Sunday, June 4, 2017

Nature Study on a Massive Scale


We've been having a fantastic spring traveling to some fabulous parks. This is nature study on a massive scale! I love this time of year. 


Hiking is my favorite sport. 


Here's most of the Crew. Sadly, our two oldest had to work.


That's me at the base. Our trees are impressive! 


Mighty Sequoias


The famous view! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Boy With The Bronze Axe


Recently in our geography studies, we learned of a fascinating place called Skara Brae in Orkney.  In reading about it online, I found that Kathleen Fidler had crafted a fictional tale based on what life may have been like in Skara Brae at its height.  The Boy with the Bronze Axe has been a wonderful addition to our school days.  It is a favorite with my 11-15 year olds.  


Th little artwork there is in the book is lovely. The story is of Kali and her brother Brockan, their family and village, and their relationship with a newcomer who has an axe made of an unknown (to them) material called bronze.  He is a valuable addition to their life and they have many adventures.  He shares his knowledge and learns from them, too.  

I liked especially that Kali is a very involved girl who doesn't sit on the sidelines of life.  The author worked many details of the archeology of Skara Brae into the story.  It's quite interesting to read of an item being used in the story that we have seen in the videos we watched! 

It seems that this book was out of print for some time. It's available again on Amazon, so be sure to pick up a copy. May your family enjoy it as much as mine has.