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In our Agrarian past, school would not have started until the harvest was brought in, or at least those farming youths would not attend until the work was done. Today, my husband Steve still works tirelessly, as our ancestors did, to bring in the harvest at his tree farm during September. It’s a seven-day-a-week job during this time. We don’t see him much, but since the rest of the family doesn’t have a personal contribution to the harvest, we instead start our official school during the last week of August.

I would actually prefer to start in October, since September always brings the best weather in the northwest. I do love that Homeschooling is flexible and lets you utilize the most natural times for things. However, the lovely Williamsburg Academy and Williamsburg Intermediate folks, based out of southern Utah, do not share my view. They start classes at the end of August! And both Grace and Noah join them, so we will slug through the first week or two as we ramp up our scholar habits. May the fertile ground of our minds get freshly tilled and ready to nourish the seeds of truth that will be laid out this season.

P1120579Grace (14, scholar), is taking a solid course load:

  • Geometry
  • American Lit
  • U.S. History
  • Journalism
  • LDS Seminary studies

She is also planning on working at the horse stables again this year, at least one day a week. She also has youth activities weekly. She has decided to stop taking piano but to continue it on her own.  Oh, and she’ll continue doing 4H with her dog weekly.

With all her various activities, I can’t wait until she starts driving!

Noah is taking Humanities 8 with Williamsburg Intermediate, continuing his great love of history. Lately, he’s been hoping to be some kind of diplomat when he grows up. He plans to do Khan Academy for math and science (as well as the vids on history of course) and he’s working his way through literature classics — the manly ones, anyway. 🙂 This summer, he showed his scholar side at times by refusing to go outside because he was reading a history, and at other times he delved deeply into his core for some outdoor play. He was always up for a Deep Discussion though. I believe the summer has primed him for a solid scholar year. I have seen him taking initiative to patiently teach Elias things, so I plan on inviting him to grow his mentoring abilities this year. He continues to be a chef, also, and to sing in church.

For activities, he just has youth group. Phew. He’ll be hunting with Steve often.

Elias is going to do a special reading program for dyslexia this year, since other “regular” programs haven’t stuck very well. It’s at bartonreading.com. His wonderful mind works a little differently. He still loves STEM, particularly engineering, and so he’ll be working with his Lego Mindstorms kit to build and program more complex robots this year. He is planning to join the local elementary strings program (playing cello) if all works out, and he is involved with cub scouting. He’ll play piano on his own.

But the big news is for me: I’ve been accepted to the online degree program at BYU-Idaho, and will be finishing my Bachelor there in Web Design and Development with a minor in English. I’m all registered for Fall semester and I’m really looking forward to it!

It’s weird because during the past few years as I re-navigated my education through history, literature and religious studies, I didn’t feel any need to get the accolade of a degree. But all of a sudden, I felt strongly a few weeks ago that I should apply. Everything has fallen into place quite neatly, and it makes sense to me that now, when I have a well-rounded scholarly education, that I would do some depth studies to prepare for the next part of my life mission.

How will it work for me to be a full-time student alongside the kids? Well, stay tuned and we’ll find out together.

Thanks for keeping up with our adventures. Family education is exciting, hard, seamless, disjointed, random, orderly and fun.

The joy is in the journey!