Wednesday, July 29, 2020

A Long Hot Summer- And That's Good!

A lot has happened since I last posted!
I did NOT end up going to Ohio, for the simple reason that our Governor asked that people not travel out of state, due to the virus, and there are a lot of people attending the course, from all over the country. I would have been there for two weeks, and the potential existed that I could bring the virus home, and then I would have had to quarantine for two weeks!
So that was the reason that I chose not to go, but the reason that I wasn't SUPPOSED to go is that my adventure in homeschooling isn't over.

Lilly's dessert creation

The day after I made the decision to stay home, Nina and I decided that it would be a good idea to pull Lilly from school, and for me to help Nina homeschool her. 
Nina is the driving force in all of this. She has been unhappy with the public school situation since Lilly went to middle school, although there are some good teachers, there is just to much administration to wade through for everything. It is just so cumbersome!
Nina has been choosing curriculum, writing out plans, and getting Lilly pumped!
This is really going to be so good for Lilly's path forward, with the horse, and with all of the things that she will be able to add to her education.

She is riding a new pony, at a new barn. His name is Rumple. 
I think that this is going to be a really good move, a fresh start.
At the old place, everyone knew her from when she was very small, they were all friends and Lilly had to worry about everyone's relationships. 
The new coach only knows what she is seeing, which is a very accomplished rider. I am really impressed with Lilly's ability.

We are going to be going to a co-op once a week, we will be going up to Freedom Hills theraputic riding and volunteering once a week, and she will have the opportunity to focus on things that she is excited about learning!
I am really thrilled to be creating plans and looking at books and designing curriculum again. 
One thing that we will be doing is exploring human history but with the history of the horse along with it.
Horses have been walking with humanity since the beginning of civilization, for the most part. 
I think this is really a great course for us to go through this year. It should keep her interested.

So I learned a lot this week about "Parsley worms". I had never heard of such a thing, but I had a very nice parsley plant outside, and last week I noticed a huge caterpillar, wait, no 10 caterpillars, on the plant. 

Lilly was here, and she googled it and they are, indeed, parsley worms, the larvae of beautiful swallowtail butterflies. 
So the parsley looked like this:

And ended up like this:

Then all of them packed up and headed out to make their chrysalis' elsewhere. I am bummed because I was hoping to watch them change.

Lilly and I have hiked together a few times and she is a serious hiker! 

She and I went up the river last week, and she enjoyed it, so I took her today on one of our group hikes.
We went to Susquehanna State park, and we had quite a nice little group!

It was hot, but we were under the trees, and I loved it!

So that's that for the time being. I'll try to do better at updating....

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