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Monday, August 30, 2010

Cake of Education

Okay, even though we started last week we didn't get a lot of actual curriculum work done.
Mostly it was organizing and figuring out what Emilie wanted to do and transferring all that to
a chart. So this week we are ready to begin the stuff she picked out.

I think I was getting way crazy about all the points. It was really stressing me. Once I saw that reading books about the historical period and biographies was listed I had a light bulb moment and said "HEY, I can do this more Charlotte Mason style like I wanted and still have some projects too."

We are doing Apologia Biology, High Way to English for grammar ( diagramming the book of Romans, i'm so excited) and Math separate. But Emilie marked a few things of interest in science and math so I said "That's just extra frosting on the cake of education." Emilie liked that, thought it was funny. I think she added it to her favorite quotes on Facebook LOL.

Anyway, I don't think she is spending as much time on each subject as she needs to finish in the time allotted. We are doing 4 units; 9 weeks on each unit. I want to finish American History in chronological order. Then next year go back and start at unit 1.
So now I just have to encourage her to spend more time going deep and narrow rather than wide and shallow.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

About time

We started school last week. We didn't accomplish a whole lot but at least we got things rolling.
Emilie will be doing Far Above Rubies, starting in Unit 6 to complete American History.
Olivia will be doing this Narnia Unit . Bella will be doing Sonlight that I was able to borrow.

I had thought about doing this with Bella for science. But all of those topics are covered in Learning Adventures and that is what we will be doing next. So it is back to the drawing board.

All girls are taking a Beginning Speech class this year. Bella will be starting piano lessons given by a great young lady we have known for 11 years. I think the older girls will be participating in a movie making club, and teen game nights. Plus we have Faithgirls twice a month.

AWANA starts this week. We dropped the Trek and Journeys and will just have "Youth Group".

~Menu for the week~
Shredded Beef sandwiches
oven fried chicken
chicken something
pork chops

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Book Review- The Secret of Indigo Moon.

The Secret of Indigo Moon by G. P. Taylor is a graphic novel about 3 orphans living in an unbearable orphanage. The is book 2 in a series, Book one which is referenced often in The Secret of Indigo Moon. Because I have not read book one I had a hard time getting into the plot, getting to know the characters and even liking them. Erik is the only character who is likable. I usually do like youth fiction, Redwall, Harry Potter, and Charlie Bone are some of my favorites, but I did not enjoy The Secret of Indigo Moon. Maybe it was the graphic novel concept that didn't appeal to me. None of my daughters ( ages 15, 12, and 9) were even interested enough to read it either. Maybe it is more of a boy's book?
Thank you Tyndale for this review copy.