Homeschool Journal Highlights

Monday

We kicked off the week reading The Tailor of Gloucester from
A Year of Tales curriculum. This one was a harder story for both Lynni and me to get into, so we did not read it the other days suggested in the curriculum.

For science we revisited the months of the year and talked about the weather and how the temperature can have an effect on the weather. I showed her a chart of our state and the average temperatures for each month. When we moved onto the seasons, she learned that the Earth tilts as it rotates around the sun, which is why the seasons change. When we were all done with this lesson, I taught her the four seasons in American Sign Language. She asked to draw a picture of the four seasons and wrote four different descriptions for each season in her lesson book

Lynni’s illastration of the four seasons.

We also started a geography unit this week from A Year of Tales. Geography is one of Little Miss’s favorite subject and I’m trying to add a little here and there for her until our second part of the year when it will be more frequent.

We did a fun little project called “Me on a Map” and had a discussion about where in this big universe she fits. We talked about our street name, town, state, country, continent, and planet. She also took the time to recite the order of the planets and our galaxy, which we studied two years ago.

The Year At Maple Hill Farm // A Stroll Through The Seasons // The Squirrels Busy Year // Around the Year

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Books for Monday

Tuesday

Little Miss started this sunny day by acing another math test and got 100% on her practice on Khan Academy.

We took her to her grandparents for a few hours to work on her patch work pillow case with her grandma. This project took a few days to finish.

Another little fun thing that we did was go around the house and observe all the different kinds of fabric that we have and picked out our favorites and why they were are favorites.

Books for Tuesday

The Rag Coat // Fiona’s Lace // The Patchwork Quilt

Wednesday

While Little Man napped, Little Miss and I took some mommy/daughter time and worked on a dream catcher her Nana bought her.

Wednesday

Continuing on the weather topic, I copied the chart from the curriculum to start documenting the weather we were having.

Our fun handicraft for weather was making weather peg dolls. I think next time I will order a larger set, but these were just fine to start out with. I remember years ago when I was just focused on Waldorf Education, I made these for Lynni and made them with hats! I don’t know where those cute little guys ever wound up. This was a great project and we shared many giggles while we made these together.

Books for Wednesday (Some not photographed)

Thursday

Just reading a little twaddle during her free time. We were having a slow and slightly rough morning, I had her pick out whatever she wanted to read for twenty minutes while I got breakfast going for her and her brother.

One of the things that I mangaged to get a picture of for the day was keeping track of the rain we have been getting. She’s been documenting it in her journal and adding the differences each time we check it.

I asked her what kind of weather she was interested in learning more about. She told me blizzards, so we read the books I had on blizzards and looked on the internet for some more facts. We created a snowflake with glue and glitter, but I didn’t get around to getting a picture of it before it was destroyed by little baby hands.

We met up with friends in the evening at our library to make paper circuit valentines for STEM!

Finally, Little Miss did about fifteen minutes of French on Dulingo in the evening.

Books for Thursday

Over and Under the snow // The Story of Snow // Blizzards (not shown)

Part of our language arts for the week was creating a formal thank you letter to someone. She learned the parts of creating a letter and how to address an envelope. We will be doing more handwritten letters; she loved how personal it was and putting extra special things in the envelope. This letter was to her Nana for some of the toys she bought the kids.

Friday

I didn’t catch any school related pictures this day. After school we just enjoyed a lot of free play with out spielgaben set and read some stories.

This is the final product of her patchwork pillow she and her grandma worked on! Lynni picked out some of the fabric I had in our craft area, so I didn’t have to order any more. She was so proud of it, and I am so proud of her. She had fun doing it and asked if she could start sewing more. It looks terrific in her room.

Thank you for reading about our Homeschool Journal Week Three! What are you up to this week for your homeschool?

-M


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Homeschool Journal Highlights

Monday

Character trait of the week

Little Miss acted out the Tale of Benjamin Bunny with her Nins from Grapat. This was to practice sequencing and to encourage her to be more specific with her details when telling me a story. After sequencing she went over the story again and she pointed out all of the prepositions and how they connected the sentences together.

We also took the time to dig deeper into learning about Lavender and Tobacco. What the differences are, the health risks that using tobacco brings, what lavender is used for, etc.

The curriculum mentions to draw a diagram of a bunny if we hadn’t already done so, but since we had, Little Miss asked to draw one of a squirrel.

We also took some time to do creative activities. This is a little art garden with their Grimms Rainbow and Leonardo Sticks

We didn’t get to the knitting project that was for this weeks handicraft, but we will eventually get to it.

Books for Mondays book basket

Tuesday

Using our Farm Anatomy book we went over the diagram of an onion. She drew and labeled the parts in her Leuchtturm journal she puts all her lessons in.

We dyed muslin dishcloths instead of handkerchiefs. We used beets, turmeric, and red onion skin. If you use turmeric, make sure to rinse before you wash it with other clothes or wash separate in case of bleeding.

Wednesday

Little Miss took a good forty minutes reading in her rabbit care book, where I had her write some important notes if she were a rabbit owner. (I don’t mind the incorrect spelling for these quick notes she takes.)

For her typing lesson, she wrote her own rabbit story. She needed to have story where she added quotation marks for her Language lesson we were working on this week.

We just printed out a picture that would fit the day’s theme for her to color while I read our read aloud.



Books for Wednesday

The Velveteen Rabbit // Pet care guides for kids Rabbit // How Does My Garden Grow

Thursday

We read so many pleasant gardening books today! We are planning on making a garden this spring and it was the perfect oppertunity to come up with some sort of a garden layout plan. This is what Little Miss thought our garden should look like and what we should grow. I’m really excited to start this process, not only to grow some of our own food, but to teach the kids these skills.

Lynni bug was teaching her brother colors.

Just getting some fresh air. The rain never stops us from having a good time!

Lynni Bug volunteered to help daddy make dinner! We had pancakes, scrambled eggs, and ribs from the night before. She really enjoys daddy/daughter time.

Books for Thursday

We are the Gardeners Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard Secrets in the Garden The Curious Garden

Friday

We took today off for Valentines Day.

Independent time

Saturday

Little Miss and I had mommy/daughter time at a local greenhouse while Little Man and daddy were at home playing.

I taught Lynni what the symbols meant on the back of the plant tags so she will be able to help pick out plants for different parts of the yard.

We decided we would get some herbs while we were there.

They had so many baby chicks for sale! We spent a good ten minutes looking at their cuteness.

Thanks for joining us on here and reading what we’ve been up to!

-M

2020 Curriculum picks!

2020 homeschool picks for our homeschool

Every year I look forward to the process of picking out the perfect curriculum for the coming homeschool year. This year, we finished EARLY, which means we get to start off the year with fresh and exciting new curriculum! I’m always working to improve our homeschool curriculum, atmosphere, and rhythm. I have been homeschooling my daughter since the beginning, and it’s amazing how much our homeschool has evolved. One change I make each year is to replace some of the repetitive work and throw in more fun projects.

Read-alouds

These are the read-alouds that Little Miss picked for the beginning of the year. Of course, there will be many more read-alouds, and I will be posting those later on!

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Sweet Home Alaska

Because of Winn Dixie

The Borrowers

The Penderwicks

Reader

This will be our first time reading from the New Friends Pathway reader series. She reads this for 15 minutes to me or daddy, and then reads another 15+ minutes of another book of her choice.

New Friends Grade 3

Math

Teaching Textbooks is still my top choice for Little Miss! It’s been a life saver for me since math isn’t something that comes naturally to me. When Little Miss needs a little more practice or is having trouble, she will just ask her dad for help and/or we just have her pop on Khan Academy.  I don’t feel that this curriculum needs any other supplements at this time. Thankfully, her dad is very good at math and helps her during his lunch break or after work.

Teaching Textbooks

Language Arts

I love the gentle approach that First Language Lessons For The Well Trained Mind offers. This curriculum is only supposed to take 10 to 15 minutes a day. I went with level two because I wanted to make sure she had plenty of review. Since we are ahead of the game and she doesn’t have her testing until summer of 2021, I feel we don’t need to rush. Because the lessons start out so easy, I will be doing two lessons a day with her. We will only be using the grammar, dictation, and oral narration part.

First Language Lesson 2

Handwriting/Copy Work

Little Miss is a pretty reluctant writer, which is why I wanted to give Jot it Down a shot! I’ve heard and seen really great reviews on it, and I hope to write my own review after we have used it for a while! I believe the projects with writing will be engaging for her. I will be tweaking it to be a little more challenging on parts.

Jot it Down

Instead of using the copy work the First Language Lesson offers, I asked Little Miss what she would like to use. I find it more encouraging and exciting if she has choice in what she can write about. It pleased me to see that she chose her Fairy book, which is full of lovely poetry and beautiful illustrations. Her daily task will be to copy four sentences out of her book in her best handwriting and illustrate the fairy of that week with her best work.

Complete Book of Fairies

Our Core

This year we’re using A Year of Tales for our core curriculum. I couldn’t wait to dig into this gorgeous curriculum! It offers many different topics, but the ones we are taking from it are:

Art Appreciation

Character Traits

Handcrafts

Geography

Nature Study/Science

Poetry

Recipes and Tea time

Vocabulary and Spelling

I love that the curriculum is literature-based, with gorgeous children books. While we are on A Year of Tales, we will also be doing research about Beatrix Potter.

A YEAR OF TALES

Recommended supplemental reading for A Year of Tales:

The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter

A Year of Nature Poems

The Curiositree Natural World

Farm Anatomy

Nature Anatomy

When we are finished with A Year of Tales, we will start beyond five in a row as our core. We have used FIAR in the past and have loved the rich literature and projects.

Second half of the year

Beyond Five in a Row

BFIAR covers

History

Geography

Science

Language arts

Vocabulary

Fine arts

Issues with human relationships

Reads for Beyond five in a Row

I couldn’t find The Boxcar Children, but I DO have it and have plenty of time to find it!

Betsy Ross

Homer Price

Thomas Edison

The Boxcar Children

Extras

Piano My husband and our daughter are learning the piano together through music books and YouTube.

French will be another language she will be doing a couple times a week. We really like the free app Dulingo.

Typing will be another subject we will start back up. We have used Typing.com and have really loved it. We use the free version.

Co-op

American Sign Language, which is the class I am teaching this term. Little Miss already knows quite a bit of ASL, but I am teaching a lot that I haven’t covered with her yet.

Art Class is the other co-op class that she will be taking this term.

Extra subjects are covered once or twice a week; if they don’t get touched on that week, it’s not a big deal. Finally, co-op meets once a week.

That’s it !

We are both so excited for this year! I hope you have found some of this useful and worth checking out.

I’d love to hear what you are using for this year!