Tuesday, February 20, 2018

School Days

We're making our way through our year here.  We started late and we were a bit interrupted this fall with family circumstances, so we've been working hard to catch back up--starting early in January and going ahead with school when the local schools were out for snow and ice.

We are finishing our second year in Tapestry of Grace (for history, writing, and literature)--starting the final unit on the American Revolution.  Katie is in the Dialectic level, Gabby in Upper Grammar, and Nate in Lowe Grammar.  We've already purchased year 3, so we can start the introduction before we break for summer.  I plan to assign a couple of books for summer reading this year.  I don't usually do that, but with Katie moving in to 8th grade, we may mix in some of the high school books, if they look more interesting or they are easier to get.  I've already started Gabby reading a few of the novels that are at the next level up.

We found a great YouTube channel (Kristina Edgar) for introducing the era.  The kids have enjoyed her sense of humor.  And I liked that we could start it with all the kids together before we split up to do their individual readings.

Our science this year has been a History of Science experiment kit from Thames & Kosmos.  We will be switching over some this unit though, with a book about Ben Franklin (set at Gabby's level) that has experiments and activities in it.

Nate and Gabby are both in Singapore's Primary Mathematics, but as Gabby is nearly finished with the last of Singapore, we are supplementing her with a book called Balance Math (which is a pre-pre-algebra book that teaches balancing equations).  Katie is using Teaching Textbooks for Pre-Algebra.  We have the older version that doesn't self grade, so we just do it the old fashioned way, and I grade as she goes.  Since math is not her favorite way to spend her time, I have her read out each answer as she goes through it to help her get immediate feedback and prevent practicing a skill incorrectly.

Nate and Gabby are both in what we call The Orange Book for spelling, Spelling Power.  Gabby has a head for Latin and enjoys it, so she is using the Once Upon a Time, In Latin series to keep up on her Latin.  Nate is in Song School Latin I.  Katie is taking a break from languages for the next two years before we pick a high school language.  Instead, she has more focus on English grammar.  We have an ancient workbook I picked up at a curriculum sale and we use Khan Academy too.

Katie is doing part of Teaching Our Daughters to be Keepers at Home for Home Ec.  She made a dress--which she found not to be enjoyable.  She does, however, love making dinner for the family once a week.  Gabby is also working on a visual arts class (Artistic Pursuits), which she has enjoyed.

That's school here these days!


Friday, January 26, 2018

Friday Funny

Ellie (as we drive past a Panda Express): Look!  Pandas to eat!

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One of my earliest posts was about Katie talking about this place (in a different state), but for her it was a preschool.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday Funny

Ellie: Mama, I like your hair down.

Me: You mean like how it is now, in a low ponytail?

Ellie: [exasperated] No, down.

Me: [pulling out the hair tie] Like this?

Ellie: Yes, it is beautiful-er

Nothing like a backhanded compliment...

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Funny

As a parent, you often try to get the kids to play a game to pass the time in the car, Ellie, has created her own.

Every time she spots a water tower, we hear, "Water tower--SPLASH!"  I'm not quite sure what it is about them that makes her love them so much, but she sure does!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Field Trips

We were a bit behind on our school year, due to starting late (putting in floors) and some extra trips to my home town because of my grandmother's death.  We opted to make up some for lost time by hitting the ground running on the first.

Justin was prepping for the semester, so it worked out well.  We are in the midst of the colonial period of history.  I found a fun set of videos that would be good to review what we'd been studying and preview what was ahead in history.  If you're interested in those, here is the link to the YouTube channel.

At the end of the week, the local schools were back in session, so we decided we'd take advantage of Justin not having students yet, and try some field trips.  We went to a local climbing facility.  We weren't sure how Ellie would do, but she loved it.  It took us awhile to convince her that she could just let go when she was finished climbing because the rope would catch her, but she did get it.





Go, Ellie, Go!

On Friday we went to an art museum.  They have a couple of galleries to walk through--one on art surrounding World War I.  The other was modern art.  They also have a great place for creating your own art, so we a good bit of time there--they painted with water colors, made a print, did stop action movies, and decorated finger puppets.  It was a great day too.

On Monday the older children went to a class at one of the local plantations.  Katie and Gabby both took tours of the mansion, Nate looked at arrowheads, and they all learned some family history of the people who once lived there.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Friday Funny

Ellie: I've got some good news!

Me: Really?

Ellie: Yes, Firefighters, they are nice people.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Friday Funny

We were discussing the traditions of feasting and fasting.  The older kids were thinking over the implications of fasting from something, when Ellie says, "A fast day?  It goes quick, quick, quick!"