Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hello Everyone,

Since most of this post is a peek into a normal week of Martin family homeschooling and since most of you reading this are probably homeschoolers yourselves -- Wait! Are most of you homeschoolers? These lists I found might help us figure that one out:

You Must Be Homeschooled If...
Someone asks what grade you're in and you're not sure.
Your favorite author is Jane Austen (girls) or Robert Louis Stevenson (boys).
Your birthday is an official school holiday.
Your favorite activity is reading.
You have attempted to teach yourself physics.
Watching a movie means you'll have to write a report comparing the film to the book.
Your home library is arranged in Dewey Decimal order.
There are only nine students in your class - but all of them are your brothers and sisters.
You dress up as historical or literary characters.

You Must Be a Home Educator If...
You live in a one-house schoolroom.

You have mold growing in your fridge…on purpose.
Cooking dinner = domestic science; playing outside = physical education.
You've mastered the fine art of vacuuming a floor without sucking up a Lego or K'nex piece.

Sounds blessedly familiar, doesn't it?

Things Have Been Crazy

The "Last Days Madness" of meeting a research paper deadline.

Two usually active individuals were unusually inactive this week due to flu.

They will soon, doubtless, be back to their baton-shaking, balloon-bopping selves.

(Conrad tells me to tell you to note the unique parabolic curves caused by light reflecting off the balloon's oscillating surface.)

Green Eggs (and no ham)

Dr. Seuss would not, I think, approve.

Homeschool Dress-up Week...

...planned by Faith, a gal of endless creativity. We here have a Western theme.

I would have been fine with sticking to that theme the entire week. What with all the "Yes Ma'am" business.

*raises gun* Teacher, I'll take a shot at that question.

Here we are on a different day, one that's not going well for Clayton: no costume, no smile, no luck with his math problem.

Come on, Clayton. You can figure it out. Use your head.

That was the day that Christian was Rex. Toystory quotes abounded.

The next day (represent-a-business day) Clayton brought his smart phone to class.

(I think it had a calculator.)

Among the celebrated and colorful characters I taught that week was Lou Gehrig.

And Caleb Holt.

When I mentioned "colorful characters," I was referring specifically to this high-minded Turk.

The sheikh's pencil holder.

Thank you, Faith, for arranging all the fun.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." - Albert Einstein

I don't think I can agree with Mr. Einstein, considering that without the knowledge of God we cannot be saved. However, viewed as a bit of hyperbole, the quote makes a point.

"...Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ..."

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God Bless.