Friday, September 16, 2011

This week was a not so week off.  What do I mean, well as I've explained we are on a 4 week on then a break.  This was a 1 week off break although we were so very busy that really it wasn't much of a week off.  We did Dr visits and even a Field Trip tomorrow to Bardstown Civil War days.  Even though it's a saturday I'm counting that as a school event.
We also had a few other events go on this week that was fun but again, I feel worn out.  Oh not to forget that our cat again had her kittens last night so I was midwifing last night too.  
On the homeschool front though, we are getting ready to finish up our book with Total  Language Plus that I have totally loved and I think the kids like this method they just didn't like the book SO with that I'm rethinking things and I may attempt my own study off of books they enjoy.  Nate is beginning to really enjoy books but picking the right one is the trick for him.  Larissa is a reader and she loves the girl type books.  Because they have really developed a love of reading I want to encourage this by keeping with this type learning.  It will be more challenging for me but I'm sure we can do this.
So this week is a shorter post but it is.  This is life and we are blessed.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

We had a trip back to the 18th Century this week.

We had an awesome field trip this week.  We went to the Painted Stone Settlement Massacre.  This settlement was started by none other than Daniel Boone Himself.  It was one of many.  The kids and I got a chance to learn about life on the settlement and all the struggles you had being a pioneer in the new Kan-Tuk-ee lands.  So I'm sharing my pics with you with a few tidbits of info along the way.

This gentleman played a tune on a Fife.  He also talked about the history of the American Flags.  We all know the wonderful flag made by Betsy Ross but there were other flags.  As the states grew and Kentucky being #15 this flag had 15 stars and 15 stripes.  BUT after that they went back to 13 stripes.  ALSO, because they only had letters and not pictures to communicate with perceptions would get mixed up.  So we saw a flag that was used in one of the settlements here in KY back in the 18th century that had Blue and Red stripes white background and blue 8 point stars on it.  George Rogers Clark was told he had to carry a flag and he made one out of what he had and that ended up being red and green stripes.  HOW NEAT!

This gentleman is holding a genuine KY pistol.  This gun as well as the KY rifle were not named because they were made here as they were actually made in FRANCE, but because they were used here on the frontier. 

 This is April Fool.  She is 20 yrs old and her lineage is from horses used one the frontier in the 18th century.  Most of the horses then were not LARGE because people mostly used horses as work horses.  They really didn't ride them much.  My 2 sons are helping get her clean. 
 This is what Daniel Boon would have been dressed like.  He was not just a frontiersmen but he was also one of KY first state Representatives as well and a surveyor.  Daniel Boone was a very well educated HOMESCHOOLER.  He could never learn enough and would actually hire others whom he could learn from through out his life to tutor him so he could learn more.  We had a chance to see copies of Daniel Boones survey work as they were very precise and well done.  Also they were selling land on the frontier for a little over a penny an acre.  WOW!
 This is a blacksmith.  Now we all know that Blacksmiths were in every town or community.  They were needed for so many things that you and I take for granted today.  In most settlements the Blacksmith was even the Dentist because Dr's were very rare on the frontier. 
 Now we all needed our clothes to be laundered and on the frontier sometimes you would have this woman do it for you for those stubborn stains.  However the methods they used are not quite what you would imagine.  They used a combination of wood ash, lye, and of course they made soap from pig fat and lye mixed together, and ok SIT DOWN FOR IT>>>> human urine.  That is right.  She would trade her services for your urine.  ICK!  Urine after sitting for a while will turn into ammonia.  Did you know that,  I didn't!  Anyway, they would also use the natural sunlight to bleach out clothes. 

 Of course all food was made from scratch.  On the frontier though, much of what they ate was made of corn.  Did you know they would boil some food with wood ash too?  This was a way to preserve it as well.   Of course they would drain it but still....sounds gross.  This woman is making pound cake over a fire.  Wow, old school.  At least I know that if my oven goes out again I can still make cake!

 This is a frontier Dr getting ready to pull a musket ball out of my sons shoulder as he volunteered to get shot for this demonstration. 

And Finally this woman is explaining the customs of the average life on the frontier.  Did you know they would learn the ABC's on the frontier with a Doll with long arms and legs.  How cool.  And since they didn't have pics of family to remember them by they would cut a lock of hair and keep it.  She saved some of her own family's and boy the kids will not forget that! 

There were so many other things that we saw and learned but  this is just a taste.  Hope you enjoyed your short walk into the Kan-ta-Kee frontier.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Well followers, yes it has been a LONG time.  Why I really can't say I have a good excuse, just being lazy.  HOWEVER, some of you know that I've been battling some health issues as well that does effect my drive and energy.  To be honest some days it's good for me just to get up and finish school.  Some days I fantasize of just staying in bed all day.  Yes, I know that doesn't sound good and really it's not.  That is what I mean by battle.  I some days just have to force my feet out of bed and just pray for God's Strength for the day.  If  any of you have Diabetes and Thyroid issues as well as beginning Menopause well, that is my world right now.  SO as you read, just say a little prayer for me that God will help me get back my health. 

Now on to new things.  We started our new year of Homeschool on the 11th of July.  I have decided for my sake as well as the kids this year we would do things a little different this year.  We are doing a 4 weeks on and 1 week off schedule.  With the exception of 2 4-6 week vacation times.  SO FAR it's working well.  I usually lose steam about the 3rd week in but I'm able to make it through that last week knowing I have a week of rest.  I've also changed things up a bit with our curriculum and so far I really like it and even though the kids don't think they like it they seem to do well with it. 

Our CURRENT curriculum:
We are doing as a group Mystery of History Vol 1., Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space, Artist study as well as techniques, Musician Study and a little theory in there as well.  The kids all decided they wanted to learn Chinese this year so I bought a dvd as well as some software to help.  We are also doing Total Language Plus for Language Arts.  We started with "The Whipping Boy" although the kids really don't like the book.  I am looking over the next selection but may end up doing something with books I know they enjoy.  We also do Bible together.  This isn't any curriculum but more of a devotion time together. 
With the Youngest seeing that  he's in K this year.  I'm kind of winging it with him as He's really taking off on his own.  He's doing 1st grade level Math but writing skills or even motor skills still need work.  He's also showing great reading progression.  Really beginning to pic up on phonics on his own.  So I say as long as he is pushing himself than I'm letting him lead. 
As for the Workboxes, we are doing 8 this year.  The youngest does his 8 and he knows he's done.  The other 2 do their boxes focusing on their worksheets for TLP, Math, their own Bible time and Reading Time.  I also throw in some life skill boxes too.  This year they are showing an interest in cooking and sewing (even the boys) so I've got some things we are going to work on this year. 

So that is really our year.  Now remember I have one that did Graduate from PS this past year and still living here at home ( although as most teens, she has one foot out the door) but she has found a good solid job and actually indirectly working for DAD.  Long story short, My husband is the IMPORTANT Customer for the Repair Vendor whom my daughter works for.  He didn't get her the job but I'm sure being his daughter didn't hurt either.  So I'm just glad she's working a good solid job now.  As for her plans for school, she is still unsure of her future plans although talks about going to school.....we will see.  I just want to see her successful and happy at what she does. 

As for the other one, Matt is doing well.  He's a Junior this year although somewhat behind the typical grade.  He is in a private type school by the state.  He may be coming home in December but only time will tell there.  He is asking to go back to PS but I'm not really sure that is a good idea.  I would have to really pray that one out.  I know that he's wanting to get back to being NORMAL but truth is he's been out of the system for so long that I fear it would be culture shock for him.  So that is another thing to pray for as you read.  Pray God give us all wisdom and whats the best for him. 

As for life here in KY.  We too have had a great long heat wave this summer.  The kids have found some great friends and all is well.  We are happy to be here in this spot.  SO, really all is GOOD. 

Come back again and check up on me.  As we work through this year I'm going to post more pics of our projects and trips.  Love to hear feed back from you too.

BTW, Mama Cat is going to have her second litter any time soon now.  So stay tuned in for pics.  Let me know if you want a kitten. 

Blessings in HIM!