Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Awesome -- posted by Mom

But don't try this at home... meaning our home. (And that includes you, James.)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Assignment Addendum 11/6 -- posted by Mom

Here are a couple of more assignments for the upperclassmen. They're interviews with Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr., and I think John should be included in watching these, so one of you should let him sit in with you.

I'll warn you that the first one has annoying music throughout the thing, but the interview is only 26 minutes long so you'll survive.

Friday, November 5, 2010

For The Young Guns 11/5 -- posted by Mother Dear

For the Upperclassmen 11/5 -- posted by Momma

Here is the Fear the Boom and Bust video I told you about. It is 7mins 33secs and you may watch it now if you don't have time to watch the video below it which is The Making of the Keynes-Hayek Rap: Economic Theory Meets Popular Culture.

Fear the Boom and Bust is in the "making of" video so I would suggest you just go ahead and invest 46mins 53secs in the second video. If you absolutely do not have time today, at least watch the first one so you know what we are talking about. I really don't want you to lose what Daddy was telling you this morning, so make it a priority.

It's been a long time since we put together Will's economics course (Sarah didn't take it), but we had a bundle of books which included Economics in One Lesson Henry Hazlitt. Y'all need to look around for these books (I can't find them), but I bet they're all together. I wish I could remember all the titles, but I can't. I just talked to Dad and he is going to give it some thought and put together another course if we can't find them. It's my guess he'll have Hayek's The Road to Serfdom and something by Thomas Sowell. He stated that he didn't want to overwhelm y'all, so fear not little flock. Besides, Spence doesn't have enough time for an over-the-top college level course.

Anyway, here are the videos. The first one if you're short on time, but you are required to watch the second one before the weekend is out.

I went over to and I found some lectures for high school students so I'll pass it on to your father. Economics for High School Students

I was surprised to find so many lectures by Thomas J. DiLorenzo. Do you remember meeting him in Abbeville when he gave a lecture on his book, The Real Lincoln, and we had some signed for Christmas presents? Thomas J. DiLorenzo Author Archives

Here are the last of your short stories. Answer all the questions and vocabulary, etc., in the student companion, but you don't have to write out the answers to those stupid "thinking" questions, although you should be able to discuss them if we can find one worthy for discussion.

To Build a Fire -- Jack London

The Gift of the Magi -- O Henry

The Carriage-Lamps -- Stephen Crane

God Sees The Truth But Waits -- Leo Tolstoy

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow -- Washington Irving

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bible Time

Here's the sermon we listened to for Bible time:

Holiness by Leonard Ravenhill

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport of Homeschooling -- posted by Momma

Maybe y'all noticed when, a few entries back, I posted some of the boys' lessons here on the blog. We decided to use the blog as a hub for assignments and points of interest so that I wouldn't have the confusion of delivering the information in so many different directions. Besides, the children like to know what their siblings are studying. With the older boys working, this seemed to be an easy way for the family to check out what all's going on, as well as a way for Bill to keep up with us while he's traveling.

We'll see how it works. Perhaps we won't like being in a fish bowl since golly, our mass of readers the tens of ya will be able to peek behind the mysterious veil of home education and into our Academy of Home Scholars enclosed, remodeled garage.*

I was hesitant to do it this way since I thought it might seem strange, and besides, I'm not particularly bowled over by some of the things we study. Originally I was impressed with how the children could get a "world" class education reading The Great Books while dangling from oak trees (Sarah's favorite place to read was from a branch that stretched out over the pond). But the longer I walk with the Lord, the more dull the world becomes with all its great literature, fantastic art, awesome science, intriguing politics, blah, blah, blah.

Even though I died to this stupid world years ago, I still wanted the children to be well-versed in its "great accomplishments" (sarcasm intended) if for no other reason than to prevent them from being the "dummies at the dinner party," so to speak. Of course, while they read the world's colossal minds such as Plato, Charles Darwin, Abraham Lincoln, Karl Marx, Stephen Hawking, et al, we use the Word of God to expose these foolish ones for the blind guides that they are. Still, it seems like such a waste of time when we could be digging deeper and deeper into the Word of God to uncover those gold nuggets that have eternal value.

I guess I shouldn't complain too much since yesterday and today we were able to thoroughly enjoy Bible time and didn't break up until after 10:30am. That puts them hustling to get their math and house/farm chores done before lunch time, but fortunately, both days it has rained, so they just extended their school day since they couldn't play outside anyway. They confessed to me that they like long school days when it rains. They especially like it in cold weather when they gather round the fire and sip hot chocolate and read or listen to lectures.

Anyway, I wrote all this to explain why there will be entries with school assignments listed... only I got a little sidetracked.

* Can you tell I'm all excited to learn the "strike through" html?