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Apples, Arrows, and Nature


It is hard to believe that we are already in week 5 of homeschooling. The days and weeks fly by and I now understand what many say when they say to treasure the time with your children because it will go by quickly. I guess that is why I am writing on this blog. So I can keep a journal about what we are doing. I look forward to the end of the year and review how far we have come.

I look forward to seeing J's progression. Last week we made a Nature Journal. At first, when I read that that would be a part of his work, I thought it a bit silly. He is 5, cannot write, and does not draw anything that is truly recognizable. So, on Friday, we put it together. Joshua was like a child on Christmas morning. I explained to him what he could do with it and what "Nature" meant. He could not wait to take it outside. As soon as it was done he took it outside and sat in the grass. He began to draw the clouds with his pencil. He also drew a cicada shell, a tree, and he collected leaves too. I labeled everything so that we could remember what it is. I loved watching him work. He was so serious as he studied the clouds . . . as if he wanted to capture them perfectly on the paper. I cannot wait to look back at this journal at the end of the year to see how his writing and drawing skills have developed.

This week we began to read the Apple and the Arrow. Once again, I was surprised. At first J did not want to read it. But, once he saw a picture of William Tell with his bow and arrow, he suddenly wanted to read as much of it as he could each day. I really like the Sonlight curriculum for the books it has as read alouds. They are books that I would not think to read J, yet he loves them. He is now fascinated with bows and arrows.

Overall, I am surprised at how much I like homeschooling. I like the rhythm of our days and how it adds to our family interactions. I like that, each day, I can see how J is growing in knowledge. I hope I feel this way at the end of the year!!

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  1. Always thrilled to hear about families who discover wonderful books through Sonlight. I'm fairly confident that if you are enjoying homeschooling now, you'll probably like it even more at the end of the year. May that be so!

    And don't forget, if you do run into issues--who of us doesn't from time to time?--you can find support on the Forums and from the SCAs.

    ~Luke

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