Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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Monday, March 28, 2011
Play dough, legos, Montessori activities, building with blocks, putting together puzzles. That gives them something to do with their hands. My SDD needs to be doing something to understand what is going on and so does YDD at 22 months.
I try to read ODD's books ahead of time for 2 reasons.
1. to screen what she reads. There is a lot of junk out there and stuff that either she's not ready for at her reading level, but not age level and also influences that I don't want her to have. This is another reason we homeschool and don't have tv except select dvds and videos.
2.to be aware of what she is reading and screen what is appropriate or is more appropriate for a read aloud than a silent read.
Blaze and the Mountain Lion
Pony Pal series by Jeanne Betancourt
(She read three this week. This is a big favorite series right now)
Prudence with the Millers
Well it's been a long slow slog as far as life goes and I haven't been up posting. My elbow is FINALLY tolerating typing a bit more and we only have 2 doctor appointments this week instead of the 4+ we've had the past few weeks, and that means I have time to entertain you with our book lists!!
From the beginning of my Education classes, teaching preschool, my elementary education classes and my Marriage and Family classes I've always felt books were important. And i"m talking the kind that are written by an author. Not the test book or compilations that are found in many schools. I'm also talking about books that aren't kept to a stilted outline and that aren't genuine ( a few early readers series come to mind). When I read about Charlotte Mason I knew I had found a philosophy that matched mine. And so living books is what we are focused . Both in school and in free reading.
ODD is a ferocious reader. I can't seem to find enough good solid books that are on her age level (6 1/2) and her reading level (3rd grade plus) and not too old for her content wise. In my searches I've found some really good sites. Many of them also have their philosophies of education. Some are Charlotte Mason based, some are other curriculum or resources. I've found I need to stick to what works for us and not read more about other curriculum because I get.. what... oh yeah- DISTRACTED!!!
So I can't necessarily vouch for the curriculum, but these are based on solid living books and not the fluff that passes as popular children's books right now. Here we are:
New book list:
Ignite the fire
Best online classic books
Simply Charlotte Mason Book Finder
School of Abraham reading lists (a list of lists)
Great resources we've taped into quite a bit:
Old fashioned curriculum
Milestones Academy year 1
Milestones Academy year 2
Milestones Academy year 3
1000 Good book list
Five in a row book lists (scroll down)
I'm especially excited because many of the one in the new list are available free or cheap on the kindle. The challenge is then I need to give up my kindle for her reading time! I really need to find an older version of the kindle so she can have on of her own!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Here's our new schedule:
7 mom wake up, breakfast, shower, scripture reading, pull together final things for our morning
8 kids up Breakfast
During breakfast: Devotional, picture study from Gospel Art Kit, scripture memory, Poem memory
After clearing the table back to the table for play dough and math. We’ll be rotating the order
After breakfast and math, get dressed
Head to school room for Pledge of allegiance, fun songs and then get focused on work boxes and Montessori centers.
Then we do lunch and naps/quiet time.
I’m trying to figure out the after noon after naps and getting in a nature walk before lunch and naps, but not sure when to work that in there. I’ll update as we work through it and see how it goes.With the time change the times haven't been exact, but the order is working so we will continue to get the timing adjusted! Hope you are enjoying the beginning of spring wherever you are!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
She only likes to do this for so long. I think we'll work with less letters and less items to keep her attention better!
Here is one week of our shelves. I am blessed to be able to take Karen Tyler's class that I won on a blog giveaway and I am understanding more and changing up the shelves a bit right now. As soon as I get those up and running I'll post some new pictures. But this was two weeks ago. Not al of these are Montessori, but most are.
Here is our Montessori work shelf. It's a regular bookshelf that I drilled more holes in and cut boards to fit so we could fit more in the space.
This s our top shelf. We have paper in the drawers: used one side, new paper and coloring pages), moving and matchmaking stacking rings, and our pink tower that isn't pink.
Sound box with sandpaper letters and various objects to match. You can see this in action here.
Spooning activity Beads from one bowl to the next. They made a neat sound hitting the china bowl (Thrift store)
Montessori is fun and simple to set up. We really enjoy it and the kids are learning and having a blast!
A while ago I posted about our workboxes. I finally figured out how to easily download pictures and so can now post them. These pictures are the boxes we worked on one day in January. Sorry the pictures are side ways I thought I fixed it, bit apparently not!
Box 1- read a story about George Washington. We were given many of this series and it's a hit around here!
Box 2 Our current English Milestones academy- currently under revision ad not available right now. I found a great deal on the Mead 09956 Primary Journal here (I bought 10 for the discount)
Box 3 A puzzle do do after doing a Scripture worksheet Grandma sent. (My oldest needs to see the reward- knowing it's in the next box doesn't work, so putting them in the same box with the fun stuff underneath has been working better for her)
Box 4: Kumon Math followed by Peg board
Box 5: Draw write now, complete with pencils and notebook. This is actually her finished drawing of Native Americans
Box 6: Tanagrams, a favorite "fun" activity with a good dose of geometry hidden for good practice!
Box 7: Telling time clock found at Target's semi annual toy clearance and Kumon time work book. We're really working on some concepts that haven't been mastered in math(specifically time and money)
Box 8: Copywork made by me with Start Write This one line one of a favorite hymn.
Box 9: Reading George Washington Read-aloud while everyone colors. Favorite activity to end the day
We're only doing 9 boxes (instead of the traditional 12 workboxes) since we're sticking fun boxes in with other boxes) and for now that's allt he shelf space we have. Thanks for looking! Hope this gives you some ideas what to put in your boxes and what we do each day!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Kids are getting better and we'll be back to regular postings shortly!