Monday, September 21, 2009

First Day of Co-Op

Hello family and friends!  Hope you all had a nice in the Midwest, we're winding our way to colder and wetter weather.  Today is a foretaste of the unpredictability of the next few months.  Beautiful day yesterday and this morning we had torrential downpours with thunderboomers for background music!

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  Happy memories of being a little girl and "skishing" my shoes through the leaves piled next to limestone gutters in my hometown.  Buckeyes we would find in the "Valley" on our way home from elementary school that we would string together to make bracelets and necklaces.  Making houses with walls outlined in leaves raked from our yard.  The smell of bonfires.  Caramel apples and fall parties.

Today was our first day with a homeschool co-op and I loved it!  I think Middlest did too.  Each class has a smaller student ratio than public and private, a teacher and an aid adult to help.  First class was Literature.  Corrie ten Boom's "The Hiding Place" with a review of the events leading up to WWII.

Second class was Science Lab...still haven't figured out what they were constructing, but it looked like a lot of fun and Middlest is excited about next week's disassembling a self-propelled toy car to create a new car while learning about different kinds of energy.

And lastly, Greek and Roman Root Words.  This one was loud and boisterous...right up our alley.  I'll keep you posted on this one, but one of my fave words is now in the dictionary I learned.  "Ginormous", as I've know all along, means extremely large!  Alzheimer's beware, I'm learning something new everyday.

I'm feeling much better today...and thanks to my sweet little donkeys, can sit here and type this instead of do housework as I recover from the flu.  Thanks guys!

Tomorrow is college visit day for our family.  Oldest will be going off to freshman land next year.  We're going for an informational meeting and to talk with advisors about scholarships.  We're hoping for an academic one for him that pays for at least half of his tuition.  Which would be very helpful!  Middlest is going and it will count somehow for a field trip probably. 

Back to weather again...tomorrow's forecast isn't much better than today's.  So it's umbrellas for all and "Thank you, we know where things are, we'll skip the 1 1/2 hr tour through the muck and rain."  LOL

This is what I'm hoping for instead:

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