22 August 2014

Day 10 / 104 - Challenge A

Yesterday, my son began his first day of Challenge A.

Classical Conversations has three programs, Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge.  The Challenge program offers six yearly sequences that correspond with a student's middle and high school years.  The goal of the program is to develop life-long skills of learning while discovering principles within a variety of disciplines.  Students discuss issues inside an academic community with the purpose of cultivating wisdom and virtue.  Six subjects are studied annually emphasizing academic skills from the classical model of education.  Students meet weekly for seminar with a trained tutor (that's me!!) who leads discussion and models for parents how to teach and learn skills in all six subjects.

Yesterday was a simply fantastic day.

This year will look very different for us as we embark on this new journey.  I anticipate posting regularly about our Challenge A activities and learning adventures.  It's going to be a great year.
This is me, tutoring Latin.  Seriously.

17 August 2014

Day 9 / 104 - On, Wisconsin!

During the first week of August, my son headed out for a five-day adventure with his grandfather (my father-in-law) to Wisconsin.  Their final destination was Green Bay to witness the Packers' preseason practices, however they made several stops along the way including Madison and the Wisconsin Dells.
They enjoyed their road trip and had some fantastic stories to share upon arriving home.  My guess is they will plan a similar trip in the future.
Also, if you are keeping track from this post, this brings my son's Total States Visited count up to 44.

01 August 2014

Day 8 / 104 - Layered Cake Coloring Flip Book


My 10-year-old daughter created this Flip Book last night with a camera and movie editing software.  Enjoy !!

28 July 2014

Day 7 / 104 - New Orleans Saints Training Camp

Saturday afternoon, we headed east of town to The Greenbrier to enjoy an evening with the New Orleans Saints.  The Saints are conducting their Training Camp at the West Virginia resort this year.
We're definitely not your #1 Saints fans.  However, we are fans of football.  We are also fans of experiencing events that don't always happen everyday.  Plus, we just visited New Orleans four weeks ago.  All of these seemed like perfect reasons to attend.

For a minimum fee, we picnicked on the field following their practice while the team signed autographs.  My son braved the crowds and passed aside his cheeseburger in order to receive Drew Brees' signature.  If you are in the area, the Saints still have practices that are free and open to the public over the next few weeks.  Details can be found on their website, here.

23 July 2014

Day 6 / 104 - Latin Camp

While my son was enjoying himself at Boy Scout camp, my daughter attended a three-day Latin camp as part of a Classical Conversations Parent Practicum that I was attending.

She learned some new grammar and basic fundamentals of the language.  According to her, most importantly, she played games and had a great time with her friends.  The camp was designed to give students ages 9 - 13 hands on experience in the subject, so that when studied at a later date they will have a firm foundation of the elementary skills.

22 July 2014

Day 5 / 104 - Camp Powhatan

Our son just returned from a week at Camp Powhatan.  It was the second time he attended a week-long camp with his Boy Scout troop about 100 miles from home.

Once again, he had a blast.  If he experienced any homesickness, he didn't bother to tell us.  He spent the week earning five different merit badges and playing hours of ultimate frisbee.  I think he grew a couple of inches, also.

Because we homeschool, I value his character-building experience away from us at Boy Scout camp.  He learns independence and builds self-confidence.  He returns home with a growing sense that he is capable of more than he realized.

07 July 2014

Day 4 / 104 - Louisiana and Oklahoma: Check

We just returned from a 10-day road trip of the deep south.  What started as a We-should-make-a-trip-to-Louisiana-to-see-my-BFF-from-high-school, turned into a Let's-visit-the-south-and-hang-out-for-awhile-in-Austin-because-it's-so-fun vacation. 
We had an ulterior motive.  My children had never been to Oklahoma or Louisiana, and I had never been to Louisiana.  At some point, we would like to visit all 50 states with our children, so we wanted to check a few more off our list.
We stopped off in Memphis and Dallas on the way down (as well as Murfreesboro, Arkansas), and briefly in Birmingham on the way home.
There's no filter on this photo of St. Louis Cathedral.
The sky just looked like that the day we were in New Orleans.
We had a great trip!!  I promise, we did more than drive up and down famous streets known for their music while endulging in regional cuisine, although my pictures seem to document only that.
Five summers ago, before a New England tour, my children crafted this quilt with my Mother-in-Law to document the states they had traveled to.  If you are unfamiliar with our entire life story, we lived out west for nine years and traveled a ton, which knocked out everything west of Colorado.  Our total count after this trip, my son: 43, my daughter: 42, and myself: 47.  (My husband has already checked off the entire continental U.S.)