Friday, August 31, 2012

Back to Homeschool!

We are back-to-homeschool this week! I decided to ease the kids into the school year by starting with our Sonlight Readers, Bible, History and Read -Alouds. Then next week start www.Time4Learning.com, and the week after that hopefully the rest of our books will be in and we can start those. My 16 year old, Isaiah, will be starting co-op classes in a couple of weeks. For the rest of his subjects I'll need to wait till his books come in (yes, I order late).

We are doing Sonlight Core C. Last year I did Core B with with Sophie and Christian together and I realized that Christian would rather read on his own than have me read-aloud to him. So, for history he will use The Mystery of History, and for reading I will assign him the Sonlight read-alouds and readers that I think he will enjoy.

Nature Walks and Social Activies:
On Thursay we got together at the park with friends from our homeschool group. The kids reconnected with old friends and met some new ones. Today Dad took Sophie and I on a hike nearby our home. All summer he has been taking the kids on nature walks, pointing out and teaching the names of bushes, trees, flowers, mushrooms, tracks, ect. This is very exciting for the kids and I because we have been using the Charlotte Mason method for years, but never seem to do much with nature studies.

What we have read this week:
Sophie (7):
How many Baby Pandas by Sandra Markle
Fancy Nancy Pajama Day by Jane O'Connor
Chipmunk Song by Joanne Ryder
Emily's Everyday Manners by Peggie Post
Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth by Jane O'Connor
Books on CD:
Double Fudge by Judy Blume
Superfudge by Judy Blume
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by  Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks  Jeanne Birdsall
Christian (12):
Bambi :A life in the woods by Felix Salten
Isaiah (16):
Save Me From Myself by Brian Weltch
Tracey (Me)
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Red Sails to Capri  by Ann Weil (read to Sophie)

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