Week 6 in Review

Well after Day 10 of our Eco-system experiment we had a couple losses. Our two original fish have died but the 3 babies are still living and the snail is still living. We studied a bit more on Ancient China and We are reading about Persia.

In art Angel has been working on still lifes and she seems to really be good at it. We are working on Algebra more, and the week after Fall break we will be adding in some craft type of stuff. So we can both have the opportunity to be creative.

In my personal life I have returned to the gym. I’m sore but it’s all good. I have also picked up some more sales through my Paparazzi business and praying about my other job. I feel like I’m working hard and I’m wearing myself thin with not much to show.

But I keep plugging away. My hubby has been so helpful and supportive and God has given him favor with those he works with. We try to squeeze in as much family time as possible anymore. Which I love. I enjoy being with my kids and my hubby. I know some people can’t say that but God has blessed me so much in the area of family.

My creative side is burning to be set free and I’ve not had much opportunity to do it. But I’m going to make some time. I think Angel will enjoy it just as much as I will.

This week is fall break for us so no official “school” stuff will be going on but I’m looking forward to some creative fun time.

Have a great week.

Week 2 in Review

Week 2 went pretty well for our homeschool. The girls are starting to get into a good routine on how to get their work done in a timely manner.

We completed week 2 of Mystery of History Volume 4. We talked about sailing around the Cape of Good Hope. It was a really scary thing for new travelers to experience as Europeans had never before made it that far before. Especially after hearing the legend of sea monsters and boiling waters at the Equator.

We listened to the music of and learned a bit about the life of Georg Freidrich Handel. Here is a sampling of his Water Music piece for you to enjoy.

We also studied a little more of the Classical Art Style and discovered a great resource for FREE art masterpieces coloring pages.

We are still in the areas of Spain, Portugal and Italy for both History and Geography. We are looking forward to next week as we branch out and start heading West with Christopher Columbus.

At the end of our week we headed out to the Zoo and the kids fed a Giraffe, watched the Bird show, and pet Monty the Python (obviously the zoo keepers had a sense of humor).

Here are a couple photos from that day.

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There was also an Asian festival in our city and we checked that out as well.

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How was your week?

Field Trip Friday: Fort Loudon (a photo post)

We recently took a trip to a nearby state park where we got the opportunity to visit Fort Loudon. This is a fort that was originally built by the British forces from South Carolina to defend the western border of South Carolina during the French and Indian War. We watched a 30 minute documentary on the history of the fort and toured the small museum then we were able to walk out to the fort and look around. It’s in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains and oh what a view.

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Thanksgiving A National Holiday

I love history and my favorite historical subject is about early America. I love the birth of our country and the history of the nation even before we became a nation. For the past 12 years I have had the privilege to live in South Carolina which is one of the original 13 colonies. There is a lot of history in South Carolina. Of course a big chunk of my ancestry comes from one of the original natives of this land, the Cherokee Indians. You wouldn’t know it by looking at me thanks to the Irish, French and German blood that got mixed in as our family grew over the generations. But that is beside the point. I love to learn about the history of this nation. I am a true patriot, through and through.

Since Thanksgiving (one of my favorite holidays) is coming up I decided to do a little historical research and share some fun little pieces of trivia with you.

  • ID-10077952Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1863. It was declared an annual event by Lincoln.
  • Thanksgiving services were held in the territory now known as Virginia since 1607.
  • Our modern Thanksgiving holiday traditions are traced back to a 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation when the Plymouth settlers held a harvest feast after a successful growing season.
  • Every President has declared a day of Thanksgiving except for Thomas Jefferson.
  • Oct. 6th 1941 Congress passed a resolution that Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the last Thursday of November and then in December of the same year the Senate  passed an amendment to the resolution that it would be celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is celebrating its 86th parade but if you go back it actually started in 1924 as the Macy’s Christmas Parade and then as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Christmas Parade. And if you go by that year it is actually celebrating its 88th year.

 

If you would like to learn more about Thanksgiving and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade you can find a lot more on Wikipedia and by googling or checking out books at your local library.