there is always a bright side

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after last week’s math meltdown in our home, we’ve had a week of nothing but pure joy, and absolute mayhem. and it INCLUDED more math. one evening last week, after sitting down to dinner at 7:30, i sighed heavily with a smile on my face and said, “i love our crazy, full life together!” and i really, really meant it.

i love that from the time the boys roll out of bed in the morning, we are together. we are together for math, for spelling, for soccer, for swimming, for lunch, snacks, dinner. i love that they love it. sawyer said the other day, “it’s just impossible to stop loving our family.” and i could have just eaten him up!

Family Presentation: our classical homeschool co-op meets on Mondays, and each week, a new family opens the day with a presentation on anything they want.  we were given september 26 (which is TODAY!). so we started brainstorming on what to do. last year we recited pasalm 23 as we had just memorized it together, so we wanted to do something a bit different.

during the classroom time of our co-op, we all memorize facts in different subjects including history, math, science, latin, language arts, and geography. i was hoping we’d have the “Pilgrims landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts” week since we took a family field trip to Plimoth Plantation last Fall, but we were one week late (that was last week’s sentence).  fortunately, we were given something much more interesting (at least to our family!).

kenny has been dabbling in his family’s geneology for the past year or so (with the help of Linda Wightman from Lift up your Hearts!) and one interesting fact about his (mother’s) line is that we are distantly related, by marriage, to Daniel Boone.

so guess what our homeschool history consisted of last week? we gathered a few resources at the library on Tuesday afternoon, spent all of Wednesday afternoon reading through them, coloring, and gathering our facts on Daniel Boone, frontiersman, (relative! new best friend! bearer of our blue eyes gene!) and founder of Boonesboro, Kentucky.  last week kind of reminded me of the old “how many homeschoolers does it take to change a lightbulb” joke.

we discovered that Boone died on September 26, 1820. our presentation was on September 26, 2011. I, for one, was very excited about this 191-year-old coincidence in our family presentation.

School and Homelife: of course, we still did math last week (you didn’t think I threw math out the window, did you?). more than a few times. with no tears on my part. i gave Rowan his review sheets and when i went to check on him to make sure he was focused on the work, he was sitting at his desk on the back porch with Kayle, our outdoor cat, sitting right next to him (he snuck her inside). “now this is how I like to do math!” he said as he pet her back while she purred.

i don’t think i’ll ever love math. but i’ll never tire of the way the boys soak up information, discover things they love, gain confidence as they understand newer, harder concepts. no matter how frequent the “bad bits” sneak up on us, i can’t for the life of me imagine being a family any other way.