Monthly Archives: August 2011

Gilgamesh the King

One of the oldest known stories in the world is that of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, the area of Mesopotamia which is now modern day Iraq.  As we continue our ancient studies in Mesopotamia, we read the version of the … Continue reading

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A Swirly Whirly Week

I’m swirling in a whirlwind of planning. Trying to fit in all the learning ideas for my kids, lining up their fall activities, trying to figure out our schedule.  Starting new subjects as we try to hang on to our … Continue reading

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The Code of Hammurabi

Do you know who Hammurabi was? He was the Babylonian king who came up with the first set of laws, designed to be fair, although by today’s standards they are quite harsh.  It was Hammurabi who came up with the … Continue reading

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Should Kids Be Rewarded for Schoolwork?

I’m almost embarrassed to tell you this because is some homeschooling circles this seems to be frowned upon.  I’ve set up a reward system for my kids’ learning activities where they can earn tickets and go “shopping” for things I’ve … Continue reading

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The Creekside Family Goes Camping

We did it.  A family of non-campers went camping. Not only that, but it rained nearly the entire time. And we survived.  Not just survived, we thrived.  Thanks to our much more experienced family and friends that accompanied us.  And … Continue reading

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Goats Do the Strangest Things

So yesterday, a goat was licking my car and today it cost me $350 but it’s actually a blessing in disguise. We went to the farm on Wednesday, as usual, to pick up our milk. One of the goats that … Continue reading

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Making History Fun

A roll of butcher paper from Costco.  I know I paid less than $10 for it about a year ago and it has proved again and again to be a wise investment. Today we used it to make the Euphrates … Continue reading

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