Saturday, April 25, 2009

Art Class

By Jake

We had Art class today. We painted pictures of our pets with watercolors.


Here's my painting

And here's my mom's

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Learning to sew

I'm Jake And I am 8 years old. I am homeschooled and I am learning to sew. I help my mom make quilts. This is my favorite quilt because I made it for a baby that we babysat and I like that baby.I made him laugh and read to him. And I did a lot of the work myself. My mom took it to a lady in a fabric store to quilt it. Becky quilted elephants alligators and monkeys on it, because that's what I wanted.

Mom's note The quilt shop is
Sew What! in Oxford Alabama

At the design wall

At the machine

And top pieced

After quilting

Karl 2008

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Latin Homeschool books we like

I knew when we decided to homeschool that I wanted to have Latin as a part of it. I reviewed several curriculae, and this are the books I found most useful - and fun! So much of our English Language comes from Latin, and so much of the roman History has influenced our culture.

Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers

This "I am Reading Latin " set comes with 4 books, and a CD to help with pronunciation. They cover names of animals, numbers, colors, food and names of family members. Each book also has English derivatives of the Latin words. Jake was in first grade when we started these.

There is a second set of four books from the same company: Octavius Octopus, Rena Rhinocerous, Taurus Rex, and Ursus et Porcus, that have a few more words and more grammar.

These books are very good beginner books, and enjoyable for many ages.

Solar Power!

I got Jake a kit with a solar panel and several gadgets and gizmos to hook up to it.


He spent a couple of hours today reading the instructions and assembling and playing with it. He really enjoyed the fan:

He was quite pleased that he had done all the work himself.

blog title

While looking for a good Latin Phrase to name our homeschool blog, I came across several contenders..
Scientia Potentia est Knowledge is power - Who knew School House Rock stole that phrase?

Discere docendo - To learn through teaching

Tamdiu discendum est, quamdiu vivas - We should learn as long as we may live. (We live and learn.) (Seneca Philosophus)

Audio, video, disco - I hear, I see, I learn

Non scholae sed vitae discimus - We do not learn for school, but for life. (Seneca)