This is What Homeschooling Looks Like


It’s not every classroom that is stalked watched over by a nutty cat.


We have enjoyed having Cousin Butterfly visit us this week!  I enjoyed watching her and Bear work together to recreate an aquarium scene.


The girls read My Visit to the Aquarium by Aliki.  Together (that means Bear bossed Butterfly) they created this picture.  Butterfly is 1st grade, Bear is 4th grade.


While the younger girls studied aquamarine animals, Missy and I worked on learning about bones.  We are conducting a 3-day experiment using chicken bone & vinegar.  Results to be announced later this week…


We are enjoying our new Bible program with the girls.  Today they illustrated walking a straight path and not the path of a sinner.


This is from last week.  Bear’s portrait of Mom and Dad.  I think these are going to be framed.  You can tell which character issue we’ve been working with her on.


Our disappointment of the day.  I am always picking up different children’s books to help my girls understand why there are different ideas about God.

I really wish our library catalog had a review system…

Editorial from Amazon
From Publishers Weekly

Like Chaikin’s Clouds of Glory (reviewed above) Mark has collected here a group of Midrash stories that answer such questions raised, but unanswered by, the scriptures. Why, for example, did God accept Abel’s sacrifice but not Cain’s? Or, why did God command Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his beloved son? Mark bases her retellings of 12 familiar stories on the Midrash Rabbah.  Mark’s collection opens with the story of Creation and ends with the story of the restoration of Jerusalem after the Babylonian Exile. Each of the stories depicts God’s presence with His people, in spite of their tendency not to follow always in God’s ways. One of the more interesting stories in the collection involves the fall of the rebellious angel, Samael, from heaven. When God decides to create man and woman, all of the angels question God’s decision, “What need is there for man and woman? No good will come of it.” But, God creates them, and the angels must bow down to the couple. Samael refuses and is cast out of heaven, and he “dropped like a falling star from heaven, and evil came down to earth with him.” Illustrations decorate nearly every page and range from stark ink drawings and charcoal sketches to more colorful watercolors. While the illustrations of animals come across as lifelike, the human figures are often lifeless. Still, Mark’s book offers new insights into old stories. Ages 12-16.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

I’m sorry, but I cannot stomach a story of angels questioning God’s decision.  It’s not a concept I was raised with;  it’s not a concept I want to raise my children with.

After about 2 paragraphs the girls were asking me what on earth I was reading.  One piped in, “But that’s not in the Bible.”  After spending 2 months on the first 12 chapters of Genesis, they know how the story sounds.  It was nice to see them respond to an “uncertain sound” and question it.

I will finish reading this book myself.  It’s good for me to read what other people think.

In the future, I’m sticking with the Bible.