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37 stitches

That’s how many I made yesterday. I blogged, I cleaned the small bathroom, clean the small bathroom, cleaned the small bathroom, and educated my children, children, children, children, children. It was a long day, I went to bed exhausted after midnight, and I made 37 stitches all day.

Natural History and Geography

Batman, Spidey, Stuntman and I will be finishing up the Herriot this period and reading Plant Life. Next period we will work on a Geography book and another Natural History. Diva is reading Madam How and Lady Why and Minn. I ordered a new Holling map set for us today.

Phonics and Reading

Here at the Academy, we use Phonics Pathways for our beginning reading instruction. We also use Pathway Readers, Abeka Health and Christian Liberty Nature Readers, once the child can read a bit. We continue this until the child is reading beyond the level of the readers.

So, this period, Batman is going to be a beginner reader, and he will have a lesson out of Phonics Pathways each day. Spidey will read to me 3 days per week and do Phonics Pathways twice. Stuntman will read to me twice per week, and do Phonic Pathways twice. Diva will read to me once per week and do Phonics Pathways once per week. Country will read once per week, just so I can help her catch some pronunciation errors. She reads everything phonetically, LOL.

Bible and Lit

I will continue to read from the Children’s Illustrated Bible for the younger ones and the older ones will read from the Bible.

I’m putting Literature with Bible because the two just go together in my mind. First, you feed the soul and then you fire the imagination. I’ll be reading a fable and a poem each day, and we’ll try once more to read the Blue Fairy Book.

Stuntman will read from Wind and Tales. Diva will read from Daughter, Chitty and Wheel.

Musical Interludes and Memory

We are doing several musical type things this year. I have ordered hymnals for us, and we’ll be working on a new hymn every 3 week period. This time, it will be Jesus Paid it All. Eventually (after “the rules” etc, we can also use hymns as copywork.)

I’ve ordered the Homeschooler’s Folksong Collection and we’ll be listening to the first cd once a week on Tuesdays. This won’t necessarily be a focus, but it will be in the background.

Our composer for this period Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and we’ll be reading his biography on our special day and listening to the cd below on Thursdays. Again, it will most likely just be in the background.

That’s all the music we’ll be doing, but after we sing the hymn each day, we will work on out memory work. Because I once again have very young students, we’ll work on the basics: alphabet, days of the week, months of the year, Psalm 23. Whatever we don’t master will carry over to the next 15 day period. Additionally, LLATL occasionally assigns memory work, and students who get that will work on that independently (unless I think it’s good for all of us).

Copywork Dictation Penmanship

This should have been the first of my many subject posts. Some are no doubt more interesting and useful than others, but I’m hopeful that as a whole, they are beneficial. For purposes of our discussion, I am going to referring to our weeks by the day, but bear in mind, our Monday will usually not fall on a calendar Monday.

Copywork, dictation and penmanship serve different, but related purposes. Copywork exposes the student to well-written literature, dictation trains him in paying attention, and penmanship teaches him to write legibly. This skill set will make any compositions the student is required to do less painful for both of you.

On Monday, the students using LLATL will copy the passage for the week, and the other two will work on a few capital letters. On Fridays, it will be dictation, and the corresponding lowercase letters.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be “the rules”. We’ve been having quit a bit of bickering and general unpleasantness lately, so I thought this would be a good time to review the 21 Rules of This House. Of course, we’ll take a few minutes to discuss is as well as copy it. I need to make a sheet with all of them on it, and slip them into a plastic sleeve.

History and Biography

I have children all over the map (hahahahaha) in History, just like the other subjects. Batman and Spidey will be listening to Usbourne, Stuntman and Diva will be reading from Island and Hakim. Diva will be reading Washington this term, but not this period. She’ll also read Poor Richard.

I love History. So do my kids. At least I think they do. I’m quite sure of it because I’ve never listened to them say otherwise 😉

Artistic Endeavors

Our Artist this term is Leonardo DaVinci. Ordinarily, I would arrange art projects separately, but the DaVinci book I threw in my cart on a whim actually has related art projects in it. How cool is that??? I’ll be sure to look for one of these each term now. I’ve got Artist Study slated for Mondays.

We’ll read Katie the first week, and then start Leonardo at 7ish pages per week. I’d like to do at least 6 and preferably more art projects per term, depending on complexity. I’ll shoot for Artist Study once per week, for about an 1/2 an hour. The movie has some bonus material in it that I’d like us to see, so I will count on it taking 2-3 hours to watch both. I’m not sure when we’ll do it yet, but probably not in the first three weeks. Well do at least one art project on our specials days, so the children don’t feel rushed. Because if we do it on a normal day, they will. Because I will rush them. See, I’m learning, too. Instead of picking projects for them in advance, I’ll just mention the projects as we go, and get the materials for the ones the kids get excited about.

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