Friday, April 28, 2017

A Peek into our Homeschool: April 2017

So hard to believe that April has flown by already, but I am finding that writing a monthly recap is much easier to keep up with than writing a weekly wrap-up.

In our Homeschool
Emory is progressing along fine in math.  He finished his language arts at the very beginning of the month (I was splitting lessons in half to stretch it, but that could only last so long) and unless something specific comes along from the Crew, I will just let him do independent reading for the rest of the year.  I've noticed he's started reading more in his free time, even if it's not always a book I would suggest.

Elliott was still doing TT for math, but we've mostly put it on pause as we are reviewing a very interesting program called Algebra for Breakfast.  He enjoys it more than his curriculum, so it's a nice diversion from traditional math.  If you're looking for an interesting supplement for 3rd-6th grade, watch for the review in a couple of weeks.

For our other subjects . . .

We finished up Beautiful Feet Books - Early American History!  The study ends with Abraham Lincoln and Buffalo Bill, so you'll see some recap posts of those coming up soon.  I'm anxious for us to sit down and really go back through their notebooks and evaluate the year, especially since we're still in discussion about which curriculum to use next year, and I have my eye on a few of their other guides.

To go along with Abraham Lincoln, we rowed Who Owns the Sun? and They Were Strong and Good, as they both fit the general time period.  (I'll share that row soon too.)  We've also been continuing with ArtAchieve, which has been fun, and is another upcoming review.

Eleanor rowed The Runaway Bunny from Before Five in a Row for preschool, and of course has had plenty of art, outdoor fun and free time.

  I learned that dwarfs are good farmers.

Emory has been really interested in birds and asked to study them, so we're using a study from Simply Charlotte Mason called Learning About Birds with Thornton Burgess.  It's kind of been "our" thing.

I wanted to find something similar to do with Elliott, so when the opportunity to review a Milton Hershey biography/unit study from YWAM Publishing came up, I thought that would be a fun study since we're nearing the end of the traditional year anyway.  Some of Elliott's favorite books have been biographies about "fun" people.  You know . . . Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas--people who have created things he likes.  Well, we like chocolate!  We're just getting started with it, but it looks promising!

In Our Life
Granny celebrated her 90th birthday!  This is my husband's grandmother.  She's a retired nurse, paints, has published three books, makes quilts and jewelry and paints . . . She's smart, caring, generous, and such a beautiful person inside and out.  We are very lucky that our children have her for a great-grandmother and neighbor.

{My sister-in-law arranged a photographer, but I haven't seen those pictures yet.  This were taken by a very patient friend of mine, but it was on my phone, which is why it's not the greatest quality.}

And . . . one last family picture!  With four kids, one of them a spunky, tired toddler, it's hard to get a "good" picture.

Homeschool Coffee Break

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1 comment:

  1. Those are lovely family photos. My grandmother just passed a few weeks ago at the age of 91 and while I will always miss her I am so thankful that my boys had time to really get to know her.