Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A Peek into our Homeschool: March 2018

Normally I feel like each month flies by, but March actually felt rather slow and steady.  Perhaps it was the weather and the sickness, as both kept us indoors quite a bit, so we didn't feel like we were going all the time.

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The boys did start a basketball class at co-op, which is an outside instructor that comes in and spends an hour (before co-op starts) working on different skills.  I guess it's more like a "camp" but they like it.

All of our school subjects are going well.  We're plodding along, making good progress, and of course, enjoying some books immensely while tolerating others.  I did make a change to Elliott's AOY4 literature.  We were struggling to get into Kidnapped, so I moved it to a free read and bumped up The Incredible Journey from Term 3.  He is already giving me great narrations with this book!

Then for his Term 3 literature, he will do Robin Hood from Y2 with Emory.  I made this choice before seeing AO's Pre-7 list, but after noticing that they have Robin Hood under literature and Kidnapped under free reads as suggested prerequisites, I feel comfortable with this decision.  Due to our late transition (October), I'm looking for ways to "lighten" our load for Term 3 as we near summer, without sacrificing overall quality, and I think this will help.

The kids and I have been listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the car, and they all love it, especially the 5 year old!  We've also been reading/listening to Peter Pan over lunch.


Then sometimes, I read something else entirely different at lunch, like these Carole P. Roman books we reviewed.

My Year 0 Kiddos
Eleanor has been enjoying watercolor crayons a lot right now!

Eloise is at that stage where she still loves pointing out every single thing in an illustration. The I Spy . . . Art books are great for this, and she loves them right now!

The Riches 

Poet - Songs of Childhood by Walter de la Mare
Picture Study - Peter Paul Rubens from Simply Charlotte Mason
Composer - Music Appreciation 1 {review coming}
Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet by Bruce Coville
Hymn - Are You Washed in the Blood?
Folk Song - The Riddle Song
Art/Handicrafts - We took a couple weeks off (they do art at co-op, so I don't stress), then picked up with a week of Origami and a week of clay.

Eleanor got a little decorative with her pig and cat faces.

Random conversation with the 5 year old

Eleanor:  Momma, what's your favorite animal?
Me:  um...Cheetah?
Eleanor: takes picture with an old camera, then says very politely: "Um, momma, since you're slow you can be a slow animal."
Me:  Okay.  I'll be a sloth then.  {thanks kid!}

At first I thought I should be offended.  Then I thought, hey, if she's offering me the chance to slow down!  In all honesty, I don't think she meant that I'm slow, just that I'm not fast like a cheetah.  At least, I hope that's what she meant!

Free Curriculum Worth Mentioning!

WordBuildOnline - Free Vocabulary!
A few years ago, we reviewed WordBuildOnLine.  It is an online vocabulary enhancement program that focuses on prefixes and suffixes to quickly build vocabulary.  It is now offered completely free, ad supported, in an effort to relieve any financial burden on parents and schools, so as to reach more students.  The free option uses kid-friendly ads, but you can still purchase the premium (ad free) option for the same price.  The two programs are otherwise identical; WordBuildOnline just wants to extend more literacy options to children!

Critical Thinking Coloring Book Level 1 - This is currently free from The Critical Thinking Co.  This is a fun little Pre-K to 2nd grade level coloring book.  It encourages observation and attention to detail, while still allowing for creativity.  If you have a precocious little one who wants to "do school" or need to gently bolster these skills with an early elementary student, this is a fun little freebie!

Free Notebooking Pages Product Sampler from  We use this frequently to "dress up" our written narrations.  We use some of the mammal pages for Burgess Animals, and the science pages are good for demonstrations/experiments.  The variety looks good for portfolio fodder too.

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