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Thursday, June 20, 2013

New Friends & Scheduling Ideas...

We enlarged our family of friends/pets this week! Meet Reepicheep and Captain Jack!

Reepicheep

Captain Jack

I found them on craigslist, free, being given away since their two-year old owner apparently was not quite ready for small pets. Since we're accustomed to guinea pigs already, with The Girl's pet Emily, taking these delightful guys in was easy! We did change their names, the originals of which I can't remember now.

And scheduling thoughts...

Here's what I am thinking for the upcoming year:

Sundays
Music Appreciation (Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts on YouTube)
Art and Art Appreciation (various resources)
Geography (Halliburton, homemade "cartography" studies)
Math activity (Family Math books, living books, etc.)
Philosophy (Harry Stottlemeier's Discovery & discussion)
And, either an activity from Developing Critical Thinking Through Science Book 2 OR reading and an activity from Dr. Art's Guide to Science

Mondays
Afternoon Basket
Spelling (The Boy); Reading Horizons (The Girl)
Grammar (Grammar-Land with Main Lesson Book and worksheet activities)
Math (Saxon)
Science (reading aloud from our book[s] of choice; notebooking*)
History (reading aloud from our book of choice; notebooking*)

Tuesdays
Afternoon Basket
Spelling (The Boy); Reading Horizons (The Girl) 
Copywork, dictation exercises
Math (Saxon)
Science (reading aloud from our book[s] of choice; notebooking*)
History (reading aloud from our book of choice; notebooking*)

Wednesdays
Afternoon Basket
Spelling (The Boy); Reading Horizons (The Girl) 
Work on writing project (The Boy); Elson Reader work (The Girl)
Math (Saxon)
Science (reading aloud from our book[s] of choice; notebooking*)
History (reading aloud from our book of choice; notebooking*)

Thursdays
Afternoon Basket
Spelling (The Boy); Reading Horizons (Cassia) 
Free-writing (if The Girl wants, she can do free-writing OR continued Elson Reader work)
Math (Jousting Armadillos for The Boy, and something fun for Cassia)
Science (reading aloud from our book[s] of choice; notebooking* OR hands-on)
History (reading aloud from our book of choice; notebooking*)

Fridays
I'm asking the kids to take note of something nature-related at the park on our Park Fridays. When we get home, we'll all sit down and do some nature journaling, and read about whatever caught their eye.

Worked into all this, we'll have lunchtime documentaries, travel shows, and more! The kids will also be pursuing personal projects, so I am working on an updated checklist for each of them. I might add in vocabulary work with English From the Roots Up Mondays through Thursdays... we'll see!

*We're using a mix of notebooking with lapbooking elements, and Main Lesson Books (MLB), so the kids can do a MLB type entry in their notebooks, or fill out a profile page, etc. 

1 comment :

  1. Aw, cute! I've always like guinea pigs but the fact they need to be in pairs and require a lot of space always dissuades me from getting any! They are SO cute, though!!

    I'm considering changing my schedule a bit for fall -- and maybe trying to do 'blocks' the way Waldorf does them. We get bored so easily, though...I'm just not sure. Ho hum!

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