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Spontaneous Hands-On

Yet another of the many reasons I love homeschooling.  Zander and I were reading in his Peoples Around The World book today and came to the section on food and cooking.  He was really fascinated by the different foods eaten- and how they are prepared.  In particular he was really taken aback by the woman from Africa who’s “kitchen” was simply outside of the home.   We read about how they would take millet and pound it to make flour, and then turn that into a porridge for meals.  After we read about the millet, we read about couscous, and it occurred to me that I had both millet and couscous in the house, I should show Zander what they look like.

So we looked and touched, and then I saw my mortar and pestle, and we just had to try making our own millet flour with it.  I dumped about a tablespoon of millet into the mortar, and the kids took turns trying to pound it into flour (because, of course, Abigail was not going to sit aside and watch us have fun with this experiment).

It took more work than they expected.  Honestly, it took more than I expected, and in the process we ended up with millet all over the carpet too.   We finally had something that resembled flour and decided to add water and cook it up into a little cake to sample.  We had to add a little whole wheat flour because Zander dumped in too much water at first, but it worked, and it fried up quickly.

It was not tasty, though the millet definitely added a sweetness to the cake, as well as a nice texture.  I, of course, couldn’t help but begin thinking of a million ways to improve upon the flavor of this cake.  Abigail thought it reminded her of a soft cracker- but it was bland and needed seasoning.  Zander didn’t even finish his small bite, and declared that he couldn’t believe people in the world ate such bland food.

That led into a delightful discussion about what we would actually eat if our choice was to eat something we didn’t care for, or die of starvation.  It was a great life lesson, and I am very happy that we found something fun to wrap up our first school week with.  It’s been a long week for me, and I hope next week will go much better.

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The First Day!

Here are our “official” First Day of School pictures.  Just before starting, we cued up a really fun dance song and had a dance party to welcome in the school year properly.

I tried to make a special breakfast by toasting up a cinnamon bagel and adding sprinkles to the smear, but Zander doesn’t care for bagels, really, and the sprinkles on his peanut butter did not entice him.  Oh well, he ate the fresh fruit salad that went with it.

I was delighted yesterday to come home from our weekend away and find that my package of materials for Zander arrived while we were gone.  Thankfully our neighbors retrieved the package from the rain for me, so all was intact and in great condition.   I will still need to order a few missing books, but otherwise, we got to begin our school year as I desired- with Both Cores going at full blast.

And I’m tired.  Really tired.  Our school day went so much longer.  I know we have a few kinks to iron out, but I’m afraid that my Middle Schooler has extended our day by a lot.  In years past our Fridays were the light day of the week -I’m now eyeing it up as our most jam-packed day of the week.  That’s just the way it’s going to have to be in order to get everything in that I want to get in.

But it was still good.  I’m looking forward to getting used to this new normal. though I expect that will take several weeks, as there is a whole lot to get used to.  :)

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We Start On Tuesday!

So everyone I know in real life has gotten a good chuckle at my expense, because I keep changing my mind about our official back to school date.

But it’s finally, really, almost here.  We have one last weekend fling here, and then it’s back to the books come Tuesday morning.

I will certainly be sharing the first day of school pictures, but I also wanted to share today a little picture to show that miracles really do happen.

That’s Sonlight’s core F sitting on my shelf, ready and waiting.  It’s been there for about a week now, and I still keep looking at it as though I’m expecting it to vanish sometime soon.   I’ve started reading Abigail’s readers, and boy, is it going to be an amazing year.  I think she’s really going to love it.

I don’t think Zander’s core materials will be here in time for Tuesday’s start.  They might show up over the weekend, but I expect them sometime next week.  So he’ll begin his week with the basics, and we’ll go from there.

In the last month there has been such a range of emotions regarding our schooling.  I was honestly and truly looking for alternatives for our school year, because Sonlight is costly, though worth every penny.  But when you don’t have those pennies…

Well, a few unexpected monies showed up, and at the same time, some incredible unexpected opportunities showed up to really get the most out of those monies, and our school year is now full steam ahead with Sonlight Cores B and F.

I’m really looking forward to it.

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