January 22, 2010

Copywork with a sense of humor

Allie *LOVES* Jane Austen's Pride and Predjudice. I think she's closer to obsessed! She even uses passages for copywork.

Allie's CW

January 18, 2010

just sharing......

This was Caleb's history narration today. I thought it was well done, so I'm sharing it here. It makes him feel extra good to be "published".

Buffalo Bill Narration by Caleb

January 14, 2010

Parts of Speech in FULL color and then some.........

I enjoy teaching grammar to eight year old Caleb gently using sentences from his books and from his spelling dictations. I thought it would be fun to color code the parts of speech and label sentences on a white board. I made a PDF with the eight regular parts of speech, plus labels for articles, which I know are technically adjectives, but just go with it :O) I laminated my pieces and placed small magnet squares on the backs. Grammar now feels like a game. Feel free to download the labels and make your own set!

Rainbow Parts of Speech

Here are more advanced labels that I made for my junior high age daughter. She uses the Michael Clay Thompson Grammar Town series from Royal Fireworks Press and just loves it!

Rainbow Grammar

January 13, 2010

GREAT History Resource

WOW! I just downloaded The History Scribe for the bargain price of $16. What an awesome resource for notebooking pages. This is a must see!

January 12, 2010

Our Weekly Schedule

I created our spring term schedule using the concept of time blocks. This prevents me from keeping my eye on the clock too closely. It is working out well; a nice balance of work and play keeps everyone happy. FYI - A=Allie, C=Caleb, and F=family work
Time Blocks Week Plan

January 10, 2010

Frosty Morning

God's handiwork is stunning!

January 09, 2010

Good Reading

Another great, FREE, resource from the folks at Simply Charlotte Mason.

Smooth and Easy Days

Who wouldn't love days like that?

January 05, 2010

Simple Pleasures

We have eased back into school the last couple of days and I must admit, I missed it. It is good to be learning together again. Schooling at home is truly a joy.

It is only 19 degrees here today, but on the sunny south side of the house it is toasty.
This is where Allie chose to enjoy her literature selection, Little Women, with her cat Henry. She had been feeding the little sparrows and juncos as well, but Henry took care of that.

What a blessing from the Lord to be able to let our children grow in wisdom and grace in an environment that nutures their very souls. Praise be to God!