Homeschool Highlights {September}

I love that year round schooling puts us at 2.5 months of school complete by the end of September!

Bible

We finished reading The Jesus Storybook Bible and we’ve started God’s Names. This book was given to me and I decided to read it to the girls during our Bible time. There are 20+ names of God that we will read about. The names of God reveal the character of God and I am excited to teach this to my children.

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Classical Conversations

We are on a roll with our Memory Work. It never ceases to amaze me just how much my girls memorize each week! Even Sweet Pea is memorizing a lot for a Kindergartener. Our CC Review time is a favorite time of day. We review the week’s Memory Work and then spend 10-15 minutes on the subject of the day. This is where we learn more about the Memory Work through reading a book or doing an activity like this Adapt, Migrate & Hibernate Cut & Paste picture sort! I also downloaded Junior Learning Activity Book. I can print the pages I want us to do. There is a page for every subject except Latin. We don’t do every page every week (of course) but we have enjoyed the coloring pages for history, the geography pages, the skip counting pages and the English grammar pages.

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Language Arts

Little Bug is on Lesson 35 of All About Reading Level 2. By the end of September, we were doing about a lesson per day. At this rate, we will probably complete Level 2 next month and then we will start All About Spelling Level 1! Little Bug is excited about spelling.

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Sweet Pea is reading CVC words! She is flying through Confession of a Homeschooler’s K4/5 Kinder curriculum and excelling in it! She is also working through Phonics for Kindergarten and is halfway through.

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We are continuing to work through the lowercase letters in Handwriting Without Tears. This jolly little fellow sits in his booster seat at the table and does his own writing (or chewing of the writing utensil).

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Math

Time is a hard concept to learn, especially for the younger elementary age. We were at Grams & Gramps’ house and I got this idea to make a clock using a hoola hoop (the same one I used as a child – I won a hoola hoop contest at my elementary school in the 5th grade!) and a short and long stick for the minute and hour hands. My mom printed the numbers 1-12 on cardstock as well as 5, 10, 15, 20, etc. so that we could help Little Bug grasp the concept of telling time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour. I also need to be intentional in making real-life scenarios for Little Bug to tell time. For example, I could tell her, “Today during rest time you can have a snack at 3:15pm!” She would quickly learn what 3:15 looks like on the clock for a snack! Motivation is key for this girl in her learning.

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Sweet Pea is nearly finished with the BJU K5 Math book! We will keep working on it until she has completed it (it’s only half of the origional book because Little Bug used the second half of the book her Kindergarten year) and then start work in another book. We are also having fun playing math games like this Roll & Cover Addition facts game.

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Art

Our history this year is all about Medieval History so one afternoon we drew a castle using one of our Usborne drawing books!

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Homeschool Highlights {August}

I am very late with our Homeschool Highlights {August} post but that is mainly because of computer issues and not having access to my pictures for a while and not a lack of schooling going on around here! August was a wonderfully productive month of homeschool!

Language Arts

Little Bug continues to work through All About Reading Level 2 even though her reading level has soared above AAR Level 2! There are other components of this curriculum (beyond the phonics) that are beneficial for Little Bug so that I why we are completing Level 2.

Little Bug also reads out loud to me on most days. I typically pick the book she reads aloud to me and we spend about 10 or so minutes a day with Little Bug reading to me!

I certainly do not have to coax Little Bug to read. I find her reading on her own all throughout the day which is a lovely sight!

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Sweet Pea is working through Confessions of a Homeschooler’s K4/5 Curriculum. This has been great phonics practice to prepare her to start AAR Level 1! There are Word Family activities as well as beginning sound activities. She picked up on how to do them very quickly.

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We are reading through the Laura Ingalls Wilder series and we are currently reading By the Shores of Silver Lake.

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Handwriting Without Tears is going well! It’s the last thing we do during our Morning School time. Since a lesson only takes 5-10 minutes tops, Sarge joins us at the table and I give him a puzzle to work on. Usually, by the end of the 10 minutes all the puzzle pieces are on the floor, but at least he feels included and it won’t be long before he will figure out how to work the puzzles. While the girls are doing their handwriting page, I try to help Sarge do his puzzle.

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Math

I had Little Bug completing 2 Horizon Math 1 lessons per day for a while because the lessons were so easy and a review of the K level. Towards the end of August we went back to 1 lesson a day even though the lessons are still pretty much a review. Horizons 1 has tests so that has been a new experience for Little Bug! She has aced all her tests!

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Sweet Pea loves math! She is enjoying working through BJU K5 Math. We are also having fun playing many math games and doing some fun math activities.

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Bible

We are reading through The Jesus Storybook Bible! After we read a story, we pray together and go over our monthly Bible Memory Verse. Praying together often sets the mood for our homeschool day and it is a very important part of our day!

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Classical Conversations

We started our second year of CC this month! Our first couple of weeks were fabulous. We fell right back into our routine of moving right into our CC Review Time after reading the Bible. Both girls are learning the Memory Work like it is no big deal. It is amazing how much their little minds can take in and retain after hearing something just a few times. The songs and chants help so much. We are off to another wonderful year of Classical Conversations!

Learning Time with Sarge

Sarge turned 2 this month and while I won’t start official preschool with him until he is 3 or 4, I am intentionally getting him ready to one day join our homeschool even now! At the itty bitty age of two, all this looks like is reading books to him daily. He stopped wanting to sit in my lap to read books, so I had to figure out a way that I could still read to him daily because it is that important!

During the month of August, I started getting the girls working on a very short learning activity (usually has to do with CC) so that I can take Sarge into his bedroom and read to him with no distractions! This is working wonderfully! I love starting my school day with my smallest student. I read to him for 10-15 minutes before he goes into his pack n play for his Independent Playtime while I do (most) Morning School with the girls.

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And that was August! It will be time for September’s post before I know it!

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CC Cycle 2, Week 1

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We begin our Classical Conversations Memory Work review time by playing one of these 4 games: Beach Ball Review, Popsicle Review, Cube Review & Sticker Book Review. (Learn more about these games here.) This gives us a 15ish minute review of the current week’s memory work.

The last half of our review time is spent diving deeper into 1-2 subjects. We keep this part very simple by just reading books and occasionally doing a fun craft or activity.

Here is what we did at home for Classical Conversations Week 1!

Day 1:

We began by reviewing Week 1 Memory Work by playing Beach Ball Review.

Focus Subject: Science

Day 2:

We reviewed Week 1 Memory Work by playing Popsicle Review.

Focus Subject: English & Math

Day 3:

We reviewed Week 1 Memory Work by playing Cube Review.

Focus Subject: Geography & Latin

  • Use placemat maps & dry erase marker to find locations.
  • Listen to Latin song on CC app

Day 4:

We reviewed Week 1 Memory Work with an Usborne Sticker Book.

Focus Subject: Timeline & History

Day 5:

Community Day! – Introduction to Week 2 Memory Work

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How to Implement CC at Home

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The purpose of this post is to give you an idea of how we implement Classical Conversations at home.

It is really very simple!

That’s the thing with CC. You, as the mom and educator of your child, have the freedom to dive into the Memory Work as you see fit for your homeschool and your individual children.

Some simply go over the Memory Work and recite it as they did with their class on Community Day. (That’s us during the average CC Review time in our homeschool!)

Some dig a little deeper by reading books that correlate with the Memory Work. (We do this, but not for every single piece of Memory Work every single week. Just what interests us!)

And some dig even deeper with activities, crafts, unit studies, notebooking pages, field trips, etc. that expound on the Memory Work even further. (We do activities and crafts every so often and not every week!)

So you see, you can keep this as simple – or as complicated – as you would like.

Here is how we keep it very simple!

Our homeschool day begins with a Bible story and then moves right into CC Memory Work Review time. The review time takes approximately 30 minutes.

The first 15 minutes of Review Time are spent reviewing that week’s Memory Work. We recite the Memory Work for Timeline, History, Science, Geography, English, Latin and Math using one of these 4 ways:

  1. Popsicle Review – Pick a stick. Each color stands for one of the subjects. Recite the subject you pick! (Example: Red= Science.)

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2. Beach Ball Review – Write each subject name (History, Science, Geography, etc) on the Beach Ball. Throw the ball to the child. Recite the subject where their right thumb lands!

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3. Cube Review – Roll the cube and recite the subject that the cube lands on!

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4. Sticker Book Review – My girls LOVE Usborne sticker books. They recite a subject and then get a sticker to place on their book!

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If we want to hear the Memory Work (instead of trying to recite it), we use these methods:

  1. CC app – there is now an app for Apple & Android! Some say it is priced too much for what you get, but I think the $15 is worth it for the convenience of having all the Memory available on the tablet! It includes the History, Math and Latin songs. I do wish it included the Timeline song, but it does not.
  2. Watching videos from Community Day – I record the tutor introducing the new Memory Work each week so we can watch the videos throughout the week at home.
  3. Audio 3-Disk Set – CC has a set of 3 CDs for sale that includes all the Memory Work. If you buy one “extra” (in other words, these CDs are not required to do CC), I would let these CDs be it! Keep it in the car and play the Memory Work as you ride around town! There are 3 CDs in the package. One has the Timeline, one has the Memory Work by week and one has the Memory Work by subject. I tend to keep the CD with the Memory Work by week in the car and I keep the CD with Memory Work by subject in the house along with the CD that has the Timeline song.

The last 15 minutes of Review Time is spent focusing in on one or two subjects. This is where we dig a little deeper by reading books (most of the time) or doing a fun activity or craft (occasionally). Here is our schedule:

  • Day 1: History & Timeline
  • Day 2: Science
  • Day 3: Geography & Math
  • Day 4: English & Latin

Next, I will write a post about our first week of CC and how we implemented everything at home during our CC Review Time!

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Kindergarten Curriculum with Classical Conversations

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Yesterday we took a look at what 2nd Grade looks like with Classical Conversations as the backbone of the curriculum. Today we will take a look at my Kindergartener’s curriculum line up for this year!

I am envious of the education my 5-year-old is going to receive! We started CC at the precise year that she was old enough for official school! Being only 4-years-old our first year of CC, I debated on whether I was going to enroll her in a class. Enrolling her was one of the best things I have ever done for her as her mother. CC has made her blossom in ways I was not expecting. Entering the program at age 4 means she will complete all 3 cycles two times and she will complete Cycle 1 three times!

Take a look at everything Sweet Pea will learn and be exposed to this year! Everything that is in bold is included in the Classical Conversations Foundation program. With Classical Conversations, I only have to choose a Language Arts and Math program; everything else is included in the CC program!

Kindergarten Curriculum

(with Classical Conversations as the backbone)

Bible:

(Chosen by me)

  • The Jesus Storybook Bible & DVDs
  • The Adventure Bible for Kids
  • Apologia’s Who is God?

Reading/Phonics:

(Chosen by me)

  • K4/5 Kindergarten by Confessions of a Homeschooler
  • All About Reading Level 1
  • Explode the Code Books A, B & C
  • Read BOB Books to mom
  • Read Alouds – chapter books read out loud by mom

Handwriting:

(Chosen by me)

  • Handwriting Without Tears K
  • A Reason for Handwriting K

English Grammar:

  • Memory Work – Grammar facts including pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and conjuctions

Latin:

  • Memory Work – Verb endings of the first conjugation

Math:

(Chosen by me)

  • K5 Math & other various math workbooks
  • Memory Work – Multiplication tables up to 15×15, common squares and cubes, as well as basic geometry formulas, algebraic laws and unit conversions
  • Math Games

History:

  • Memory Work – 24 history sentences from Pre-Reformation to Modern history
  • Memory Work – 161 events and people in a chronological timeline from Creation to Modern America

Science:

  • Memory Work – 24 science facts about Ecology, Astronomy and Physical Science
  • 12 science experiments
  • 12 science projects

Geography:

  • Memory Work – Over 100 locations and geographic features in Europe, Asia and select parts of the world
  • Blob Mapping

Art & Music:

(All of this is covered over 24 weeks during our 1 day per week Community Day. You can certainly explore all of this more at home as most everything you need to do so can be found in your Foundations Guide.)

  • Exposure to drawing techniques
  • Music Theory
  • Tin Whistle
  • 6 Great Artists and related projects
  • Introduction to orchestra
  • 3 classical composers

Public Speaking:

(Every child gives a 2-3 minute oral presentation in their classroom during Community Day.)

  • 24 oral presentations

Physical Education:

  • 30 minute class with our CC Community after class and lunch! (I did not bold this because it is not a part of CC’s standard program, however, our community is offering PE classes to the children which we are taking advantage of!)

My Kindergartener spends about 45-60 minutes max on structured learning 4 days per week (the 5th day is our Community Day). As you can see in my post about 2nd Grade, this leaves ample time for a 5-year-old to do what 5-year-old’s do best: PLAY!

Structured learning includes everything you see above in Language Arts (alternating between the choices – we never do it all in 1 day!) and Math plus a daily 30 minute review of her Memory Work for the week!

What a solid foundation Sweet Pea will have in her education!

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2nd Grade Curriculum with Classical Conversations

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This post (and the one I will post about Kinder Curriculum) is redundant to this post however, I got to thinking (again) about what a complete program Classical Conversations Foundations is and I decided to write this out and bold everything that is included in the Classical Conversations Foundations program.

Take a look! Besides choosing an LA & Math program, Classical Conversations includes everything else. I don’t have to put together elaborate unit studies to study the middle ages or outer space (although, with CC, if you so desire, you still can make elaborate unit studies to go with the Memory Work but it is not required and not necessary in the least bit!).

This is Little Bug’s 2nd Grade curriculum line up for the school year. As I write it all out here, subject by subject, I can see that it is so full yet I am not stressed at all in implementing anything you see here! That is amazing because CC is amazing!

2nd Grade Curriculum

(with Classical Conversations Foundations as the backbone)

Bible:

(Choices made by me)

  • The Jesus Storybook Bible & DVDs
  • The Adventure Bible for Kids
  • Apologia’s Who is God?

Reading/Phonics:

(Choices made by me)

  • All About Reading Level 2
  • Explode the Code Books 3 & 4
  • Read chapter books out loud to mom
  • Read Alouds – chapter books read out loud by mom

Handwriting:

(Choices made by me)

  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • A Reason for Handwriting

Spelling:

(Choices made by me)

  • All About Spelling Level 1 (According to CC, Spelling in 2nd grade isn’t necessary as it will be covered in the Essentials program which begins at age 9. I am doing AAS with Little Bug because she wants to do it.)

English Grammar:

  • Memory Work – Grammar facts including pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions

Latin:

  • Memory Work – Verb endings of the first conjugation

Math:

(Choices made by me)

  • Horizons Math 1
  • Memory Work – Multiplication tables up to 15×15, common squares and cubes, as well as basic geometry formulas, algebraic laws and unit conversions
  • Math Games

History:

  • Memory Work – 24 history sentences from Pre-Reformation to Modern history
  • Memory Work – 161 events and people in a chronological timeline from Creation to Modern America

Science:

  • Memory Work – 24 science facts about Ecology, Astronomy and Physical Science
  • 12 science experiments
  • 12 science projects

Geography:

  • Memory Work – Over 100 locations and geographic features in Europe, Asia and select parts of the world
  • Blob Mapping – learn more about this here

Art & Music:

(All of this is covered over 24 weeks during our 1 day per week Community Day. You can certainly explore all of this more at home as most everything you need to do so can be found in your Foundations Guide.)

  • Exposure to drawing techniques
  • Music Theory
  • Tin Whistle
  • 6 Great Artists and related projects
  • Introduction to orchestra
  • 3 classical composers

Public Speaking:

(Every child gives a 2-3 minute oral presentation in their classroom during Community Day.)

  • 24 oral presentations

Physical Education:

  • 30 minute class with our CC Community after class and lunch! (I did not bold this because it is not a part of CC’s standard program, however, our community is offering PE classes to the children which we are taking advantage of!)

 

Are you wondering, “How long does it take to cover all of that?” 

Not as long as you are probably thinking!

My 2nd grader has about 1-1.5 hours of structured school time 4 days a week (the 5th day is our Community Day). This includes everything you see above in Language Arts (alternating AAR & AAS) and Math plus a daily 30 minute review of her Memory Work for the week, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors! (It never ceases to amaze me that my girls love playing in mud. Whatever. This kept them entertained for over an hour!)DSC03887.JPG

 As a mother who is trying to first and foremost teach the hearts of my children while managing the household, wrangling the toddler and teaching the academics to my older children, Classical Conversations simplified our homeschool in ways I am not sure any other program out there could.

I am NOT saying CC is the only way to homeschool your children, however, if what you are doing isn’t working and you constantly feel overwhelmed and like you just aren’t covering it all adequately, take a deeper look into Classical Conversations. It just might be what you are looking for!

Please note: This is not a sponsored post at all. It is simply from the heart of one CC Mama who is just incredibly grateful today – and every day – to have found Classical Conversations!

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Homeschool Schedule {2016-2017}

Unlike last year when we had a different routine every couple of weeks it seemed, I think this year we will have a steady routine that will be tweaked here and there every so often. The difference is Sarge is no longer an infant and he is solidly on a 1-nap schedule now!

Here is what a typical school day looks like around here with a 7-year-old, 5-year-old and 2-year-old:

Please note: This post does not depict all the drama of every day life with 3 young children, like temper tantrums, sibling fights and complaining children. At least one of those things is bound to happen at least once every day!

7:00-9:00am

Morning Routine – Little Bug is up early but she knows she is to stay in her room reading and playing quietly until 8am. She is very good about doing this. Sweet Pea’s clock turns green at 7:45am and most mornings she wakes around this time or by 8am. Both girls know they are expected to get up and get dressed before I come to their rooms at 8am. I get Sarge up at 8am and that is when our day officially begins. I get him dressed and ready for the day and then fix breakfast. The girls go the kitchen and begin their Morning Routine. This includes putting away their pjs, emptying the dishwasher, taking vitamins & pills and clearing their area at the table after they eat breakfast.

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Sibling Playtime – After breakfast dishes are cleared from the table the girls brush their teeth and then it is Sibling Playtime. All 3 children play together while I clean up the kitchen from breakfast and put a load of laundry to wash on laundry days.

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9:00-11:00am

Reading time with Sarge (10-15 minutes) – We begin the school day by sitting on the floor together and reading books with Sarge. After this, Sarge goes to his room for Independent Playtime while we do the majority of our school!

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Bible & CC Review (45 minutes) – We begin by reading a Bible story, praying together and going over our monthly memory verse. Then we move right into our CC Review time. First, we review the week’s memory work. Then we focus on that day’s subject by reading a book (mostly) or doing an activity (occasionally).

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Language Arts with Little Bug (15-30 minutes) – We move right in to All About Reading Level 2 after CC Review time.

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Sweet Pea works on her Independent Work (handwriting practice, LA and math activities that she can do on her own).

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Language Arts with Sweet Pea (15-30 minutes) – We begin by reading 1-2 picture books. Usually after this Sarge’s IP timer goes off and Little Bug gets Sarge out of IP time. She is responsible for playing with Sarge while I do LA (Confessions of a Homeschooler K4/5 Kindergarten) with Sweet Pea. Little Bug does a fabulous job with this responsibility!

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Handwriting (5-10 minutes) – After Language Arts, we all go to the kitchen table where the girls and I do a Handwriting Without Tears lesson together. Sarge sits in his booster seat to work on a puzzle or color.

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11:00-12:30pm

Outside Play (45-60 minutes) – After our Morning School is complete, we all head outside to play!

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Lunch (20-30 minutes) – We usually sit down to eat at noon.

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12:30-4:00pm

Math with Little Bug (15-30 minutes) – Once lunch is cleaned up I do a Horizons 1 math lesson with Little Bug while Sweet Pea and Sarge play together. Often times, this means we are all gathered around the kitchen table together which can get interesting.

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Math with Sweet Pea (15-30 minutes) – Sweet Pea does a page (or more – she loves doing math!) in her math book or we play a math game together!

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Sarge down for a nap (1:30pm) – A little before 1:30, I go and put Sarge down for his nap.

Read Aloud (30 minutes) – The girls and I head to our bed & I read aloud a chapter from our current Read Aloud book.

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Naptime/Independent Work/Independent Playtime (2 hours) – Sweet Pea goes down for her nap at 2pm and Little Bug does her Independent Work (math facts & Explode the Code). Once Little Bug is finished with her Independent Work, she is free to go to her room to play for the remainder of naptime. She uses this time doing what she loves best: playing, reading and crafting!

To read about our curriculum for this school year click here!

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Homeschool Highlights {July}

Our first day of school was July 11th. The girls were very excited to begin a new school year. This year Little Bug is a 2nd grader and Sweet Pea is a Kindergartener. Our first 3 weeks of school in July were a big success, despite the fact our family had a huge disappointment at the end of July. (More on that at the end of this post.)

 

Bible

We are reading through The Jesus Storybook Bible. I love how every story points back to Jesus coming as the rescuer and redeemer. We read 1-2 stories each morning to begin our school day. During this time we also pray together and go over our memory verse for the month.

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Language Arts

Little Bug picked right back up with All About Reading Level 2. By the end of July she was on Lesson 19. After finishing Level 1 (back in May) Little Bug’s reading skills have really blossomed. She read 22 chapter books in June and July! When she started reading chapters books on her own and saying she had finished them, I wasn’t sure if she was really reading them because she was finishing so quickly! After questioning her about what she was reading, it became clear she was reading the books and was just becoming a book worm! She wakes early and spends time reading then. She is required to read for 30 minutes before bed and she does so willingly. We will often find her reading throughout the day as well. This has been so exciting for me to witness!! She flies through the AAR lessons but I still want to do AAR with her because it works on other reading skills besides phonics (reading comprehension) that I want to make sure she also has a solid foundation in.

Sweet Pea began Confession of a Homeschooler’s K4/5 Kindergarten Curriculum. We mainly got through the alphabet and number review lessons in July (as well as a few assessments on letters and numbers) so next month we will really get into the meat of this curriculum.

After I do AAR with Little Bug, she is responsible for playing with Sarge while I do language arts with Sweet Pea. This has worked super well! Anytime one of his sisters gives him their undivided attention, Sarge is a happy camper!

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Math

Little Bug began Horizons 1 math. The first lessons are review and it has been good for her. She seems to have grasped place value to 10’s which is something we worked hard on last year.

I brought out Little Bug’s K5 Math book that she completed half of when we put her in the private school after Sarge was born. Sweet Pea LOVED having a math book! She wanted to do lesson after lesson after lesson. The first few days of school all we did was pages in this math book because that is all she wanted to do! We are also playing lots of games that I have printed and prepared ahead of time from various resources on the internet! She has enjoyed playing the games but she loves when it is time to work in her math book!

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Handwriting

We are still working through the Handwriting Without Tears Kindergarten book together. The extra practice has been helpful for Little Bug and Sweet Pea is learning to write her letters very well! By working in the math book, she is learning to write her numbers too!

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Swim Lessons

The girls took swim lessons through an instructor that offers lessons in her home pool. The class was July 11-22, Monday through Friday, 1 hour each day. Both girls made excellent progress from Day 1 to Day 10! Little Bug was jumping in and swimming the length of the pool by the end of the two weeks. Sweet Pea got over her fears and was jumping in, going under the water and beginning to learn to swim by the end of lessons. I was so proud of both of them!

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Failed Adoption

We were expecting to adopt our 4th child in July but the mother chose not to place her baby for adoption. While this was a huge disappointment to our family when it happened, we are all at peace with how things turned out.  We are seeking the Lord for what is next for our family as we do not feel our family is complete. It will be exciting to see where God leads us next.

 

These 3 weeks have been a wonderful start to the school year. We have a good routine in place, which I will write about soon. We are looking forward to beginning our second year with Classical Conversations in August!

 

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How I Organize Classical Conversations

This is the Classical Conversations corner of our Homeschool Room!

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There are multiple ways people organize their Timeline Cards. I choose to go the cheap route by putting them in a basket I already had on hand and using tabs to mark each week. I thought they would be easily accessible this way and I can grab the cards for each week and then file them back in the basket.

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I think most people like to write the Memory Work on a big dry erase board. I don’t have a big dry erase board. I took the time to type the Memory Work (it didn’t take as long as you would think!) all out so I can display it each week in page protectors that are taped on the wall. Works for us! I like the Memory Work visible for Review time.

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My folder with all the Memory Work typed and printed.

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I stick all the pages for one week in one page protector! All 24 weeks are in this one folder!

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Memory Master cards are hung on the wall. Cycle 1 is the top row and Cycle 2 is the second row. There is space for Cycle 3 next year! I find these cards helpful when we are reviewing more than the current week’s Memory Work.

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Because I planned our school year all out this summer ahead of time, I have these folders ready with special activities we will do with our Memory Work. There is NOT an activity for every week and for every piece of Memory Work. Just an activity here and there to spice things up every now and then. I will place books that we are currently reading in this basket as well.

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A sample folder with a Book of Number Patterns each girl will make:

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The blue basket on the right holds our Review materials and games we enjoy playing during our Memory Work review each morning.

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Books are a big part of our Memory Work. We love reading to find out more about the facts we are memorizing! This bookcase holds all our books that correlate to CC Memory Work. The books are organized by subject.

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I really like the way everything is organized this year. I think it will make grabbing resources convenient and easy as we move through our school year!

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What We are Reading for Cycle 2 Science

Here is what we have on hand to dig deeper into Classical Conversation Cycle 2 Science topics!

(Most links are at the bottom of this post.)

Week 1: Biomes
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Illustrated Elementary Science Dictionary (Usborne)

First Encyclopedia of Science (Usborne)

1001 Animals to Spot Sticker Book (Usborne)

Wild Places (Usborne)

Magic School Bus In the Arctic

What’s Biology all about? (Usborne)

Week 2: Consumers
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First Encyclopedia of Science (Usborne)

What’s Biology all about? (Usborne)

Week 3: Food ChainDSC03652

Illustrated Elementary Science Dictionary (Usborne)

Let’s Read and Find Out Who Eats What?

What’s Biology all about? (Usborne)

What is a Food Chain?

Composting

Week 4: Natural CyclesDSC03655

Lets Read and Find Out Follow the Water From Brook to Ocean

Magic School Bus Wet All Over

Magic School Bus At the Waterworks

See Inside Weather and Climate (Usborne)

Illustrated Elementary Science Dictionary (Usborne)

Week 5: Adaption, Migration, HibernationDSC03657

Lets Read and Find Out Animals in Winter

Magic School Bus Hops Home

Illustrated Elementary Science Dictionary (Usborne)

Week 6: PollutionDSC03659

Illustrated Elementary Science Dictionary (Usborne)

Lets Read and Find Out Oil Spill!

Weeks 7-12: Outer Space (Stars, Sun, Planets, Moon, Space Missions and More!)DSC03662

Our Solar System

On the Space Station Shine-A-Light Book (Usborne)

First Sticker Book Space (Usborne)

Big Book of Stars and Planets (Usborne)

There’s No Place Like Space

Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System

Astronaut’s Handbook (Usborne)

Living In Space (Usborne)

Illustrated Elementary Science Dictionary (Usborne)

First Encyclopedia of Science (Usborne)

Let’s Read and Find Out The Moon Seems to Change

Week 13: States of MatterDSC03664

First Encyclopedia of Science (Usborne)

Illustrated Elementary Science Dictionary (Usborne)

Let’s Read and Find Out What is the World Made Of?

Week 14: Acids and Base

Any ideas??

Week 15: EnergyDSC03667

First Encyclopedia of Science (Usborne)

Illustrated Elementary Science Dictionary (Usborne)

Let’s Read and Find Out Energy Makes Things Happen

Energy

Weeks 16-18: Newton’s 3 Laws of MotionDSC03669

First Encyclopedia of Science (Usborne)

Illustrated Elementary Science Dictionary (Usborne)

Who Was Isaac Newton?

Let’s Read and Find Out Forces Make Things Move

Motion

Weeks 19-21: Laws of Thermodynamics

Any ideas??

Week 22: LightDSC03672

First Encyclopedia of Science (Usborne)

Illustrated Elementary Science Dictionary (Usborne)

Light

Week 23: Heat
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Illustrated Elementary Science Dictionary (Usborne)

Week 24: ElectricityDSC03676

Illustrated Elementary Science Dictionary (Usborne)

Electricity

Links:

Usborne Books

Magic School Bus Books

Let’s Read and Find Out Science

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