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?

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