Tuesday, October 29, 2013

31 Days of CM at Afterthoughts and The Flip Side of Habit Training

If you aren't familiar with Brandy's blog Afterthoughts, head over and check out her thought provoking posts. She has a lot to say about CM and education and current events and books and the kinds of things up our alley. And she's a fellow Californian :) In fact, I may even be meeting her in person next month! God willing.

She's just wrapping up her 31 Days of Charlotte Mason and has a directory of all the posts here, including one by yours truly on The Flip Side of Habit Training.

Isn't that the cutest graphic?

When I first learned about her blog, I knew it wasn't humanly possible for any one homeschooling mom to consistently compose as many posts as she does - well thought out, educated posts at that! - so I concluded she must have pre-written them and was now just posting them, one after the other! Well, I was wrong. She really is that amazing in her output and a pleasure to read too. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 27, 2013


The kids have been reciting pretty consistently once a month at nature study since they began in YR1. They pick their own every month and recite it, I've made it a requirement, but beyond that, we haven't done much else with it so there isn't much to learn from us, but there's an interesting article called Recitation: The Children's Art by Arthur Burrell if you're interested. There's a lot more to it than we might think!

Here are Ryan's last two recitations. The first is the AO folk song from September and the second is Psalm 1

Link here in case it doesn't work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lho46ut1nY

Link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUFq3HIfn38

Monday, October 21, 2013

Our Schedule

Have you found a perfect schedule yet? We have. Not to say we won't change our minds again, but this one seems to work for the kids' growing independence and our simple straightforward way.

Jeannette Tulis posted her version of it a while back and it was love at first sight. So simple, so basic, just what we needed.

I print a stack of them and hand write the upcoming week's readings on Sunday which helps me prep for the week. The kids wake up to find their schedules filled in Monday morning.

They each have Ambleside Online's chart schedule for the year in addition to this schedule which gives them a weekly overview by term so they can see what chapters, in which books, are scheduled when, all at a glance.

Of course we still make minor tweaks and adjustments as the need arises, but this one has really helped them transition to taking on more of the responsibility of managing their own schedule and consequently, their time - something they wanted as our 5 and 2 year old inevitably need my attention and time throughout the day as well.

You'll notice:
- It's messy!
- Thursday is not on the list, we have nature study on Thursdays.
- Readings are shuffled around by hand - they have that freedom since I don't always know how long a particular reading is or how their day might go.

Here's a link to a copy of it on Scribd if you want to adapt it for your own use.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Microscopic Tube Snails (Spirorbis sp.) to Chopin

If you've been following my posts at all, you know we've been exploring marine invertebrates in the kelp. Well, for my birthday, my family gave me a new microscope and life just hasn't been the same. Here's one of the amazing things we discovered under the microscope, appropriately set to Chopin of course :) Enjoy!