Homeschool Update

by adustyframe ~ October 19th, 2009

We’re enjoying school this year. I really do best with a schedule. Odd how that works!

Each year, I’m so in love with the Ambleside selections and the things James (and Mom!) learns. I think it can’t get better but then each year gets better than the year before.

For Bible, we’re reading A Faith to Grow On, Wisdom and the Millers, Boyhood and Beyond, and Awana verses. I read one chapter from the Millers and Boyhood each week, and do A Faith to Grow On on the other days.

We also read from Trial & Triumph--church history. Today, we finished William Tyndale’s story. I think it’s so important to share heroes of the faith with James. Today, we were able to have a great discussion about standing for Jesus and not denying our faith.

Our hymn this month is Victory in Jesus. We’re also working harder at including the folk songs. This term is “The Jam on Gerry’s Rocks”.

Last year, we read an 1890’s children’s version of Pilgrim’s Progress. This year, we’re reading part 2, Christiana’s Journey.
James follows along very well and usually says, “Hey don’t stop!” I love hearing that. It’s good to stop while he’s still interested so he’ll be excited about it the next time we read.

We’re continuing to read Our Island Story–we’re up to Lady Jane Grey. In This Country of Ours, we’re up to France exploring Florida.

For geography, we’re reading about Marco Polo. We’re also using a book my mom sent to learn US geography.

I’m using a great idea I heard on the Simply Charlotte Mason seminar. I found this outline map book at the library sale for $1.00.

I copied the map of the area of the US we’re studying. I gave James the map and asked him to fill in what he remembers. He got 9 of the 12 states in our area of study right the first time.
The second week, I gave him a fresh map and he filled in what he remembers.

He only remembered 9 states again, but he also remembered the bodies of water and labeled them and Canada this time. That was progress! I like this idea–it’s a painless way to learn without being drilled.

Cursive Success has been a great help. Last year, I just had a dry erase flip chart book to learn cursive. It was fine except it didn’t teach how to join the letters. Cursive Success is much better.

We’re continuing to work slowly through Getting Started with Latin. We had an awesome time dancing around the house chanting our verbs the other day. Now everyday he says, “Mom can we dance and say our verbs?”

sum, es, est, sumus, estis, sunt

For Science, we’re using Science Lab in a Supermarket while we wait for Apologia to print their Anatomy book. James wants to do Anatomy, so we’re hoping they have the book ready to go soon!

We’re also going through The Story of Inventions. This is one of the books, I’ve given James to start doing his readings on his own. In the next year or so, he’ll do all his readings on his own and narrate to me. I don’t know if I’ll be able to turn them over. I love reading and learning along with him. I’m learning so much too!

We just finished Michelangelo and learned so much. James and I are both amazed that he made such beautiful sculptures out of stone. We agree that he was very talented.

For literature, we’re finishing, On the Banks of Plum Creek,Robin Hood, & A Wonder Book. We’re starting Caddie Woodlawn and are several chapters into The Princess and the Goblin. James giggles quite a bit during this book. It surprised me–I thought it would be one of those that we have to plow through, but it’s very enjoyable.

Just today, we started The Landing of the Pilgrims and Squanto. I figured this was the best time of year to read them so we’re starting them now.

We’re still using Math U See. I’m very happy with it and James seems to thrive with this curriculum.

I’m also working on getting in an art project, nature journal entry, and handicraft in each week. I’m not so good about all these. I think it’s just because I try to get work stuff done in the afternoons. I need to line things up and have him work on them while I do other work.

Ok, the only thing I left out was Shakespeare. We’re finishing up Merchant of Venice.

It sounds like a lot when I list it out that way, but I follow the weekly schedule on Ambleside and break it up for each day.
The only thing that we’re doubling up on is literature because we’re still reading books from last year.


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6 Thoughts Shared to Homeschool Update

  1. Pam

    I am EXHAUSTED just reading your list….that is amazing!! A trick I taught my grandkids to remember the names of the great lakes is
    H O M E S ….Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior… it always helped me to have some reminders like this one.
    God Bless, Pam, South Bend

  2. MamaHen

    Wow, how do you do all that reading? Wowzie!

    I mean, I would love the reading, its my favorite thing, but just organizing my time would be hard.

  3. Susanna

    sounds like you are doing really well. Thankfully I am happy with daniel’s school as I would not have a clue where to start! May have to consider it for the future though depending on how things go in the UK education system (or should I say nanny state…)

  4. { jamie }

    Looks great! I love posting what we’re doing because it’s so neat to look back on it later. 🙂

  5. Penny

    I got tired reading all that! lol I know the feeling , when you list it out , it sounds like a lot but day to day it really isn’t. I especially love the dancing to the verbs! Cute blog.

  6. Barb-Harmony Art Mom

    This is a great example of what can be done if you follow Ambleside’s suggestions and tailor it to your child.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

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