Sunday, November 11, 2007

Random Thoughts

Our church had the privilege last night of hosting Matthew Smith in concert. Matthew is part of a community of musicians in Nashville, TN called "Indelible Grace." They take the lyrics to old, solid hymns and put them to new music. I have all four of their CDs and love them! This song is one of Matthew's originals, on his solo album. Good stuff.

One of the reasons I love homeschooling is that we can follow rabbit trails and depart from our curriculum for a spell to study something that interests us. At the moment, that is sailing! No, we didn't just purchase a new boat (not much water left to sail on here in Georgia!) We're reading Swallows and Amazons for our read-aloud right now. It has nothing to do with our cur current history or science topics, but that's ok. The story has a lot of sailing jargon we didn't know, so we spent Friday defining sailing terms and sketching diagrams of catboats. Here are the results:(the pics are kind of washed out - click to enlarge and you can see them better.)

Tomorrow we're going to study England's Lake District, where the book takes place. We're going to look it up in our Atlas, mark it on our wall map, and talk about old-fashioned customs of taking a "holiday" in this pretty region. I may even be able to tie in some Jane Austen - broaden their horizons! (A field trip would be a nice touch, but you can't have everything, eh?)

We are going to keep our study of Old Testament History and Egypt tabled for the time being and turn to Thanksgiving. It is one of my favorite holidays because of all the rich history - both of our country and our faith. We're going to read Stories of the Pilgrims, as well as several of our favorite picture books on pilgrims and Plymouth: Three Young Pilgrims, Sara Morton's Day, and Samuel Eaton's Day. I can't wait to get started!


Janice said...

Yeah, he was awesome. I was a little disappointed by the turnout, but he performed as if it were a full house.

Jeff TOTALLY digs him. We got a few CDs (both of his solo releases and the Christmas one he exec.produced, "Your King Has Come").

IG 5 is available for pre-order on their website (

I met my husband as our parents rafted up their sailboats on Lake Lanier (in a conspiracy to set up a meeting). That was in June 98. The sailboats are long gone, or I'd set up a sailing expedition for us.

Jenny said...

I wish I had known about that concert Jen, I soooo would have loved to have come.

Love the sailboat pictures. Need to take a dose of your easy-going attitude!!

Cathy said...

I love Thanksgiving too. Because of the history and also because of the relaxed and relatively uncommercialized feel to it. I refuse to be rushed into Christmas! We're trying to establish some fun and special traditions this year - a Thanksgiving tree and some good books (I like Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness.)We are doing H's teacher gifts now and it has been fun to pray with her for her teachers and nursery workers and to see her deliver the pumpkin bread and say "thank you".

How do you pick your read aloud books?

The Small Scribbler said...

We love Indelible Grace! When we lived in Chattanooga, they came to perform. Beautiful stuff.


chickadee said...

love those drawings. thanks for your comments on my blog.