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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Academy Update: Knights and Castles

In the last five weeks, Edwards Academy students have covered a lot of ground. Rome's fall, the Barbarian invaders, the Christianization of the empire under Constantine, the Eastern and Western empires, the rise of Islam, the reign of Charlemagne, the Viking age, and William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings. Whew. And that's just the overview.

Our Tapestry of Grace studies are particularly fun this year since we are back to faithfully meeting with Truth Treasure Hunters, a group of three families who are all using Tapestry of Grace Year 2 (Between Ancient and Modern). With several kids in the group working on TOG's dialectic level assignments, we spend an hour holding a history discussion, followed by an hour working on a group activity. We love this group and how it complements our homeschool work.

So far the kids have made salt-dough maps of Europe, stained-glass Shrinky Dinks, mosaics with salt-dough and beans, and dragon-heads for Viking ships carved from soap.

This morning was our second Classical Conversations (CC) meeting. I'm the tutor for the Abecedarians (do you know what that means?), which means I get to have Toby in my class, along with six other four to six-year-olds. Kids of all ages in CC are memorizing the same set of information, mostly set to jingles or learned through games and play. Today, for the "presentation," all of the kids were asked to bring a favorite story or poem to read or recite. Toby "read" Old Hat, New Hat to his class. Lane read a short selection from The Trumpet of the Swan, Hope read from The Penderwicks, and Sydney read from The Princess and the Unicorn.

Here are some pictures of the kids at a recent outing to the park.

We were able to spend some time at Exploration Place after school one day last week. Mr. Edwards went directly from work and met us at the children's educational museum, where we spent about an hour. (Thank you Grandpa and Grandma Edwards for the family pass.)

The museum has a medieval themed play area that is always fun, but was particularly so given our studies.

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