Monday, March 17, 2014

Rainy Days and Mondays...

One of the wonderful things about homeschooling is that we can be flexible.  That being said, we are a pretty scheduled bunch.  I know, I'm crazy.  We are usually up and at the table, ready to start school at 8:00 am, but it's 8:15, and guess what?  The kids are still in bed.  It's dark and rainy, and, well, I'm just not in a big hurry today!
We have been working pretty hard lately, and so today, we're going to have what Brack likes to call  a "modified" school day.  (I remember keeping a good, classic movie in my desk drawer when I was teaching junior high school for this very kind of day.  The kind where it's just hard to buckle down and do what is supposed to be done.)  We can't go out, so we'll just stay in.  On the couch.  In PJ's.  Ahhh...

So, what will our day look like?  Here's an insider's view.

We are close to finishing Little Pilgrim's Progress (an adaptation by Helen Taylor of the John Bunyan classic).  The kids have really loved following along with Little Christian.  They have easily understood the allegory and love to guess what each of the characters' names mean that Christian encounters along his journey.  (This has been a great vocabulary workout!)  We should finish it today.  If you haven't read this with your children, I highly recommend it.  It is easy to follow and will lay the foundation for when they read it in high school.

When we finish the Little Pilgrim's Progress, we will do a little math and grammar, and then settle in to watch several episodes of Liberty's Kids.  This is a very well done series about the American Revolution and we were able to get all 6,293 episodes (actually about 40 episodes on 4 disks - the complete series) for $8 on Amazon.  The graphics are well done, and there are a lot of big name actors who lent their voices to the project.  (Walter Cronkite is Benjamin Franklin.)

After lunch, we are going to start a new series of books that I have had sitting on my shelf, waiting for a day just like this one.  The Mysterious Benedict Society is the first in a series of four books by Trenton Lee Stewart.  Often compared to the Harry Potter series, these books follow the adventures of four kids enrolled in a mysterious special school.  The kids must take a series of mind-bending tests, with only a few succeeding.  These get to go on a top secret mission.  Sounds like a lot of fun.  We'll keep you posted!

So that's what's going on at Jones Family Christian Academy on this rainy, Monday morning.  Not exactly status quo for us, but that's what makes homeschooling so fun...


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  1. We LOVED Little Pilgrim's Progress too! And Liberty's Kids is a favorite. I have had the Benedict Society books sitting on my shelf for a sweet forever. Maybe it's time to take a look. Sounds like a fun day. My oldest is getting ready to leave for a mission trip to Nicaragua so we're trying to get ahead. No time to enjoy a rainy day!

  2. Sounds like we are on the same wave length, Tara! Hope your child has a safe and successful trip!