Monday, August 18, 2008

Up and coming...

Letterboxing: We discussed trying letterboxing a year or two ago but the boys just weren't old enough. Now we are thinking we can ease in to this fun family activity with finding some simple letterboxes in our area.
Letterboxing, at its basic, is a like a treasure hunt type game. Small boxes are hidden in various locations—usually outdoors, though many are planted indoors as well—and the creator of the box will release clues so others can go out and find them later. The box is expected to have a logbook that finders can log into and a unique stamp, usually hand-carved, that the finder can stamp into their own personal logbook as a record of all the letterboxes they've found. Most letterboxers have a unique stamp to represent themselves, called a signature stamp, they stamp into the logbooks found inside letterboxes so others who find the letterbox later know they found it.

Book Arts Bash
Zachary loves making books and we may do this just for the fun of it.
The purpose of the Book Arts Bash is to have fun writing and illustrating books, and to help students and teachers reach across the curriculum to include writing and art in other areas of study. Any homeschooled student or homeschooling parent can enter. Prizes include the usual stuff you can hold in your hand plus invaluable critiques from people in the writing and illustrating biz.

Books we (as parents) are reading or waiting to get from the library:
Homeschooling Our Children Unschooling Ourselves by Alison McKee
Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling by John Holt and Pat Farenga
How Children Learn (Classics in Child Development) by John Holt
Learning All The Time by John Holt

Zachary is really in to Boy's Quest magazine - we bought a box of back issues on eBay and he thinks they are just spectacular! If anyone finds back issues we would love for you to pick them up. A new subscription is very pricey but he doesn't mind the back issues so we will keep collecting.

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