If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. ~ Adlai Stevenson

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Something is Missing...

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones,  as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Luckily for me, I know what it is we're missing, because both children have told me. We're missing our daily dose of picture books as recommended by this book...

So this morning I dug this book back out, and put a few books on hold at the library, to be added into our Afternoon Basket. I have to say that reading the books recommended gives us all sorts of interesting topics to discuss, and rabbit trails to follow. It gives my children familiarity with famous people and famous events. Not to mention that we just love picture books in general. There is something so satisfying about stories with illustrations...

Besides the "gaping hole", homeschooling is going beautifully. I've made a couple of adjustments, not changes mind you, just adjustments. We're still using Elemental Science's Logic Stage Biology, but I've added in some things from How Nature Works, and we're not doing everything in the biology program. Yesterday, the kids got to use our microscope to sketch plant cells, and they really enjoyed that. The Boy also spent a good hour browsing through a dictionary. Granted, it is a pretty cool dictionary!

Today we're off to a playdate with friends we have not seen in a very long time, so homeschooling will be on the lighter side!


  1. Picture Perfect is definitely going on my library list. Sitting down with a pile of picture books is one of my most favorite things in the world:)

  2. I've been eyeballing Elemental Science for a while now, and I just can't make up my mind. How do you like it overall? Anything you or the kids really dislike?


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