09 December 2016

The Ultimate Homeschool Planner with Tabs

To save having to scroll through previous posts I'm gifting the planner we've used for the last 3 years, with it's own post.

round-labels-5375-coolHere is the direct link to the tabs we use:
http://blog.worldlabel.com/2013/inventory-organizing-control-the-harmonized-house-project.html#more-12660 
 need to scroll part way down the site.




The newer books are slightly larger than the older printings, and they've prettied up the fonts too.
I've found the sturdier plastic covers are better too - cups of hot tea placed on them don't leave a nuisance looking water ring :-)
TUHP, with the cover that we used during 2016, after a full years use:

16 November 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ Monday 14 November 2016 (Week 33 of 35. YAY!)

It's very satisfying to look at our proposed schedule for learning and to see just 2 weeks left, after this one, before we start wrapping up our learning year.
Here is where the roles reverse and the children start really 'encouraging' me to get their academic learning work load cleared so they can shift gears and enjoy the freedom of becoming totally delight-led in their activities.  Not sure about other homes, but once our history/literature schedule is wrapped up things seem to go from a semi-structured educating day into ones filled with projects, crafts, hours of online study, and piles of books, and audiobooks, taking over our home.  So good!

November Monday 14 2016

Daisy
 History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:      
o   Ch: 32  Vietnam War  p.508-515 (selections only)
3:  Encyclopedias
o   KFH     p.446-47 Civil Rights  (1950-present)
o   DKH     Vietnam War p.430-31
Mapping:  
o   BP Map 31    wk 2 of 2

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
Animal Farm ~ Orwell  (compare ending with the one in the animated film.  Watch during class time.)
Nothing Else Matters ~ St. John (1976)

Free Reading:
Alas, Babylon ~ Frank (sensuality edited out)
The Gammage Cup ~ Kendall (fantasy)

We've been using Essentials in Writing ~ Matthew Stephens which has assisted Daisy so much with learning to write.  Her writing style has definitely developed this year. (Makes for one very happy mum and student).  She's just handed in her final writing assignment for 2016 and crafted a very interesting, and rather well written, piece.  Her topic was Up Helly Aa ;-)  something I knew nothing about prior to reading her essay.  

Family
Bible
All:  Luke 23+

History & Geography
Notes:   Post WWII Healing Revival 1947-1958.

Hymns For November:  Review

DvD/Visual:  
o   Animal Farm (animated cartoon)
o   Sir Edmund Hillary 1919-2008    
o   Messenger ~ Becker (Thurs watch with DN & discuss)
o  Billy Graham (documentary)

Economics   Economics for Everyone ~  R.C. Sproul  jnr   (dropped)

1:  Read Alouds: 
 o   Evidence Not Scene ~ Darlene Rose (WWII/ missionary)  start reading to Daisy
o   The Boy on the Wooden Box ~ Leyson  (WWII/ German/Polish Jew) Dn reading this to us 

4:  Short Stories:  


Jay
English
1:  Essentials in Writing Level 12
Use EiW for extra instruction while creating two 500 word essays this week.

14 November 2016

Our Week in review ~ Monday 07 to Friday 11 Nov 2016 .. homeschooling high school

ETA:  Thinking of all the students kept awake by the earthquakes in NZ over night - and still required to sit NCEA exams today, tough day ahead for all.

Last week:
2016 has been a very different educating at home year for us, with half of Jay's highschool topics being done via the NZ Correspondence school.
This month is requiring he drop, pretty much, the non-NCEA portion of his schooling courses so he can complete his Te Kura generated work and post it in for assessment.
It's certainly made Jay & me appreciate the curriculum choices we've used in previous years: we'll definitely be taking a different approach with NCEA for Daisy when her turn comes around.
I have no wish to rinse and repeat Te Kura's journey with NCEA English.
Our post for this week is actually our week in review for Daisy, as typing up about Jay's essay topics and the rough drafts being agonised over composed isn't overly interesting to others.   Along with our household taking turns with a common cold (nasty thing), we also got distracted by the election in the U.S.A.  The children have been extremely interested, and more so as the led up to election day loomed nearer.  We've learnt so much about American politics this year, and how the U.S run their government - which has been a interesting delight-led topic for us to rabbit trail on during our Modern Times history studies.

The items crossed out are things we just did not get to; mostly, Daisy just felt like sitting quietly reading and nursing her 'cold' filled head.

November Monday 07 2016
Daisy

History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:      
o   Ch: 30 Africa  p.66,468b-470a, 473b-474a, 475b
o   Ch: 31 Cold War, Nuclear Arms Race, Space Race 477-482a, 484b-487a,489b-492a
2:  ITTC: 
o   Flannery O’Connor  – (1953, 1956, 1964) p.353
3:  Encyclopedias
o   KFH     p.462-63 St Africa  (1990-2000)
o   KFH     p.436-37 Cold War (1045-89), 456-57 Environment 1950-present
4:    Read online about Rwandan Genocide (1994)

An hour watching history videos on Khan Academy (Archdukes, Cynicism, and World War , Imperialism, Visiting Babylon, Archdukes, Cynicism, and World War I, Communists, Nationalists, and China's Revolutions,  USA vs USSR Fight! The Cold War, Sal teaches Grover about the electoral college :D,  World War II)

Mapping:  
o   BP Map 31    wk 1 of 2

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
Animal Farm ~ Orwell  (compare ending with the one in the animated film.  Watch during class time.)  reassigned for next week

Free Reading: 
Boys Without Names ~ Sheth (not for sensitive readers.  The boys in the factory are kidnapped and held for slave labour)

Journey to Jo’burg ~ Naidoo    SL Core F

Hope Was Here ~ Bauer  SL 300  (edited out the portion with sensual contact.  A bit of a bubble gum read, and not the style of writing Daisy usually read. or enjoys.  She said it was okay.) 

The Green Book ~ Walsh   ex.SL 100  (interesting thought in this book.  makes for a good conversation topic afterwards.)

Drawn From New England : Tasha Tudor ~ Tudor      illustrator study


Dn is reading a title from Daisy's book basket  The Boy on the Wooden Box ~ Leyson  to all of us.  It's easy reading for him, and makes for enjoyable listening.  Well written.  We all figured we didn't want to be reading through a really heavy, involved, or deeply meaningful literary work, just now, as there is so much heavy brain work going on in other subject areas.

18 October 2016

Our Week Ahead.... feels like a sprint :-)

Due to our Labour weekend holiday starting on Friday, and trying to organise the children to go away to camp (Christian Youth) academic learning feels like it is being tacked on to real life lessons, with 'schooling' finishing rather late each day.  And it's to be noted, Jay and Daisy have no trouble in getting literature read or their delight-led studies done it's just the Te Kura booklets for Jay, and Algebra for Daisy, that gift us with heel dragging moments.  Jay has definite opinions (snort and grin) over things he does NOT want to have in his academic learning basket next year; and NCEA English is one of them.

Here is our proposed week ahead - some of which will carry over into other weeks:

Family
Bible
All:  Luke 23+
We're just taking our time reading slowly through the book of Luke, pausing to discuss and reflect and - when Dn is here for our morning book basket time - enjoying some wonderful theological studies.

History & Geography
Notes:   Israel becomes a Nation 1948
Post WWII Healing Revival 1947-1958.   (A controversial topic for many, and not one that I've seen any homeschool history curriculum provider cover.)
This portion of history is of great interest to me: it was at one of the A. Allen's (sp?) 1950’s healing Campaigns  that my dad became a Christian… which was nearly a ‘miraculous’ happening in and of itself.  

We're going to try and make a push to complete A Man Sent from God ~ G Lindsey this week (a very interesting book, which is generating a lot of discussion in our home... especially from Dn  :-D)


Christian of Note:   Bonhoeffer (1906-45)

Hymn:  It Took a Miracle  ~ John. W. Peterson (1948)
We tried to find a recording that was truer to the era this song was written in:
 
(Read: Then Sings My Soul Bk 2 ~ Morgan p.293)  

Audio:   Bonhoeffer ~ Eric Metaxas  (we're listening to this during our drive time excursions, and are all enjoying it.  Recommending this one!)


Economics  Economics for Everyone ~  R.C. Sproul  jnr   (hmm.  the vote is still out on this course... we get so distracted by the Charlie Chaplin excerpts :-D  that we aren't really focusing on the 'lesson' being presented.)

Jay
History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:      
o   Ch: 28 Israel etc.  p.425-433
3:  ITTC: 
o   Simone Weil  – Waiting for God (1950) p.345
o   Bonhoeffer Letters and Papers from Prison (1951) p.349

Free Reading in Oct
Book relating to business Studies

Mapping:  
o   BP Map 28

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  
1: To Kill a Mocking Bird ~ Lee
2: The Birth Order ~ Leman (selections) wk 2 of 4  (Leman can be rather loquacious so we're trimming the fill.)

2:  Audio’s in Oct: 
1:  Surfeit of Lampreys ~ Ngaio Marsh (1941)  NZ/Britain (content issues, with the way the murder happened.  See last weeks comments about this book)

Daisy
History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:      
o   Ch: 28 Israel etc.  p.425-433
2:  ITTC: 
o   Simone Weil  – Waiting for God (1950) p.345
o   Bonhoeffer Letters and Papers from Prison (1951) p.349
3:  Encyclopedias
o   KFH     p.434-35,   424-423,    452-53   (1948-1956+)
o   DKH    Promised Land p.414-15
o   KFH     p.403, 425, 444-45   (1945-88)
o   DKH    Tiger Economics 456-57   (1915- present)

Mapping:   
o   BP Map 28 

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
1:  After the War ~ Mastas (1948) SL.    Content issues needed editing out for us and others may like to know they are not noted in the IG.  Sensual attraction , and,  a passionate kissing scene between teens. 

Free Reading

From Billabong to London ~ Mary Bruce   Bk4
(Daisy is really enjoying these books, more so than the Anne of Green Gables series.... her family heritage and locality may be at work here, though Bruce's Billabong series is very good.)

26 September 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ Monday 26th Sept 2016 (Diverse Selection of Books)

It's always interesting for me to see which books the children will choose from the book basket to read: now that Jay has finished reading, and writing, about a select group of books we had scheduled up for him to use with his NZ English course - he can read any title he would like to out of his book basket.  
(This is for English or history related reading... not for pleasure time reading.   His pleasure/free time reading options are all business and finance related tomes.)
After looking through the selection he chose to go with To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Lee.   
This is a book, in our home, that definitely needs discussion - and is not a story that we'd want Daisy reading any time soon - as it contains very mature, violent, and racist themes. One of the books I was hoping Jay might select to read and study, he's elected to go through in audio format during term break - which is next week for us.

Our Week ahead


September Monday 26  2016
Family
Bible
All:  Luke 21+

History & Geography
Hymn:  Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go  ~ B.B. McKinney (1936)  wk 2 of 4
(Then Sings My Soul Bk 2 ~ Morgan p.293)    

Economics 
Economics for Everyone ~  R.C. Sproul  jnr     (Mostly for Daisy.  Mr. Sproul is definitely of Reformed theology - which is very apparent in the first lesson -  we aren't Reformed so adjusted the lesson content accordingly.) 

Jay
History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:      
o   Ch: 27 Dividing Germany, Dividing India p.409-414a, 415-421
3:  ITTC:  William Faulkner  – Go Down, Moses (1942) p.339

Free Reading in Sept
Business related titles

Mapping:  
o   BP Map 27 

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  
o   1:  To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Harper Lee (set in early 1930’s)
o   2: The Birth Order ~ Leman   (selections)

2:  Audio’s in Sept: 
1:  Surfeit of Lampreys ~ Ngaio Marsh (1941)  NZ/Britain  
(content issues - the way the victim was murdered - may need editing out for others!  Recommend you listen through this before handing to your teen.
 Many of Marshs stories are set in and around theatrical localities and often as not a few of the characters are "physically" free spirited    :-/  
This story doesn't have that.
Added to that: this is one of the few audios, that I've encountered of hers, that doesn't have the narrator fleshing out select male characters with a very effeminate affectation.)

Daisy
History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:      
o   Ch: 27 Dividing Germany, Dividing India p.409-414a, 415-421
2:  ITTC:  William Faulkner  – Go Down, Moses (1942) p.339
3:  Kingfisher Encyclopedia
o   p.419 (The United Nations 1945-48)
o   p.421 (Indian Indep 1945-47)
o   p.424 (British Commonwealth 1914-49
Mapping:   
o   BP Map 27 

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
o   1:  Parallel Journeys ~ Eleanor Ayer (1938+)  SL 300 Lit

Free Reading
A Little Bush Maid ~ Mary Grant Bruce  (1902) Aust (BCW)
synopsis: Norah's home was on a big station in the north of Victoria-so large that you could almost, in her own phrase, "ride all day and never see any one you didn't want to see"; which was a great advantage in Norah's eyes. Not that Billabong Station ever seemed to the little girl a place that you needed to praise in any way. It occupied so very modest a position as the loveliest part of the world! The homestead was built on a gentle rise that sloped gradually away on every side; in front to the wide plain, dotted with huge gum trees and great grey box groves, and at the back, after you had passed through the well-kept vegetable garden and orchard, to a long lagoon, bordered with trees and fringed with tall bulrushes and waving reeds.

Boys Without Names  ~ Kashmira Sheth (India)    (emotive, gritty read!)

19 September 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ Monday 19th Sept 2016 (Tentative Planning for 2017)

With just 9 weeks of history and literature work left on our schedule both of the children are starting to feel pretty motivated, and at about this point is when they start pushing encouraging me to help them get through the work load quicker.
Jay is really looking forward to having all his Reader Responses completed and the last one submitted to Te Kura  (NZ Correspondence School) this week, then he'll start working on a research paper.
Daisy has upped her workload on Essentials in Literature, and, Essentials in Writing so that she can complete both courses this year.  
Added to this hive of activity from them, I've started to idea toss about what we're going to do next year.  It will be the first year that I only have one student doing a history based learning year, as Jay will be focusing on his final year of educating at home which includes extra-curricular courses, a world view course, and a christian counselling study.
Daisy now has the option of studying through any era of history she'd like to over the next two years and we'll match and patch the literature content in.  

Our Week Ahead:
September Monday 19  2016
Family

Bible
All:  Luke 20+

History & Geography
Notes:   Battle of Britain 1940
     Churchill 1874-1956
Hymn:  Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go  ~ B.B. McKinney (1936)
(Then Sings My Soul Bk 2 ~ Morgan p.293)
DvD/Visual:
Hitler’s Speeches/Documentary
BBC – World Wars (Churchill’s Speeches)

Daisy
History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:      
o   Ch: 26 WWII (pt.2) p.394-397a, 398b-408a

2:  ITTC:  C.S.Lewis  – The Screwtape Letters (1941) p.335
3:  Kingfisher Encyclopedia
o   p.414-15 (War in the West 1939-45)
4:   DKH:  Blitzkreig
o   p. 392-93
Mapping:   
o   BP Map 26  WWII (pt 2)

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
o   1:  Parallel Journeys ~ Eleanor Ayer (1938+)  SL 300
Free Reading
The Chestry Oak ~ Seredy