Friday, March 27, 2015

The One Where We Go to the Homeschool Convention ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy weekend!


I don't normally do these posts by the seat of my skirt, but I really wanted this week's wrap-up to include a few photos from the first day of the homeschool convention we're attending with Indiana Association of Home Educators. So, it'll be a brief hodge-podge, and it's late and we're tired, but I really wanted to say how WONDERFUL a homeschool convention is!

Unfortunately, we started the week with a little sickness. L





The 9yo woke up Monday with a fever and an upset tummy. My biggest worry was being able to go to the homeschool convention this weekend. Bugs don’t typically stop with just one child in a family, as you know. I asked Facebook friends to pray on Tuesday morning, and by Tuesday evening the fever was gone. Social media can bring us a lot of headaches, but it can also bring a multitude of blessings.

By Friday morning, she was just a little sniffly and tired but eager for the new adventure of a convention.

Onward!

A fire truck right in the middle of the exhibit hall ~


All right, I'll admit I was a little bit starstruck, even 35 years later ~


The 13yo brought Farmer Boy for Dean Butler to autograph. I wonder if it feels odd to sign a book you didn't write but whose main character you portrayed on TV?


My husband took the photo, and the 4yo was asleep in the stroller. I'm not sure the 6yo quite realized that the man we were talking to was the same as the man he had seen on the DVD. J We girls definitely recognized him as Almanzo.


We've heard Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis speak a number of times, and it's never the same but always fantastic ~


I'm realizing I don't have that many photos, so I think I better snap, snap, snap tomorrow.

And now, bed. Early to bed, early to rise, or I'll need a coffee that's super-size.


Prayers for a fantastic weekend!








How was your week?



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Six Reasons I'm Looking Forward to Our First Homeschool Convention

Can you believe it? We've been homeschooling for ten years, and we've never been to a convention! 

But this weekend, we're heading to the Indiana Association of Home Educators homeschool convention



I'm already feeling overwhelmed and exceedingly excited, and here are six reasons why.

  1. Meeting new people, perhaps even some online friends. I met Cheryl Long of Treasures from a Shoebox at Homeschool Day at the State Capitol. Will I meet you there? J
  2. The exhibit hall. I've heard about curriculum fairs and whatnot, but I've never been. Do I need to warn my husband to keep the cash or credit card handy?
  3. Our governor, Mike Pence, will be there!! Even if we don't get to meet him, how thrilling is it to have a state governor attend a homeschooling convention???
  4. Sessions about homeschooling high school. I'm still in denial that I have a child in high school. When we began contemplating homeschooling, as long ago as when the 15yo was still a baby, I thought for sure we would not homeschool this far. I mean, who has the courage for that? J But here we are, with plenty of pluck and fortitude, and I want to make sure we have our ducks in a row when graduation and college application time roll around.
  5. Encouragement through fellowship with homeschooling families. Sometimes homeschooling doesn't come with much support, and I'm looking forward to meeting and conversing with others who have the same {crazy} commitment and nerdy love of school that we do.
  6. The speakers. Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis. Todd Wilson, The Familyman. Dean Butler, who played Almonzo Wilder on the Little House on the Prairie television series. Ooh, Manly! J Why, yes, we are bringing Farmer Boy and the later seasons of the TV show for him to autograph. Many other wonderful speakers I don’t have room to list here!


I have goosebumps just thinking of it!

So let me have it…your good advice for what to do or see at a homeschool convention. J Thank you!








Do you attend a homeschool convention in your state?




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Monday, March 23, 2015

Say Hello to Robert Frost ~ A Brief Visit to Selected Poems {High School Literature Curriculum Series}

{If you’re new here, you may want to start with my post Creating a High School Literature Curriculum ~ Post by Post and follow it up with Why Study the Classics of Literature? Welcome!}

I'll start this post with a confession. I've never been a huge fan of poetry. Dr. Seuss is good, with his sing-song rhymes and made-up words. But adult poetry? Meh. I know, it’s bad form for a lit major.

And yet, with a few particular poems, I've found something simple but profound. A few carefully-chosen words that can stir the soul, infuse it with beauty and truth and awareness.

Or, if you want to quote that old 1980's pop song, things that make you go hmm....

Well, that probably wasn't the most respectful way to approach Robert Frost's wisdom, but that's the era a lot of us grew up in.

Yet another reason why we're reading the classics. J


Robert Frost, an American poet, was born on March 26, 1874. His 141st birthday is this Thursday! J After he graduated high school, he worked at many different jobs. {Isn’t this how most famous people, and quite a few us ordinary folk, start out?} When he was 38, his first book of poems was published, and more soon followed. He died on January 29, 1963, survived by only two of his six children.

Want an interesting tidbit about Robert Frost? In 1961, when he was 86 years old, President Elect John F. Kennedy asked him to write and recite a poem for his inauguration. Frost’s eyesight was failing, and when the moment came on the dais, he couldn’t read what he had written. Instead, he recited his own poem, “The Gift Outright,” which he had memorized.

To read more of his biography, try these websites ~



My daughter and I have read three poems for this one-week study, all of which can be found for free at Cold Bacon. {No idea whatsoever where that name came from!} A couple of discussion questions follow.

            Mending Wall

            What do you think of walls or fences? For or against? Why? What do you think the poet thinks of walls? Why? What is his goal?


            The Road Not Taken

Do you think the poet was satisfied with his choice in taking the road less travelled? Have you been in a similar situation, taking a path less frequented by others? What did you learn from it? Read Matthew 7:13. Is this verse relevant? How so?


            Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

I have no questions for this poem. Just enjoy the tranquility of that refreshing moment before the poet returns to his responsibilities.


Challenge ~

Memorize Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Practice reciting it with a thoughtful or conversational inflection, as if you are the driver thinking or talking to yourself.


Great quotes ~

“Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.”
Robert Frost

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” 
Robert Frost


Happy reading!










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