A Charlotte Mason homeschool......

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

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I have been working on something for next year. I'm planning an integrated geography and culture study. I am adding in a bit of history, science, and literature. I have tried to use resources I already have and books or dvds from the library. There will be some new things, but I am trying to keep that to a minimum.

Really, most of these ideas are not my own. I'm borrowing bits from the Sonlight Core 5 program as well as a modified version of SL5 that someone sent to me. Also, I'm including ideas on earth science from Mater Amabilis. I only take credit for blending from many wonderful resources. This is still a work in progress.

This week, however, I have been trying to create a template to use as a weekly schedule for this program. For the technically challenged as I am, this is more difficult than it should be. I wanted to share what I've come up with so far, which is just the basic schedule form. It doesn't include the books or breakdown of the weeks. Even sharing this form was a challenge for me. At any rate, here it is.

Geography and cultural studies schedule form

Friday, January 21, 2011

Week in review

Did I mention we've had just a bit of snow these days? So, what have we been up to?

Art......building....reading......snowboarding....playing with friends....and just a bit of school, too.

Some of what we've been reading this week:

Good stories.....


E's and K's books....

A little poetry, history, geography......

K finished a mini lapbook on the Revolutionary War. We generally do lapbooks on subjects they want to do them on, not necessarily connected to anything we are studying. This mini lapbook is from Fortunately for You Books. The boys like them because they are little and can be done in 1-2 days.

We started working on a project from Deep Space Sparkle. This was a very precise art project. It included lots of measuring. They're not done yet, but so far they both seemed to enjoy it.

A fairly typical week here. We did picture study, lots of reading, mapwork, history, math, and hands on projects as much as I could get them in.

What we're loving this week: Charlotte's Web, Mountain Born, Build-It cards.

What some of us are not loving: The math program. This is E. I have decided much of it is too easy for him. Although it is lots of review which is good, I think it is more than he needs and is taking away his enjoyment of math. I'm going to go through this level and see where he really needs to work on things. Beyond that, I can't buy a new program now, but maybe by spring.

What some of us love, some of us don't, and maybe we've all had enough of??? Snow.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Week in review

It's been a little bumpy getting back in the routine after Christmas. Part of that is the usual just getting back into it. The other part is that I've changed a few things. We actually had things going pretty nicely for awhile, but I wanted to add some things in and alter some others. And we've also had SNOW. Lots of snow.

This is some of what we've changed a bit:

I felt we were too light in history this year, so I've added Tapestry of Grace, Year 2 into our schedule. I am planning on using this fairly loosely. So, it may take us ten weeks to get through unit 1 (the Middle Ages) or it may take longer. Either way it's okay.

Also, I have added in some extra hands on materials--Get a Grip by Tops Science and McRuffeys' Build it cards.

Lastly, once again, I am working on organization. I think this could be a whole separate post.

The snow was very deep. I didn't measure it, but a friend said it was 27 inches. You can see in this picture it's up to K's thighs.

Some of what we've been up to the last couple of weeks:

He's been loving the new hands on items I have added.
Math: We're still at odds over math, however, it's getting more challenging for him so that is good. He is bored with the routine of it, but I think he needs to just keep with it. We started reading Penrose the Mathematical Cat again. We started in the fall, but I stopped because I thought it was way over their heads (and maybe mine.) I'm reading it just with E now and it seems much more within reach now. He's been playing Timez Attack and again and acing it now. We're still working in the math journals, doing whatever strikes our fancy that day that is math related.
Language Arts: Still working through Classical Writing Primer. I really like this book. I would like to have E doing more writing, but since the physical act of writing is still such a burden to him, it hinders his ability to compose. This is why I chose the Primer level for him to start with. I thought the additional copywork would help. However, anything called "copywork" leaves a bad taste in his mouth at this point. When he has writing to do that is not just for the sake of copying, he seems more willing to do it. I am reconsidering Classical Writing for him and may just jump into Intermediate Language Lessons. We also are still working through Grammar Land, which he loves and has been a wonderful introduction to grammar.
Geography: Started Seabird with accompanying map.

Reading: Last week K was still working through McGuffey's. This week he picked up one of the Pathway Readers (Days Go By).
Math: We just got the first Miquon book and are working through bits here and there. Some of it he is way past and some is new to him. With math at this stage I think the more solidly they know the basics the better off they will be down the line. So, some review is a good thing.

History: Started Tapestry of Grace. K loves the notebooks. E is not loving sharing this subject with K, so I'm not sure how this will sort out. Some of the things I will do separately, but to some extent E needs to get over it and be able to work on this at the same time.
Science: I started reading Jeff Corwin's biography aloud to both of them. This sparked all kinds of rabbit trails--rain forests, snakes, Belize. We're just going to follow these for a bit.
Picture Study: We're continuing our study of Henri Matisse.
Composer Study: I tried something new with this. I made my own notebooking pages for this subject. I wanted the boys to connect more with the music rather than just listening to the music and hearing about the composer's life. The sheets I made up have some room for factual information and then a big space for a picture. I told them to draw whatever the music made them feel or just whatever they felt like while we were listening to the music. We listened to A little Night Music by Mozart. The boys really liked this way of doing composer study. And I'm pretty proud of myself for figuring out how to do those pages.

Read alouds:
I usually have a family read aloud going and separate read alouds with each of the boys. Over the last few weeks I finished with E: The Four Story Mistake and Winnie the Pooh. We started Charlotte's Web. I am still reading On the Other Side of the Hill with K. With both of them I finished Paddington Takes the Air and The Family Under the Bridge. We started Mountain Born and A Wild Life (Jeff Corwin's biography).

Rock the math:

Working on mathematical stars, as described in Penrose the Mathematical Cat.