First Official Day of School

Sorry about the lack of posts, but the heat has been brutal, and when the heat is brutal, I do not function at all. Decca and I did two days of equine science before the heat increased, and we haven’t touched any school work since. Autry starts OCSA this week though, and I want the boys on the same schedule as her, so we started school today even though it is still so hot. Hopefully it will cool down in a few days.

The cats have been miserable too in the heat. They spend their days sleeping and get up for a few hours at night once it cools. Ahh to be a cat….

Tru woke up this morning ready to go. He said he was excited about the year and feels confident with our choices. I was pleasantly surprised to hear this. Decca was also ready to go today and worked happily through everything.

Decca’s schedule for the year

Tru’s weekly schedule. This is his schedule from WP, and I like that there was space for other subjects. It doesn’t have room for all his work, but I listed all his independent work.

Decca working on his timeline for California history. He has already requested his first field trip to the La Brea Tar Pits.

Tru reading Before Columbus for history. I am hoping he enjoys his studies this year.

I will have more of an update at the end of the week when it is not so hot. (Did I mention that my air condition is not working too great?) Until then…

Weekly Update – Spring Break

Goofing off

We have been on Spring Break, and the kids and I have both been enjoying it. We all needed a break, and I can’t quite believe it is almost over. I could really use another few weeks.

Gazing up at the Giant Sequoias

In front of Lower Yosemite Falls

My brother came out to visit us, and he and I went up to Yosemite for a few days. My parents watched the kids, so it was just him and me. It was nice to have a few days alone, but by the end of our stay I was missing the kids so much. Isn’t it funny how that works?

It was great to spend some time with my brother.

The kids have been hanging out all week, not doing too much. Tru has been golfing a little, Decca has been practicing the piano, and Autry has been drawing and singing. Other than that the kids have been playing video games, watching tv, and enjoying the outdoors.

Self-portrait by Autry

One thing that we all have been watching this week is the premiere of The Legend of Korra. This is the follow-up to Avatar, and the kids have been waiting for it for over a year. The official release date is not until April 14th, but you can get the first episode free on iTunes right now. We all liked the first episode, and the kids are looking forward to the rest of the season.

I have tried to spend some of this week planning for school next year. I haven’t gotten very far, but I was inspired by my trip to Yosemite to do a state study with Decca next year. I plan to use California History for Kids as our main spine for the study. He likes activity-based books, so I hope this will be a good match for him. Other than deciding on doing a state history I have nothing else figured out, nothing. Hopefully I will remedy this problem over summer break.

In other news this week Kingsley got a much-needed bath…

and a shave.  

And that is our week in review.

More fun with AS2

We are having so much fun with this curriculum, and I find myself adding more and more to it because the kids are so interested. We are learning about the West, and we added some books on California because I thought this would be a good time to get in some state history. We had to backtrack a little time-wise, but the kids did not seem to mine. We reviewed the early history of California (the native peoples and the missions), and we read about the Gold Rush. Books I added are:

Gold Fever!: Tales from the California Gold Rush










Twelve Travelers, Twenty Horses










Dragon’s Gate: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1867












I am a film nut, so I am taking advantage of this great time period by having the kids watch as many Westerns as they want. The kids love hearing about the O.K. Corral, so of course we watched My Darling Clementine. We also watched Red River and parts of one of my favorite films, The Searchers. I could write pages on why that film is one of the greatest of all times, but I’ll save that for my film blog. Needless to say it is a beautiful film that I think everyone should see. However the topics are a little mature, so the kids and I just watched a few scenes together.  I am hoping to add in a few other films this week before we finish our study of the west. We have to finish the documentary The West, and we are going to read Annie Oakley (DK Biography) this week too.


The ending of My Darling Clementine – the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral: