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A Healthier CVS


Today, while watching CNN Student News, I learned that CVS will stop selling cigarettes. I have a few things to say about that.


On the one hand, I think it’s great that CVS has stopped selling tobacco products. It’s true that cigarettes are not exactly healthy, and CVS is indeed a pharmacy. They have every right to stop selling something proven to cause illnesses. On the other hand, I find it odd that out of every unhealthy thing in their store (soda, candy, alcohol, etc.) they chose to stop selling cigarettes. They are still carrying junk food and other unhealthy things that are more harmful or can cause health problems at a much faster rate. Maybe the owner just really hates the way cigarette smoke smells.


Over all, it’s good for them to get rid of unhealthy items in their stores, but it would make more sense to me to start somewhere different. In the CNN article, it said that only 19% of Americans smoke cigarettes, and I have a feeling more than 19% of Americans eat junk food. Also, my 12 year-old person could walk into a CVS and buy fifty pounds of junk food and candy, but I can’t buy a pack of cigarettes, so getting rid of junk food would affect the youth. Maybe replace the candy aisle with healthier snacks. They could replace the alcohol with that weird squeezable applesauce or something.



Ancient Roman Water Clock



To finish up our unit on Ancient Rome, Grace created an Ancient Roman water clock (kind of).Β  She also worked to solve the “murder” case of Marc Antony, but that didn’t lend itself well to blogging…we’re going to focus on the water clock instead. πŸ˜‰

In the Roman Senate, speakers were only allowed to talk for a few minutes (no long-winded speeches…nice!), and the time was measured with a water clock.

To make our water clock, we used two cups, craft sticks, binder clips, a push pin, and water.Β  It was all pretty simple, actually.


Checking out the supplies.



We used binder clips to hold stacks of five craft sticks together. We then checked to make sure the sticks would support a cup properly. (You could use anything to lay across the top cup, really. It just needs to lift the top cup off of the bottom one.)


Then we used our push pin to make a small hole in the bottom of the top cup. (It turned out that this hole was a little too small, so we used our pin to make it just a little bigger.)


Here’s where we started really having fun. We were aiming to have our water clock measure three minutes. We started by filling the top cup with water and letting it run into the bottom cup for three minutes…this gave us an idea of how much water we would need for accurate timing.


Grace waited patiently as we timed the clock a few times, adjusting the amount of water as needed. We got pretty close to what we were aiming for, and we were content with that. πŸ™‚

Now that we’re finishing studying Ancient Rome, we’ll be starting next week off with the Vikings.Β  Fun!

Study of Ancient Rome Continues…


We still have a few activities to complete before finishing our study of Ancient Rome, but I thought I would share some of our recent progress. πŸ™‚


Creating a “clay” tablet to practice writing. πŸ™‚


A soldier’s shield.


An eagle standard.


Scipio and the Punic Wars.


Playing a little game about the Appian Way. (Grace beat both Daddy and Frank…yes, the dog has been known to play some fascinating history games. πŸ˜‰ )


The Week(s) in Pictures


And we’re back to blogging!Β  Grace had a fantastic visit with Grandma, but we’re back to all of that pesky school stuff tomorrow. πŸ˜‰

Here are a few pictures from the past couple of weeks:

The Week in Pictures


And a fabulous week was had by all! πŸ™‚

Last Week in Pictures


We had a fantastic week last week! Β Here’s the evidence:

Tear Away the Sky


We’re currently studying ancient Greece, and one of Grace’s recent assignments was to write a “mixed up” myth. Β She randomly picked two Greek gods, a setting, and a problem…then she was off into myth writing. Β I think she’s done a splendid job with it. πŸ™‚ Β Enjoy!

Tear Away the Sky

One day, the great god Apollo sat atop Acropolis staring into the blank night. He had finished his flight across the sky, and the Earth was shrouded in darkness. He sighed, wishing for some form of light that would allow him to gaze upon the lush fields and smooth lakes. He knew that Mother Earth, or Gaea, had sewn the night sky to protect her people from being burned by the blinding light of the heavens, but Apollo didn’t care. He wanted to see. Suddenly, an idea appeared in his head. He called for his sister, Artemis. A single deer trotted to him. Her fur was a shimmering gold, and a thin silver band was snugly fitted to her head. Apollo smiled.


Sister, you do not need to wear such costumes. No human dwells here.” The deer glowed a blinding silver, and the Goddess of the Hunt took its place, the silver band still on her head. Artemis frowned.

Why have you called me here?” she asked. Apollo pointed at the sky.

I need you to tear the night from the sky; it makes my only free time dark and dreary.”

Artemis tensed. β€œ I cannot help you; even my arrows cannot pull the blanket away.” Apollo stood.

Maybe one of your immortal maidens can. They have immense power,” Apollo suggested. Artemis sighed.

If you wish. ”She called out to her huntresses, and a huge group of girls ran to their goddess’s aid.

β€œWhat do you need?” the maidens asked, and Artemis pointed to the sky.

Whoever can pull away the night will be crowned Leader of the Hunt!” the goddess shouted. The maidens gasped. A tall girl with spiky hair shoved her way forward. She pointed her bow at the sky, pulling her fingers to her temple. Her arrow shot upward, ripping a small hole in the night. A thin stream of light burst from the heavens, but the blanket still hovered. Several other girls tried, but only few even reached the sky. Apollo stepped forward.

Sister, get all of your huntresses to shoot at once. Maybe then the blanket will fall.” Artemis smiled. She gathered her bow and pointed it at the sky. The huntresses did the same. She released, and 1,000 arrows shot forward, each piercing the sky. Tiny lights littered the night, with a gaping hole where the goddess’s arrow had gone. The land was filled with light. Ever since then, Apollo would sit on Acropolis and gaze at the fields with the newly formed stars lighting the land.


Last Week in Pictures


We had a fantastic week last week even if we did have some random oddities. Β  This week looks pretty darn promising, too. πŸ˜€ Β I hope everyone’s having as much fun as we are!

Homeschool Persuasion


While studying ancient Greece, Grace is learning about the value of a good speech. Β One of her assignments today was to write a persuasive speech to sway all of the land to her way of thinking. πŸ˜‰ Β Of all the things in the world to write about, she chose to convince the people to homeschool their children. πŸ˜€ Β Here’s what she had to say:

Every parent wants their children to have a good education, but some children have problems with the public school system. Maybe they don’t get along with their classmates? Perhaps they’re having problems, but the teacher never gets to help? It may be as simple as they don’t study. If public school just isn’t working, there is something you could try…homeschool!


Homeschooling is a fun way to teach your child what they need to know in a way just right for them. It allows each child to have one-on-one time with their teacher, making problems with their work easier to solve. Homeschool also gives your family more time together and can build up parent-child bonds. But the best part about homeschool is it creates independent thinkers.


Some families may say that they don’t want their children sitting at home all day, want their kids to socialize more, or simply can’t afford homeschool, but there is a solution…join a homeschool group! This allows your child to meet with other homeschoolers away from the house, and you don’t have to pay for the supplies! Also, you don’t have to quit any current job to homeschool your child; the schedules are extremely flexible.


From a current homeschool student, I must say that it has been a great improvement to my life. I am getting much better grades, bonding with my family, and enjoying every second of it! Maybe homeschooling is right for you?




The planning stages of Grace’s speech.