Our Favorite Things: Magnetic Mosaics

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Magnetic mosaics are a very popular choice around here as a quiet time activity and is probably solely responsible for teaching my children to recognize the numbers 1-9. Maneuvering the small pieces is great for fine motor skills, and if your child is one of those creative, artsy types, he can create customized pictures.  Or if your child is more of an analytical engineer (like mine), filling in the numbered boxes with the corresponding color to complete the image is quite satisfying, too. … Keep reading…

3rd Grade Curriculum Not Mother of Divine Grace

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Last time, I revealed about half of our 2014-2015 curriculum which follows the Mother of Divine Grace third grade syllabus and is based on the classical model of teaching.  I still plan to follow the MODG guide loosely and use classical methods for a small remainder of the subjects.  The rest are complete deviations from MODG or the classical method. … Keep reading…

The One With a Real Vacation

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You get another two for one this week because last week I was ON VACATION!  That’s when you don’t sleep at your own house by choice.  I think the last time my hubby and I went away without any kiddos was just before Ryan was born.  Before that was probably our honeymoon. Just to remind you, we are on our homeschool break.  From mid-April until July, we have a crazy amount of family birthdays, anniversaries, special classes, and other various and sundry celebrations that keep us hopping.  I loath being busy so I hope I survive the next six weeks.  Here are our activities from the past two weeks. … Keep reading…

3rd Grade Curriculum: Mother of Divine Grace

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After the super traditional year of using Seton and writing 31 days worth of posts about classical education, I am ready to head back to making my own lesson plans following mostly classical methods.  I did learn a thing or two about myself over the past few years.  Namely that I just don’t have the time, energy, or dedication to write all our curriculum from scratch.  So this will be a bit of a hybrid year.  To give myself some structure, we will be basing most of our lessons on the third grade syllabus from Mother of Divine Grace. … Keep reading…

Nature Journals: Yellow Roses

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I have a rose bush next to a small tree in my side yard that has refused to die in the past six years.  When we first bought the house, the side yard was terribly overgrown and we had to rip out almost all of the vegetation to see what we had to work with.  Hubby thought he removed all of this rose bush that is stuck right up against a tree, but apparently not.  It grew back, and has become bigger each year.  This year it grew almost six feet high and has dozens of blooms.  I guess I should figure out some kind of trellis and let the survivor thrive. … Keep reading…

The One With the 1st First Communion

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Last week ended with a bang as Alex, Ryan, and Daddy went to the end-of-the-year cub scout cook-out party.  Ryan has been going to several of the cub scout meetings the past month and is super excited about it.  He has been looking forward to this cook-out for two weeks. The highlights were retiring a flag in the fire pit and roasting s’mores.  They didn’t get home until well after bedtime, but still had to take baths and showers because they smelled like campfire.  Everyone slept well that night. Now for this week. … Keep reading…

The One With the First Dual Birthday Party

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When it became apparent to me that Josh and Cooper’s birthdates were going to be two weeks apart, I declared that they would celebrate together from here on out.  This year, they also got to celebrate with the resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I hope they weren’t jealous. I haven’t the slightest idea what happened on Saturday, so skipping ahead. … Keep reading…