Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Back in the routine

Homeschooling officially started again this week after a summer that flew by far too fast. I've read a few wonderful posts about the hint of fall in the air, new beginnings, back to school and such. I've enjoyed reading folks' thoughts on the fresh start feeling of this time of year. I still don't want fall to be here quite yet, but it is good to get back into the swing of things and be more intentional about learning than we usually are in the summer!

A few tidbits from our mornings so far:
We've read the Charles and Mary Lamb version of The Comedy of Errors. We'll read the full text of the play starting tomorrow as we get ready to see it performed later this month at the NC Shakespeare Festival in High Point.

We've begun memorizing "God's Grandeur" by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

We listened to Schubert's lovely song "Hark, Hark the Lark" after reading about how quickly he composed it on the back of a menu in a cafe in Vienna. We'd read that story in the wonderful book, Taste for the Classics, mentioned in a previous post.

We learned about the difference between nautical and statute miles and why our measure on land measurement is called a statute mile.

We shared stories from the BBC news that we're each reading everyday online - more current events reading this year.

Shakespeare, poetry, music and more. Joel is mapping Canada and learning about Canadian provincial capitals like Whitehorse and Yellowknife. Matthew is reading a wonderful book about filmaking called Moviemaker's Master Class, and Andrew is forging ahead in French and prepping to take the SAT again. And yes, there's always math and writing, history and science. Really I am quite glad to be back at it, learning along with my boys.

3 comments:

Jen Unsell said...

Sounds like a wonderful week of learning. We are looking forward to getting this move out of the way and jumping back in full force here in October.

Keep in touch!

wes mcmurray said...

Beth, this is Jenn (under Wes's blogger identity) - just wanted to tell you that I LOVE YOUR BLOG and I am hooked. I started looking at it last week and I love reading your thoughts, reading about your life, and gaining from your wisdom and insights. The blog about Learning from the Wrens was amazing! And reading about your homeschooling day with the boys makes me want to homeschool - but I don't know if I could be as genius as you are. Wes enjoyed reading this blog too. Can you just plan to add Owen to your homeschooling program? Love you, Jenn

tonia said...

Sounds like you are off to a great start. It makes me smile to think of other homes bustling with good, living, healthy things and children growing up to love the true and beautiful. Wonderful.