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Week of 1/23/11:File:Endacht.jpg

We are very much enjoying our homeschool co-op. This semester the kids are going to be studying a variety of things. They have a “World View” class, have been learning some oragami and how to tie knots, and will be studying, photography, patriotism and gluten-free cooking in the next few months. They will also be participating in a shortened “Passion Play” in March.

For January’s co-op memorization they have been learning Psalm 121:

Psalm 121

A Song of Ascents.

 1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
         From whence comes my help?
 2 My help comes from the LORD,
         Who made heaven and earth.
 3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
         He who keeps you will not slumber.
 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
         Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
 5 The LORD is your keeper;
         The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
 6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
         Nor the moon by night.
 7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
         He shall preserve your soul.
 8 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
         From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Week of 12/06/10:

Here is a Catalog Poem by Hannah

My little Abby

My little sister

Who always loves to play with me

Who loves to snuggle me

Who likes bugs

Who always gives me her turtle Crush when I’m sad

Who always loves me

Week of 11/29/10:

Home School is a BIG part of our lives right now. This is our 10th year home schooling! Wow! We have used Sonlight Curriculum for 9 of those years. I really like Sonlight, but I have never really considered myself a “Sonlighter”. I’m not really sure why?! We don’t use any of the Sonlight recommended math; we have used Singspore in the past. Currently we use Math-U-See, we’ve used that for about 7 years or so. Anyway, I hope to include bits and pieces from our home school journey on this page. Also, I hope that the kids will share some of what they have been “loving to learn” here too.

If you are curious, here’s a couple of links to Sonlight: &


Here’s an update for the Fall 2010 term of “Lane Academy”:

I am really enjoying home school this year. We have been hard at work in school and enjoyed our Thanksgiving break. Our goal was to have Week 11 (of 36) complete before our break. We completed 11 weeks of scheduled work in 10. We are a bit behind where we were the last couple of years, but I suppose that’s to be expected with an overseas move.

Everyone is making progress in different areas. Abby is learning to read and is working on her 2nd year of MathuSee.  Having three literate siblings is a challenge to her – she wants to be able to read now! This has created some road blocks for her, but she is really doing well. Hannah has hit her stride and is enjoying reading. She has beautiful penmanship. Ian is enjoying history and science as much as ever. He is showing progress with his Creative Writing; he’s always been creative just not so into getting the writing part done. Sarah is working hard at Algebra 2. I am so thankful for my high school teacher, Mrs. Wilbur. She taught me well and now I can be a help to Sarah.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Alan Lane permalink
    January 14, 2011 8:01 am

    Dear Melissa,
    I can’t imagine the challenge of teaching a first grader and a sixteen year-old in algebra II at the same time. My 30 years in teaching pale beside this challenge. You have done so well and the kids have flourished. God has been good. Your principle needs to give you a special commendation(or at least a dinner out)
    Love, Dad

    • January 14, 2011 12:04 pm

      Thanks Dad. It is good to hear that from you. I need that kind of encouragement. This is not an easy job, but I know that it’s a good one.
      I keep this Galatians 6:9 on my fridge to remind myself:
      “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

    • January 15, 2011 9:15 am

      Oh, and her Dad and I want to remind you that Sarah is still only 14! Don’t rush things!

      • Alan Lane permalink
        January 17, 2011 12:08 pm

        She looks like sixteen! And most of the time she acts like it also. I don’t always act my age either, which grammy can attest to(sorry about the preposition) Next I’m going to guest blog about my first technical foul as a coach in basketball.

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