Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Our Charlotte Mason School Year 2015-2016

 
I have stressed way too much over schooling, and in that I have often quenched the beauty of learning in our home with my checklists the kids have to get done and reading on a timeframe. I have been homeschooling from the beginning, and brought all my baggage of public school with me. The sole purpose of me homeschooling was to give my kids a joy for the Lord, a Joy to learn new things, discover things, read and go on adventures through lot's of books. It's funny how long it has taken me to embrace this desire that has been in my heart since the beginning.
Back then I didn't know it was a methodic way to teach, until my children were so quenched and not responding to what I was doing, a sweet friend took me aside and showed me some of Ms. Mason's ways and the gentle art of learning. I was hooked because I knew the other ways didn't work. But then the new year happened, the thoughts came in, and off track we went, back to check lists that had to be done.
This summer I have learned who I am as a mom and a teacher of my children. When they  remember their years at home, I want them to look back and smile. The joys of not being rushed off somewhere, and to get to ponder in the woods over animals and forts, and to just get to be a kid without screens.  No formal activities or being rushed to and fro. I want them to ponder and think and figure out things for themselves; to curl up with good books on the couch or in their bed and let their imaginations take them on historical adventures. These are the things I want for my children. An unrushed childhood. I am thankful to the Lord who has given me confidence this summer as I prayed and prayed over our school, and for a dear friend who spoke truth. I feel so freed today as I type this, to truly enjoy our school days and my kids. I am overjoyed about what we are going to do this year. And so Thankful to be the mommy to my five Leggio Loves.
 
Subjects done together.......
 
Bible using Firmly Planted Family (everyday)
 
History for the boys with Beautiful Feet Medieval (3 days a week)
 
Science  (1 to 2 days a week)
 
Poetry Study on Fridays ( this is only 10-20 minutes)
 
 Art  Study on Fridays ( this is only 10-20 minutes)
 
Composer Study on Fridays (this is only 10-20 minutes)
 
Shakesphere Study on Fridays ( this is only 10-20 minutes)
 
Nature Exploring and Sketching on Fridays
 
Girls will be doing Five in a Row
 
Reading (The boys are aloud to choose living books to read from, and we try to make available literature that they seem interested in so they can enjoy their reading time)
 
Ethan
 
Cursive with SCM Print to Cursive Proverbs (This is his third year of writing and reading cursive)
 
Spelling Wisdom from Simply Charlotte Mason ( 2 Days a week)
 
Using Language Well from SCM (2 days a week)
 
Narration will be done with History, Poetry, Composer, and Art via Oral and Written ( 2 days a week)
 
Math U See finishing up Delta and Moving into Epsilon (4 days a week)
 
Austin
 
Cursive with SCM Print to Cursive Proverbs (This is his third year of writing and reading cursive also)
 
Spelling Wisdom from SCM (2 days a week)
 
Using Language Well from SCM (2 days a week)
 
Narration will be done with History, Poetry, Composer, and Art via Oral and Written (2 days a week)
 
Math U See finishing up Gamma and going into Delta (4 days a week)
 
Corbin
 
Cursive with SCM Print to Cursive (This is his First year of writing and reading cursive)
 
Spelling You See for Spelling and Copy work (5 days a week)
 
Math U See Beta (4 days a week)
 
Narration will be done with History, Poetry, Composer, and Art via Oral for Corbin and I will also be writing his narration for him some weeks. ( 2 days a week)
 
Cora
 
Delightful Reading We are still working on Pre-reading skills with her, and will move forward at her pace and ability
 
Math U See Alpha (4 days a week)
 
Delightful Handwriting SCM Handwriting
 
Workboxes ( they are available for her to do with letters, sounds, numbers and fine motor skills, tanagrams and such.)
 
FIAR Notebooking
 
Mia
 
Delightful Reading  We are working also on pre-reading skills like letter recognition and games not pressuring her to read only short 5 to 15 minutes at her own pace and ability.
 
Workboxes (they are available for her to do with letters, sounds, numbers and fine motor skills, tanagrams and such.)
 
FIAR Notebooking
 
 
 
and I leave you with a C.S. Lewis Quote
 
 
Children are not a distraction from more important work, They are the most important work.
 
C.S. Lewis
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our Notebooks for the year

 
Nature Journals and Christian Liberty Nature Readers for Study

 
This is The Spelling Wisdom and Learning Language Well

 
Reading Aloud this and Nature Sketching Birds We Read About


 
Shakesphere Study Midsummer Night's Dream

 
Our Cursive

 
Cora's Handwriting

 
Delightful Reading for Girls Pre-Reading to Elementary

 
Art Study

 
Poetry Study

 
Composer Study

 
Our Science We are Using
 
 
Beautiful Feet Medieval History
 

3 comments:

Shay Ankerich said...

A wonderful year for your sweet ones is underway!!! LOVE everything you have chosen and just might switch to a few of them next year. Thankful we have each other to bounce things off of and talk off cliffs as well. Thankful for this homeschooling journey!!! Blessings and love!!!

quilt'n-mama said...

Looks like a great year ahead. I have thought about using the Skakespeare series, I would love to hear what you think of it!Also the Poetry book, I have thought about them but never ordered! I love the Nature Readers, I think I need to get a couple more! The boys are working their way through another book right now about North American animals and loving it!
We love composer study, there is always music in our background:)
We are reading through a number of YWAM missionary stories this year, we did some a few years ago then stopped, not sure why (mainly because I was afraid we were missing more important ed stuff...) wow, was I wrong, we are loving them!
Can't wait to hear about your year and how it is going from time to time!

Joseph Leggio said...

We use the Ywam too. The kids love them and I loaded up with ten more at conference because they were having a super deal on them.