The One Where I Took Four Boys to Wal-Mart by Myself

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This weekend I went fishing around my old Weekly Wrap-Up posts trying to figure out when it was that we visited the fire station.  It was so much fun to go back and read about those weeks, so I am going to make a better effort to keep up with these recaps. Let’s start with a quick catch-up: Christmas was awesome and exhausting, then everybody was sick for a week, and now we are back to school. … Keep reading…

Mr.Q’s Classic Science Curriculum Sale 50% Off!

Experienced homeschoolers say it takes about three years to feel like you know what you are doing.  I think it takes about three years to settle on the curriculum that works. What joy and relief it is when you finally find the right one for your family!  That is how I feel about Math-U-See, and now, that is how I feel aboutMr.Q’s Classic Science. I first stumbled upon this series of PDF textbooks when I found Easy Peasy.  I have been using EP Biology for science this year and that website uses the Free Mr. Q Classic Science Elementary Life Science text for the first half of the year.  Alex loves this book.  He appreciates the humor and funny pictures.  I love this book for the excellent science content. If you recall, I despised the Seton science book, mostly for lines such as this: Some people do not think correctly … Keep reading…

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…