I’ve had several months now since my last homeschooling post, yet I don’t feel like we haven’t been schooling. It just feels more– seamless, maybe? Or routine? Lots of good learning happening, but not so exciting to describe.
We’ve been reading lots, both independently and together.
Together, we’ve finished biographies (by Wheeler & Deuscher, from Zeezok) of Brahms and Chopin. We read lots about Henri Rousseau. We’ve been reading about trees and birds and planets and space. We listened to Jean Craighead George’s My Side of the Mountain as well as the sequel, The Far Side of the Mountain. We’ve read Wilder’s Farmer Boy and On the Banks of Plum Creek. We’ve read lots of picture books, returning to old favorites like Sarah Stewart’s The Gardener (this is a beautiful book– go read it if you haven’t!) and Margaret Hodges’ St George and the Dragon. And we finished Arthur Ransome’s Pigeon Post and moved on to We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea. And we’re still moseying through The Secret Garden by Burnett. Sam’s got a few read-alouds going with the kids, too– Rupp’s The Dragons of Lonely Island and a Harry Potter. And for history, we’re reading Genevieve Foster’s Augustus Caesar’s World. What a great book.
For nature study, we’re starting the garden (are you sick of hearing about it yet? I promise to have a post now and then in which I don’t mention it) and spending lots of time outside with our eyes and ears open.
Our Bible reading (in Luke, now) and memory verses continue, and well as math, Latin, phonics, Spanish and grammar.
J is reading a book on astonomy, The Burgess Book of Animals, and The Ides of April. He’s also carrying several other books of his chosing around with him– today it was How to Beat Your Dad at Chess, and Michael Hague’s beautiful The Book of Dragons.
O can’t find Stuart Little (which we were enjoying until it disappeared– in the second to last chapter!) so he’s been reading lots of Shel Silverstein poetry and enjoying it every day. I don’t know why I didn’t give it to him to read before.
M has learned to read and is fearless about it– she’ll read anything in front of her. Right now we’re laughing through Alfred Lobel’s Frog and Toad series. I don’t know how he does it, but he manages to write very basic prose that is creative, delightful, and funny– to both of us! I think she’ll be ready or Cynthia Rylant’s High Rise Detectives series soon.
There’s other good stuff happening too: habits of cleaning up after ourselves, and table manners (uh, not so much), cooking. Game nights with Qwirkle (we love this game) and Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan. Some sewing lessons, and first aid, and lots of bike rides… Come spend a day with us!