Homeschool Week 3 Wrap Up

We have had a great week. I really feel like we are slowly but surely getting into a groove. This was our first official week of Classical Conversations. Both kids had a fantastic day and have worked hard at home on their memory work!

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Early in the week Miss K finished up her sewing project for a lady in our church with a new baby. I know she is really excited to give this to her on Sunday.

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The Geography memory work this week has been about the Fertile Crescent. We pulled out the Usborne Book of Ancient History and read about the area and customs. This led to a discussion about using ancient tools to “grind wheat” which led to a feeble attempt to give it a try at home. 🙂//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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We also dug into the classification of living things and the Oils art lesson at home this week.

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One desire I have for my children is to do more nature study and spend time observing life outside of our four walls. We went on a walk around town today and enjoyed being in creation.

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One of my favorite times of the day has become our read aloud time. We have had some cool mornings this week and we found ourselves reading on the deck while playing with Legos. We recently finished reading a missionary biography of Mary Slessor. My daughter felt greatly encouraged hearing the story of a fiery headed lady from Scotland taking the message of Jesus Christ into the West African region of Calabar. Learning about the deep need in West Africa has reminded us to pray for friends serving as Bible translators in the area. I have finally found a book that Mr. J is loving, Little Pear. The main character is a 5 year old boy who is a little bit ornery, go figure why my guy is enjoying it! 🙂

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Homeschool Week 2 Wrap Up

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Highlights from week 2:

  • We spent Sunday afternoon at a local state park with friends. We went hiking and splashing in the ice cold water. My little guy learned a very valuable skill, crawdad hunting! 🙂 We enjoyed the time with friends and enjoying God’s creation!
  • The week rolled along covering all the usual subjects. Our read aloud has been about Mary Slessor. That book has caused us to pull out the atlas to find Calabar and to pray for to pray for the country of Nigeria.
  • Miss K had her first week of volleyball practice. To say she is enjoying it would be putting it mildly! I think she has found her “thing.” Time will tell, I am enjoying watching her stretch herself and see the various ways she is growing.
  • My favorite time of day is our bible & read aloud time! It is the first thing we do most often. Our Bible time consists of scripture memory, catechism questions and we just started The Gospel Story Bible. Our current read aloud is Mary Slessor. We usually read a selection or two of poetry during this time too.
  • This year I have been intentional about choosing independent readers for for Miss K. So far she has enjoyed most of the books and is really getting in a reading groove!
  • Miss E is as cute as ever and walking more and more every day.
  • The week ended with a quick trip “home” to visit my folks and take some pictures of a friends sweet new baby. This trip home afforded my son another valuable lesson, frog hunting! We collected a bucketful of frogs only to be released after watching them jump and listening to them croak.

 

Homeschool Week 1 Wrap Up

After a few weeks of my big girl asking to start school we “officially” kicked off school on August 10th. This year sitting across the table I have a third grader and a preschooler staring back at me! backtoschool1

I like to ease into the school year slowly. We generally start with our Bible time which includes the Foundations Fighter verses for scripture memory, catechism questions from A Catechism for Girls and Boys, and currently we are finishing Big Truths for Little Kids and will start The Gospel Story Bible soon. august2015_0046w

Following Bible time is our read aloud time that include poetry and literature. We call this time “morning time” for lack of a better name. The concept of
Morning Time has been such an added blessing to our days. I first came across the concept from the Amongst Lovely Things blog. She recommended listening to Cindy Rollins talk that is on the Circe website titled, The Long Haul: On Morning Time. After listening to that lecture and reading more about morning time I decided it is a must!

Fall is around the corner and you can feel it in the air. This has allowed us to do morning time outside on the deck on a blanket with legos spread near and far.

Our first read aloud was The Hundred Dresses. Such a beautiful book! I have a vivid memory of the poster for that book hanging in my 4th grade classroom but I don’t recall ever reading it. We also enjoyed Homer Price together. Reading Homer Price caused my son to ask for a pet skunk because he has “heard that skunks make a good pet” and of course we feasted on donuts as we enjoyed the last chapter of the book. However, no diamond bracelets were found in our donuts.  We have enjoyed various poetry selections during Morning time. august2015_0042-2w

After we finish up morning time my daughter moves into her independent (meaning not with me and brother) work that includes reading, violin and math (I am handy for math, she isn’t completely independent yet). For her independent readers I used the Sonlight catalog for suggestions and ideas. Week 1 she read Clara and the Bookwagon and Pompeii… Buried Alive. volcano

While she is doing her independent work I work with brother one on one. Currently we are just working on letter identification, basic pen control and preschool math skills. He will also work on the CC memory work once CC begins. I am loving our Usborne books for preschool this year. That’s a whole other post coming soon!usbornewe

As we eased into week one we reviewed All About Spelling Level 2 and Math U See Beta from last year. We jumped into (and are LOVING) First Language Lessons Level 3, IEW All Things Fun and Fascinating, and Song School Latin 2. 

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We also did a mini  history lesson on the state of Missouri since Monday August 10th was the 194th birthday of Missouri. We proudly hung a Missouri state flag that was flown at the capital building in Jefferson city.

Week one is in the books and it was a fantastic start to the school year!

2015-2016 School Year Brain Dump

I think I have mentioned this before but I am a self-confessed geek. I enjoy learning about various methodologies and curriculums. I love planning for the school year and thinking through what is best for each of my children. It gets me excited to reclaim my education with my children.

I have so many thoughts and ideas spinning around in my head sometimes I have to dump them all out and begin sorting through them to see what stays, what goes, and what still needs to be done.

What I know think we are using for third grade:

Reading

Read Aloud Selections

Independent Readers

Reading The Classics

Spelling

All About Spelling Level 3

Writing

All Things Fun & Fascinating

Grammar

First Language Lessons Level 3

CC English Grammar Memory Work

Penmanship

A Reason For Handwriting

Copywork

Math

Math U See

Math Mammoth

Science

Usborne & Living Books based on CC Memory Work

Science Experiments @ CC

History

Classical Conversations Timeline Cards

Usborne Ancient History

Living Books

Geography

CC Maps & Memory Work

Latin

Song School Latin Book #2

Bible

Gospel Story Bible

Catechism & Scripture Memory

Art

Violin & Piano Lessons

Fine Arts @ CC

Living Books

Other

Poetry

The place I am now is figuring out how to make the pieces fit all together and make it work for us. I am certain we will do Bible, reading and math daily and most other things will be on a loop schedule. This spring we had a “morning time” routine that included Bible, poetry and read alouds. I know that is something else I want to include too.

A few great planning resources I am using or considering this school year:

This simple yet effective method of planning/record keeping rocked our world: http://amongstlovelythings.com/spiral-notebooks/

Loop Scheduling: http://edsnapshots.com/loop-scheduling/ and https://amongstlovelythings.leadpages.net/loop-schedule-webinar/

Morning Time: https://www.circeinstitute.org/audio (The Long Haul: On Morning Time by Cindy Rollins)

The biggest thing on the planning agenda is to create a read aloud/independent reading schedule. Thanks to the Read Aloud Revival this has become a priority in our home. I am using a few various resources to piece together our reading schedule.

Half-a-Hundered Acre Wood is a gold mine for any CC Family, she has two book lists that correlate with Cycle 1 that I am looking at http://www.halfahundredacrewood.com/2015/03/classical-conversations-cycle-1-booklist.html and http://www.halfahundredacrewood.com/2015/04/cc-cycle-1-reading-plan-for-lit-lovers.html

The Classical Conversations Catalog, specifically the challenge books as read alouds. http://www.stallionpublishers.com/publication.aspx?pid=1519&pkey=jxnnimltn

The Sonlight Catalog, Core B & C for suggested literature reads and independent readers. http://www.sonlight.com/BC1R5.html and http://www.sonlight.com/CC2R5.html

One other big project to tackle it how exactly to keep track of where we are headed. I know some people plan weeks in advance. I don’t think I can do that but I think I could sit down and create a document with every lesson and book  we “need” to accomplish and use that as my guide.

When I consider the task of home educating my children I am humbled and thankful. I am reminded that I cannot do this in and of my own strength and that God is ultimately in charge of their education. I need to rest in that truth. I am thankful that God has chosen me, a weak, sinful woman to pour my life out into these little souls. I am looking forward pursing the Lord along side my kiddos this upcoming school year in this journey of homeschooling.