One of the things I love about homeschooling is that I learn so much. I get to actually sound smart when topics like the ancient Roman empire casually come up in conversations. Oh yeah. I hang around smawt people.
The annoying thing, however, about hanging around smart-alecy types is that when I proudly ask, “Did you know that the term ‘Anglo-Saxon’ actually comes from two separate tribes of people called the Angles and the Saxons and that they came and defeated the Celts in Britain and then settled in what is now known as England?”, that they respond with an obvious-of course sounding, “Yeahhh.” All I can say then is, “Oh. Ok. Well I didn’t.”
But at least I am getting smarter and – I hope – my kids are, too.
Yesterday we tried to make our own quill pens. They KIND of worked.
Concentrated grape juice was our ink and a feather was our pen. J had fun with it while R couldn’t stand the sound of the feather quill scritching and scratching across the paper.
we I had fun learning a bit of calligraphy. We used a book called, strangely enough, Calligraphy, and it gave the tip of taping two sharp pencils together. It WAS fun. (it’s the little things that amuse me) Print the letters, join together the open lines, colour in, and voila. I feel like an arteest.
Don’t roll your own eyes, now. 🙂