Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick and other random homeschool thoughts

It's been awhile since I've posted what's happening in our homeschool. Things are beginning to wind down...or I should say I'm beginning to wind down. The boys are finishing their math books, spelling is almost done and we're still wading through some history and biology. The lure of warm summer days has us all wanting to finish quickly. I always look forward to a little whole lot less structure to our days and time to get extra projects done. Who am I kidding? I just love hanging out at the pool!

Today the boys are inspired. I came across a book I used years ago when I taught jr. high. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick never failed to get the kids' creative juices flowing and has certainly not disappointed again. The book, illustrated by one of my favorite author/illustrators Chris Van Allsburg, is a compilation of drawings with only a title and a simple caption. The story is left to the imagination of the reader. You can check out the drawings, as well as stories submitted by other young writers here.

Today the boys are creating a story based on the title "The House on Maple Street". The caption reads, "It was a perfect lift-off." Stay tuned to read their stories!


  1. Hi there! I wanted to come by and say thanks for leaving a sweet comment on my dollar store craft post. :)

    You have a beautiful family!

  2. That's so cool! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to check it out! :)


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