September’s Edition of PCH NEWS

What Have We Been Doing?

By: Chris Peevyhouse

Over the past month I have started many subjects.  Some traditional courses  and some that are new.  I am excited about the new courses and understand the traditional have their place!

This past month in Math I have reviewed many concepts from last year.  In English I am continuing on with the parts of speech and diagramming sentences.  In my favorite subject, Reading, I am learning the value of working hard and doing my best even when tempted not to.  Social Studies have been an adventure as we explore the New World with the early explorers.  Science has mainly been about technology and modern science. “Copy-work” or handwriting is a new subject this year. We do one booklet a month and each month will be about a different group of people.  August was all about famous athletes.  CLE Bible is also new to me. Please don’t think the Bible is new to me, but using the CLE Bible Light Units are! J This month’s unit was all about prayer.  The different types of prayer, how we should pray, and learning that God is available to listen whenever I pray.  I gave an oral speech on the concepts I learned from this unit.

Special class time is also new this year.  Our teacher, my sister, prepares special studies on a variety of topics.  So far we have been studying different states. We (my siblings and I) all take turns preparing a “lesson” on a state of our choice.  I have learned that each state we have studied so far has crazy, weird laws.  That has been our favorite part so far.

We definitely have not been short on “socialization” in the month of August!   We have been skating, bowling, attending 4H meetings, and having Teen Time, all with our home-school group.

I am looking forward to next month, and all the events and things we get to do.  To say the least, we have had an excellent first month!

Chris Peevyhouse is a satirical 13 year old boy who loves reading, adventure, and all things boy!

Autum’s Mailbox

By: Autum Peevyhouse

Dear Autum,

With the cooler weather on the horizon I will be spending more time outside.  We live in a thick wooded area and it seems that ticks are always crawling on me.  Do you have any natural remedies to help reduce this problem?


Tick Magnet


Dear Tick Magnet,

When you are going into an area where it is possible to get ticks you need to always wear light colored clothing, long sleeves, and pants.  Be sure to tuck your pants into your socks and wear a hat to protect your head.  This will help keep the ticks off of your skin and head. If they do get on the clothing they will be easier to see because of the light colored clothing.  Another great option is to make your own bug spray!  To make the bug spray, which can be found at, you will need the following items:

  • Essential Oils (Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lavender, or Mint)
  • Natural Witch Hazel
  • Distilled or boiled water
  • Vegetable Glycerin (Optional)
  • 8 ounce spray bottle
  • A teaspoon measure

Fill the spray bottle half full with the distilled/boiled water.  Next add the witch hazel to the water (leave room for inserting the spraying and adding the oils…I would estimate about 3 ounces of Witch Hazel).  Then add 1 tsp. of vegetable glycerin (optional). Lastly add thirty to fifty drops of the essential oils.

*The more oil you use the stronger your spray will be.


Autum’s Mailbox

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Autum Peevyhouse is 15 year old naturalist who loves dogs, children, and God!

The Serious Clown

By: Chris Peevyhouse

The Home-School Sillybus

Welcome to your new Home-School year! In the kitchen, your new classroom, you will find everything you need to get started! Below are your expectations for the 2013-2014 school year.

Math: By the end of the year you will be expected to count all of Uncle Jimmy’s marbles in less than 6 hours. (Now you may be thinking “this is an expectation?” you obviously haven’t seen Uncle Jimmy’s marble collection…)

English: Throughout the year you will be expected to proofread your brother’s scholarship and college applications to Harvard.  Also, become pen pals with the librarian (Cousin Max) to learn the proper way to write a letter.

Science: Study the plants and animals in your brother’s greenhouse (the prepping project) and complete all experiments which will be led by his pet monkey.

History: You will listen to Grandpa’s stories about the good ole days and prepare a compare and contrast essay for each story.

Reading: You will read one book a week and write a twenty page report on it.  The local newspaper must be read daily. Please correct mistakes found with red ink.

This should be a fun and exciting school year! Our rules are: not to wake grandpa…I mean the History Professor…when he falls asleep teaching our lesson, don’t bother Dad…I mean the principal…when he is reading the paper, and once a month you may venture outside for a maximum of 30 seconds to play.  At 31 seconds you will brought back in and decontaminated!  Have a great school year!


This is not how our home-school is…rather this is how outsiders generally perceive home-school families.  This is purely comedy and it not intended to be used a real syllabus!

Chris Peevyhouse is a satirical 13 year old boy who loves reading, adventure, and all things boy!

Home-School Fun

By: Shaun Peevyhouse

Shaun's Artwork

I chose to draw this scene because we are on the brink of the autumn season.  Fall is a beautiful season isn’t it?  What you see in this scene is colorful trees, warblers, sunflowers, changing leaves and a bird house.  As of today there, are only 20 days left until the first day of fall!

Shaun is an artistic 14 year old boy who loves art, playing multiple instruments,, and learning as much as possible about birds and plants.

First Day Pictures and Event Pictures

PicMonkey Collage100_0174     


This Month’s Events

  • 9/2  Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
  • 9/3 Library Day
  • 9/12 Skating 10 AM and Marvin’s Marvelous Maize 6:30 PM
  • 9/19 Teen Time 1PM
  • 9/23-9/27 Home-School Spirit Week
  • 9/30 Library Day

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4 thoughts on “September’s Edition of PCH NEWS

  1. Love the blog!!! And thanks for the tick repellant recipe. betty jo

  2. Great blog and a fun read! I picked up some breat ideas for our homeschool!

  3. Awesome PCH NEWS I loved to see the pictures and read some of their work. I will look forward to checking this blog each month.

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