Apologies all around. I've not been on the computer every day to even check my email much less check out everyone else's blogs. I hope everyone is doing well. Well, this is our first week of homeschooling & so far it is a greater success than all of my many, many other efforts.
I would LOVE to teach how our forefathers were taught. Love, love, love it. I might be the only homeschool mom that has actually tried to use the New England Primer (A. In Adam's fall we sinned all.) because at the same time as much as I am a fan of the Puritans Victor is not. And how can he be? I've not yet taught him. So in our homeschool loop someone posted this site:
http://letteroftheweek.com/ . With no forethought or planning, we started it the next day & he is loving it.
Though I am excited & enthused w/ learning to read w/ phonics, school w/ all of my many, many failed attempts would only strike a fear of drudgey into his heart. So, I am trying to relax & recapture the funness that comes w/ learning. I love to learn & will spend all day reading if I could, even now. But it must be very hard for someone who can't read. I read about people who teach their children to read at 4 & found myself discouraged. His 4th year is halfway over.
There is SO MUCH I want to share. Our state does not require you to send a notice of homeschooling until the child is 7. I never learned to read a word until I was 7. This week at the store the manager ringing us up asked Victor if we were going to do anything fun this afternoon & he nodded affirmatively, "Yes, school!" Warm fuzzies all around.
Miranda's first tooth erupted this weekend. She is such a pleasant teether; Charlotte put everyone through hell for every tooth. I'm giving her more tastes of things before I did the others too.
We've had no rain for the longest of times & then 3" in one day. Mike had planned ahead & dug some ditches to improve drainage up our back road. The rain blew & flowed into the goathouse, so they didn't have a dry place to sleep. Mike got them some pallets & cut them to fit so that they could have dry straw. He's been working pretty hard during this break between semesters.
We've been leaving the goats off of their leads for about 3 weeks & they were very good about not going into the garden. Then all of a sudden one day they found it & we chased them out 4 or 5 times before putting them back on their leads. I finished the fence around & considered it done, but no. Annie climbed up the fencing & trapped herself inside. I thought maybe a palisade would do the trick, so that is tomorrow's project. The summer garden was nearly finished anyways, it's time to think of a fall one, though I've never done a fall garden.
Here are the pictures, I know that that is what the family really wants anyways, ha.
Mike had enough of the beard in this heat & much to my chagrin, shaved the sides. Here is my favorite beard picture of him in tribute:Here he is after he's shaved. He does look nice, but I prefer the beard & am posting this picture in his high socks as revenge.
Looking at all of these pictures you might get the wrong idea about headcoverings in our house. Charlotte actually doesn't cover every day. I wish she would, she's so pretty in them, but I don't force it. Her favorite is a denim bucket hat she calls her Lady Hat, I think from Sir Topham Hatt's wife on Thomas. The pink one I ordered from http://www.headcoverings.com/