Tuesday, April 13, 2010

First day back

We had a great first day. It was kinda rough but we did it! Here is our today's Schooling Goals. We have started with New everything. I will explain as I post! I am using a friends schooling Schedule as our Goals she is awesome for helping me and I love her so much I would be so lost without her. The Holistic Homeschooler You can read more of what we are doing by her link! So here is what we are working on and you can go to her link and get more info.!

Our Term
  • Year: April 1, 2010 thru March 31, 2011
  • Term I: April 5 thru July 2, 2010.

 Math:Ruler and Pencil
Saxon Homeschool Math
Jon-Jon is working in 7/8 work book and Makenzee is working on grade 1 work book.  They will work on there math for 15- 20 minutes  everyday. Lileigh will work on the date and weather charts with Makenzee to introduce her to another way of learning.

Habit and Character Training
We will be working on Habit Training every 3 weeks on:
  • Humility
  • Obedience
  • Gratefulness
  • Attentiveness 
We will be using bible stories as well as scripture and we will learn about each quality; see how Christ exhibited them in his life and how we can implement them in our own lives.

Will and habit "Let children alone-...the education of habit is successful in so far as it enables the mother to let her children alone, not teasing them with perpetual commands and directions - a running fire of Do and Don’t ; but letting them go their own way and grow, having first secured that they will go the right way and grow to fruitful purpose." Charlotte Mason

Music, Art and Nature Study
For the following subjects, I have purchased a Spring Series Nature Study Ebook from Barb.
Nature Study "We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things." 

Picture Study “We cannot measure the influence that one artist or another has on the child’s sense of beauty, upon his power of seeing, as in a picture, the common sight of life..."

    LiteratureThe Blue Fairy Book

    Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream
    • The Tempest
    • As You Like It
    • The Winter's Tales
    • King Lear
    • Twelfth Night
     The Blue Fairy BookThe Blue Fairy Book

    (For those unfamiliar, the series of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books is not your dumbed down versions of modern day. These are rich in their language and challenging even to older children.) 
    • The Bronze Ring
    • Prince Hyacinth & the Dear Little Princess
    • East of the Sun & West of the Moon
    • The Yellow Dwarf
    • Little Red Riding Hood
    • The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood

    Language Arts
    • Copywork/Dictation:
    • Reading Goals: working with Makenzee on reading skills with the goal being to learn 10 new words per day. Lileigh will pick up learning as we go she likes to sit and listen and watch as Kenzee and I go over her words. Encourage the habit of reading with Jon-Jon by setting a goal of reading 30 mins per day with a written narrations per chapter.
    • Grammar: Jon-Jon will work in Simply  GrammarSimply Grammar to help feel more secure.
    Language arts “But one who tries this method on himself will find that in the act of narrating every power of his mind comes into play."Charlotte Mason

      The Story Book of ScienceThe Story Book 
of Science
      On our science days, we will read and have
      jon-Jon, Makenzee narrate. Much science will be covered in our studies of the ancient world.


       Music Memorization (some call this Hymn Memorization)
      I am Free   By: the Newsboys


      We will be studying the ancients using a combination of :

      History "Imagination does not stir at the suggestion of the feeble, much diluted stuff that is too often put into children’s hands." Charlotte Mason

        Jon-Jon will continue learning this at his own pace
        Learn 2 Type

        We will be introducing geography to Makenzee and Lileigh in many ways such as when we go on nature walks. 
        Jon-Jon  will begin using Geography Skills Activity Kit.  Makenzee and Lileigh both will pick up on these activities they enjoy listening when we started first lesson.

        Geography "The peculiar value of geography lies in its fitness to nourish the mind with ideas and furnish the imagination with pictures." Charlotte Mason

        The Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Game Book, We are also doing as a family Slim and 6 and treadmill

         Bible Studies
         We will be doing a daily scripture as well as a memory verse each week.
        The child and God “We are probably quite incapable of measuring the religious receptivity of children."Charlotte Mason

        We as Mothers really need  to take time for our selves. This Qoute says it all! Thank you Charlotte Mason!

        Time for mother. "If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children when these are overdone, we should have happier households. Let the mother go out to play! If she would have the courage to let everything go when life becomes too tense, and just take a day, or half a day, out in the fields, or with a favourite book, or in a picture gallery looking long and well at just two or three pictures, or in bed, without the children, life would go on far more happily for both children and parents. The mother would then be able to hold herself in "wise passiveness’ and would not fret her children by continual interference even of hand or eye - she would let them be." Charlotte Mason

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