This year I had an even shorter amount of time to spare for the IHM Conference that Seton holds every year in Northern VA. I usually go for a few hours on Friday evening but that couldn’t be done. So yesterday morning I got up, dragged Josh along with me, and went for maybe a total of little more than an hour. It’s amazing how much damage can be done to one’s wallet in that short amount of time. I blame it all on the Keller Books folks. This year their selection was an incredible number of great Landmark books, most of which focused on American History. Did they know I was coming and that we are doing American History next year????
Here’s what I got:
The Story of Daniel Boone by William O. Steele
The First Northwest Passage by Walter O’Meara
Thomas Jefferson: The Making of a President by John Dos Passos
Mark Twain and the River by Sterling North
The Story of Stephen Foster by Esther M. Douty
Riders of the Pony Express by Ralph Moody
The Story of Geronimo by Jim Kjelgaard
Isn’t that incredible?????
I also got:
Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain
Indian Captive; The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski
Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis (my dad fought at Guadalcanal as a Navy bomber)
The Iliad for Boys and Girls by Alfred J. Church
Saint Philip of the Joyous Heart by Francis X. Connelly (old Vision book – a saint I don’t know very much about).
Josh got 3 more Tin Tin books and two Alfred Hitchcock Mysteries Series
I also went by the Bethlehem Books table and got:
Nacar, The White Deer by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
Miss Jane Austen by May Lamberton Becker
The Switherby Pilgrims, A Tale of the Australian Bush by Eleanor Spence
Jamberoo Road by Eleanor Spence (these last two Josh picked out).
Josh picked out another book too but we had to order it and I can’t recall what it was right now. He got spoiled because he agreed to come along with me.
I also visited the Kolbe table and finished ordering books for Josh. He’s decided he’s going to just follow Kolbe’s 8th grade syllabus, except for Latin ( Josh, Will and I are taking an outside course) and science which we’re doing through our co-op.
Another wonderful thing is that I got to meet Margot Davidson of Hillside Education! I do wish I could link to everything but this blog is still acting glitchy. As soon as life slows down, I really must deal with that!
It’s a good thing that I weeded through all my old curriculum this past week. I got three big boxes of stuff. I had it in the trunk of my mini-van because I’m going to donate it to a local Catholic homeschool library someone is starting up in a nearby parish church. But yesterday I also attended my niece’s baby shower. I got to see some of my sisters that I haven’t seen since Christmas. Isn’t that terrible and we all live within an hour of each other! Anyway, my niece was glowingly beautiful 7.5 months pregnant. Another niece-in-law plans to homeschool her kids (her oldest is just five now) and she’s been pumping me for info. Well, I was able to just give her stuff since it was all conveniently in the back of the mini-van. So that worked out very well.
So I do have shelf room for all these new books. Hurray!