My pause in blogging has been due to being very busy in the last few days! My tomatoes are starting to ripen up thanks to a beautiful stretch of hot sunny days. I’ve gotten about 45 to 50 jars of salsa made. I have another big bowl full of tomatoes and am hoping to get some more over the next few days and have enough for spaghetti sauce. I also canned up another batch of zucchini bread and butter pickles. Here is a pic of some of my salsa and the pickles..
You can find my salsa recipe here: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/cannedsalsa.htm
On Monday I was trying to decide if we should start the school year or wait another week. So I asked Sierra and Isaac (my only two students this year :) if they wanted another week off or if they wanted to start. To my surprise they were both ready to jump in and start the year. And that is what we did. This year begins my 24th year of homeschooling.. hard to believe it has been that many years.
For Isaac (8th grade) this year I decided to give Switched on Schoolhouse a try. I tried it several years ago and liked it a little but there were things about the program I did not like. I researched it this summer and found that they have made a ton of changes to the curriculum and addressed a lot of the issues that I did not like (apparently others did not like it either).. we are only a few days into the program but so far I like what I see. I am using it for English, science and history. Math for Isaac is still Saxon.
Sierra is in 10th grade. I am using SOS only for World History. I have another science curriculum I’m trying with her (http://www.timberdoodle.com/Integrated_Physics_Chemistry_p/570-chem.htm ) and she is doing American Literature (my own program) , Saxon Algebra 2, Art (she takes a weekly art class in town), and PE is running. She and a friend have started running together each morning. When the weather turns bad we will see where to go from there.
Today I do believe the plan is to pick all my beets in the garden and can up pickled beets. I’ll let you know how that goes!