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Back to work…

Back to work…
February 18, 2011
At school

Throughout the whole of life one must continue to learn to live and what will amaze you even more, throughout life you must learn to die. Seneca (Roman philosopher) Seneca (4 BC – 65 AD) After the celebration of Valentine’s Day where most subjects get a flavor of hearts and Valentine, had to get back to more traditional learning.  It is never easy or automatic to switch rhythm especially when it involves cutting down on artistic time for DD.  We started back slowly into our routine by learning about another celebration we missed due to the flu in the house: the Chinese New Year.  I use Edhelper for special occasion or to generate several days of writing prompts, review material, etc.  You can add your own prompts and tailor the work to your child’s level.  I printed out a week of worksheets joining English and History for a refresher on …Read more

Ancient Persia

Ancient Persia
November 7, 2010
At school

Since winners write the history, the false propaganda used from the beginning to the end is often accepted as the true history of the war. John Denson We are off to Persia! We have decided the best History books are the Story and History of World series by Susan Wise Bauer. We are still using the first series and slowly moving over to the second in which she has published volumes I & II. We started the cycle of the history of the world in four years in fifth grade so we started this year somewhere around 600-300 BC.  As we go through History chronologically we do hop and jump around the globe as we go. Our time travels are currently taking us through Ancient Persia, to make it more creative and fun for DD, we are cooking Persian food to go along with the History and Geography of the …Read more

The rhythm of our days

November 5, 2010
At school

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” unknown I love that quote!  And try daily we do, eventually we celebrate great triumphs! DS has his first mid-terms results with A’s in all subjects where exams were given.  The most important though is that he feels we prepared him well for the workload and time management.  I was rather tough on him in his senior year, trying to find and plug any gaps in organization, knowledge, etc.  He and I have the same perfectionist gene and though we sometimes felt we might have over done things a bit, he has no regrets now.  I think it took us the four years of High School to  truly individualize his learning, figure out the best teaching methods for each course and since he is our first, how to comply with all the requirements to hopefully prepare him for college applications …Read more

Sixth grade well on the way…

Sixth grade well on the way…
November 4, 2010
At school

You don’t have to be a “person of influence” to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me. Scott Adams (Dilbert) Sixth grade is taking shape. I loaded my Homeschool Tracker software, inputting this years courses, lessons and hopefully getting a scope and sequence in as well. I am editing and close to printing DD’s student planner: this year I decided to create one: combining one purchased from TOS Magazine; free printouts from Dona Young’s site, and our own needs and observations. It is a perpetual planner, needing only minimal editing at the beginning of the year. I will print it monthly, looking for topics of research or discussion based on current event, books we are reading, a movie or documentary we’ve seen. I come from a very traditional, European, educational background and homeschooling DD has …Read more