Monday, September 28, 2009

You say you want a revolution...

Tomorrow will mark our first week of homeschooling and let me tell you, it rocks.

Holy moly.

No busy work, no stress, just learning at our own relaxed pace.

We did some spelling, some math, and something called Wordly Wise which is really just fancy spelling with reading comprehension.

Rebecca got a history lesson too when a civil war re-enactor and planner came by David's office to talk about a civil war shoot that is coming up. Dave Gallagher told Rebecca all about medals awarded to soldiers in the civil war. His favorite medal and the one that really captured Rebecca's imagination is something called the The Society of the Army of Cumberland Medal, also known as the Acorn Medal.

"The major features of this medal are the scroll and wreath surrounding the words, Army of the Cumberland, the Star representing the 11th and 12th Corps of the Army of the Potomac which were combined in July 1864 under Major General Joseph (Fighting Joe) Hooker and incorporated into the 20th Corps Army of the Cumberland, the Triangle of the 4th Corps under Major General Gordon Granger, and the Acorn representing General Thomas' 14th Corps which, as the story goes, adopted this symbol because the men often ate roasted acorns when rations ran out, especially following its defeat at Chickamauga when the AoC fell back and was besieged at Chattanooga by Braxton Bragg's Army of the Tennessee in the Fall of 1863."

I just love this! I had no idea it could be this good.

The best surprise of our day came on our dog walk.

Rebecca and I were walking with TJIC and Joanna when coming around the bend we saw Amy and her son Charlie. Charlie is one of Rebecca's classmates and as we saw them approach we all started to grin.

Amy and I have been talking about homeschooling for years. Charlie is an aspiring comic book writer, aficionado of irony and inventor of hare brain schemes. The perfect candidate for homeschooling.

Welcome to freedom Charlie, don't you know it's gonna be all right...


Anonymous said...

Happy Happy Joy Joy! xooxo Mari ps you can always come visit me at the courthouse =)

Lisa said...

All things happen as they should! How cool there is another happy homeschooler in your neighborhood!
Hugs, Lisa

Julie said...

There was a story on MSN about Obama wanting school days to be till 7 pm. My husband says we are definitely going to homeschool if that happens. So happy to read your good experiences with it. Shouldn't be long before Lily follows.

Ginger said...

I'm so happy for you that the home schooling is working out.

mgster said...

So happy to hear it is going so well! It was a big step...and a wonderful one! And, of course, you live in an area that is surrounded by such wonderful history. You can visit these places that some just are able to read about. Isn't it just the best feeling when your children are happy! Can't ask for more than that.