The Challenges of Scheduling One Student and a Bunch of Littles

I haven’t written much on the blog in the past few years regarding schedules.  Don’t misunderstand – I love schedules, but I have found that much like Apple products, they are obsolete as soon as they are released into the wild.  With the ever changing development of little ones, it just doesn’t make sense to stick with something that no longer works. Speaking of things that no longer work, our current school routine is feeling some growing pains.  Typically, Alex works in the early morning before I am even out of bed, and then we work together at quiet time when babies are napping.  Lately however, Alex’s mommy has been tired (lazy) and has not set out work for him to do in the early morning.  This means we get nothing done schoolwise until quiet time.  Then Alex has been increasingly tired and uncooperative at quiet time, and that leads … Keep reading…

Early Planning for Third Grade: Language Arts

We are just about to wrap up our second quarter of school before Thanksgiving, so of course that means that I am knee deep in planning the next school year.  I like planning even more than actually teaching.  I thought I would get everyone’s two cents on some of my choices. The overall theme of next year is more classical.  After going with a highly traditional program this year, I realized that there just isn’t enough actual reading of real books.  I want to change that before too much damage is done, and Alex learns to dislike reading.  What I do love about this year’s curriculum is the lesson plans.  This has saved our homeschool.  I would never have been able to create my own plans this year.  So when I was looking around for more classical curriculum, I kept in mind that I will still need some help in … Keep reading…

The One Where I Didn’t Write About Classical Education

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I’m back with a wrap-up!  In case you are just joining me, I have just finished a big writing project with my 31 Days of Classical Education Lite series.  That was the most writing that I have ever done on a consistent basis, and I’m a little shocked that I made it.  I rewarded myself by taking a week off and catching up on the neglected things like eating and laundry.  There are only so many hours in a day people!  If you notice that I am blogging a lot, it probably means that I am not doing something else, like showering. Now, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled program.  Here is what we did last week. … Keep reading…

Our Classical Experience: Day 31 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium. If I could sum up our classical experience thus far, I would definitely say it has been lite.   In Kindergarten, I tried a classical approach to religion before I had much understanding about narration and notebooking.  I quickly abandoned the method without giving it a chance.  Reading was phonics based, math was math, and we learned handwriting with a workbook.  That was about all we did for Kindergarten. In first grade, I had grand plans, but God’s were grander.  Life threw me a curveball with … Keep reading…

Resources for Classical Education: Day 30 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium. Well, I think the hard part of writing this series is over.  This post is going to be a compilation of websites, books, curriculum and what-not that I have found helpful in our classical journey.  You may want to bookmark this post and check back.  I will update it as I find new stuff.  And I think it goes without saying that there are going to be some affiliate links in the mix.  An * denotes a specifically Catholic resource. Getting Started and General Classical … Keep reading…

All the Rest for the Grammar Student: Day 29 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium. Your grammar student has covered reading, writing, spelling, English, math, religion, science, history, geography, art, music and theatre.  What could possibly be left?  Truth be told if you can do everything on that list, your student will have an excellent education.  All the rest is simply things you may have overlooked, never wanted to consider, or want to push off until the later grades.  Let’s take a look.   Physical EducationPE in the early grades should really just be playtime outdoors.  If you want to … Keep reading…

Music and Theatre for the Grammar Student: Day 28 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium.   If you missed yesterday’s post, you can go back and read about art.  Today I will talk about how to sneak music and theatre into your classical routine.  This is one of those subjects that kind of gets pushed to the back burner in a busy homeschool, and that is fine.  It isn’t like you can shove reading instruction back there.  Once reading and handwriting get going by third grade, you can add in more of the arts.  In the meantime, if you only … Keep reading…

Art for the Grammar Student: Day 27 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium. Education of any kind is incomplete without the humanities.  A classical education even goes so far as to dedicate the last stage of the trivium to the expression of ideas.  In the grammar stage of development, the student’s expression is in its infancy, but the child is given the tools to begin this skill.  Also, the study of other people’s expressions is studied across the board in literature, art, music, and theatre.  Today, I would like to focus on art – both creation and appreciation. … Keep reading…

Geography for the Grammar Student: Day 26 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium.   Yesterday’s post explained how to teach history using the classical model of chronology and cycles.  A classical history study isn’t complete though without the addition of geography.  You could teach geography completely separate, but at least for the grammar stage, I like to incorporate it into the historical timeline. I teach both the historical maps of the time period as well as current political maps of the regions.  I do this by layering the maps on top of one another.  For example, here is … Keep reading…