We found an Irish Dance Class for Maggie! Even better - it is a brand new class starting for homeschooled students! Moving halfway across the country has been tough on all of us, but this fills a big need - her homeschool Irish Dance Troupe in Texas was a big part of her life and it is one thing she is really missing.
We completed the required paperwork to legally homeschool in the state of Pennsylvania. This was such a strange adventure - with a few roadblocks, but it is all done now! I've been officially homeschooling for 13 years and I feel like a complete newbie trying to meet all of the state requirements. The funny thing is, we really won't be doing anything different - except for showing portfolios to the school district and having FRitW do a test at the end of the year. So the only changes will be in how I record our progress and who sees that record, but that is a big change!
We went to the Big Butler County Fair. No one has a fair in June in Texas... that would just be miserable! September fairs are hot enough, I can't imagine June and July - ugh! But, here - we wore jeans just so we didn't get too chilly when the sun went down (Yes. In June!) It was around 80 degrees until a thunderstorm moved in and cooled it off even further. This fair is such a neat fair! It is truly an old fashioned county fair. It reminded me of the fair in Charlotte's Web, and maybe even a bit of some of the ones in Laura Ingalls Wilder's books. We saw our first draft horses. These things are HUGE!! We looked at chickens, rabbits, pigs, sheep, goats, and alpacas. We watched tractor pulls - first with antique tractors, then later with Semi Trucks (probably not something Laura Ingalls would have seen...). We ate fair food (NOT my favorite thing!) then finished the night with a half mile walk in the pouring rain... laughing all the way! We came home soaked, but had a great time! (You will probably see another post on this Fair, we are going back a few more times.)
We learned a little more about this marker:
I love imagining George Washington at age 21 walking through this area - maybe even at some point setting foot on our property. The history geek in me can't help but get excited about a thought like that!
Finally, we have unpacked enough boxes for the boys to find sticky Googly Eyes!
Any week ending with Googly Eyes is a good week!