Yes, another homeschooling blog...

P'once a little time there was a girl. This girl grew up to be a Mamma to three little girls all very much like herself. And this little Mamma knew she just had to have a place of her own to keep all things home school right at her fingertips.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Week 1: August 22 - August 26

After much unknowing where we would begin our 3rd year of homeschooling, I decided I couldn't wait any longer to get our show on the road. This week will be a week of finding our rhythm as we acclimate ourselves to the new schedule after a summer break that has been far too long. I've pulled our books from storage and have had a little refresher over the past week reacquainting myself with our old trusty materials and have purchased a few new resources as well. Without further ado, let's begin!
  • Purchase supply list (potentially add to this list if we have enough cash)
    • Dry Erase Markers
    • Clock
    • Ziplock storage bags
    • storage bins?? Supply case for Elinor
    • Notebooks
    • Reward jar with marbles for Elinor
    • Restock Mara's school supply case
    • Plain white paper
  • Test run our planned schedule adding any wiggle room where needed.
  • Organize our space
  • Review goals with Mara
  • Review History Timeline
  • Review Math symbols, fact families
  • Make a calendar
  • Review Latin vocabulary list, conjugation, verb tenses
  • Review rules for Library with Elinor, trip to library
  • Listen to an audio book
  • Read and review pages 176-190 in History book
Spelling: Still awaiting the arrival of our Spelling Workbook.
Grammar: After spending a good portion of time reviewing the text, Mara became very eager to begin her lessons. We finished lesson 1 by Wednesday.
Writing: I've posted the alphabet in Mara's notebook, and she independently decided that as a part of her school day she'd like to write the alphabet on her school desk each morning in chalk. We will be alternating days with dictation pieces and her cursive writing workbook. We have some story starters for short creative writing as well as U.S. Presidents and natural history examples on our supply shelf for informative pieces of writing. I think we have plenty of materials for writing.
Reading: Booklist page in notebook has been created. We have started in the middle of Robin Hood to get us back in the groove.
Latin: Mara picked up the material like we never skipped a beat. I printed of a study guide for her to better memorize her chants, but other than that we are ready to go to the next lesson.
Mathematics: We really just reviewed the number chart through 100 and went straight into the first lesson. Having a large dry erase board is really invaluable for teaching.

**After Math we break for Lunch. This schedule is really working well for us. Elinor goes straight down for a nap after lunch, I have a chance to clean up. Mara and I can concentrate on either History or Science until Elinor wakes up and we all do arts, crafts and or music.

History: This week we've spent our time reacquainting ourselves with late-antiquity through early medieval times. We will begin next week fresh in 7th century Araby.
Science: After some consideration with Science, this year I am doing something different. I'm not doing any grandiose planning. I am simply taking Science day by day. With both Elinor and Mara I want to make sure that we take the time to explore and observe naturally. We started our Science with the idea that Science is about change, so we've made playdough, crayon cookies and applesauce cupcakes. These types of projects also blend nicely into an afternoon of art.

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