Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A New School Year~

Our school year flows from July-June so we just finished up one and moved on to a new one. 

I took our school photo for the blog header and our school blog book cover. I just ordered our 2015-16 book. I print it each year to have a record of the many things we do together. Kind of like our Ankerich Academy Yearbook~

Please don't worry that my children are missing out on their summer. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We do all the things kids love about summer: play, swim, eat ice cream, enjoy the lake, enjoy tv and iPods, and a million other things. 

For our family, keeping a routine and having something predictable to do keeps us happy. I guess you could say we school year round. Because we are always learning, I don't think our kids think a thing about it. They are perfectly content to be working on something. 

Though the summer we have kept it light with bible, reading together, and math. This week we added Five in a Row for the little girls and Beatuiful Feet Geography for the big girls and boys. 

Today one of the kids asked why we shot foreworks on the 4th. It was the perfect question for a summer day. We fired up YouTube, watched a video, and pulled one of our favorite books~

Our biggest reference was this awesome book The 4th of July Story from our BF American history study~
We used gel pens, sparkle crayons, and Spirograph circles to create firework art. 

FYI~
Why do we commemorate Independence Day by setting off thousands of small explosions?

Because John Adams wanted us to. Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he envisioned fireworks as a part of the festivities. In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that the occasion should be commemorated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777. (
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/explainer/2012/07/history_of_fireworks_in_america_why_do_we_celebrate_fourth_of_july_with_fireworks_.html)

First day of school done!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for continuing your homeschool blog!! Love getting fresh new ideas!

    Blessings,
    Teresa

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