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Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Rally the Troops

And, as always, support independent work with discussions and follow-up in their student planners. So very thankful for this way of life and these special people.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Rally the Troops (2014-15 Week One)

Most of our friends are still sleeping in until almost noon because their classrooms aren't ready for them yet. However, we've begun our 2014-2015 school year.  Yes, it was very light work trying to ignite independence in learning.  There was breakfast, listening to The Story, (Lucado's rearranging of the Bible that we're familiar with from previous readings), math and flags.  Math is the most dusty for our Algebra 1 fellow, but he'll remember soon.  There was home economics and physical education accomplished.  Then there was the introduction of keeping a student planner (I made my own for them, but will use Dr. Bell's next year once these 3 catch on to their usefulness).

The plan for Monday morning is set.  We've chosen our history literature piece to read next; we set the flag countries to discuss; the math expectations are set; the logic text/chapter to address; and we each have a copy of The Story to continue listening too on our kindles.  

So next week we begin the Logic Stage study of Modern History in Story of the World 4.  We'll do a review of our chemistry study from last year and dive into foreign language study for the new year.  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Half-way Through Summer

June is almost over. G3 was in Utah for grandparent's camp. All kids and the Mom survived church VBS.  G2 is off to Bible camp.  G1 heads to Tennessee next week for a service opportunity with our church group.  G3MOM is packed and ready for a trip to Teach Them Diligently via an entry paid by 2:1 Conference.  I then continue on to serve in an English camp in Montevideo, Uruguay.

At some point in early July and before the end of the World Cup on Sunday, July 13, I need to fly stand-by on the Other airline back to the Chicagoland area.  I will then have 2 weeks to complete the first quarter planning before our school year begins.  That'd be year 8 here on the homefront.

Below are the subjects we aim to pursue.  We'll continue notebooking through Physics from our Elemental Science work four years ago with the Noeo Logos teaching plans.  We add quizes, timelines, literature studies and hands-on activities to our SOTW4: Modern Age (1850-present day) binder.  We get to add grammar in the form of Editor in Chief program.  G2 and G3 will begin Student Writing Intensive level B and G1 will perfect this writing program with in depth research along the Excellence in Writing format.  Each student will continue in their Saxon math challenges.  Our 3Gs really enjoyed the soft pastel art lessons from Nana at HodgePodge Art and will continue those until January.  We've decided to start the third pass through each of the world's nation flags with the same continent and the same questions to answer.   G1 will continue his French studies with French in Action for the first 13 lessons this school year as a goal using the website, text and workbook.  G2 and G3 will review their First Start French materials from Memoria Press and aim to finish the entire book for the school year.  G2 is determined to continue studying German (still working on the materials for this goal), and will tackle the Greek materials from Memoria Press as well. Finally, each has their own Latin goal. G1 will continue with Logic study in The Thinking Toolbox,  and G2/G3 will work through The Fallacy Detective

G2 Math
G3 Math
G1 Math
noeo science-Physics 3BandG1 French
G2 Greek
G3 French

All three will continue studying music with band.  There are plans for G1's participation in an elementary Turkish class, but nothing is finalized yet. His goal is to be able to communicate for survival in an summer student exchange next year.  The Turkish may help him as well as his French.  Our Bible studies will follow a Community Bible Study format through the "Return to Jerusalem" syllabus.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Last Week of SOTW3 Logic Stage History Ch 38 and 42

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times by Susan Wise Bauer wasn't meant to be used primarily in this Logic (Dialectic) stage. Maybe it was just a way to organize our year.  And it worked.  So, I'm thrilled. Thrilled :-)  We practiced outlining and narrations that coincide with a classical education.  We've read many historical fiction AND non-fiction that followed along with the table of contents in this spine.  It's finished, and we have grown a year older and wiser in the process.  We very much enjoy Jim Weiss's recordings as well as meeting him at the Cincinnati Great Homeschool Convention (4/2014).  

We'll continue to use Story of the World for the last year of our Logic stage history studies.  That, however, is 2 months away, and we aren't there yet.  Enjoying our summer is the next big assignment!


Friday, May 23, 2014


SOTW3CH 35, begins on page 329, entitled Mexican Independence with sections about The Cry of Dolores and the struggle for The Republic of Mexico.  Mainly about Mexico 1810 between 1822.  We UPDATEd OUR MAPS FROM GRAMMAR STAGE IN BINDERS & ADDed AN ALAMO PAGE.
Into Mexico with General Scott - Edwin Sabin
Book of Border Battles - Edwin Sabin Brave Hearts in the Alamo, Victory at San Jacinto, Face to Face with Mexico
Historical Tales - American II - Charles Morris Heroes of the Alamo, How Houston Won Freedom for Texas
Historical Tales - Spanish American - Charles Morris
From Empire to RepublicThe Beginning of the Struggle for Independence, The Continuance of the Struggle...
SOTW3CH 40, begins on page 367, about Mexico and Her Neighbor with a section about Remember the Alamo and was accompanied by a reading in Guerber's Story of the Great Republic: Ch. XXVI  The Mexican War, 1836 along with Copeland, The Story of the Alamo, Dover Coloring Book page.  
The Mexican-American War was a section with all kinds of excitement, and was accompanied with a reading from Guerber's Story of the Great Republic: Ch. XXVII  The Slavery Quarrel 1846-1848.
The accompanying KHE pages are  Pg. 342; Texas and Mexico 1835-1848, KHE pages:  Pgs. 330-331; The Arts 1708-1835. Pgs. 332-333; Architecture 1708-1835. Pgs. 334-335; Science and Technology 1708-1835. Pgs. 337-339; The World at a Glance 1836-1913.

The most exciting part of these 2 chapters was G3's reading about General Scott. He loved the Sabin book.  G2 was thrilled to make the Alamo in a Minecraft format.