When was that Eiffel Tower built again?

By on Sep 8, 2015 in Herd Around The Home, Medieval World | 0 comments

We were doing homeschool lite during the summer (heretofore dubbed “Science Summer”), so I decided to do a quick review of what we’d learned so far about the medieval time period in history.

I ask, “Why did Clovis select Paris for his capital?”

Sammi, thoughtfully, “Uuuuummmmmmm…. Because of the Eiffel Tower?”

Cue hilarity.

Pee-Soaked Pants and Persistence by Nate

By on Sep 18, 2014 in Ancients, Greece, Writing | 1 comment

When they got there they immediately saw a black stallion, who was whinnying and bucking. Alexander loved the black color so he asked Philip, “Father can we get him?”

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The Rising Tub by Sammi

By on Sep 18, 2014 in Ancients, Greece, Writing | 2 comments

Whenever the pals climbed into Mr. Archimedes’ ordinary bathtub, it overflowed making a watery mess, which they hated because they had to clean it up. Wombat was blamed…

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Helmet Hair

By on Sep 2, 2014 in Ancients, Greece | 0 comments

“Just from looking at the picture, do we know who this woman is?” I pointed at the illustration depicting three women standing together in The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton, Daniel Morden, and Christina Balit, tapping on the woman with the owl.

Nate nodded, “Yeah. That’s Athena.”

“How do we know? I asked.

“She’s got an owl and a helmet, ” Nate said. He added, “She’s got really thin hair, too, which is because she has total helmet hair from wearing that helmet her whole life.” He emphasized the last two words by widening his eyes and dropping his jaw.

Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite

Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite

That’s right. Beware of helmets, ladies and gents. It makes your hair thin.

The Fates Had Cut His String

By on Aug 28, 2014 in Ancients, Greece, Herd Around The Home | 2 comments

We were reading The Great Alexander the Great this morning, and the kids were a little distraught over the fate of Bucephalus. Both were quite happy that Alexander named a city after his strong warhorse, though.

Fast forward a few hours when Nate suddenly and for no apparent reason spoke out, “I was really sad to hear that Bucephalus died. I knew he would, but I didn’t know that way.” He took a deep breath and mournfully said, “I guess the fates had cut his string.”

Alexander and Bucephalus

By on Aug 27, 2014 in Ancients, Drawing, Greece | 1 comment

Alexander & Bucephalus

We’ve finished up our ancient Greece history unit and capped it with mapwork, copywork, discussions, literature, research, and videos about Alexander the Great. While I read to the Bigs, I asked them to quickly use marker to sketch an outline drawing of Alexander and Bucephalus from this photo available on the Wikimedia Commons:

Believe it or not, we’ve all improved over time! 😉