Friday, October 28, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
My oldest two (ages 12 and 14), often get up early to get a quick start on their school work. They set up their assignment sheets the night before (something CC strongly encourages so the students can learn time management) and are ready to dive in when they arise. They work quietly and diligently on their assignments all morning. They do have questions and I help them through those. DD12 will often ask that I read with her, and I do. We read her assingments together and have some wonderful discussions about them. Sometimes their dad is in the room and will jump in on discussions.
At lunch time they break to eat, and are back at it for the afternoon. I love being in the other room when the girls are practicing their latin. Frequently, they break into a fake old-world accent and talk like that through the entire study time (sometimes the accent sticks around way into the evening). It's funny to listen to.
All this time, I am cleaning the house and preparing meals for the day.
DS7 will get up at some point during the morning and I will sit with him to review his CC lessons. I also give him a math lesson (Saxon 2) and a language lesson (First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind). My goal is to read a book with him in the afternoons and that doesn't happen as often as I would like.
Throughout the day, the girls will take 10 minute walks to stretch their legs and clear their minds. When they are finished with their assignements for the day, they will go outside with a camera and start snapping away.
Dinner time comes and we enjoy a meal together before we head off to church for the evening.
I wish everyday were like this. For now, I will savor every Wednesday as it rolls around. It's a beautiful thing.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
1. Classical Conversations (CC) helps to nurture children's innate love of learning.
2. CC wants to nuture thinkers, not sheep.
Over the next couple of months, I researched and found that I really liked everything about CC. It is well organized, they use quality literature, real-life resources and they recognize the parent as the child's primary teacher.
Cost? Yes, it's a little more expensive than a regular co-op. However, I believe you are getting what you pay for. In my opinion, it is worth every penny.
My daughters are at Challenge level. I was a little nervous about placing them there since we had never done a curriculum like this before. We went to our first CC meeting last week and I am truly amazed at how well my girls have stepped up to the plate. Of course, I had to set a standard and explain that if school work for the day wasn't finished, we wouldn't leave the house for horse stables, ballet, 4-H or anything. Somehow that motivated them to get up at about 7:30 every morning over the last week to get their assignments for the day finished.
I hope to be able to continue posting out CC journey as we walk this new path over the next year.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
First of all, ignore the dates on these pictures. I put new batteries in the camera and it defaulted back to that date.
Our homeschool group has a spring formal each year. It is a family event that we say is like a wedding reception without the wedding. It's a chance for us to dress up in fancy clothes and come together to have a good time. This year we chose a Civil War theme and the event quickly turned into a Civil War Ball. We were able to find dance instructors who came and taught us not only the dances of the time period, but also spoke to us about ettiquette. We also had a professional photographer/decorator come in and transform the room on the lower level of our local Ag center. This was a social event, but something families could put into their homeschool portfolios as well.
I think pictures are worth a thousand words, so I have a few to share.
The woman to the far left is a mom in our group who volunteered to coordinate the spring formal. While she was taking care of the details for this event, she made the dress she is wearing.
Although period attire was not required, I had fun borrowing this dress complete with hoop from another homeschool mom.
Our dress code was simple enough. We asked everyone to dress modestly (no cleavage, skirts below the knee, etc.). Attendees did not have to wear formal attire either. They could come in their Sunday Best with men wearing ties and women wearing dresses, skirts or dress slacks. We specified no sneakers or flip flops (doesn't matter how fancy they are).
Me with my little southern belle. She found this dress last summer at a thrift store for $5 and she knit her shawl. We did go into Gettysburg to get accessories like gloves and jewelry.
Amongst the Civil War dances, we also squeezed in the chicken dance. It was rather interesting to see that dance being done in a hoop.
This couple was very gracious in sharing this photo with me and not being upset with him for butting in.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
REALITY CHECK HERE---It actually takes lots of prodding. It amazes me how they don't forget that dance lessons are Tuesday night or that I need to drive someone to the stables at 3. Somehow, they often forget that they need to be finishing their lessons for the day.
I had a conversation with DD13 today and explained that when she is finished with her 8th grade work, she can start her "summer break". If it takes her to December, she won't get a summer break, but she won't be in 9th grade until her assignments for 8th grade are finished. Somehow this is a tough concept to grasp at 13.