Pirates of the Carribian Online By AB Inc. (Asher & friend)

I am Ben. I am one of Asher’s friends. I found out about Pirates Online because I was watching TV on Nickelodeon, when I saw an advertisement about Pirates Online, It said that it was a free online game. I tried it. As soon as I got on and thought that it was very cool. I discovered Pirates Online right before Asher and I went on a vacation. Asher’s sister Avy got interested on Pirates Online, my two little brothers got interested in Pirates Online to. My Pirate guy is named Ben Burnbreaker. Asher’s Pirate guy is named Penny-Eye Pete.

As Ben was saying, He started pirates online and then he showed me. Then I got a pirate to. Pirates Online is cool cause my friend Ben and I can have play dates with our Pirates.   penny_eyeYou can also fight the British like battling Wimpy Cadets, Mad Guards,  Cutlass-swinging Sergeants, Tough Veterans, and Deadly Officers.

cadetAt the beginning of the game you get a cutlass. With your cutlass you can attack the British Redcoats, Skeletons and evil, nasty Rock Crabs!

Also, you can the Fight Jolly Rogers evil Skeleton Army!


You can buy the 9 different Ships, (Light Sloop, Light Gallion, Light Frigate, Sloop, Gallion, Frigate, War Sloop, War Gallion and War Frigate,) and sail them. With your ships you can sink British ,Skeleton and EITC, (East India Trading Company) Ships. The British ships are Navy Ferrets, (Light Sloop) Navy Bulwark, (Light Gallion) Navy Panthers, (Light Frigate) Navy Greyhounds (Sloop), Navy Mangurd (Gallion), (Frigate) Navy Kingfisher, (War Sloop) Navy Monarch (War Gallion) And Navy Man-O-War (War Frigate).

ooplunderThis ship is my Light Gallion The Storm-sail Rogue. With this ship and my high salling level, I can sink Navy, Skeleton and EITC ships. It is like any other Light Gallion. 2 canons on either side and a lot of space to walk around.


But be careful of your health! If your health goes all the way down, you get put in Jail! But don’t worry you can escape from Jail.


crabIf you are at Devils Anvil, watch out for Rock Crab Level 9. They can get you in jail! But try to get them with your pistol.

deschooling myself

I am still struggling with “deschooling” myself, as they call it in the homeschooling world.  To want to make my kids “do school” at home the way I was schooled.  Even after a few months, I still find myself biting my tongue, trying to refrain from saying, “Shouldn’t you be working on your math, do you have your Spanish done?”

Their Montessori school took some deschooling for me at the beginning.  What?  You let them just sit there and think, and do nothing else for periods of time?!  As if thinking is a bad idea!  It went against everything I had learned in school – keep busy, busy, busy.  One subject after the other.  You didn’t finish your work?  Too bad, we’re moving on to the next subject.  One aspect of the Montessori philosophy that we love, is that a child is given all the time they need to ponder and explore and repeat something over and over.

When we brought the kids home to learn, I didn’t want to be torn between the freedom they had been given at school and the way I had been taught, but I was.  Yesterday morning was a perfect example.  We typically have a book on CD going in the car and we had listened to half of The Tale of Despereaux.  It is one of those enchanting, magical tales that you just don’t want to put down (or stop listening to).  Asher woke up asking to listen to it first thing and automatically my mind leapt to “No, there is math to do, grammar to do, science to do, work, work, work.”  Luckily, I gave myself a few moments to consider.  Then we spent the morning finger knitting a garland for the Christmas tree and building a great lego ship, while listening spellbound to what I’m sure will one day be considered a classic.  My children continuously teach me to move more slowly, purposefully, and gracefully through each day.  I am reminded that this season we are sharing together will pass all too quickly and to savor each and every moment.

Did we get everything on the “checklist” done?  Probably not.  But by following my children, instead of the other way around, we (mostly I) were reminded of some pretty powerful lessons.  Sometimes it is more important to sit and listen to a story that tucks in little life lessons here and there, then it is to memorize times tables.  The times tables will be there tomorrow, and that is soon enough.


Native American Life by Avy

We have been studying Native Americans this whole new year.

I’m a project girl and we have done a lot of projects!  I made a handmade book of Indian Picture writing.  We also wove mats, and made Indian Fry Bread, which we made a couple of times because it was AWESOME!  We sculpted pottery, made corn husk dolls, built Indian tepee villages, and lots more.  We kept doing more and more because I would find things in books and want to do them.



At Spring Hill this Fall one of our usual things to do their is go canoeing. It seems so strange that Indians made there canoes out of wood and bark!


I loved studying about Pocahontas.  Here in Virginia, at Historic Jamestown, I got to hold her hand!


At the Jamestown Settlement, they had a whole Indian Village.  I got to mash some corn, which was in front of every wigwam.  We have learned some unhappy things about how the people who have come to live in America treated the Indians, and this made me sad.  When I found out that King George wanted to save the land west of the Ohio River for the Indians, and the colonists didn’t, then I sort of wanted King George to keep ruling America.  There are good parts of America and bad parts of America.


Last week, we went to the Native American Homeschooling Day at the Public Museum.  We saw a Native American planetarium show, listened to the oral tradition of storytelling, made crafts, sampled food, and learned so much!  Next week we get to go see the play of Pocahontas!  She’s awesome!!!

Reading Lists

Per Avy’s request, we have updated the book lists that the kids recommend.  I’ll answer a few questions that we have gotten pertaining to the lists.  Yes, they read all those books during that time frame.  No, we don’t make them.  There is some “required” reading, but if the kids don’t like a book, they don’t have to finish it, and the book doesn’t end up on their list.  Some we read to them, some we listen to on CD driving around town and on trips.  Some they read on their own.  They read for 1/2 hour before lights out at night, but they also read a lot on their own during the day. 

Almost all the books are from the library (I’ve been known to use all 80 holds that we’re allowed with 4 library cards from 2 different library systems).  We love to spend an afternoon at the local bookstore, coffee and hot cocoa in hand, reading, and garnering lists of books to go home and order from the library.   Sometimes when we get home from the library after picking up our holds, it’s like Christmas morning around here, oohing and ahhing over all the pretty books!   

Asher and Avy’s book lists are pretty similar because of all the reading we do together. The books they read on their own, they usually like enough to pass on to each other.  However, you will notice that there are not any Star Wars books on Avy’s list, and you won’t find any Fashion Kitty books on Asher’s list.

We are a family who loves to read, and this bodes well for learning at home. You will often find all four of us in front of the fire, or on the beach, or just about anywhere you can lug a book to, reading to our heart’s content.  We love book suggestions, so if there are any out there, please send them our way!



        Sitting on the heat vent, a favorite reading spot during the cold months.

Peace and Justice a story by Avy

November 13, 1812


I sat at my doorstep watching the sun go down. We had been at war since June. It made no good sense to me cause we had just gone to war. With all the commotion around here I feel that I’m being watched. But I’m very thankful that my dad is still a carpenter and not a solider.  “Madison” my mom called “Have you fed the chickens?” I quickly ducked behind a raspberry bush. I HATED feeding the chickens. The way they pecked at my dress for more food. My mom stuck her head out the door and called my name again. I stuck my head out the other way and snuck off leaving a sad and worried mother.


To be continued.

“So you don’t regret it?”

I’ve gotten asked that question more than once by well-meaning people. 


And sure, we have our not so great moments.  But I think if you asked any one of us on most days, we would say we love it!


Because, really now, if you learn at home you get to:



Find something in a book you love and go up to your room and build it




Learn how to give back change from a dollar using furniture you built from clay and Polly Pockets




Do science in your pajamas




Pretend to be Michaelanglo working on the Sistine Chapel




Ride the bus with your favorite bus driver to your heart’s content




Stand on chairs to read reports




Take field trips across the country


Colonial Girl by Avy

This year for Halloween Asher was a pirate and I was a Colonial girl.

We got a lot of CANDY!!!!!


 And of course my MOM had to dress up as well!  She wasn’t planning to, but her friend Adriane said she had a costume for her.

She was my pair. A daughter goes with a mom!

I also decided to have a colonial theamed birthday party!   Mom said that’s great and that I could plan the whole party!

We sewed sampler’s, made butter, wrote with quill and ink, played a game called Four Ten with horse chestnuts that we learned in Williamsburg, and instead of cake, we had pumpkin pie!  But it looked a little funny with candles!


The day before Halloween I went to a Harvest party with my next door neighbors.  Asher stayed home and carved a big scary pumpkin.  I decided to decoupage mine with leaves.


These are my mom’s friend Adriane’s shoes, that I would have liked to wear trick or treating, but I think I might have fallen and broken an arm or ankle!  I don’t think colonial girls would have worn them either.

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