Homeschool Week: Farmer’s Market, Cute Dog, a Weird Car, and MORE Summer

weekly report
We’re past Labor Day now… which means summer is unofficially gone, but it’s still feeling plenty hot around here, and I am soooo ready for fall weather.

History, Math, Literature

Kathryn is enjoying history (America the Beautiful). In fact, she asks to do things like vocabulary words or writing assignments so she’ll have papers to put in her history binder. This week, Kathryn and I read about Yosemite, John Muir, and Thomas Edison (whose school teachers thought he was “slow” before his mom decided to home educate him!). Lindsey says Kathryn’s history is more fun because it has interesting photos in the lessons. Actually, I’m going to give Lindsey next week off from history because I’m planning how to change things up so it’s more enjoyable for her and so she retains more, but with less busy work.

Lindsey is staying on top of math. In fact, it’s become her preferred subject. I say “preferred” rather than “favorite” because “favorite” would imply she really liked a subject. But we’re plugging along. Kathryn still likes Teaching Textbooks.

Our trips to the library are turning into an almost weekly thing. Kathryn is trying to read her way through the entire Nancy Drew series. Those are just for fun, but this week she also read the historical fiction book Lyddie, plus The Incredible Journey, which was on my long list of books for free reading.

(a new reading spot in the living room)reading nook


Doesn’t seem like I’m talking much about our Biblical studies. But the reality is that we’re including this in our other subjects, even history and science. Of course there’s also Kathryn’s weekly mitzvah classes, our personal devotions, and the Genesis class Lindsey is taking.

Nature Study and Science

We’re working our way through Barb’s “Last Days of Summer” outdoor challenge.

last days of summer nature study

We even specifically went to the local farmer’s market last weekend so that Kathryn could check off “try something at a farmer’s market.” Her choice: frozen pink lemonade.

farmers market

While there, saw crazily decorated cars, bought local honey from “the bee man,” and perused the arts and crafts show going on there. We always see so many dogs there, so one of these days, when we don’t have to go anywhere after that, we’ll take Lacy.

crazy car

Back here at home, we’ve all been nearly dive-bombed in the acrobatic exploits of our crazy hummingbirds. They are not attacking us, but we’re simply in the way as they are chasing each other in what looks to be territorial disputes. I’m refilling the feeder one more time today so they can fuel up for their long trip to Mexico. Which still, for the record, completely amazes me.

I guess astronomy could be considered nature study, too, couldn’t it? This is one of those subjects I’m not teaching but Kathryn is learning herself. She’s fascinated with it, has several websites she reads daily to learn more, and already knows far more than I ever did about astronomy. Of course we all ventured out to see the “blue moon” when it was visible last Thursday night!


Last time I mentioned our enrichment classes, one of my commenters mentioned how lucky we are to have these activities nearby. She’s right, and I don’t want to take that for granted. Although I still entertain fantasies of living on a farm somewhere, we really do live in a great area that’s central to a lot of things, and over the past few years, the number of opportunities for homeschoolers has skyrocketed. It really is wonderful to have so many options.

This week was Kathryn’s first band class! She was a little nervous and a whole lot of excited, and really enjoyed it. She says the teacher is really nice and there are teen helpers in the class from the much more advanced bands, and Kathryn really liked the girl that was helping the four flute players.

Lindsey and Kathryn are both enjoying knitting, and have been assigned their first project to work on. Kathryn is really having fun being a teacher’s assistant in a kindergarten class, and it’s extra fun that it’s a space class since she is so into astronomy.

This time, Lacy came with me to pick the girls up from classes. It was her first ride in the super-cool minivan. 😉
Lacy in the minivan

The Extras

I’m currently torturing Lindsey with health. She needed a credit, and she’s nearly done with what she needed to complete, but there is one more pesky little workbook to finish and you’d think I was asking her to clean the toilet with her toothbrush. Today she “pinky-promised” me that she’d have it done by the end of next week, though!

Kathryn is still doing a worksheet or two of cursive each week, practicing at her own request so she can learn it better. And next week, she’ll get into actual computer activities in KidCoder computer programming.

Linking today with:

– Homeschool Mother’s Journal at iHomeschool Network
– Weekly Wrap-Up at  Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
– No Fear Homeschool High School at The Daisy Head
– Collage Friday hostess Mary at Home Grown Learners
– Jamerrill at Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling

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Barb-Harmony Art Mom

This was a full week for your family! Your farmers market looks like ours so much that I had to do a double take…funny. Love that you are doing your Last Days of Summer grid and I would very much count astronomy as nature study.

Have a wonderful week!


Your living room looks very similar to mine, especially the big book shelves full of books! The photo of Kathryn reading on the sofa is very similar to the scene I see everday here with my son. 🙂 The trip to the Farmer’s Market looks really interesting.

Astronomy is very much a topic in nature study. In fact, the Handbook of Nature Study has an entire section devoted to it.

Have a good weekend!


Jamie — our metro area is just full of opportunities, isn’t it? I was reminded of this as I was talking to some moms tonight that are involved in co-op, Classical Conversations, a new homeschool hybrid school, and a new homeschool choir in our area.

I wish I could get the hummingbirds to come to our yard — what’s your secret?

Eddie - The Usual Mayhem

Sounds like a great week! I bet Lucy was thrilled to be in the van! Ours were delighted last week when we had a loaner car and they discovered that the back windows rolled down so they could stick their heads out. I think it was the highlight of their day! Weirdos.


Great week! Love the “pinky promise” 😉 The nature bingo is a great idea – I will have to look into that. Our weather is starting to get a bit cooler and I’m looking forward to doing some more knitting myself. Have a great weekend!

Kris @ Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Going to a Farmer’s Market sounds like such a fall thing to do. *sigh* I’m ready for fall.


What a lovely week! I keep seeing Barb’s challenge popping up all over the place – what a great, fun idea! And I love your reading spot – so inspiring!!


What a great week! Love the photos. The summer challenge seems like so much fun– what a great idea! And, there is definitely nothing like a good farmer’s market! 🙂 Hope you are having a good weekend.


Allie loves Nancy Drew…she made her way through the new ones and is now working through the old, hardback ones.


What a great week!! (I’m so behind on blog reading.) Is the America the Beautiful from Notgrass?