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What Nino Read, September 2016

A Child’s Book of Manners
A Gift of Gracias
Atoms and Molecules Experiments Using Ice, Salt, Marbles, and More
Bard of Avon
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Mayo/Malone)
Buffalo Bill
Bugged: How Insects Changed History
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Chemical Change from Fireworks to Rust
Chess for Kids
Clare and Francis (Visconti/Landmann)
Days of the Knights: A Tale of Castles and Battles
Draw Really Cool Stuff
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Handprints
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander
Everyday Graces: A Child’s Book of Manners
Eyewitness Science: Light
Fortunately, the Milk
Gandhi (Demi)
George Gershwin (Venezia)
George Washington: Young Leader
Guinness World Records 2008
Guinness World Records 2011
Harry Houdini
Henry and the Paper Route
Henry Ford: Young Man With Ideas
Homer Price
Horns to Toes and In Between
How We Learned the Earth Is Round
I Did It With My Hatchet
It’s Off to Camp, Charlie Brown
James Herriot’s Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children
Joan of Arc (Stanley)
King Jack and the Dragon
Leonardo da Vinci (Stanley)
Little Bear’s Visit
Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt
Mary Cassatt (Venezia)
Mattimeo
McDuff Moves In
Michelangelo’s Surprise
Molly Pitcher: Young Patriot
Mother Teresa (Demi)
My Very First Mother Goose (Opie/Wells)
Myths and Legends (The New Junior Classics)
Once Upon a Time Saints
Our Presidents
Pablo Picasso: Breaking the Rules
Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue
Poppy and Rye
President George W. Bush: Our Forty-third President (Gormley)
Return to the Willows
Revolution News: Power to the People!
Riding the Pony Express
Rome and Romans
Scientific Progress Goes “Boink”
Simeon’s Gift
Sina Elephas at Estegodon Noong Unang Panahon
Stars and Galaxies
Stories that Never Grow Old (The New Junior Classics)
Taggerung
The Beginner’s Bible
The Boxcar Children
The Boy Mechanic
The Bungalow Mystery
The Cartoon Guide to Physics
The Dangerous Book for Boys
The Emperor’s New Clothes (Andersen/Lewis/Barrett)
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Glorious Flight Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot
The Hobbit
The Horse and His Boy
The Kingfisher First Encyclopedia
The Matchbox Diary
The Moffats
The Monk Who Grew Prayer
The Neptune Fountain
The New Way Things Work
The Penderwicks
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
The Secret of the Caves
The Secret of the Old Clock
The Silver Chair
The Sinister Signpost
The Squire and the Scroll
The Tattletale Mystery (Boxcar Children)
The Triple Hoax
The Usborne Rainy Day Book
The World’s Best Fairy Tales
This Is Rome
Thomas A. Edison: Young Inventor
Tim and Ginger
Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales
Who Were the Vikings?
Why Things Don’t Work: Race Car


Notes on the Journey:

He’s getting used to ~4 lessons a day. Usually my pick, except on holidays — like yesterday — when he gets to pick. He likes all his lessons and doesn’t really exhibit anxiety/resistance to doing them. I did have to explain last week that he would have the rest of the day to spend as he likes if he did his lessons early. Got his assessment test results last week and he’s pretty much at 3rd-4th grade level in Math/Reading.

He knows the Rosary well enough now and prays with us more, leading his own decade and saying his own prayer intentions, usually for Papa and Mama (grandparents) and for the defunding of PP and for all of us to get to heaven. I’ve added My Catholic Faith Delivered to his curriculum, just so I make sure we have all our bases covered (anal mom) while we continue work on his Sacramental portfolio. Father says he probably will get to make his first Confession before we leave on our trip.

I’ve also introduced him to planning, so he writes out in his journal/planner his lessons/chores/plans for the day. Piano is of greater interest now, and he practices at least once a day without prompting. Also LOVES his art lessons and would skip and do the ones that most interest him (sculpture) if I let him. Had to go back a bit and retrain handwriting for some letters. Have to do the same with numbers. Still LOVES playing basketball with dad. AND BUGS. And trying to scare mommy with bugs. >.< On weekends he spends much time with Dad outside in the yard or tinkering in the garage. Yesterday Dad tried to teach him how to show his work (in Math) but he wasn't very receptive LOL. All in good time. Will enroll him again in swimming lessons when we get back. And maybe gymnastics. He wants to do soccer but I'm not sure I'm ready for that. 🙁

What Nino Read, June 2016

A Rooster in the Sun / Ang Tandang sa Araw
A Spider Story (Isang Kuwentong Gagamba)
Alamat ng Ampalaya
Alexander Graham Bell
Ang Mahiyaing Manok
Ang Prinsipe ng mga Ibon
Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare
Beverly Cleary: Henry and the Paper Route
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones
Cam Jansen and the Scary Snake Mystery
Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Children’s Atlas of the World
Codemaster Book 1
Everyday Graces: A Child’s Book of Good Manners
Extreme Machines
Eyewitness Science: Light
Favorite Greek Myths
Frindle
George Gershwin (Mike Venezia)
Get Into Gear, Stilton!
Gilgamesh the King
Grossology: The Science of Really Gross Things!
Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the Kidnapped Collie
Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the Shipwrecked Tree
Horns to Toes and In Between
How Science Works
I Did It With My Hatchet
If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake
Joan of Arc (Diane Stanley)
John, Paul, George and Ben
Lassie Come Home
Little Bear
Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
Maria Cacao: Ang Diwata ng Cebu
Matt Christopher: Long-Arm Quarterback
May Pera sa Basura
McDuff Moves In
Mission to the Moon
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
My Amazing Book of Egypt
Naomi and Ruth
Papa’s Latkes
Pirates Past Noon
Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch
Redwall
Roman Britain
Ronald Reagan: An American Hero
Science in Ancient Rome
Secrets of the Mummies
Ship’s Cook Ginger: Another Tim Story
Stone Soup
Taggerung
The Aesop for Children
The Beginner’s Bible
The Book of Virtues
The Children’s Book of Virtues
The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh
The Dalai Lama
The First Dog
The Home Adventure Library
The Knight At Dawn
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
The Naughtiest Girl Is A Monitor
The Princess and the Kiss
The Rain Forest
The Revenge of Ishtar
The Sinister Signpost
The Story Hour
The Story of the Pony Express
The Story of the USS Arizona
The Story of Valley Forge
The Tattletale Mystery
The Teachings and Miracles of Jesus
The Triple Hoax
The Usborne Book of Art Ideas
Things I Can Make
This is Rome
Tomie de Paola’s Book of Bible Stories
Tony’s Bread
Toto In Italy
Usborne Flags Sticker Book

What Nino Read, May 2016

Nino beatboxing while reading his history book
Nino beatboxing while reading his history book

Religion

57 Saints
A Gift of Gracias
Catholic Children’s Treasure Box
Christopher The Holy Giant
Jesus (Brian Wildsmith)
Peter Claver, Patron Saint of Slaves
St. George and the Dragon
St. Martin de Porres
The Beginner’s Bible
The Children’s Book of Faith
The Miracles of Jesus
The Monk Who Grew Prayer

English

Berlioz the Bear
Best Book of Stories of Boys and Girls
Cautionary Tales for Children
Chocolate Fever
Crow Boy
Hot Air Henry
King Arthur and His Knights (Knowles)
King Jack and the Dragon
Prince Caspian
Rip Van Winkle
The Black Stallion
The Book of Virtues
The Chocolate Touch
The Moffats
The Silver Chair
The Story of Ferdinand
The Wind In The Willows – clearly this is a favorite. When we were going over the books he’s read in the past 30 days, he enthusiastically retold his favorite parts. His whole face lit up and the delight was just so visible. None of the other children ever had that kind of reaction to Wind in the Willows. 😀

Math

Life of Fred
Mathemagic
Pigs Will Be Pigs

Science

DK Eyewitness Books Space (with workbook)
Light (Eyewitness Science)
My Very First Science Kit
One Small Square: Cactus Desert
Science in a Bag
The Boy Who Drew Birds
The Kingfisher First Encyclopedia
The New Way Things Work
Thomas Edison
To Space and Back
TOPS Primary Lentil Science
Where Do Sharks Cross Mountain Peaks?
Where’s That Reptile?

History

A Little History of the World
Abner Doubleday
Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations (we keep laughing over this book)
Davy Crockett
George Washington (Illustrated Lives)
Helen Keller
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Knights and Castles
Revolution News
Science of Ancient Mesopotamia
The Mystery of the Hieroglyphs
The Story of Presidential Elections
The Story of the Spirit of St. Louis
The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner
The Trojan Horse
The Usborne Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

Latin

Prima Latina
Who Loves Me? Quis Me Amat?

Music

piano lessons continue using Leila Fletcher 1

Art

Artistic Pursuits
Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors
The Black Book of Colors

Miscellaneous

Basic Aid Training
Basketball for Young Champions
Boy Mechanic
Children’s Letters to God
Guinness World Records 2011
HaluHalo Espesyal
Riddles, Riddles and More Riddles
The Official US Mint 50 State Quarters 1999-2008 (he’s been going through my quarters and sorting them and putting them into this album)

What Nino Read (November 2015 Update)

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Religion, History, Geography:

The Reader’s Digest Children’s Atlas of the World
On the Mayflower
If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution
Favorite Norse Myths
Thomas A. Edison (COFA)
Abner Doubleday (COFA)
If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake
New Catholic Children’s Bible
The Great Wall of China
The Story of the Pony Express
The Revolutionary John Adams
The Story of the Statue of Liberty
Once Upon a Time Saints
The Monk Who Grew Prayer

Literature:

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
The Moffats
26 Fairmount Avenue
The Story of Ferdinand
The Haunted Showboat
Flat Stanley
A Weekend with Wendell

Math:
Singapore Math 2A (Whoops! I did it again! Meant to get 1B and made a mistake >.< But he loves doing this book and isn't stumbling much 😛 ) Science:
Eyewitness Science: Light

Art:

The Ultimate Lego Book

Miscellaneous:

Trail Life USA Trailman’s Handbook
It’s Off to Camp, Charlie Brown


Notes:
– follows along at Mass using Magnifikid, about 75% of the time.
– can lead a decade of the Rosary
– always prompts me to pray at night before bed — his favorite “Angel of God” (besides the family Rosary which he joins in sometimes, sometimes not) plus Goodnight to Jesus, Mary and Joseph and his guardian angel.
– has questions about divorce 🙁
– I made the mistake of getting Book 2A of Singapore Math instead of 1B, but he really loves doing it and can do simple multiplication now, and has even asked that I prepare drills for him (he asked me to put a bunch of subtraction and addition problems he can solve, and I told him those were called “drills”)
– writes very well, but still need to practice lowercase letters as he keeps using uppercase for everything
– has written 700+ words so far for NaNoWriMo
– wants to go bowling for his 7th birthday, but just with family, no friends
– can cut his own nails
– crown popped out day after Halloween and had to see dentist to put it back on
– is quite diligent about brushing and flossing and washing his hands
– participates well when we do our family journaling
– still loves jokes and makes up his own, some really morbid ones 😛
– asked to have and bring his own journal to Mass, copying me (although, I take notes at homily, and he draws whatever, usually Father)
– wants to study ukulele
– asked for a Kiwi Crate re-subscription, so I signed him up again. he loves crafty stuff.

Our Homeschooling Story, Part 2, and Favorite Sources

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Part 1 is here.

And so our journey began anew.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I found an awesome online support group: Catholic Charlotte Mason (aka CCM — they still exist, if you would like to join).  I also had the local support group plus several other online ones, but CCM became my lifeline.  Every single question I had on homeschooling philosophies, materials, parenting, motherhood, Catholicism, etc. was answered there. There is/was so much collective wisdom that I wish I could bottle up and hand on to my kids when they have their own.

The group switched to forum format in 2005, which you’ll find here. Although there were people who stayed at the YahooGroup or did both, and both the forum and group have continued to grow since then. At the forum, we are about 2500 strong globally, so you’ll meet all kinds of lovely Catholic homeschooling moms from all over, and you can ask just about any homeschooling question you need answered (among other things).  We love to help!  I’m there as “stefoodie” and I help moderate the “Our Lady’s Loom, Larder and Laundry Board“.

One of the founders, Elizabeth Foss, wrote the book Real Learning. It contains much of the advice you’ll find at CCM or the 4Real Forums, plus stories, booklists, and practical tips on how to homeschool Catholic Charlotte Mason-style.

Vatican Documents and Papal Encyclicals that helped solidify our family and homeschooling philosophy:

After that first year of our eldest being enrolled at Angelicum and me absorbing and learning everything I could from “the moms”, we started designing our own curriculum.   I’ve listed my favorite homeschooling resources here.

Needs organizing, but I also have some of my kids’ curricula/booklists linked at my old blog.

More of our favorite resources through the years, by subject:

Religion/History/Geography:

English/Literature:

Math:

We’ve used just about every Math curriculum there is, so I don’t really have a favorite.  Whichever one works for the kids is the one we go with.

Science:

Latin and Greek:

Languages:  

This is one area we haven’t been really successful with. Our kids struggle with Tagalog even though it’s my husband and my first language, because we just weren’t consistent through the years. Our latest attempt is to read Tagalog books aloud at dinner time, one paragraph per person, until they get the pronunciation right. I don’t know if it will stick or how successful it will be in terms of them learning grammar at the same time. In the past we’ve used Rosetta Stone for Spanish and French, but while that was fun none of the lessons stuck, because there was no consistent practice. The most effective method we found was immersion/travel, like when we stayed in Italy for a bit for husband’s work and the kids picked up the language quickly.

Music:

  • Daily exposure to classical music
  • For years we used the “The Story of” series: this is the Beethoven CD, but these days we play from old CDS we’ve collected or Spotify or YouTube.

  • Musical instrument of choice and/or choir – I’ve taught the kids basic piano, and most of them know guitar (self-taught)
  • Voice lessons, participation in choir
  • Our music plan which we were following for a while

Physical Education

Various things through the years. Individual sports/lessons: Martial Arts, Ballet, Gymnastics, Swimming.

Art:

  • Artistic Pursuits – used by all of the kids – obviously we love this program
  • Local art classes
  • Trips to Art Museums
  • a list of some of my yearly plan, which we’ve followed off and on through the years

 

A peek into our shelves.

More than the nitty-gritty, though, of curricula and booklists and lesson plans and daily schedules, what I’ve received from these moms are priceless gifts of their time, experience, advice, and (most importantly) prayer, because you’ll find that as you begin/continue your homeschooling journey, PRAYER is the number one thing that will sustain you.  There will be difficult days, some when you will feel burned out and totally spent, and there are days you’ll want to throw up your hands and say, ENOUGH!  Public school will be so much better than this!  (That’s a lie. Don’t you believe it.)

I have been mentored by some of the “best” (for want of a better word) homeschoolers out there, and I cannot possibly share every single thing I’ve learned from them.  In Part 1 I said “You don’t need a homeschooling group to homeschool your child.”  That is true.  You need God, your spouse, yourself, and your children.  BUT I believe you need a homeschooling group (and I highly recommend CCM and/or the 4Real Forum Moms) to homeschool YOURSELF.  No man is an island and I wouldn’t be the homeschooler I am today if not for these moms.  I’m a better child of God, wife, mother, homeschooler, Catholic, because of them.

We’ve been homeschooling a total of 16+ years now. We have one child successfully graduated from college and working as a chef/sommelier. The next child is 19 and in his second year. He just completed a summer internship of 13 weeks doing engineering work. The next one is 16, a senior in high school, though he’ll be taking some college courses starting this fall at the local community college. So far, no regrets, and if we had to do it all over again, we’d have homeschooled from the beginning. I hope that tells you something about our experience.

(How) Can I (Catholic) Homeschool for Free?

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A friend who likes to plan early asks: Can I homeschool for free?

Quick answer: Yes.

Since so many homeschooling resources are now available online, you could get away with little more than pen, paper, a computer, a printer, and an Internet connection. BUT, unless you’re thinking of becoming a 100% unschooler (I’ve met only one person like that in 15+ years), then you will have to spend some time figuring out your curriculum for the year, which materials you’ll be printing out, which digital resources you’ll be using online, and some sort of schedule or lesson plan. I’d also recommend that the discerning Catholic parent keep an eye out for anti-Catholic bias, so you can at least discuss these things with your child if necessary. I also am a book lover, so I’m not in favor at all of doing away completely with books in the home and/or doing all schoolwork on the computer. Find the balance that works for you and your family.

I’ve gathered some links to get you started. There are thousands more on the Internet, but some of these are my favorites, some come highly recommended by fellow Catholic homeschoolers.

The basics for Catholics:

The Holy Bible
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Saint Nook
Printable Liturgical Calendar from Michele Quigley
Liturgical Year from Catholic Culture
Catholic Encyclopedia

Other good Catholic sources:

First Eucharist — really good resource, I have a hard copy of the book and we use it for Sacramental preparation
Eucharistic Miracles
Waltzing Matilda’s Coloring Pages
Domestic Church
EWTN Kids
Free Catholic Children’s Audio Books
Free Catholic Books
Our Catholic Homeschool
Catholic Handwriting Books
Free Vintage Catholic Textbooks and Readers

General Websites, secular, covering a wide range of subjects:

Dictionary
Thesaurus
Open Culture
Khan Academy
The American Library Association’s Great Websites for Kids

Literature
Literature.org
International Children’s Digital Library
The Baldwin Online Children’s Literature Project
Children’s Books Online
Project Gutenberg

Math
Numeracy, from BBC
YouCubed, from Stanford University
Kids Math Games Online
Free Math Worksheet Printables from KidZone
Mathematics Enhancement Programme

Science
e-Learning for Kids
Neo K-12
Knowledge Adventure
Science Printables from Education.com
Printables from Scholastic.com

History and Geography

We like timelines for studying history, which you can do either on a wall, a lapbook, a notebook, or download Michele Quigley’s Book of Centuries.

We do history and geography here mostly through literature, so I recommend Alicia Van Hecke’s excellent list Reading Your Way Through History, which has been a go-to resource for us almost since we returned to homeschooling in 2001.

Mary at the 4Real Homeschooling forums put together this excellent Picture Book List for History that you’ll want to check out.

Eyewitness to History
USHistory.org
History World
History Learning Site
Look for time lapse maps on YouTube, like this one.
Worldology.com

Music
Piano Nanny
8notes.com
Classics for Kids
Harmony Fine Arts
MusicTheory.net

Art

Web Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
Art Coloring Pages
Google Art Project
Jerry’s Artarama

Languages

Duolingo
Livemocha
Open Culture
Babbel
Worksheets from Education.com


Buying low-cost books

Other ways to get freebies or low-cost homeschooling materials are via book swaps or co-ops, so try to find a local homeschooling group; they’ll probably have other resources they can share with you.

Cathswap on YahooGroups remains the largest online Catholic swap group, at 7000+ members worldwide. In our early years of homeschooling I bought a lot of books through there. Do be careful if you’re buying internationally because besides the increased cost due to shipping, shipments are also harder to track and complaints/returns more difficult to manage. Facebook version here

Start collecting used books early. You can print out the following curricula and booklists or save them on your phone, for when you’re shopping used bookstores and book sales.

St. Thomas School from Jean and Maria Rioux
Angelicum Academy
Catholic Heritage Curricula
Ambleside Online (secular, but has lots of Catholic- /Christian-friendly options)
Mater Amabilis – the Catholic version of Ambleside Online
Kolbe Academy – click on each grade for booklists
Free Resources from Our Catholic Homeschool
The 4Real Learning Booklist from Elizabeth Foss
Catholic Mosaic Booklist — this is the booklist for Cay Gibson’s excellent book Catholic Mosaic

Free Resources, Middle School to College:
HippoCampus

Other Resources, Secular:

Homeschool Freebie of the Day
Free Unit Studies
Free Lapbooks at HomeschoolShare
Lapbooklessons.com
Homeschool for Free and Frugal
Free Homeschool Deals
Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool
Donna Young
Clipart

If you need help with purchasing books, you might want to check out:
Book Samaritan


Lastly, check out my Homeschooling Pinterest Board for other ideas and freebies.

Click on Page 2 for places to buy used books in the Philippines.

If you’ve got other favorites, please tell me about them in the comments!!

A 2nd Grade Curriculum

"look mommy i made a Lego weapon. it's called the SICKENER. it makes people throw up and gives them a headache"
“look mommy i made a Lego weapon. it’s called the SICKENER. it makes people throw up and gives them a headache”

Posting the 2nd Grade Curriculum I’m planning for our youngest at the request of homeschooling friends.

(And as always, this is subject to change at any time for any reason.)

Religion:

Faith and Life 2
Baltimore Catechism First Communion
A Life of Our Lord for Children (we’re already reading this but have to finish up)
Vision Saint Books (haven’t finalized choices, his initial picks are St. Benedict, St. Anthony (since that’s his name), St. Therese and King David — the saint books will count for Religion, History and Geography, as well as Literature depending on what we decide to do with them

Languages/Reading/Literature:

Prima Latina and/or Lingua Angelica (will be playing this one by ear, might go slow/fast accdg to interest)

All-of-a-kind Family
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
Farmer Boy
Five Children and It
The Enchanted Castle
Emil and the Detectives
Misty of Chincoteague
Peter Pan
Kensuke’s Kingdom

[He had a few other choices from the book A Landscape with Dragons, but I can’t find it right now — will edit when I do!]
[And he said he wants to learn Japanese, and I haven’t explored that at all, so who knows. I may add it when I’ve done the research. Though I remember my cousin learning it when we were both in college and she lived at home, and it wasn’t bad at all and I had a great time learning alongside her. Marking this one a “maybe”.]

Math:

G Is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book
Singapore Math
– finish this up and move on to the next

Handwriting/Copywork/Memorization:

Selections from The Harp and Laurel Wreath

History/Geography (the Ancients):

We’re starting a wall timeline this year which we did with the other kids and was lots of fun.

Boy of the Pyramids
Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt
Rereading The Gilgamesh Trilogy

Fun things to do:
Pharaoh Headdress
Hieroglyphic Typewriter
Egyptian Lotto
Moses’ Story — this is a link to lesson plans etc. which we’ll probably modify to suit our needs
Make a pyramid using mini-marshmallows and toothpicks

We’re going to be cooking from Nile Style

And because “the moms” are just so awesome with book recommendations, we may supplement with several from the list Mary compiled here. Those with girls may like Suzanne’s list even more.

The plan right now is to do Ancient Egypt for the first semester, then Ancient Greece for second. But we’ll have to play that one by ear. If we decide to do Ancient Greece, I’ll update this post with Ancient Greek resources.

We’ll also be reading these:
Day of Ahmed’s Secret
One Green Apple
The Butter Man
Sitti’s Secrets

Science:

Plant Secrets
The Burgess Bird Book for Children
The Tarantula Scientist
Birds (National Audubon Society First Field Guides)
Insects (National Audubon Society’s First Field Guides)
How a Seed Grows
If You Plant a Seed
From Seed to Plant
The Reasons for Seasons

Nature Journaling

He also requested these:
Kids First Chemistry Set
Programmable Rover
SomeBody Game
Motors and Generators Experiment Kit
Sunprint Kit
I haven’t said yes to this: Cubelets, but we’ll see.

Music:
Piano Lessons
Continued exposure to classical music

Art
Child Size Masterpieces
Artistic Pursuits Book 1
Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters (Bright Ideas for Learning (TM))
A Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures
The Art Book for Children

What Nino Read, August 2014

5 Stars:

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Ill. Mary Azarian
The Children’s Book of Heroes, Ed. William J. Bennett, Ill. Michael Hague
Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator by Augusta Stevenson, Ill. Jerry Robinson
St. Francis by Brian Wildsmith
The Legend of St. Christopher by Margaret Hodges, Ill. Richard Jesse Watson
A Boy Named Giotto by Paolo Guarnieri, Trans. Jonathan Galassi, Ill. Bimba Landmann
The Jolly Postman and Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon
The Umbrella by Jan Brett
The Miracles of Jesus by Tomie de Paola

1 Star (Nino doesn’t seem to have a sense of in between; I explained to him that he could rate books 2-, 3-, and 4-stars too, but he wanted to keep his ratings)

Simeon’s Gift by Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton, Ill. Gennady Spirin
Abraham and Isaac by Katy Keck Arnsteen
My Five Senses by Aliki
D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths (says he’s tired of this one hence the 1-star rating, but he keeps on reading it) by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire

Previous Post with Other books he read in August Nino’s First-Grade After-the-Fact Curriculum 2014-2015)

Nino’s First Grade (After-the-Fact) Curriculum, 2014-2015

(the STARS ***** = Nino’s rating)

August 2014

Fix-It Duck by Jez Alborough *****

I loved it because it was funny and he didn’t fix anything.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins * audio book read by Nick Sullivan

I didn’t like it because they were penguins and I didn’t like Mr. Popper’s voice.

Hooray for Bread by Allan Ahlberg *****

I liked this book because there was a mouse like in Stuart Little. There was bread but it was kinda like a poem.

The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman ***** (keeper)

I liked this book because the pencil drew a paintbrush and then the paintbrush painted. So the pencil drew the stuff then the paintbrush painted them to look like sky and clouds and people and shoes and stores and buildings and houses and parks, but then the people got angry at the pencil because they didn’t like what they had. So the pencil drew an eraser and he erased everything the people didn’t like, but then trouble! The eraser was erasing other things because he was excited. He erased everything until there was only the little pencil again and then the pencil drew a wall to stop him but the eraser rubbed it. The pencil drew a cage to keep the eraser in but the eraser rubbed it off again. And then the pencil drew another eraser and their names were Ronald and Rodney and you know what happened? They rubbed themselves out!! And then the pencil drew the paintbrush and the other things all over again. The paintbrush painted the pencil too. The end.

— at this point he didn’t want to do any more narrations for the rest of the books 😀 —

How My Library Grew by Dinah by Martha Alexander *****

Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman * (this has always been a hit and miss at our house)

Alice and Wonderland audio read by Donada Peters No Stars didn’t like it

Pancake Dreams by Ingmarie Ahvander No Stars

Milo’s Hat Trick by Jon Agee No Stars (this surprised me, the other kids loved this book)

My Friend Bear by Jez Alborough No Stars

He’s also been working on printing out Angry Birds coloring pages, but only to cut them out, color them a bit and “do battle” with them.

And working on A LOT of K’Nex models — he can pretty much assemble most of them on his own now. These are from the K’Nex Education Sets we got from the homeschool discount club.

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I’m making him vestments he can wear when he “plays” with his Mass kit (which is lacking a couple of items 🙁 ) . Needs some more work though.

And still working on oral math — he still likes asking questions/ponders doubles, and sometimes gets the abacus to add up things, etc. Need to get him started on Singapore Math.

Read Charlotte’s Web and watched the movie (I would have preferred the animated one but it wasn’t available streaming).

Read Stuart Little and found the movie on Vimeo!! 🙂 *****

Reading Wizard of Oz right now on Kindle. (He gets impatient with me now and sometimes reads a chapter himself to get ahead, then asks me to read again where he left off.)

I borrowed a bunch of Cam Jansen books, and he read parts of them but didn’t want to finish them, and wasn’t interested enough to let me read them to him.

And he wants to study electronics, so I have to find books suited to his age for that.


14 August

My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee *****

To Catch the Moon *****
They accidentally took moon down to earth and when they woke up it was pale and ill. They had to bring it up after the sun was gone.

Dear Peter Rabbit by Alma Flor Ada ***
I didn’t like it because it was only letters and animals.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins *****
My favorite part was when she found the thief.

The Adventures of Bert by Allan Ahlberg and Raymond Briggs *****

Previously by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman *****

The Show-and-Tell Lion by Barbara Abercrombie and Lynne Avril Cravath *****

The Runaway Dinner by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman *****

Treasure Hunt by Allan Ahlberg and Gillian Tyler Zero Stars

The Baby in the Hat by Allan Ahlberg and Andre Amstutz *****

The Dragonfly Door by John Adams *****
It was about nymphs dying because they were becoming dragonflies.

Ordinary Oscar by Laura Adkins *****
I liked it because he saved his mother from shifting soil.

Geronimo Stilton: Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House *****

Cam Jansen: The School Play Mystery *****
I liked it because it was about a play of Abraham Lincoln.

Geronimo Stilton: The Enormouse Pearl Heist *****
I liked when he got sweaty because his air conditioner stopped working and it felt like the room got ten degrees hotter.

Geronimo Stilton: I’m Not a Supermouse *****
It was funny.

Cam Jansen: The Barking Treasure Mystery *****

(Something’s telling me he’s just saying “five stars” because he doesn’t feel like rating them anymore.)

Nino’s Kindergarten Curriculum, 2013-2014

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WHAT WE DID AS OPPOSED TO WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO

At the beginning of the year, I thought of putting together a Kindergarten curriculum for Nino (4 1/2)…. I had bought a really neat book using 26 letters, but then I looked at the booklist and eventually decided… NAH. We’ve got way too many books and materials in the house and putting together a curriculum will just make me want to buy more and more STUFF. We basically unschooled all year, and this is just a record of what we did the past 12 months, mostly books that we read.

BOOKLIST:

At the beginning of the year:
Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day?
The Original Peter Rabbit books
The Ladybug and Other Insects, The Human Body, The Egg, Airplanes, The Tree, Castles
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider, A House for Hermit Crab

Nine months ago:
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths – some homeschooling friends think this is a bit too pagan and frightening for little kids, but when I read it aloud to him, after having taken a break from the book for 7+ years, I didn’t find it to be so. Sure there were bizarre stories here, some having morbid plots, but a 5-year-old boy has a natural preoccupation with monsters so I am not worried. We’ll revisit this book more seriously around third grade, to go with Ancient Greek studies, but for now, he keeps taking it off the shelf and rereading his favorites.
The Chronicles of Narnia series
The Children’s Book of Virtues, The Children’s Book of Heroes, The Children’s Book of America, The Children’s Book of Faith
My Book House Books 4 and 5

He started reading on his own end of December, 2013. Since then, the progress has been unbelievable.

Six months ago:
This series, I don’t even know how he discovered. I normally have the kids read this around 3rd grade to go with history studies, but one day he picked one off the history shelf and had me read him all four: The Usborne Time Traveler Series: Pharaohs and Pyramids, Rome and Romans, Viking Raiders, Knights and Castles
Seymour Simon books
Jim Weiss Audiobooks

Three months ago:
Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection — this is his older brother’s, but the illustrations are fascinating even for a five-year-old
Oh Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty – another older brother purchase from years back, now apparently fascinating to the little one
Childhood of Famous Americans Series

Now:

Boys’ Life
Jigsaw Jones
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh
The Chronicles of Narnia Audiobook Set

Prayers Memorized this Year:
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
Blessing at Meals
Morning Offering

Field Trips, etc.:

Trip to Toronto
Trips to St. Louis, including Science Center
Trip to Michigan
Trip to Chicago, specifically Chinatown
Field trip to local zoo
Trail Life sessions

Shows:
Magic School Bus
A few NOVA and Discovery Channel shows on hurricanes, tornadoes, and volcanoes
Wild Kratts

Other:
Learning to tell time on analog clock (still working on this)
Lots of play time with Lego, wooden blocks, K’Nex, playdough
Sand and water play, dirt and insects and all the things boys get into
Not enough drawing and painting — need to do more of this this year
Swordfighting with the boys
Trains, cars, planes
Card games: Go Fish
Swimming and Gymnastics Lessons

He’s been getting good practice journaling with the family on Sundays, but this year I’m having him begin his own journal so he can narrate his stories and books he’s read. He’s also gotten into some letter-writing since big sis Aisa is 9 hours away.

Breaking It Down, 2013-2014

The other day I posted Yena’s curriculum for this coming schoolyear and how we planned it. Today I’m posting a screenshot of the lessonplans-on-spreadsheet that I do every year for the kids. In 2011 I did a very detailed planner for my then-13-year-old who needed it. This year I’ll just print out a month’s worth of weekly lesson plans at a time, just this spreadsheet as you see it, give Yena a copy, and stick one on the fridge so we can both see it all the time. Keeping things simple. 🙂

Basically what I’ve done here is I’ve taken each item on the curriculum, and planned out which weeks she will read/work on what. Some books are easy, because they’re divided into roughly 30-40 chapters that are easily spread into weeks through the year. The historical fiction, saint bios, etc. are keyed to the history spine (in this case Light to the Nations) so that she’s reading those according to what century she’s studying in the spine. The religion and confirmation material is spread out through the weeks, with certain areas keyed to liturgical seasons, such that she’s reading and writing about Mary and Advent in December, and about Jesus’ Passion and Crucifixion in Lent. I usually leave Advent and Lent lighter than the rest of the year so that the family can focus on First Things, and lessons take a back seat to living liturgically. I’m not uploading the entire curriculum on spreadsheet, just giving you a bird’s eye view here. If you’re interested in getting the file on pdf, please email me at stefoodie AT gmail DOT com and I’ll be happy to send it to you.

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Yena’s Curriculum (11, 7th grade) 2013-2014 / The Curriculum Planning Post

Haha. I was typing up the title for this post and had to stop and call Dad and Yena who are out on a biking trip (it’s 7:35 am). I think I made a mistake somewhere along the line. When I was 11, I was in 5th grade…. Hm. I don’t know if I accidentally made her skip a grade or if we just started too early. At any rate, I asked her if she would like to go back. She doesn’t. But now I’m relaxed because that means I COULD delay her a year or two if I wanted to. #homeschoolingmomproblems

Well, we’ll see how this year goes. She was having a bit of trouble with Math so it may be a good idea to slow down a bit there. Going back to my previous train of thought….


This is my favorite time of the schoolyear: every control freak homeschooling mom’s dream. Right now I am surrounded by books and books and booklists and more books.

How I plan curriculum in a nutshell, now, after 14+ years of homeschooling:

– Gather materials from previous year that weren’t completely finished or that child didn’t like, so I know WHAT TO STOP DOING or WHAT I NEED TO CHANGE this year. For instance, she’s tired of Artistic Pursuits and she doesn’t want to do Henle Latin.

– “Shop” our shelves. I looked through our religion shelf, and I had her look through the history shelves, to find any books that I think is appropriate for her age/maturity level now, and she can read some of the things that she wasn’t allowed to / ready for before :).

– Make a notepad file of the basics, listing at least one resource for each subject.

So I start out with something very rough, like this:

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– Then I gather all of the books, plus the things I’ve collected through the year and classified as “Maybe One Day” or “When the Time is Right” items.

– Lay all items out on the floor (or other large space) and narrow down. When the children are little, this job is 100% Mom’s (wheeee!!!!) 😀 . As they grow older I let them make more and more decisions, so that by high school they are designing their own curriculum.

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What’s here, and my thoughts as I’m looking through them:

A – The Grammar of Poetry: Never worked for any of the kids. If Yena doesn’t want it, poetry is covered anyway in Lightning Literature which we’re considering, plus we’re doing Shakespeare. This may have to go, OR we could try the new and improved version which looks like fun, especially since there are now DVDs. Eeee!!!! Got ME excited.
B – Warriner’s English, Voyages in English, Easy Grammar: Will have to pick one of these, leaning towards Voyages in English. Or maybe see if I can give Classical Writing (not pictured, but we have them) another go.
C – Migi’s Confirmation Portfolio: Will pattern Yena’s confirmation portfolio after this and Paco’s, and Aisa’s (if we can find them).
D – Confirmation Materials: Life of Grace (Faith and Life 7), Following the Holy Spirit, Spreading and Defending the Faith, My Path to Heaven; The Holy Bible: All of these are a go.
E – Collection of Calendars with Marian art, for a Mama Mary Project in December and/or May: Need to plan exactly what will be done with these. Probably an artist and artwork study coupled with a Marian prayer or meditation. Possibly copywork. Can spread out to do once a month for the whole year instead of December or May. Or do one a month, and a wrap-up grand plan for May to coincide with May Crowning.
F – Mom’s All-Time Faves for Curriculum Planning: Elizabeth Foss’ Real Learning, Michael O’Brien’s A Landscape with Dragons, Laura Berquist’s Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum: Peek at these if there’s time or need more ideas. Other booklists/references I like to check out from time to time: Reading Your Way Through History, Bethlehem Books, Treasure Chest for Tweens, and Angelicum’s Curriculum. I used to check out the curricula of the various online homeschool curriculum providers, but I always manage to overwhelm myself so I’ve stopped doing that. 😀
G – Yena’s choices from the History shelf: historical fiction and saint bios: Plan this out at least once a month, alternating with lit selections from (P), include in Book of Centuries. Read chronologically. Can write up/find lit guides for a few if needed.
H – History Spines: Light to the Nations; Christ the King Lord of History; pick one, do the other at end of school year if she’s run out of history stuff to do 🙂 . Leaning towards Light to the Nations.
I – more Religion-History books: Definitely St. Philomena the Wonder Worker, Color Your Own Book of Kells if she’s interested. Maybe Bartholomew’s Passage during Advent. Probably not the Fr. Laux book.
J – The Harp and Laurel Wreath, which Amazon tells me I purchased in 2002, for copywork, memorization and handwriting improvement.
K – Traditional Logic: May chuck this unless she’s interested. None of the other kids have been. Might replace with Fallacy Detective.
L – American Heritage Girls Merit Badge Workbook: Plan for one merit badge a month (outside of AHG troop/patrol plans).
M – Science: Definitely Keeping a Nature Journal. Can read The Way Things Work for fun, or maybe do narrations. And/or maybe Apologia
General Science since she liked Apologia Botany last year. Maybe Quick Six for fun, downloaded last year and never used.
N – Shakespeare: Read, watch, memorize. See if she can join Drama club this year.
O – Art: The Story of Painting: The Story of Painting: If this will be the art program for the year, then plan out pages to read/take notes from. Use this as spine for artist and artwork studies.
P – Literature selections, picked by Yena from the Landscape with Dragons book: See G above.

What’s Not Here:

Math: Probably Teaching Textbooks again, or Life of Fred, or both.
Music: I’ve been suggesting formal music lessons, but we’ll see.
Latin: Considering Visual Latin, or back to Henle (maybe she’ll want to do it if I promise to do the lessons with her, which is what I did with the older ones). Oh yay! Visual Latin has been updated to ecclesiastical pronunciation. Looks promising.


Okay here goes. Yena’s home, so we’re finalizing choices. Sometimes when a kid can’t decide, they’ll use eenie-meenie-miney-moe, and the control freak in me is screaming inside, but I will take a deep breath and let it go.

3 hours later:

Here’s what we came up with!!

Religion: Faith and Life 7 + My Catholic Faith Delivered + Confirmation Portfolio (separate post) + Fireside Catholic Bible. Bartholomew’s Passage for Advent. Mama Mary Notebook throughout the year, with special emphasis in May (Art + Prayers and Meditations).

Latin: Visual Latin

English and Literature: Novel Inquiries — this one was a gift from Margot Davidson of Hillside Education, many years back when I used to take care of her website). + some of Voyages in English and Easy Grammar as needed.

The List of Living Books (covering Religion, History, Literature)

  • Warrior Scarlet (Novel Inquiries), Bronze Age Britain, 2500-800 BC
  • Mara, Daughter of the Nile (Novel Inquiries), set at the time of Thutmose III 1479-1425 BC
  • Caesar’s Gallic Wars (Novel Inquiries), 58-50 BC (argh cannot find this)
  • The Capricorn Bracelet, AD 61
  • Heroes of God’s Church, 3rd to 19th Century
  • The Leopard Sword, 12th Century
  • The Tale of Troy (Novel Inquiries), 12th or 13th century BC
  • The Blood-Red Crescent, 16th Century
  • Outlaws of Ravenhurst, 17th Century
  • The French are Coming, 18th Century
  • Petticoat Rebel, 18th Century
  • Romany Girl, India, 18th Century (?)
  • Bargain Bride, Oregon, 19th Century
  • Ribbon of Fire, Scotland, 19th Century
  • Hoofprint on the Wind, Ireland, 20th Century (?)
  • Master of Morgana, Scotland, 20th Century

Math: Life of Fred

Logic/Critical Thinking: Fallacy Detective.

Science: Apologia General Science + Keeping a Nature Journal

History: Light to the Nations, with living books (listed above in the booklist section) keyed to corresponding centuries she’s studying

Music:: YouTube videos and printable music sheets/chords online for guitar. No formal lessons, she doesn’t want them 🙂

Art:: Artistic Pursuits Junior High Book One + Art 7 for Young Catholics

AHG Merit Badges:: Cycling, Cake Decorating, Best Me I Can Be, Creative Crafts

Home Economics: Menu Planning, Budgeting, Grocery Shopping, Cooking and Baking, Allergen-Free Recipes, Healthy Eating, Sewing and other Needle Arts Projects, MAYBE some furniture painting/reupholstering if time permits. Mom-designed.

Also planning to do some Shakespeare with the local Catholic homeschooling group. May be as simple as a Shakespearean tea where they can dress up and read aloud, or something more elaborate depending on what the others want to do.

Next step is to put this curriculum into monthly/weekly/daily lesson plans. (Spreadsheeeeeeeets!!!!!!) That’s for the next post, hopefully within the next two weeks.

Things that caught my eye, but will have to be done some other time because of time/financial constraints:

One Year Adventure Novel
Encounter: Catholic Middle School Bible Study, with Mark Hart
– a couple other philosophy books at Amazon.
The (new and improved) Grammar of Poetry
Memorize the Faith
Classically Catholic Memory

Curriculum 2012-2013 6th Grade

Finally done with curriculum planning! This is for our 10-year-old, going into 6th grade:

Religion:

Following Christ

Reading and Language Arts:

Classical Writing Aesop and Homer

+ her booklist:

The Master Puppeteer
The Story of a Bad Boy
Aunt Vinnie’s Invasion
Aunt Vinnie’s Victorious Six
Miss Hickory
Carrie’s War
Three on the Run
Sword of Clontarf
The Moffats
The Middle Moffat
Understood Betsy
The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow
Blue Willow
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower
Susy’s Scoundrel
Strawberry Child

Languages:

Henle Latin
Rosetta Stone French

Math:

Teaching Textbooks Grade 6

Science:

Apologia Exploring Creation Through Botany

History:

Science in Ancient Mesopotamia
Victory on the Walls
God King
King David and His Songs
Archimedes and the Door of Science
The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles
Famous Men of Greece
The Bronze Bow
Science in Ancient Greece
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
Science in Ancient Rome
City
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine
The Capricorn Bracelet
Great Moments in Catholic History

Music

Piano and Choir

Art

Artistic Pursuits Grades 4-6 Book 2

Last year we used My Catholic Faith Delivered for Religion and though she enjoyed that, I missed the daily discussion on faith, and I think this is one of those crucial years when I need to get back to the way we did it before.

The History curriculum was hastily put together as I typed this up. I realized we had nothing for history yet, and she didn’t want to do All Ye Lands again since I mis-assigned it to her the year prior to her using From Sea to Shining Sea (yup, I do that to my kids sometimes) and she didn’t want to go back to Kingfisher either. What fun it was to just pick books off the shelf and ask if she’s read them yet — by the time we were done we had covered the Ancients and had 15 living books to do it with! We’re planning to have all those done by end of April, just in time for Jesus’ time and thus Mary’s! And that would be the perfect segue to the Month of Mary, May, which I’ve already got all planned (but will post some other time).

Related post: Our now-16-year-old’s 6th grade curriculum and booklist.

Breaking It Down

So after putting together Migi’s curriculum, what’s next?

Well, since I’m actually a very unschooly person at heart, this is where it tends to fall apart, and it has. In years past, I’ve used Google Calendar, or had Migi use a planner. But somehow that system didn’t really work well for us. What HAS worked well is me putting together a chart of sorts that he can look at in the morning, check off through the day what he’s done and turn in to show me before he goes off to play. The problem with that was I often failed to make a chart so I’d have it ready for a week or two and then fall back into our old (ineffective) ways. Yup, even after 11 (12?) years of homeschooling we still don’t have a system down. Part of it is that my children and I all have different personalities, similar to a degree, but different enough to bungle whatever rhythm we’ve got going, if we’re not careful. While my haphazard Let’s-plan-the-year-and-then-see-what-happens has worked well with two other kids, it hasn’t been working well with my third. He wants to know what he’s expected to do every single day, no more, no less, preferably ahead of time. SO…. here’s what I did this year that I think will help him AND me.

First, the spreadsheet, which I do every year and that we use pretty much as our guide for the whole year. For some people, this will be enough. I have it set up this way because it’s how my mind works.

Usually, I would just print that out, staple and put in my kids’ binders and that’s what we consult when we need to see where we are, etc.

This year, I took some extra steps for this child.

First I put it into database format, which means the rows became columns and columns became rows.

This is where my secretarial skills come in 😉 (I used to work as a secretary while waiting for my paperwork to arrive from my university so I could continue college studies here in the US)

I made a template for a weekly schedule

then merged it with the database and got this:

Migi's Weekly Planner Page

So now he’s got 52 weeks of plans that he just has to check through.

In addition, I made monthly pages — which I like better than print outs from Google calendar:

and daily planner pages for him:

using the same database-merge process.

I’ve only printed the August pages out so we can tweak as needed, adding in scouting activities, etc. if need be.

I think what I’ll do next is put together a HUGE binder ala-Kolbe and put EVERY SINGLE worksheet, literature guide, experiment instruction, lab report page that he’ll ever need, etc., so that it’s ALL THERE, a whole year’s worth of work, organized and ready.

We’re excited to put this into action!


ETA: I FORGOT A CRUCIAL FIRST STEP before putting that curriculum into a planner page! First I made a “schedule” page and took what I thought might be a “typical week”, just to make sure that everything we’ve planned to do is actually DOABLE within a specified timeframe. I made sure there was plenty of time for sleep, and free/idle/down time, because kids so desperately need that these days. This is also to make sure I actually have time to spend with my child on the subjects where I need to be more hands on. I put all the subjects in, and when I did that, that’s when I realized that we had to revise our Confirmation prep plans A LOT. More on that tomorrow.

Migi’s Curriculum, 8th grade, 2011-2012

Just finished designing Migi’s curriculum for the year. I usually start this in May before the previous schoolyear ends but this year we’re ending late and so we’re also starting later than usual. We school year-round because we travel a bit (with hubby, for work) so this kind of flexible scheduling works for us. Thought I’d share my ideas with you, and I’ll expand on them if anyone has any questions. Note that this is *my* ambitious plan with about 50% input from the child, and we dial down or up through the year as we see fit.

Religion:

  • My Catholic Faith Delivered 8th Grade – this is Faith and Life, but online http://www.mycatholicfaithdelivered.com
  • Daily Bible Readings/Lectio Divina, Daily Mass whenever possible, Liturgy of the Hours if not http://www.divineoffice.org
  • Confirmation Prep – portfolio similar to what 2 older children did — will put this into a different note as the portfolio itself has a booklist + pages and activities to complete, etc.
  • Catechism and Apologetics Discussion with Mom at least once a week (materials: CCC, Beginning Apologetics series)
  • Eucharistic Adoration on Thursdays with family
  • Saint of the Month / Mama Mary Feastdays – book to read + fun activity like food and/or art/craft, Advent and Lenten seasons more relaxed than rest of the year
    Character Education (tied in with confirmation prep, habit formation, monthly evaluations on how he’s doing with his spiritual life, personal relationships, etc.)
  • Volunteer work (tied in with Scouting activities)
  • Pro-life activity once a month (most likely praying the Rosary in front of an abortion clinic and/or helping out at local pregnancy center)

English/Language Arts:

Math:

Science:

  • Experiments from Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia and daily narration in notebook
  • Streaming Science videos from Netflix http://www.netflix.com
  • Other science activities via scouting and determined by interest throughout the year
  • Nature journaling at least once a month

Foreign Language:

History:

  • Light To The Nations Volume 2 (Catholic Textbook Project), reading and daily narration either oral or written in notebook or blog, continued work on Book of Centuries http://www.catholictextbookproject.com

Music:

  • Guitar, still considering a self-study book, + personal tutorials from big sis and uncles
  • Daily music appreciation (Classical Music and Jazz)
  • Symphony concerts

Art:

Extra-curricular:

  • Scouting with Dad