Wordless Wednesday: playing catch-up!

What have we been doing since I blogged last???

IMG_6257Pink received this hat from an aunt this winter, and it became her daily wear.  Seriously.  Every day.  She even wore it to bed.IMG_6266Science projectsIMG_6314Link made a table in his woodworking class at co-opIMG_6400Roughing it on a field trip to The Mariner’s MuseumIMG_6411A trip to the orchestraIMG_6445A regular favorite – archery!IMG_6489Zoo field tripIMG_6491#zooprioritiesIMG_6514Human bird feederIMG_6518Skyride at the zooIMG_6519Hoodlums 😉IMG_6610A sunny EasterIMG_6687New family member – the CUTEST BUNNY EVER, Floppy!!!IMG_6688IMG_6702Birthday time for PinkIMG_6704Yes, those are panda sheets she’s huggingIMG_6722Spring cleaning time – but for a break, ice creamIMG_6751The end of another successful soccer season for AstroIMG_6854The James River on the Blue Ridge ParkwayIMG_6857Mom/Dad–selfieIMG_6863Wading in the chilly mountain creekIMG_6865Otter CreekIMG_6866IMG_6868IMG_6870Now THAT’S sedimentary!IMG_6871IMG_6875IMG_6883Beautiful overlookIMG_6886Shenandoah ValleyIMG_6889IMG_6891IMG_6910More Floppy!!!IMG_6911Relaxing by the fireIMG_6912

Happy summer, guys!


Tales of the perpetually procrastinating homeschool mom, part 2

I was really hoping for more alliteration in that title… perpetually procrastinating had such a good ring to it.  But then I had nothing to keep it going.


Oh well.


Anyway, a few days ago I covered what Link has been doing this past few months, finishing up 6th grade, having a summer, and starting 7th.


So today it’s Astro’s turn.  🙂


All right, starting with the end of last year – Astro finished up 4th grade.  Here he is with his favorite of the Turner artist portfolio (from SCM), The burning of the houses of Lords and Commons – which he also chose as his favorite of the entire year.  His reasoning: ‘Because it looks cool because of the fire. *insert raging fire sound effects here*’IMG_4113

Here he is when we went for the archery morning.  He is also right handed, and shoots right handed lol… IMG_4189And creating his blown glass ornament (seriously.  Such a cool field trip.)IMG_4218

The kids didn’t do this part, of course – But this is what the ornaments looked like after being blown, before cooling for ~48 hours (after which we could pick them up).  IMG_4228

And the finished product:IMG_4280

We attended the homeschool day at the National D-Day Memorial in… uh… what month was that again?  April?  lol… Here he is holding a huge bullet.IMG_4295

Here it’s his turn to look at Jupiter through the enormous telescope at the observatory.  And can we all take a moment to appreciate the astronomy guy’s shirt?  😀 lololIMG_4619

And here we have an Astro in his natural habitat.  Why stand when you can sit and why sit when you can lie down?  #truephlegmatic waiting for it to be his turn to tie-dye at the art center this summer (the only time he went was to tie-dye lol).IMG_5124

First day of 5th grade!  That means we have TWO in the LOGIC STAGE this year!  Woohoo!IMG_5245

Okay!  His day looks similar to Link’s, at least for the most part.  He also starts the day with spelling words for the week.IMG_5369

And then gets started with his work for the day.

Astro’s curriculum for 5th grade:

Science: Galore Park Science Year 5
IMG_5288Math: MUS Epsilon
Grammar: Language Lessons for the Secondary Child, Vol. 2 and an Outlining workbook
Bible: An Honorable Boy (1st semester)
Latin: Latina Christiana II
Writing: Writing & Rhetoric Book 3: Narrative II and Book 4: Chreia & Proverb
Logic: Mind Benders
Music: A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
History: TWTM 5th grade history, using the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia

And again I feel like I’m forgetting something… Oh, well.

IMG_5372Astro’s Reading List (this is not in order, and he may not – probably won’t – finish all the books on the list.  I’ll be pulling them one at a time when they fit his studies, for him to read either fully or in sections) :

The Cat of Bubastes (Henty) currently reading
In Search of a Homeland (Lively)
The Silver Branch (Sutcliff)
Aesop’s Fables
The Bronze Bow (Speare)
Outcast (Sutcliff)
The Golden Goblet (McGraw)
You Wouldn’t Want to be a Sumerian Slave!
You Wouldn’t Want to be in Alexander the Great’s Army!
The Earliest Americans
The Encyclopedia of Preserved People (Prior)
Pyramid (Macaulay)
You Wouldn’t Want to be a Pyramid Builder!
The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt (Payne)
City (Macaulay)
You Wouldn’t Want to be a Roman Gladiator!
Caesar’s Gallic War
You Wouldn’t Want to work on the Great Wall of China!
Tales from Japan
Tales of the Greek Heroes (Green)
Tales from Africa
Tales from China
Tales from India
…and there are more that I may have him use as supplemental readings for history.


So that pretty much covers it!

Sports-wise, Astro’s doing soccer again this fall, and we’re keeping up with swimming regularly (hopefully we’ll continue to do so!) after they had lessons again this summer.  🙂  He’ll also be in co-op, obviously – his classes are art, P.E., Current Events, and Simple Machines.  He’ll be in there with several friends, which I’m sure he’ll enjoy.  Not sure how much the teacher will enjoy them all together ;), but yeah… 😀 lol


Happy Monday!  I’ll be back in a couple more days to finish this thing out! 🙂


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