~ Copywork ~ Art & Music
Appreciation ~ Revisions, Corrections of Week's
Narrations ~ Bible Study
the following will clarify what exactly some of our "subjects" consist
We all participate in Living Math. Basically we read together a living
math book, practicing or exploring the concepts contained within it.
Saxon math for our oldest - Living Math concepts for our K-3 kids.
We all do this daily (as you can see) though from different sources.
Our youngest do a Scripture verse daily, while
our oldest copies from a notebook with his years worth of copywork
Our oldest is required to read for an hour each day - not including
Bible reading or subject-specific reading.
This reading is chosen from his reading list for the year or is a
non-fiction title of his choice from the library.
Our Joshua (6) reads to himself for this hour though he does take
frequent breaks and "reads" many picture books
throughout that hour. For Abby, this hour is spent with 15 minutes of
"reading lessons" then the remaining
time just enjoying our current library selections. Sometimes I include
an audio book for them to read along with.
We study history chornologically, planning on repeating the cycle every
4 years. This year (our second cycle) we are
studying the America's and early Rennaisance period. We use living
books to flesh it out and "Story of The World II" for our spine.
For each person/subject we choose a corresponding
country/continent/ocean to add to our Book of Centuries. I have found
the internet to be invaluable for coloring pages for Abby & Joshua
to do, while Austin draws his maps himself.
I like this little manual - it really teaches narration and has lots of
teacher information/tips as well. It would be good
if I only used it as a teaching resource, but it serves our family well
using it once a week. It is simple enough that we
all do the lessons together.
Austin does this weekly and independently, adding the assignments (if
written) to his Language Arts notebook.
More often than not, during the winter this means watching out the
window for new birds at our feeders! When the weather
is more comfortable, we take hikes and explore nearby parks and woods
for interesting "nature stuff". When we are
done we return home and make an entry for our Nature Journals.
Sometimes we bring home specimens, and we hardly ever draw
in the feild. With Luke (not quite 3) we just aren't able to sit in one
spot that long without getting up! :-) Our Nature Journals
do include found items such as feathers, interesting grass blades,
pressed flowers, etc.
& Music Appreciation:
As I outlined on the Music & Art page, we don't TEACH these
subjects. At least not in the formal sense. I rotate fine art
prints from different painters which hang around the house. We listen
to classical music during silent reading and nap times daily.
Right now, this is a "masterly activity". I don't assign it, and don't
log it as school - it's just something the kids do. For instance,
Abby asked to learn to crochet so she practices that in her free time.
The boys are always making or building something - right now
they are building snow forts complete with snow furntiture!
Before the snow they read and tried things from The American Boys Handibook.