Friday, September 20, 2013

Logic Stage Week Six and a.little.about.Scheduling

My theme for teaching these homeschooled Logic Stage students is DIVIDE AND CONQUER. Now that doesn't mean anyone will meet their demise.  Of course not!  But, it means that each student has a different subject that they engage in during the days of the week. For example, Wednesday G1 does his history readings, narrations and writing while G2 researches her habitat, flag study and Illinois state study questions.  G3 reads and investigates science.  I patrol and guide from their elbows as needed.  Each must accomplish breakfast and Bible study first which takes some "herding" toward task accomplishment, but once they decide which topic or source to start with each day, the Logic Stage is for me to ask the "Why" questions as often as possible and encourage discerning thought.  G3 tends to get his maths done early because it works for him. G1 does his intermittently with other subjects, because he can sometimes hits a wall that needs a change of direction in order to clear the mind of vexation.  G2 gladly works independently in her room and gets her music practice time done along with her maths, because she's all about visiting with her friends when they get home. 

This is in contrast to the Grammar Stage in Classical Education when I taught all three students the same subjects at the same time.  However, I was divided and conquered most often.  I gladly gave up early each day back then because I was so very weary.  I'm grateful for independence seeking tweens during school time.

Week Six of Chemistry and Early Modern/USA History found us using new sources as well as our Kindles.  Did I tell you how much I appreciate the Heritage History resources that bring non-fiction, fiction and biographies from the public domain to the Kindle with images and maps that enhance our learning? Me included!

Tiner, Exploring the World of Chemistry Chapter 1: Ancient Metals  p. 4
Kindle:  Wonder Book of Chemistry, Chap 11 (Burning Metals) & Chap 12 (Salts)
Hands of a Child Notebook with questions
·         Read Sections:  METALS Intro, Properties of Metal and *The Periodic Table
·         Define:  Elements, Lustrous, Malleable, Ores, Ductile, Reactive, Electrical Conductor, Thermal Conductor, Atom, Periodic Table, Atomic Number
DK Chemistry pages 16-17

SOTW3CHChapter 6, begins on page 61
New Colonies in the New World
I.                    Strangers and Saints in Plymouth
·         Synge Awakening of Europe:  The Pilgrim Fathers
·         Marshall –Our (An) Island Story:  ch. 75 The Story of the Mayflower (1620)
·         Marshall – This Country of Ours:  15. How the Colony Was Saved 1610-14, 22. The Story of the Pilgrim Fathers 1606-1620, 23. The Founding of Massachusetts 1620-1692, 24. The Story of Harry Vane 1636, 25. The Story of Anne Hutchinson And the Founding of Rhode Island 1638, 26. The Founding of Harvard 1638, 27. How Quakers First Came To New England 1656
·         Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  Pilgrims 1620, Ch. XXVIII, The Mayflower (1620), 1620.  Pilgrims, Ch. XXVIX
PAST FACT:  1625, Charles I becomes king of England
II.                  The Dutch in the New World
·         Synge Awakening of Europe:  The Founder of Pennsylvania, The 'Pilgrim's Progress' (Read Pilgrim's Progress)
·         Marshall – This Country of Ours:  Part 3 Stories of New England, 33. How the Charter of Connecticut Was Saved 1687-89, 34. The Witches of Salem 1692, Part 4 Stories of the Middle and Southern Colonies, 35. The Founding of Maryland 1632-34, 36. How New Amsterdam Became New York 1626-1664, 37. How a German Ruled New York 1689-91
·         Peter of New Amsterdam.   by James Otis
·         Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  New York, Stuyvesant, Ch. XXXVIII, The Beginning of New York, 1620-1664. 1614-1702


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