20 May 2015

Our 1/2 Week Ahead ~ Weds 20th May 2015

It's a short week for us, and so the line up is understandably shorter.
On shorter weeks we choose to focus on bible, math, history, reading and writing ... and audio options ☺

·       Bible
All: II Timothy 

·       History & Geography
1:  Biblioplan Ch 15:  Age of Piracy pgs 363b-369a
2:  (the rising of 1715)  Jacobite Rising  (Rob Roy tie-in)
3:  Mapping: Scotland

·       Family
1:  Read Aloud:
(1643-1727)  Isaac Newton ~ Tiner  complete, 
then start:  (1712) Rob Roy ~ Scott (Scotland)
·       Daisy ~ History, Literature & Book Basket:
6:  Audio’s: Lorna Doone ~ R.D. Blackmore    (England. Monmouth’s Rebellion) 1673-87 (listen to and discuss with mum)

·       Jay ~ History, Literature & Book Basket:
3:  Audio: Lorna Doone ~ R.D. Blackmore        (England. Monmouth’s Rebellion) 1673-87 (listen to, and discuss with mum)  

·       English

Both:
Timed writing together with mum.      (Thurs)
PlayThe Crucible ~ Miller  (complete)

Daisy:
1:  Essentials in Writing, Level 8:  Lesson 12 +
2:  RnS

Jay:
1:  Greenleaf Guide Yr 3 Lit (1550-1900)  ~ Shearer
Lesson 10Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)
Jay enjoyed the literature study sheets I gave him to use with The Screwtape Letters  that he has elected to continue on with them.  So encouraging when moments like that happen during highschooling lessons!

11 May 2015

Our Week Ahead ~ 11th May 2015

This is our last week of scheduled learning before we take one of our term breaks.
We don't follow the State schools terms, as we do much better with a shorter scheduled learning run that has more breaks dispersed through it.  Unless we have visitors happen into our down-tools-and-rest space we only take one weeks break at the end of a 6 week 'schooling' run. 

·       Bible
All: II Timothy 

·       History and Geography
Biblioplan Ch 14:  Salem Witch Trials (1692) pgs 340-347
Witchcraft at Salem Village. Illustration by F.O.C. Darley,
William L. Shepard, or Granville Perkins. 1876. Public Domain.
·       Family
1:  Read Aloud:
(1643-1727)  Isaac Newton ~ Tiner 
Dn is enjoying reading this book to us as it makes for a good, God honouring, easy to listen to read aloud; however, since this book is written for younger students we'll be doing more, in depth, research ourselves using various other sources :)

Along with the research, we're also going to read through some of his quotes, listed here,  and select out quotes we like for copywork.
Jay and I are going to read this online excerpt about Newton's life out of the e.book 
Newton's Principia : The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy

We'll watch through a few clips of Isaac Newton on History
2:  Car time audio:  The Dairy of Samuel Pepys: BBC Dramatisation  Content issues

·       Daisy ~ History, Literature and Book Basket:
1:  History Reading: 
 (1692) Madeleine Takes Command ~ Brill SL7
MOH vol 3, wk 27,  The Salem Witch Hunts

6:  Audio: Lorna Doone ~ R.D. Blackmore    (England. Monmouth’s Rebellion) 1673-87 (listen to and discuss with mum)       complete by the end of mid-term break

·       Jay ~ History, Literature and Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
 1665  A Parcel of Patterns ~ Walsh SL
2: History Reading: 
MOH vol 3, wk 27,  The Salem Witch Hunts

3:  Audio: Lorna Doone ~ R.D. Blackmore        (England. Monmouth’s Rebellion) 1673-87 (listen to, and discuss with mum)     complete by the end of mid-term break

·       English
Both:
Timed writing together with mum.      (Tues & Weds)
Typing.  Either a narration from our history reading, or from your current reader  (due Weds)
PlayThe Crucible ~ Miller  (Audio    and   book )  with class discussion

purchased through audible
Daisy:
1:  Essentials in Writing, Level 8:  Lesson 10+
2:  RnS

Jay:
1:  Greenleaf Guide Yr 3 Lit (1550-1900)  ~ Shearer
Lesson 9Andrew Marvell (1621-1672)
2:  Review Essentials in Writing, Level 8:  
Lesson 10  (Simile, Metaphor, Personification, & Hyperbole)
Lesson 11 (Using Imagery in Writing)

08 May 2015

Fun Extra for Little People ~ All About Reading

We've long been advocates of All About Spelling and I received an email from a homeschooling associate a few days ago mentioning that All About Learning Press, the parent company of All About Spelling, is offering this fun, downloadable, freebie:
http://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/baby-animal-names/
Click Picture to Go Straight to the Download Page

There are so many things a homeschooling mum can do with a fun set of cards like this, other than just for reading....
  • Create a lapfolder with an envelope to hold the cards on one side and the uncut print out glued in place on the other side so that your child can match them up; jigsaw puzzle style.  Another variation is to match up a cut mother card to the baby card on the lapfold, and a baby card to a mother card on the uncut board.
  • Play pick a card charades (sounds and actions allowed) where the 'guessers' have to say the name of the mother and the baby to get the set.
  • A game to play with slightly older children is to print out & cut up 2 or 4 sets for a game of memory match.      Printing out coloured sets and black and white sets to use together will create more interest... or confusion :)
  • Or for children that like to play clothes line match n peg; secure a length of string at your child's height for them to peg the matching pairs to ... just like matching up the pairs of socks to peg on the clothes line.   (Daisy used to enjoy playing games like this ;) ).

06 May 2015

Books ~ May 2015

Just tossing up a books purchased post for other bibliophiles to browse through :)
I'll only include a few otherwise the post can get really long, and all of the links beneath go over to bookdepository.... because that is the main source for any brand new books we purchase.

Please note we haven't read all of the books linked and listed here, yet, and ... some are still in the post.

The Man Who Was Jekyll and Hyde: The Lives & Crimes of Deacon Brodie ~ Rick Wilson
I'm wondering how much eye popping content I'll encounter in this book; I'll be sure to come back and let you know.  We're hoping it won't need too much editing so that Jay can read it also.  Biographies are such an excellent space for some  life's lessons  discussions.

The Amazing John Wesley: An Unusual Look at an Uncommon Life ~ H Newton Malony
Biographies are a genre our family really enjoys, and as a read aloud they are the books that Dn will go for first before any other title in our family book basket.  We've read a few biographies on John Wesley over our homeschooling journey, and I'm hoping this book becomes another recommended read!

We enjoyed book 1 of the Children of the Famine series in earlier years and these next two books are for Daisy's book basket, as some lite reading to give her a small break from some of the heavier non-fiction reading she is doing this year.  Adding here that Jay & I both enjoyed the quick read through of book 1 in this series much more than the book Sonlight selected for the Irish famine, Nory Ryan's Song ~ Giff ;  we just couldn't get into that book!

Wildflower Girl (Children of the Famine) Bk2 ~ Marita Conlon-McKenna

Fields of Home (Children of the Famine) Bk3 ~ Marita Conlon- McKenna
The next two books are from the Imagination Station Series and I get to proof read them before they to go on the Church library shelves.... such a tough job :)  but someone has to do it.

Attack at the Arena ~ Marianne Hering

Escape to the Hiding Place ~ Marianne Hering
Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty: How One Man's Ideas Helped Form a New Nation ~ Albert Marrin
I think I may have mentioned this book somewhere on my blog already, sorry for the repeat, but just have to say this is a very good, quick, and interesting read - in true Albert Marrin style. Recommending this one!

05 May 2015

Our Week Ahead ~ Monday 4th May 2105

As our autumnal weather looks set to give way to the early, unwanted!!, onset of winter we're indoors more during the day, and so academic schooling life gets busier. Over the next few months, God willing, we're hoping to make a hefty dent in our learning goals for this year.  It'll be interesting to see how that plays out

With this week ahead post, I'll only include the newer items we'll be reading through, or using this week, as we're still tying up some unfinished work from last week.

·       Bible
All: II Timothy 

·       History and Geography
Biblioplan Ch 13:  China; The Covenanters
pgs 319-325 (we’re skipping the portions on China and will only be focusing on Scotland and the Covenanters)

·       Family
1:  Read Aloud:
(1643-1727)  Isaac Newton ~ Tiner
2:  Car time audio:  The Dairy of Samuel Pepys: BBC Dramatisation  Content issues
3:  Book Basket:
  • Trial and Triumph Ch.28  Cameron 1644-80,  Ch.29  Martyrs 1622-85
  • Christian Men of Science ~ Mulfinger: Boyle 1627-1691
  • King Alfred’s English ~ White  continue
  • The New Oxford Book of Children’s Verse ~Philip  (from Henry Wordsworth Longfellow onwards)
·       Daisy ~ History, Literature & Book Basket:
2:  History Reading: 
 (1692) MadeleineTakes Command ~ Brill SL7
6:  Audio’s:
Lorna Doone ~ R.D. Blackmore  (England. Monmouth’s Rebellion) 1673-87 (listen to and discuss with mum)  (see our review in this post)

·       Jay ~ History, Literature & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
 1665)  A Parcel of Patterns ~ Walsh SL
(Jay will finish A Parcel of Patterns on his own; we found this book is better read alone as opposed to being used as a read aloud.  There are content & sensitivity issues, for our family, in this book so I don't want Daisy reading this book alone just yet.)

2: History Reading: 
MOH vol 3, Lesson 73,  The Scottish Covenanters
3:  Audio: 
Lorna Doone ~ R.D. Blackmore   (England. Monmouth’s Rebellion) 1673-87 (listen to and discuss with mum)


·       English
Daisy:
1:  Essentials in Writing, Level 8:  Lesson 9 +

Jay:
1:  Greenleaf Guide Yr 3 Lit (1550-1900)  ~ Shearer
Lesson 8:  Milton (1608-1674) complete before starting
Lesson 9:  Andrew Marvell (1621-1672)

We'll also be taking a (review mostly) watch through the BBC History of Scotland series, which starts with this documentary (only part 1 is available online :/  ):

More on the Scottish Covenanter's History: Scroll down to 1637+  (reading only, none of the clips play)

01 May 2015

Atlas Moth (with links fixed)

My friend Tracy, of Fleur de Lis blog, posted some pictures up of an amazing moth, the Altas Moth, for us to enjoy.
(Thanks Tracy!!)
We had to go and expand our education,  as we'll never encounter those Moths where we live :)

Some Atlas Moth facts.
ETA:  Forgot to add the correct clip for the Atlas Moth, now above ;)
Thanks Tracy for noting that!!!
The clip below is not of an Atlas Moth  (I linked the wrong one...grin n blush), but it is so beautiful and amazing that I'll leave it here anyway.