Weekly Wrap-Up

          It’s raining – I hope the temperature drops! My life this week was a continuation of building habits:  a morning walk, starting the day with breakfast, Bible and Scripture memorization practice, hands-free during school , and planning the Charlotte Mason elements of next year’s schedule. In our homeschool this week Grace finished up her compare and contrast essay on Ibn Battuta and Benjamin of Tudela, as well as her Missionary Biography note-booking pages on Mary Slessor.  I’m seeing a lot of improvement in her writing organization!  We also finished our Read Aloud “Journey to Jo-burg” … Continue reading Weekly Wrap-Up

Looking Back at a Wonderful Weekend…

Of course it started with the gorgeous weather we had last week, so Friday’s Spring Fever inspired lunch, along with Latin and Greek roots, on the back porch!  We love that about homeschooling!  Learning isn’t limited to the inside of a brick building and children don’t have to be clock watching or staring out the window when it’s a beautiful spring-like day! Saturday, I worked on a newsletter project, while Mr. Garner took his daughter to the AHG Father Daughter Sock Hop!  What a blast they had!  There was a classic car, old-fashioned penny candy brands that some of us remember, a bubble gum contest, a hula … Continue reading Looking Back at a Wonderful Weekend…

Making Homeschool Fitness Fun…

Okay, I confess, one casualty resulting from the homeschooling lifestyle as I’ve been living it, is overall fitness.  We spend a lot of time in our chairs.  My clothes are getting tight.  Getting out for a field trip is one thing, getting out to get sweaty is different (for me…) But clearly, this is an area in need of improvement!  This year, I scheduled in time for nature walks and bike rides, but then had a fabulous opportunity to enroll the daughter in a wonderful Homeschool P.E. Class at Meyer Fitness in Ghent.  Three times a week,  for an hour, Grace runs obstacle courses, climbs a rock wall, … Continue reading Making Homeschool Fitness Fun…

Getting into the flow I – N

As we approach the end of October, we are finally starting to get into the flow of our homeschooling schedule.  We have added a few new things this year, a PE class, a Letter Boxing club, and American Heritage Girls, in addition to our Thursday Co-Op and Wednesday Piano Lessons and Children’s Choir, so we are a little more on-the-run.  Often the advice is not to do “too much.”  I think this is great advice, and I wish I could follow it!  However, I have an extroverted child, and sadly there are no other children in our little homeschool.  I try not to … Continue reading Getting into the flow I – N

Something that lives a long time…

This was a fun Sketch Tuesday assignment!  We learned a lot about whales with our Apologia Zoology II curriculum, and had a great review with our recent read-aloud Seabird, and our study of the South Atlantic.  Somewhere in all the books, study and videos we remembered that whales live a long time!  Grace decided to sketch the Bowhead Whale, which does not migrate to the South Atlantic like other species, but stays up in the Arctic regions.  We found information on Ask.com which quoted a Wikipedia report describing a bowhead whale specimen caught off of the coast of Alaska, found with “the head of … Continue reading Something that lives a long time…

Welcome to Elizabeth Island…

Can’t you just hear the accented tones of Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban), and sidekick Tattoo (Herve Villechaize) adroitly observing,  “De Plane! De Plane!” We are at the end of Week 3 of our 2011-2012 School Year.  This week we wrapped up the Pacific Islands, and set sail for Australia and have embarked on an exploration of the many unique animals and land formations of the island continent.   Grace needed an extra day to finish up her “Choose Your Own Adventure” project.  For each region we study, the curriculum suggests an opportunity for further expression or research.  She chose to draw a map of an Island Resort, and was asked to consider:  methods … Continue reading Welcome to Elizabeth Island…