Homeschool Day Planning & Scheduling: Start the Day

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Ok, so I’ll get into the nitty gritty details of the plan. There are still a lot of the nitty gritty details I need to work out, so this will give me the opportunity. Then, of course, there will be the working out that happens on the fly as we try the plan out and make it work in real life. I’ll be trying to do more updates of that nature here, as well. But, one part of our day … Read More

Hidden Art of Homemaking Book Club: Music in the Home

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Ordo Amoris Book Club: Edith Schaeffer’s Hidden Art of Homemaking, chapter 3: Music Edith’s primary message in this chapter is that making music with your family or even alone is not a waste of talent or time, but a worthwhile creative outlet that serves others, fills your own need to create, and glorifies your Father. In the process [of making music] something else will happen – the freedom to express yourself in a medium that is yours will develop, and … Read More

History Without Lesson Plans for Early Elementary

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I have such a hard time answering when someone asks the seemingly simple and small-talk question, “What are you using for history?” The answer feels like nothing and everything. Nothing because I’m not using any prepackaged or planned history curriculum. Not AO, not MFW, not CC, not SOTW, nor any other acronym. There is no one cohesive plan. We don’t have any time reserved on the schedule for “history” as a subject. Everything because this year we’ll be listening to … Read More

Planning the Best Part of Your Day: Circle Time

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Kendra, of Preschoolers and Peace, has revamped her eBook, Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Day, adding photos, more detail, and printable planning pages! Circle Time is one of the most valuable things we do in our homeschool, even though many days it is quite draining. It can be hard to get a vision for what it looks like, because everyone does something a little different. Kendra outlines possibilities, gives you the pep talk, and helps you see … Read More

Morning Time: Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real, Exhausting

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This is the fourth year we’ve done Circle Time. I’ve read before that school teachers take about three years to adapt and figure out the ropes, that, until they hit three years, they are still a “newbie.” And now that I’m in the fourth year of homeschooling, even though it’s been a year with a lot of flux and laxity, I do think the same is true with homeschooling. It takes a few years (of intentional working and experimenting!) to … Read More

Teaching a Child to Walk, to Use the Bathroom, and to Read

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My third-born child just turned 5 last week and my fourth-born will be 3 next month. I am in my second round of pre-k now, and although I have a plan, it doesn’t resemble a conventional preschool or kindergarten scope and sequence or curriculum. I liken the pre- and beginning-reading years to the pre- and beginning walking of an infant or pre- and beginning-potty training. If you wait, it will be easier. In three years, there will be no difference … Read More

Autumn Term 2012 Content – Simply Convivial

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Term’s Focus Composer: Haydn Artist: Renoir History: Early Greeks Geography: North America History Sentence Topics King David The Phoenician Civilization Lycurgus New Circle Time Content Hymn: To All My Brothers I’ll Declare (CC 34, Ps 22) Psalm: 145 Passage: 1 Timothy 6:3-16 Mottos: Respond cheerfully, politely, promptly; Gracious greeting; Don’t pass it up, pick it up Bible Song: “Kings of Israel” by Jamie Soles Geography Songs: Mexico, Greenland, Canada Grammar Chants: Helping verbs; Parts of speech Hans’ poem to memorize: … Read More

Harvest Term 2012 Content – Simply Convivial

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It’s hard to believe we’re already into this year’s second term! The summer-month school days always seem to pass more quickly — which is a bonus, in my book. It’s possible that it’s even helping the pregnancy week countdown pass more quickly, too, but we’ll see how I feel about that in October. Term’s Focus Composer: Chopin Artist: Monet History: Egypt Geography: Africa History Sentences Hammurabi Moses & the Exodus Amenhotep IV New Circle Time Content Hymn: Not What My … Read More

Summer Term 2012 Content – Simply Convivial

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I meant to post this at the beginning of the term, and here it is the end of the term. But I’ll post it anyway, and tomorrow give you the Harvest Term details. Term’s Focus Composer: Vivaldi Artist: Degas History: Mesopotamia & Early Civilizations Geography: Asia History Sentence Topics Creation Pharaoh Menes Abraham New Circle Time Content Hymn: Praise the Savior (PH 361) Psalm: 23 Passage: Lamentations 3:21-40 & 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 Mottos: Clean room count; Focus on your job … Read More

Review: Accompaniment Track CDs – Simply Convivial

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I enjoy singing, and have been told I have a nice voice, but I cannot keep a consistent pitch or key when singing without accompaniment. I can’t play the piano and I can’t read music. I am quick to learn tunes and memorize songs, but even so, I cannot stay on key while singing them solo, much less when singing with small children whose idea of keeping a tune is even worse than mine. My husband has even tossed around … Read More

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