Sunday, May 29, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
So, this year, I will introduce the young students (including my youngest son among them) of our co-op to Beatrix Potter and her Peter Rabbit and friends. You can see the teacher guide at this link:
- Some general syllabi for K through 8th:
Saturday, May 14, 2011
While we follow Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum pretty much as a rule in this house, and have been enrolled with the program the book outlines, (Modg) I still have other resources I look at and consider that land on my home school wish list. One such source is: Veritas Press. We definitely believe in and follow a classical education as we feel it serves many purposes in both formation and information, one such purpose is that this course of studies is excellent preparation for college level work. As we send another child of to a liberal arts college to continue the classical education we began at home, we look at several factors that went into the recipe of home education. I personally evaluate what we are doing and using, and what changes could occur, and what needs to happen for each individual child. A beautiful thing about home education – it can be designed for each individual child’s uniqueness. And I don’t know about your children, but mine are definitely unique! I have smart, smarter, smarty pants and out-smarter …..lining up the ranks here :)
A few picks on my wish list in addition to our regular course of studies include:
The Milly Molly Mandy storybook with guide book. I think our youngest son would greatly enjoy this as he is the one that needs more each day and finished his 342 page math book early this year! He loved the Five In A Row system – and he’s far outgrown that already. So I think I will need to design a literature program for him for the new year ahead. I also have Pinocchio with guide book, and Winnie-the-Pooh lined up for literature enrichment as well.
I’m also looking a the Encyclopedia Brown series for him to read – he is 7 yrs old and reads on a 6th grade level, with comprehension at the end of 2nd grade level.
We’ll continue to use the States & Capitals songs; if I can find the cassette tape again….hmmm….or might have to re-order! If I do, I may opt for the DVD as this autistic son benefits greatly from visual and auditory at the same time. Maybe God does have a plan!!
- Song School Latin – I’m thinking of this one for the same son.
- Drawing With Children (Mona Brookes) we have this on the shelf somewhere too…
- Modern Manuscript: Daily Writing Practice, Jill Norris
- Usborne Introduction to Art
Kidnapped! by Robert Louis Stevenson would be good for an extra read for my seventh grade son. Just thinking out loud here! He is reading all the Vision Saint books currently – one after another – and the Bethlehem book series next: the Letzenstein Chronicles.
I would like to make Latin more fun and enjoyable and have more support for myself as the instructor, so I’m looking at different Latin programs for the older levels of school. I’m fine with the Memoria Press Latins, until high school hits, then I will not use Henle Latin again. Sorry :( …..I’m looking at Wheelock’s Latin and considering Elementary Algebra by Jacobs, to make both of those subjects more palatable for my son, possibly for 8th grade, (planning ahead as he’ll be 7th grade this year). Planning ahead is important…laying the formation and foundation now for the next year’s work.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Since my son is DJ’ing during the summer for the radio station at the university he attends, I have come across some new music I’m greatly enjoying. A sweet angelic version of the old Aerosmith 70s tune, Dream-On, done is a beautifully enchanting mode by Kelly Sweet…..her name truly fits her lovely voice.
If there were a way to have it play here I will figure it out and embed it. Otherwise, use the link to find it (Dream On) and listen. Truly beautiful.
More new music finds later…….
Monday, May 09, 2011
Oh, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve been asked this question now. The last six years of our home schooling lifestyle has included high school. My oldest son graduated into college in ‘09, and now our daughter is on her way as well.
What has the last six years of homeschooling high school looked like when parent led? To begin, it has not included any on-line courses, or post secondary at a college location. We have truly “home schooled” in every sense of the word, as law describes it. We exercised complete control over content and resources used. It has included daily catechism, deep and broad and solid. For us, it resembles what we originally found in Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum, by Laura Berquist. The beauty of this program is that each year layers itself. Each courses is meaningful and serves a formation. Whether you are Catholic, or not, this guide book to classical Christian education is truly a God-send. Many protestants have utilized it happily and successfully. I consider ourselves very blessed to have come across it very early in our home education journey.
To sum up, I’ll plot it here for you what our daughter’s transcript looks like and put in some of the links to the resources we’ve used to accomplish this transcript. Our son’s transcript was very similar with just a few different courses here and there.
Please note students using the History syllabi from Mother of Divine Grace receive 2.0 credits due to the amount of literature integrated with the history.
Four Years High School Home Education:
- Latin II (1.0) (Latin II as Latin I was done in 8th gr)
- Algebra 1 (1.0)
- Earth Science (Modg Syllabus + Milliken Press) (1.0)
- Grammar & Composition (1.0)
- Fine Arts: Piano (1.0)
- P.E. (.5-1.0)
P.E. and Fine Arts as well (1.0 credits each)
P.E. and Fine Arts or other electives as desired; keep in mind this program is very literature based, particularly in the area of history
- Bible Study
- Algebra II
- Biology (Exploring Creation with Biology) (1.0) + (.5 - 1.0 lab)
- Medieval English & Spanish History & Literature (2.0)
- Spanish II (1.0)
- Fine Arts: Piano (1.0)
- P.E. Karate (.5 – 1.0)
P.E. & Fine Arts & Electives as desired
- Catholic Doctrine (1.0) Modg Syllabus also used
- College Level Introductory Algebra (1.0)
- Chemistry (1.) + Lab (1.0)
- Health (.5)
- Advanced American Government & Economics (2.0)
- Fine Arts: Piano (1.0)
- P.E. (.5 –1.0)
Our daughter also worked on the yearbook staff and newsletter team of our local home school co-op, sang in choirs, dramas, and worked on the VBS team and basically did a variety of electives throughout her high school career.
One size does not fit all when it comes to home schooling through high school, and like I mentioned our son’s transcript read a bit differently but for the most part the core courses were the same.
I highly recommend reading Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum especially if you are considering home schooling through high school. What is nice about the program is it is flexible giving a few choices in sciences and maths and is thorough in core standards and formation. For Catholics it’s a wonderful Catholic education choice; for other faiths it is an excellent educational choice, with just the right amount of traditional rigor but yet flexible to work with each individual child. Would I change anything?…personally, I would plug in a different Latin program as I felt the Henle Latin, while good, lacked support for the latin novice and parent who was attempting to teach it. I would prefer more support resources to tap into. But, honestly, no complaints! A fine program that has now successfully gotten my older children into a liberal arts college both receiving excellent higher end merit awards for their GPAs and college board test scores.
I’d love to answer your questions about homeschooling through high school, please feel free to contact me any time. God has richly blessed us and I know he is just waiting to bless you too!
How we did it…….I’ll leave that for another post
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Among my treasured gifts today, I received this wonderful poem written by my daughter and signed by all her siblings; also included were several beautiful holy cards. Thank you my children!
A Mother's Day Poem for You
Mother's Day is here again,
But I have no money, no gold, or Yen,
to buy you a candle, coffee or sweets,
or fluffy socks to cover your feets.
So I hope this poem will do just as well,
to tell you that it's pretty swell
That you're a great mother, Yes, it's true!
Happy Mother's Day from Me to You!
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Monday, May 02, 2011
Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live. Ezekiel 18:23