school snapshots

We’ve been rolling along with school for about a month and a half now. Things are going well so far.  With kids in the 6th, 3rd, and 1st grade, it’s been a lot of fun for me to observe the differences in skill and development in each of our children.  The best part is seeing how they all help each other, even though they are working on different things at different levels.  I mean, what’s the point of homeschooling if you can’t act like a family while you’re doing it, right?  (Honestly, that could be the best and most challenging part of homeschooling.)  Here are some random snapshots of our year so far.

The Middle Ages have come alive in our weekly coop this year.

The most important thing to know about the game of football: the huddle

Every good coop needs a few little friends running around. It’s never too early to start learning!

What is only logical thing to do when you drive to the downtown library only to find out that it’s closed for staff training? Share some caramel corn from Goody’s, of course.

I’ve set a goal to do nature study on a regular basis. Here is our first crack at it. I think it went well and the kids are ready to do more. So far so good!

More Middle Ages: an entire fleet of viking ships

When we aren’t reenacting scenes from the Middle Ages, we’re trying to rescue fish from the irrigation canal and give them new life in the pond. I’m not sure if it was a successful rescue, but the kids thought it was pretty exciting.

Emma’s choir is getting ready to perform songs from the Napoleonic era. They all have posters from those years on display at the Redmond Library. Hers is on Queen Victoria and the white wedding dress.

I’m hoping to share more this year about specific books and curriculum that we are using in our home.  But for now, I hope you like the glimpses into what’s going on with school.  Through all of the activities, books, meetings, trips, and assignments, the most important thing I want to give my children is a love for the Lord and love for learning.  If I can do those two things, then I’ve done my job.  All the rest of that stuff is just a bonus.  Happy learning!







a busy week

This last week was a whirlwind!  But it was a good whirlwind.  After Monday’s homeschool coop where the kids gave a presentation on medieval cathedrals, we packed up for some travels.  The munchkins stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Robinson while Brent and I went to a Ministers and Mates retreat in beautiful Silverton, OR.  We had a great time that was encouraging and challenging.  Plus it’s a chance to catch up with some of our colleagues from around the state.

hiking during the retreat

We were back in town by Thursday, just in time to get ready for our 6th annual Fall Festival.  This has been an event in the life of our church that has given new families a chance to get to know our people in a relaxed atmosphere and help them open up to the possibility of coming to our church.  Plus it’s just a whole lot of fun!

Bullriding- YeeHaw!

my friend’s creative face painting

What a beauty!

taking a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch

Nothing warms a pastor’s heart like a full parking lot. Just kidding, sort of!

We had wonderful services this weekend.  Brent started a new sermon series about surrender.  Who doesn’t need to hear that?  I know I do.  And then tonight, an amazing family in our church got a jump start on October Pastor Appreciation Month.  They arrived at our doorstep with a ready-made meal, including homemade meatballs and zucchini-pineapple bread.  Yum!

fills the tummy and warms the heart

After this week, we’re just trying to catch our breath and look forward to October.  We’ll probably get to start it off with a delicious meal of spaghetti and meatballs!