Taiping, Blubber and Pioneers, Oh my!

Okay, so this has to be our busiest homeschool year yet. And I am not going to sugar coat it and say it’s been easy. We have full days from 8 or 9 a.m to 4 or 5 pm or after dinner. There are some days that there is a lot of work and it’s all I can do to just sit and be still. And most of the time I feel like I’m the only crazy person willing to do all that we do. Even so, we’ve had some good fun this month.

Therese studied the Taiping Rebellion and we made some Taiping coin cakes. Fulton learned about the origins of Islam and we made oasis out of fun treats. We just finished up our study of pinnipeds and the kids learned just how well blubber insulates seals, sea lions and walruses. We also just started our studied of herps and the kids had turtle races. We took two field trips. The Bob Bullock Texas History Museum had it’s homeschool day and the focus was on the Civil War which was perfect since Therese had just studied that. Then we went to Pioneer Farm and enjoyed a trip back to the 1800s Texas farm. We learned that Chili Pequin is used at the Black Smith house for burns. You’ll see Adam below posing with a huge bush of the very hot pepper. (I am sure a couple of priests we know up north would have spent all day picking peppers if they had joined us.)

Our Classically Catholic Memory Coop has been a real blessing. I think for the first time our kids really feel a sense of community in our homeschooling adventure. We see these families at mass or at choir and then at CCM. The kids enjoyed all the memory work we’ve done and even painted pictures of one of their prose “The Little Turtle,” by Vachel Lindsey. They have learned about Schbert, Schumann, Millet and Liszt.

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