It has been a long time since my last post…
It has been an even longer time since I posted about the plans for my children’s education at home…I think the last time was at my old blog.
My plans for our up coming year are pretty much done and dusted. We still follow a Charlotte Mason approach. I am not a purist by any stretch of the imagination, but I do appreciate the joy and gentle pace she brings to the every day.
This year is a milestone for us, as Elianna enters ‘high school’ ~ Year 7/grade 6
Rose will be going into Year 4/grade 3
Family Read Alouds:
Under blankets on the sofa, cuddled up in bed, or lazing in the sunshine, read aloud time is my favourite part of ‘school’.
~ Lots of Fairy Tales
~ A Christmas Carol (ours is a vintage, unabridged version)
History Read Alouds:
Science Read Alouds:
Nature Study Read Alouds:
There will be *lots* of discussion around our reading..
The Story Of The Romans
These books I had planned as historical fiction; I may switch out for more ‘classic’ lit.
Rider in the dark
The Pirate’s son
The Orange Trees of Versailles
The minister’s daughter
Marie Curie (Giants of science)
Watchers at the pond
Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity by Robert Cwiklik
Various games & living maths
Primary language lessons ~ Rose
Intermediate language lessons ~ Elianna
Reading through The Sentence Family at our leisure as review.
Keeping a Common Place Book
Poetry tea once a week
Reading a poem a day, focusing on one poet per term. (Walter De La Mare, William Blake, Sara Teasdale)
Nature poems in our nature notebooks (yes, I have one too!)
Poetry analysis 1 x month
PLUTARCH ~ Elianna
LATIN ~ Elianna
LOGIC ~ Elianna
DAILY MEMORY WORK
Poetry & Shakespeare
Poetry of their own choice
Maths – times tables
Multiplication facts in 7 days ~ We need to get this down – Elianna struggles with some facts. I plan to take 7 weeks to use this resource!
Sci – periodic table
Making our own Periodic table
Latin ~ Elianna
Flash cards from Getting Started With Lain
Map Work – wkly
Keeping up our wall Time Line
Bi-Weekly Experiment – cool chemistry concoctions
Basher The Periodic Table
Galore Park – SYRWTL Science book 1 ~ Elianna (This I am undecided about. Maybe, maybe not)
As well as our regular journal keeping, I plan for us to undertake a year long study of our local pond!
We have multiple resources:
Natural science through the seasons
Concise Pond Life
The World of the Microscope
One Small Square – Pond
Rivers Ponds & Lakes
Tell me Tree
First Book Of Pond Life
Elianna will be reading: Watchers at the pond
What to look for in Summer, amongst many others…
Artist tea once a week:
HANDCRAFTS & CREATIVE ARTS
HISTORY / GEOGRAPHY
~ Elianna: Outlining & summaries using:
Rose will be reading & narrating.
A great resource: What on earth
Following the liturgical year & seasons
Learning as we walk along the way..
Typed out like this, my lists look overwhelming. But with short lessons, some subjects for only a term & lots of time for contemplation I know this is going to be a beautiful year…