Monday, March 30, 2015

Writing a History Paper

 The rough draft 

                                                                         The notes

 Here is a picture of Shane's Essentials class. There were sixteen children that took part in the Faces of History reports. These children spoke about Pocahontas, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Merriweather Lewis, Davy Crockett, Sacagawea, Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Amelia Earhart, John F. Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn. Some of these children even did their reports from memory. It was amazing!

 Here is Shane, doesn't he look good in his costume? Can you guess who he is? He is siting next to Jackie Kennedy and Thomas Edison. This costume came just in time. We bought it from

     Here is the tri-fold board that Shane did on Benjamin Franklin. I did help him put it together.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Here is Shane's artwork. Shane really enjoys drawing, but that was not the case two years ago. He struggled with art until I bought some Ed Emberley books. We love his books! His books changed everything. What art books to you enjoy?

These two pictures are Jarrett's artwork.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Trip to a Museum

I took the boys to a museum on a Sunday afternoon. I actually liked the museum, but we left right after the Celtic dancers preformed. It was rather crowded because admission was free. I would like to go again someday. I think the boys enjoyed the Polynesian display. There were necklaces made from human teeth on display. There were many elaborate artifacts and head dresses on display. I did not care for the Kids Museum building. I felt it did not hold my boys attention at all compared to the adult area. I guess you can say it was too "childish" for our interest. Besides, the children were running around all wild with no parent supervision. It was chaos.

A Park Day

Jarrett with PaPa

Jarrett has asked if we could have our own tetherball in our back yard. He really enjoyed playing at the park. It was a nice day.

 I loved playing tetherball for recess at school, when I was young. It was my favorite game to play. I remember being pretty competitive. I also remember stubbing a couple of fingers while playing.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Some Hours of Fun

Here is a place where the boys really had some fun. I didn't care for all the violent arcade games, so my boys did not play them. The food was okay but nothing special. We stayed there for 3 hours.

 This is not a very good picture of Shane. He looks like he has been up all night playing video games...

We went to a used bookstore after playing all those arcade games and found this Garfield book for a dollar. It is a nice size book in great shape. My boys love Garfield.

 Then we headed over to Farrell's for some ice cream. Have you been to Farrell's? It was an experience! It was very loud and entertaining.

Here the boys are being silly in the lobby area of Farrell's. An older man with a lady actually bought some candy for us. It was very nice of them.

:) here's to the fun days....

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Week 18 School Work

 Here is my memory board, since I do not have a whiteboard with me. I would normally write everything out on a whiteboard every week. I am now going on CC Connect and printing out pages to use every week. It is nice for Shane and Jarrett to have a visual of what we are doing each week. I can't believe we have 6 weeks of classes left.

Here are some great articles to read from Classical Conversations. I find these articles encouraging.

Here is what Shane did for art this week. He did not want to paint his drawing. We studied the artist Roy Lichtenstein this week.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A High School Band Performance

We were invited to my nephew's high school band performance on February 18th. It was a pop concert of video game themes. They did have a jazz band performance at the end. It was an excellent performance all around. I hope we are invited to another one before we leave to go back home.

One of the themes performed was from Star Wars. Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers paid a visit.

Look at Jarrett's face. I think it says it all.

Independence Hall

We went on a field trip to Independence Hall with our CC community. This Independence Hall is an exact replica for the original one in Philadelphia. I sure enjoyed all the fascinating things inside. It is a beautiful building.

This is a beautiful carriage from 1770. It has a short entry because the average man during this time was 5 feet 6 inches tall.

Here is a replica of the Liberty Bell.

Here is a harpsichord from the 1700's. I love the sound of a harpsichord. Just think, Mozart played one. 

Here is Betsy Ross and George Washington.

A British Redcoat

John Adams

 Thomas Jefferson

Here is where the delegates signed the Declaration of Independence. This is a copy of the original setting. John Hancock sat at the table on the platform in the formal chair. John Hancock was the president of the committee. He was the first delegate to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Helping Grandpa

The boys are helping their grandpa planet some flowers.

Jarrett loves getting his hands dirty. Both Shane and Jarrett enjoy planting and taking care of the garden at home. They both plant seeds, water, and weed our vast garden.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Trip to the Bakery

We visited a bakery that had some nice looking cakes. My boys had some huge cream puffs. I forgot to take a picture of them. I was good and did not purchase anything to eat at this bakery. I am trying to stay in control of my sugar intake. Talk about will power at a bakery......