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Our first week back went wonderful. The kids took to their schedules real well.

They did have 2 months of nearly doing no studies, so like my sister said, maybe they just needed a break.

Here is some of their work that they ended the week with.

Study of John
MaryEllen's Bible Study on John


Anatomy Cell
MaryEllen's Cell Drawing For Anatomy


MaryEllen's Narration For Anatomy Chapter 1
MaryEllen's Narration For Anatomy Chapter 1


Donnie's Genesis Study
Donnie's Bible Study on Genesis


Donnie's Cell For Anatomy
Donnie's Narration For Anatomy Chapter 1


Donnie's Cell For Anatomy
Donnie's Cell Drawing For Anatomy


Week 1 Schedule
Most Everything Got Marked Off For Week One


I can't say it enough how pleased I am with the kids jumping right back into studies. Yes, I was expecting some resistance. πŸ˜‰ Especially after a few months off. We were suppose to do Summer School, but it didn't happen. The kids enjoyed their free time. Although I couldn't wait to get back into a routine, especially on the days when they just moped around.

I am thankful for routine.

Have a great school year,



I found out that the public school in our are began last Friday, August 5th!! And I thought we were beginning before them. lol! Usually they do not begin until the middle of August. Funny because I thought they were cutting the school year by a week or so. Hmm.

Anyway, we began on Sunday. So far so good.

Our basics are reading, math and writing. MaryEllen is in the beginning of Saxon 76 and Donnie is finishing up Saxon 65. MaryEllen scored a 100% percent on her lesson today, so she receives a free subject pass. She can use it whenever she wants to get out of doing any subject. Yay!!

Normally they get a free subject pass for getting 3 100% in a row, but this was MaryEllen's first 100%, so it deserved a pass!

They both began The Writing Course yesterday. They sit and listen to Mr. Lybrand and then they do their assignment. I check them while they read and we go over it usually in the evening. He has videos to for them to watch, but I might have them watch those the next go-round.

Reading is to be 2 hours, but I have let them read for little over an hour. Next week, it is going to be 2!! They read out of the Bible, Exploring Creation With Human Anatomy and then their current literature read.

Vocabulary comes with the RC curriculum, but we are going to put it aside and finish English From the Roots Up. We will most likely take 2+ years to get through both volumes, then we will resume with RC or some SAT program.

This year we are going to learn Jewish Bible History. This will be during story hour in the evening a couple times a week.

Here are some of the work the kids did this week.

Donnie's Writing Course Lesson


MaryEllen's Writing Course Lesson


Donnie's Written Narration for Anatomy


MaryEllen's Written Narration For Anatomy


MaryEllen's Anatomy Notebooking Page


Donnies' Anatomy Notebooking Page


Well, I guess that is all for now.



Here is an exercise MaryEllen did for The Writing Course. This will be her second time through, which she began a few weeks ago.

The Writing Course

The Writing Course


By MaryEllen Albright

We have two cats living under our trailer. We named them Joey and Sunbeam. When I say we, I mean my brother and I. Mom likes them enough to let us feed them. Dad likes them a little, I think. We like them a lot.

We are not sure if Joey is really a girl or not, we are not sure about sunbeam either.

Joey is mostly black with some brown here and there. His belly and paws are white. There's a ring of white that goes almost fully around his neck. Sunbeam is gray and has some yellow here and there. His face is all yellow with a little gray maybe. His belly and paws are white.

Cat Food

The first thing we fed them was some sandwich cheese, they liked it. I tried giving them some of my apple, they sniffed it, but didn't eat it. The next thing we fed them was some old hot dogs. They didn't get sick afterwards. Next, we fed them bread. At first Joey didn't eat it, only Sunbeam did. But next time we fed them bread, Joey ate it too. We also tried animal crackers, but I think the crackers were too sweet for them. Finally, we bought some cat food. Now we feed them that and they like it. On one of Dad's days off, he grills some steak and we give the cats the fatty parts and the gristle, they like that. Of course we didn't feed them everything at the same time.

Sometimes we would see Joey hit Sunbeam. Joey looks cute, but he is hitting Sunbeam, so he wasn't being very nice.

Sunbeam and Joey won't let us touch them. Plus Mom and Dad don't want us to pet them.

Even though they are stray cats, we don't want them to starve, even Dad doesn't think we should let them go hungry. I think Mom might agree. So, they let us give them food and water.

Only one problem, we might have to sell the trailer, and if we do, the new people will have two stray cats who would expect food when they go outside.





I haven't really had time to sit and blog about everyday homeschooling life. πŸ™‚ With the end of the year, I had to catch up on entering our receipts into Quicken. Not a fun job, but necessary so we can see where we are spending our money. I realized this year that we use PayPal a lot and it is a pain to itemize in Quicken.


This week we, really the kids, are doing better with getting back into their routine.

I am having MaryEllen do half lessons of math (Saxon 65) because her error rate was pretty high. She was missing around 6 problems per lesson. Most of her errors were not from misunderstanding the work, but from not paying attention to detail. She would write problems down wrong or forget a step and sometimes miscalculate.

Last week and this week thus far, she has had no errors. πŸ™‚ I told her to slow down and to recheck her work after doing five problems (got that idea from the Robinson Curriculum YahooGroup). I am not sure how long I will have her do it this way, but it has put a boost in her confidence.

Writing is coming along. Next month she will do the Writing Course again. Dr. Lybrand recommends the student redo it every semester. RC has the student write a page a day, an hour in upper grades. I require MaryEllen to writeΒ  a page front and back double-spaced every day. She has done real well with this and sometimes exceeds the one page requirement.

Donnie also writes a page a day, but I only require one side double-spaced. His neatness is improving, especially when he takes his time. He is still working on bring down his tails in the letters p,g,q,y,j. For some reason, he sits them on the line. In time, in time.

I sat down with them about a week ago to go over the reading requirements. We had slipped and were not reading as much as we were suppose to. The kids would ask part way through their reading if they could stop...they had read a chapter and it was long, etc. I gave in too much.

I reminded them that they were to read 2 hours a day. Yip, I got some looks. But I then gave them the public school speech.

'Now remember, if you were in public school you would have a math class, a history class, a science class, a reading class, a writing class, and maybe even a geography class. Each of those classes would last about 40 minutes. Here at home, you get your history, science and geography through reading, and it isn't from a textbook either. I let you read biographies where you actually read about history from those who made history. You read about real places and people that are told in a fun story form.'

I also went on to remind them that they would have vocabulary for each of these classes as well as questions to answer after each chapter. The first half hour of the two hour reading period is spent on vocabulary from the RC curriculum.

MaryEllen asks, 'Mom, what is a textbook?'Β  πŸ™‚ Gotta love it!



We are a homeschooling family since the kids were tots. We have mainly eclectic in our studies trying to find our groove. I love the Charlotte Mason, classical and Ruth Beechick styles of education. We have implemented them all, but last year we settled on the Robinson Curriculum.

Here is a synopsis of what you will find in our home.

Our 3r's come from the Robinson Curriculum.

Math ('rithmetic) is Saxon. I started both kids in Saxon 54. MaryEllen is already in Saxon 65 and Donnie is finishing up Saxon 54. They both have done real well with Saxon. The Robinson's way is to have them read the lesson and do all the problems. If they get stuck, they are to go back to the lesson where the concept was taught and reread it and study the problem until they understand it. After they finish their lesson, they are to correct their work. (I do this) They then go back and redo the ones they missed.

Both have surprised me in how they have learned division, fractions, probability and percents on their own! They have hit a few bumps along the way, but it hasn't taken much for them to get over them.

Writing is a combination of things. We started out continuing with our Learning Language Arts Through Literature (LLATL), but have now decided to go more 'robinsons'. I gave my LLATL to my sister and now I am having MaryEllen work on The Writing Course while Donnie is doing copywork and a few lessons here and there from Intermediate Language Lessons.

The Writing Course was developed by a fellow Robinson user who has used it with his own children. MaryEllen has taken to it very well. She listens to the lesson on the laptop and then does the assigned work given to her by Mr. Lybrand. I then check it and we discuss it.

The course is 20 lessons, but these lessons are principles that are then used everyday in her writing. He suggests going through the course every sememster, which we will do.

Reading is also a combination of things. We are not doing the Robinson List per se. I have added a number of titles and taken out a few titles.

I have the kids alternate between a literature selection and a biography.

For the biographies, we are using The Sower Series.

The literature selections come from the Robinson Book List and other books I find. Most have come from The Keepers Of The Faith and the public domain. I also am having Donnie read The Sugar Creek Gang Series. Not all are required, but he and MaryEllen enjoy reading these even during free reading time.

Our Extra Tie-Ins

We do add in a few extra things such as Latin and Bible. I will elaborate in another post. πŸ™‚