Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hi-Tech High

We signed up Ethan to do part of his schooling through Hi-Tech High, an online charter school. All the schoolwork is done from home, but we now have resources that come from being with a charter school. The main focus of the school is to help young students become tech savvy and learn the basics of entrepreneurship.

Through Hi-Tech High, Ethan will be able to take courses that he has always wanted to do like Beginning Computers, Web Design, and eventually Game Design. He is really excited about it!
We also have been given a technology allowance that is used to provide technology such as computers, e-readers, printers, scanners, i-Pads, etc. for the student.  Ethan will officially begin his courses through them next week, which for the year includes Technology Basics, & Rosetta Stone Spanish. And through the Build Your Own Course Plan that they offer, we are going to hopefully be able to enroll Ethan in Kung Fu as part of his curriculum.

We are just so excited about this we had to share the great news with everyone!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Burgess Bird Book: Jenny Wren

We have been reading from the Burgess Bird Book for Children and learning about Jenny Wren. Here is Ethan's artistic rendering of Jenny Wren.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sword of Damocles


THERE was once a king whose name was Dionysius. He was so unjust and cruel that he won for himself the name of tyrant. He knew that almost everybody hated him, and so he was always in dread lest some one should take his life.

[97] But he was very rich, and he lived in a fine palace where there were many beautiful and costly things, and he was waited upon by a host of servants who were always ready to do his bidding. One day a friend of his, whose name was Damocles, said to him,—

"How happy you must be! You have here everything that any man could wish."

"Perhaps you would like to change places with me," said the tyrant.

"No, not that, O king!" said Damocles; "but I think, that, if I could only have your riches and your pleasures for one day, I should not want any greater happiness."

"Very well," said the tyrant. "You shall have them."

And so, the next day, Damocles was led into the palace, and all the servants were bidden to treat him as their master. He sat down at a table in the banquet hall, and rich foods were placed before him. Nothing was wanting that could give him pleasure. There were costly wines, and beautiful flowers, and rare perfumes, and delightful music. He rested himself among soft cushions, and felt that he was the happiest man in all the world.

Then he chanced to raise his eyes toward the ceiling. What was it that was dangling above him, [99] with its point almost touching his head? It was a sharp sword, and it was hung by only a single horse-hair. What if the hair should break? There was danger every moment that it would do so.

The smile faded from the lips of Damocles. His face became ashy pale. His hands trembled. He wanted no more food; he could drink no more wine; he took no more delight in the music. He longed to be out of the palace, and away, he cared not where.

"What is the matter?" said the tyrant.

"That sword! that sword!" cried Damocles. He was so badly frightened that he dared not move.

"Yes," said Dionysius, "I know there is a sword above your head, and that it may fall at any moment. But why should that trouble you? I have a sword over my head all the time. I am every moment in dread lest something may cause me to lose my life."

"Let me go," said Damocles. "I now see that I was mistaken, and that the rich and powerful are not so happy as they seem. Let me go back to my old home in the poor little cottage among the mountains."

And so long as he lived, he never again wanted to be rich, or to change places, even for a moment, with the king.

*Retold in Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Our Schedule for the term

I have been working on our schedule for the term and think that I might have it tentatively scheduled. Take a look at our Schedule for Term 1. What do you think? We have got lots of exciting things to cover!

More Artwork

Damon and Noah wanted to show off a bit of their artwork as well!

Monday, August 22, 2011

My Artwork

Some of my art work. I got to go to work with my dad on Friday. As I rode on his bus, I did some of these pictures.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Getting Organized for the School Year

If you know me, then you know that I am not the greatest at keeping myself organized. I have been trying to find a way to get organized for school, without all the clutter.  I signed up for the Basic Free Edition of Home School Tracker, and have almost set up my first term. But does anyone else have any great ideas that they would like to share? I need easy clutter free ways to keep organized. Any hints or advice would be very helpful!

My ice cream data graphs

For my math assignment I did 2 graphs. The graphs were a frequency graph and a line graph.I called my friends and family and asked what there favorite ice cream was. And more people said they liked chocolate.I picked mint chocolate chip. I was the only one.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

So much has happened...

I finally have a moment to update our blog. So many things have happened these past couple of months. We got a phone call from family in Australia letting us know that one of my husband's brothers has terminal cancer in his liver and bowels, and that there is nothing they can do about it. A few weeks later, the doctors diagnosed him with having only 4 weeks left to live. Well, he did not have to suffer that long. Our beloved brother passed away on July 23rd, 2011. It's times like these when we wish we could have lived closer to family. I have felt like I have been walking around in a fog for awhile just trying to cope with my husband's loss. Growing up in the Samoan culture means that it is difficult for him to show his emotions, and they do things differently than I have been raised. But it gives our family another opportunity to learn from other cultures. I know there has been an element of guilt, especially as we have not had the money or the passports to be able to go to Australia for the funeral. As we have contemplated life and death these past few months, I realize how grateful I am to be able to understand that death is not the end. I know that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Right now, we just have to take it day by day, one baby step at a time. But we can do it!