that one started again. Take Care.