Friday, October 25, 2013

Our Week

Homegrown Learners
This school year is going very differently than I envisioned it! Over the summer I planned the different curriculum we would be using, and came up with a schedule. But when September came around, I wasn't ready!  Instead, I've been more laid back and letting the kids learn about what they are interested in, and taking each week as it comes. The kids have spent lots of time outside enjoying the beautiful fall weather! We went to a Harvest Party, a field trip to the Audubon Society, and to the park with the homeschool co-op.  It's been sort-of like unschooling, except I do require them to do a few things like math and spelling each day. We may become more scheduled-and get to those things I had planned-when weather gets colder and we are stuck inside.  Here are some of the things the kids have done this past week:
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  • blogging
  • Wrote 3 chapters in his new book
  • Wikipeidia-reading about  presidents and Amelia Earhart
  • editing Wiki articles
  • taking walks
  • bike riding
  • raking leaves
  • science experiments-TOPS magnetism
  • reading
  • Field trip: Audubon Society- bats, snakes, owls
  • painting
  • reading
  • bike riding
  • making "mud pies"
  • science experiments-TOPS magnetism
  • homeschool co-op classes-the human body
  • crafts
  • writing notes to friends
  • sewing gifts for 3 friends
  • Field trip: Audubon Society- bats, snakes, owls
Reading log:
The Boxcar Children  by Gertrude Chandler Warner (re-read)
Surprise Island  by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Yellow House Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Mystery Ranch Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare

Point of No Return by Paul McCusker
George Washington Our First Leader by Augusta Stevenson
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White (re-reading)
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Weekly Wrap-up

We have been extremely busy the last couple of weeks! Almost everyday we had some kind of educational outing-and this was the year we were going to stay home most of the time! Everyday I had the kids do a lesson from their math curriculum, some kind of writing, and reading.  On the days that we are home all day they also did spelling, science, bible, history, and read-alouds.

Reading Log:
Socks by Bevery Cleary
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingles Wilder

The King's Quest  by Paul McCusker

Diary of and Early American Boy by Eric Sloane
On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (Sophie only)

Christian: journaling, blogging, editing WIKI articles, writing short stories
Sophie: journaling, writing letters and cards, taking notes

Volunteering at the animal shelter
Sophie with Cruella

Christian loves cats! He spend quite a bit of time with Autumn  and helped give her some medicine.
Sophie and her friend got to walk the little dogs.
Sophie giving her "Why Leaves Change Color"  presentation at our homeschool co-op.

Leaf project at co-op
Apple picking!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Reading and Making Cookies

Homegrown Learners
 There has been lots of reading going on around here! Isaiah, who doesn't usually read for pleasure, has been devouring books! And over three days Sophie has read Because of Winn-dixie by Kate DiCamillo and The Boxcar Children.
Christian and Sophie decided that they wanted to make cookies to sell. They didn't want me to help at all, but after seeing that one of them had put 1/2 cup of baking soda in instead of a 1/2 teaspoon, I helped a little. :)  Grandpa was the only one who bought some, but we ate some yummy cookies that evening!
Check out what homeschoolers are doing this week at Homegrown Learners!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Our New Pet

Sophie asked if we could get a hamster for a pet, so I asked my Facebook friends if anyone had a cage we could use. One of our friends had a hamster who was very loved, but their family had too many animals. This is how we got our teddy bear hamster, Lily.  Sophie is extremely happy as you can see! The last picture is a maze that Christian and Sophie made for Lily. The first few times she actually figured out how to go through the maze, then she started climbing over the sides!  

Friday, August 9, 2013

Pics of Our Day

                   Sophie asked if we could start school today. Of course I said yes!

                                         I finally learned to knit!


Lots of bike riding and drawing with sidewalk chalk today. What a beautiful day!   
                                         Yummy pizza for dinner!

Lego building
                                          Playing a game before bed

Thursday, August 8, 2013

What we are reading

Sophie (8)
Sarah Witcher's Story by Elizabeth Yates
Picture books from the Library

Christian (13)
Star Wars Boba Fett: Maze of Deception by Elizabeth Hand
Adventures in Odyssey: The Official Guide

Isaiah (17)
Death Note

Tracey (me)
Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
How God Used a Thunderstorm and Other Devotional Stories by Joel R. Beeke & Diana Kleyn

Saturday, July 27, 2013

What we are reading this week

Sophie (8)
Imaginative Inventions by Charisse Harper
Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
Are You a Dragonfly by Judy Allen & Tudor Humphries
The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses

Christian (13)
Star Wars Boba Fett by Elizabeth Hand
Adventures in Odyssey: The Official Guide

Isaiah (17)
Harry Potter books

Tracey (me)
Re-reading A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola

The Queen's Smuggler: William Tyndale by Dave and Neta Jackson

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Avacado, Corn, Tomato and Zucchini Salad

Avacado, Corn, Tomato and Zucchini Salad
1/3 cup Salsa
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 tes. ground cumin
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 tes. salt
fresh ground black pepper to taste
2 med. tomatoes
1 med. zucchini, chopped
1 cup cooked fresh or frozen corn at room temp.
1 ripe avacado, coarsely chopped
4 scallions thinly sliced

In a large bowl, stir togetehr the salsa, cilantro, oil, lime juice, salt, cumin and pepper until thoroughly combined. Add the remaining ingredients and toss gently yet thouroughly to combine.  Let stand about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.  Toss gently again and serve at room temperature. This is great on a garden salad the next day.

Monday, July 22, 2013

2013-2014 homeschool curriculum

I've been planning for the upcoming new school year and  I am very excited! I am re-reading parts of The Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola. It is my all time favorite homeschooling book! It is a good sized book that thoroughly explains the Charlotte Mason Method and is filled with practical ideas and examples. I first read it when my oldest son was in 4th grade (he is 21 now) and every year I add something more to our homeschool from what I learned.  Last year it was picture study (famous paintings) and this year we will add composers/classical music appreciation. We've always used lot of  living books, narration and copywork. We will try nature notebooks again- when we get out in nature and draw what we find. We've tried this a number of times and it always fizzles out. But this year will be different! This is Isaiah's senior year and he will do online classes and has a tutor for Algebra II. This is what I have planned for curriculum:

Isaiah/12th grade:
Algebra II -tutor
Government- online class
economics- online class
English-online class
cooking/life skills -with me
Spanish-library website course

Christian/8th grade:
Math-Teaching Textbooks
Science-Sonlight 4 with Sophie
History-The Mystery of History Vol 1( second half) and Sonlight 3 read-alouds with Sophie and I
Copywork/dictation-from sonlight books and the Bible
Nature Notebook
Picture study-study each artist's paintings for 6 weeks
Composers/classical music-listen to one composer's music for 8 or 9 weeks.
Typing-free online
Geography-Charlotte Mason style and online games
Piano-I heard there are lessons for free on I need to look into this.
Greek and Latin Roots-Rummy Roots game
Drawing-Drawing Textbook

Sophie/3rd grade:
Learning Language Arts Though Literature 3rd grade (second half)
Spelling-Sequential Spelling 1
Math-U-See Foundations (this is the old book that I heard I can still get on the MUS website)
Handwriting/copywork- from Sonlight books
Writing-beginning IEW with  Asops fables
History-Sonlight 3 Readers and Read-Alouds
Science-Sonlight 4
Geography-Charlotte Mason style and online games
Piano-I heard there are lessons for free on I need to look into this.
Greek and Latin Roots-Rummy Roots game
Nature Notebook
Picture study-study each artist's paintings for 6 weeks
Composers/classical music-listen to one composer's music for 8 or 9 weeks.
Drawing-Mark Kistler's Draw Squad

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Weekly Menu

Monday- homemade pizza and garden salad
Tuesday- shrimp scampi
Thursday- chicken stir-fry
Friday- crock pot beef stew
Saturday- baked fish, rice and brussel sprouts
Sunday- Grilled chicken thighs, baked beans & asparagus