A Charlotte Mason homeschool......

A Charlotte Mason homeschool
with a sprinkling of Waldorf, a dash of Classical, and a healthy dose of rabbit trails.....

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Week in review.....

Language Arts: Started on Classical Writing Primer: Winter. I am liking CW primer as it includes several elements beautifully. There is copywork, narration or dictation, nature study, and picture study. This is more copywork than I have had E doing in the past. He is not thrilled with that aspect, but I think he needs to get more comfortable with handwriting. We had a lot of fun taking the list of vocabulary words from King Alfred and the Beggar and making up new stories from them. Actually we got pretty hysterical at one point. This is our own twist.
Math: He is continuing with Teaching Textbooks, but I am trying to incorporate math in other ways into our schedule. I have a day for math games, a day for math stories, and a math journal day.

This page in E's math journal came about in
two ways. I asked him what he might want
to put into his math journal this week. And he
suggested doing a page on angles as that is
what he was learning about in TT. I took that
a little farther and taught him about the degrees
in different angles. E seems to be enjoying
approaching math in these different ways. He
loved TT at first, but I think he is getting a
little burnt out and the repetition of it.

I like to have a family read aloud and separate read alouds going with each of them. This week E and I finished up Caddie Woodlawn and Winnie the Pooh. I think our next book might be The Four Story Mistake. We read The Saturdays this fall and we both enjoyed it. The Four Story Mistake is the second book about the Melendy family.

K had a lighter week. He continued with his Little House education: reading in McGuffey's and "doing sums" on his slate.

Continuing with his love of Little House, K (on left) made a bobsled "like Almanzo's." He also made a yoke, which I don't have a picture of yet. But who needs a yoke when you can chain your brother to the front and have him pull?

These projects were completely self driven.

We did quite a bit together this week.
Literature and Poetry: We read mix of poetry, Greek myths, picture books, and Pinocchio. We just finished up Pinocchio, which the boys loved. I was not as thrilled. It was good, but I didn't love it as much as some of our other books this year: Wind in the Willows, Tumtum and Nutmeg, and Understood Betsy. I'm not sure what our next book will be.
Picture Study: We continued with their individual picture study books. Since we ran out of tape last week, it was put on hold till I could get out and get more. We added in a short biography of Breugel and a portrait. K said, "I love doing this. Can you print more pictures for me?" Well, not so easily. I have discovered the joy of e-mailing files to Office Max and having them print them for me. The quality is beautiful. It doesn't come out the same on my printer at home. K will just have to be patient.
Life skill: Both boys got some lessons in electrical work from their dad. I have photos posted in another post.

We looked at the snow with magnifying
glasses. This is something we will add on to slowly
over the winter, combining with our nature

World History: The Discovery of New Worlds
We read about Pompeii.

This week we also had our monthly homeschool country dance. I have a hard time getting a decent picture at these because I am either dancing or my camera battery is dying. Here are a few. I blurred the faces of other people.

Nature Study: For nature study, I've decided to start following the Outdoor Hour challenges. We having been doing nature study off and on for some time now, but I like the consistency of having a challenge to add in to that. We started with #1. K said when we got back that he would like to learn about different pine trees and their needles. E wants to investigate puff ball mushrooms. I'm sure that's not the name, but it will do for now. Here are some photos from our time outdoors this week:

And finally, a nature craft project. We started
this last week, collecting items on our nature
walk to freeze into our ice sculptures. Then it
warmed up. Well, it's cold enough this week.
Here the boys are putting their pine cones,
berries, acorns, etc. into the water.

.....the finished ice.


  1. Wow - can I come to your house? I love the math notebook, Prairie School and those gorgeous ice sculptures! Thanks so much for sharing your world.

  2. I love all your pictures. Those ice ornaments are so cool that we're going to have to do them, too!

    I was just reading somewhere else about math notebooks and how approaching math in a more creative way would help all students here in America do better at math. So good for you for doing this!

    I adore the huge tree stump and roots you're using for your header picture. Our family has a habit of picking up driftwood and dragging it home (if it's not too large, LOL - sometimes even if it IS too large)....


  3. Thanks for stopping by.

    "Prairie school"--I like that name.

    As for the math notebooks,I was surprised E had so many ideas for his math notebook. It's going really well.

    The ice sculptures have been slowly melting this week. It's fun to see different bits stick out as the ice melts and see what falls off first.