Tuesday, September 1, 2015
I’m excited for Lance. Yesterday was his first day with using SHOELACE BOOKS Simply Language Arts.
He completed a picture study which we did together and we talked about creation. I love, love, love, when God’s word is woven in with a lesson.
He completed copywork! Yay, it feels good to get him back doing copywork.
Yes, he needs a little work. I will sit with him and go over it with him. BUT!!!! This is actually good. Many times he has a hard time keeping the letters on the line.
I read our latest read aloud book: Douglas MacArthur.
We received the Unit Study Cd too, so the kids filled out a Douglas MacArthur Fact Sheet.
From the Critical Thinking Co. Caleb has continued using U.S. History Detective Book 1.
He is only on lesson 9 because he stopped using it shortly after the review. Two weeks ago I had him start it up again.
He was actually struggling a bit with it. Now for at least every other lesson I sit with him. First we read over the questions, then read the required reading pages, and as we are reading I am showing him how to interact with the book to help understand what he’s reading.
This is a thick and colorful book but don’t let that scare you from letting your child mark it up.
Although not all review items, here is what Caleb is using right now.
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All 7 children were wrongfully taken July 19th 2014. They have been separated from each other and their parents. 13 months way too long to keep children away from the two people who love them the most. This is NOT in the best interest of the child(ren)!
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These lovely children should be home with their parents.
Lupe took the kids Friday evening, Saturday from morning till 5:30 and Sunday. What did I do? Unpack school books of course!
Joshua’s and the younger kiddos stuff came. Two boxes from CBD.
I had fun oohing and awing and looking through through the teacher guides.
The Christian Light book holders that I purchased over 7 years ago come in so handy. As you can see they are housing Joshua’s books with old labels.
Ethan and Lance school. Together they’ll complete Bible, grammar, science, and history. Ethan will use All Things Fun & Fascinating while Lance will use Bible Heroes from IEW.
It was a fun weekend. I did get a lot of cleaning done as well.
Look at the timeline the two youngest will be using!
Monday, August 31, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015
I recently wrote my “Our 2015/2016 School Year” post but we are not ready to start the new school year just yet.
With Ethan and Lance there are a few things I’d like us to do before the school year starts. I also want us to ease into this year, start slow. The boys will not be in full swing until January.
I have all kinds of plans whirling in my head so let me see if I can get it all written down in a way that makes sense to y’all =)
Homeschool in the Woods: I want to finish our Egypt study and then do History Through the Ages: The Old Testament and if we have time the New Testament.
SHOELACE BOOKS: I want to get Lance started with the Simply Language Arts program and possibly Spelling.
I am combining SHOELACE BOOKS LA-3 with Elementary Bible and Grammar. I like how Shoelace Books includes picture studies, copywork, dictation, and some fun activities like crossword puzzles, unscramble the words and so forth.
I haven’t received Elementary Bible and Grammar yet but from the samples it looks like the student will complete 1 worksheet a week (but I could be wrong).
So right now, I want to get Lance using Simply Language Arts 3.
Brookdale House: With Ethan I want to use Write Through Early Modern History Level 2 Cursive before I have him pick-up IEW All Things Fun & Fascinating. Modern History covers copywork, dictation, color coding grammar, and narrations.
Progeny Press: Before starting our new school year I want to complete Stone Fox literature study with Lance. I think this will be fun.
Reading Kingdom: I want both boys to use this a lot before we start our new school year.
SHOELACE BOOKS: It would be great if Ethan completed Simply Phonics 3 so that’s on my ‘to finish’ list before we start.
I guess what I would like before starting our 2016 school year is to include lots of copywork, dictation, narrations, and practice reading.
I do plan to start some of our new school curricula but slowly. I’m very excited about our new school books and all but at the same time I want to continue with our Review School theme and use what I already own (everything listed above will not cost me any $$$-except for the Old Testament Activity Pack).
With using the above items sort gives me a relaxed school feel as well. I think we are going to have lots of fun (at least I will, ha-ha).
Friday, August 28, 2015
Right now we are wrapping up last years studies and getting ready for the new school year so we are kind of in limbo.
What are we doing right now?!?! Currently we are using a lot of review items.
Caleb completing Spelling You See.
The program prefers the child to write in print. Caleb is older and asked to do it in cursive so I thought it would be okay.
Annette is almost done with Pre Algebra from MUS.
Lance coloring one of the Ancient Egypt pages from Home School in the Woods.
Ethan coloring too!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Some of my boys struggle with reading and because of this I wanted to run a simply easy to use phonics program by them. In my search I found Simply Phonics written by Laurie Hicks from SHOELACE BOOKS.
Ethan my 12 year old son is working through Simply Phonics Book 3.
Simply Phonics is a series of 3 books. I did not purchase the first two books (only the 3rd one) so I won’t go into detail about Book 1 & Book 2.
Book 3 is for a student who has either completed Books 1 & 2 or for students who needs a refresher course and has been introduced to both short & long vowel words as well as words with vowel and consonant pairs like ‘ai, ea, ee, or need some phonics review/refresher.
I had Ethan read each page and I marked any words he didn’t read correctly the first time so he could read them to me the next day.
We spent about 10-15 minutes reading through pages. If he were younger I’d only have him read for 10 minutes or a page or two depending on the age. Ethan is older so he can handle going through the book at a faster pace.
Simply Phonics Book 3 does use vowel sounds and diacritical marks. If you are unfamiliar with diacritical marks there is information for the teacher in the back of the book (pgs. 131-135) that will explain them.
It is encouraged to have the child write and understand the diacritical marks because it will come in handy with using the dictionary. I know when I look up a unfamiliar word in the dictionary and am not sure how to pronounce it, I look at the diacritical marks to help me.
Even if you don’t have them memorize it I do think it’s to at least introduce the diacritical marks so they are familiar with the marks.
The book includes Rapid Review & Drill pages short poems, stories, and quotes.
Here is a page showing the ir sound. Ethan and I would go over the sounds before reading. This is something he has memorized in the past but could use a refresher on.
There are a few non writing activities for instance one of the pages had Ethan find all the short vowel words.
Another way you can use Simply Phonics (especially for an older student like Ethan) is have the child copy the words. With Ethan I have him say each sound as he copied it. For instance with the word ‘charm’, he will say ‘ch’ and write ch, then say ‘ar’ and write ar, and lastly ‘m’ and write the m, then repeat the word ‘charm’.
Simply Phonics does teach that they ‘y’ in baby is the short sound of /i/. I believe this is how it was pronounced at one time but most of us would categorize it under the long /e/. I had no problem with this. I simply explained to Ethan the history of the sound and moved on.
Final thoughts about Simply Phonics:
I know Ethan is older than the target age for Simply Phonics Book 3 but it’s working out great for him. It really is a great refresher for him. He’s doing well and it certainly gives me a peace of mind knowing that he’s going over all those tough vowel combinations and reviewing the oo as in spoon, oo as in book, wor as in world, and so forth.
Simply Phonics Book 3 is available in pdf format. Laurie the author has made it affordable for everyone at $10.00! In fact with the exception of a spelling book, all books are $10.00 each!
To order you simply send $10.00 to her Paypal address which is available at her website and indicate which book you are purchasing.
Laurie also has a great spelling and Language Arts program too so you might want to take a peek at those. Her spelling program uses dictation instead of lists of words!
(There are no affiliate links or disclaimer as I purchased Simply Phonics 3 for this review)
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Do you want your children to be knowledgeable and discerning readers? Do you want them to become powerful fiction writers? If so you might be interested in our latest Schoolhouse Review Crew item we were blessed with. Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide by Sharon Watson or you may know her by: Writing with Sharon Watson.
Here is what we received:
- Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Student Workbook ($39.49)
- Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Teacher Guide ($16.49)
- Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Quiz & Answer Manual ($8.49)
- Illuminating Literature: Novel Notebook (FREE)
- Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain ($1.00)
- The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells ($3.60)
You can find samples for each book by clicking on any of the Illuminating Literature links above.
This is a two semester course. Upon completion your child will have earned 1 credit for either Language Arts or English. The course requires 8 novels (sold separately). It’s highly advised to use the versions that the author used so page numbers and so forth will match, making it easier and more enjoyable for the students.
Illuminating Literature has 9 chapters. The first chapter being 0. Chapter 0 is a welcome chapter- helping the child understand what a literature course entails.
Chapters 1-8 introduces one of the novels: Pudd’nhead Wilson, The War of the Worlds, The Friendly Persuasion, Peter Pan, Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High, A Tale of Tow Cities, Fahrenheit 451: A Novel, and The Screwtape Letters.
Each Chapter has between 5-10 lessons for a total of 70 lessons. One Chapter can take about a month to complete if you follow the suggested schedule.
The Illuminating Literature course will teach your child:
- Text and Context
- Conflict types
- Protagonist and Antagonist
- Satire, Irony, Theme
- Genre, Mood & Tone
- Narrative Shift, Ironic Ending, Plot Stages
- Hero’s Journey, Voice, Style
And so much more. Your child will get an in depth study of the seven novels and one memoir. He will extensively dig into the view of the stories, the conflicts, problems, and how they solve them. I love that as the student works through the course he will compare and contrast some of the books.
The Teacher Guide contains grading grids, answers for all the discussions (very thorough answers at that!), discussion starters, scheduling, and even a book-of-the month club for teens schedule.
The Student Workbook is consumable and you will need to purchase one per student. The workbook really makes it easy for the child to work through this course. There is a “Suggested Reading & Homework Plan” check off list. We like to check things off here at Homeschooling6. We like that checked-off accomplish feel (smile).
Each lesson as a “Before You Read the Book” lesson. This gives information about the author, gets the child thinking about the time period the book was written in. As you move through the chapter lessons (before you read the book) your child will learn literary terms, there are some question & discussions that really get your child thinking about the context surrounding the novel.
Once the child has read the book they get to rate it. We haven’t finished reading the first book Pudd’nhead Wilson yet so my kiddos haven’t rated a book yet but I know they are going to love doing so.
Your child will be instructed to complete the online quizzes and survey. What really neat thing about having your child use the online version of the quizzes & survey is it grades the work! I love that.
But if you are a more pencil and paper kind of homeschooling mama you can purchase the Quiz & Answer Manual.
Once your child completes the quizzes they will return to their workbook to complete a Vocabulary Quizzola then meet with mom (or dad) to discuss the book. There are thought provoking discussion prompts and questions.
The chapter concludes with “Your Choice of Activities”. For example with the completion of Pudd’nhead Wilson your child can pick to research their genealogy, interview someone of a different ethnic or background, paint or draw some of the characters, write a short story about twins, research and write a short essay on fingerprinting, and so forth.
You don’t have to print the Novel Notebook notebook paper will suffice. But I will say the Novel Notebook is more fun and colorful than notebook paper or composition book.
How We Used Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide in our Homeschool:
I originally had planned to use this with Caleb and Brent. I purchased a second Student Workbook for Brent. He ended up taking a to California (a last minute thing). So it ended up being just Caleb and I.
Both Caleb and I have been working through When Worlds Collide together. We alternate with reading because Caleb struggles with reading still. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to do the course with him.
I also thought he’d get more out of the literature course if we met each day and completed the assignments together. If you have an average or strong reader Illuminating Literature can be done independently for the most part. Of course you’ll need to be there to discuss the book.
I also had intended to use the course 5 days a week with the boys but that didn’t happen either. I didn’t realize that Grandma E was staying for three weeks instead of one. Not a bad thing because we love having her but during her stay we were only able to meet three days each week instead of five.
Unfortunately we didn’t finish the first chapter because of the 3 day a week schedule but we both are almost done with reading the book Pudd’nhead Wilson.
The first week we completed Chapter 0 “Start Here”. The second and third week we worked our way through lessons 1-4. These first lessons were interesting because we learned a lot about Mark Twain like how he was fascinated with twins, he visited the Holy Land, and Mr. Twain (his pen name) was temperamental.
Caleb learned about conflicts against, self, another character, society, nature, God/the gods/fate, and technology. He learned that pseudonym is a false name but when talking about writers in means an assumed name a writer uses.
The literary terms Caleb was introduced to in the first chapter: Foreshadowing and Irony. He was instructed to use his Novel Notebook to record:
- Record witty saying by Mr. Wilson. Especially ones that Caleb liked.
- Write two examples of prejudice.
- At least one place where Mark Twain uses foreshadowing.
- Record something ironic.
- Any ideas about why the Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson is, well a tragedy for Pudd’nhead Wilson
As you can see even though we didn’t finish the first chapter we did get to delve into the program.
I love how Caleb is really learning to interact with the book of Pudd’nhead Wilson with using the Novel Notebook. I am having Caleb underline, mark, and highlight what he’s suppose to look for. Once he finishes with the chapter he can then copy and record his answers in the notebook.
The ease of use is something I’m so grateful for. Sharon Watson truly made it so the course is not overwhelming. The way the lessons are divided, the suggested reading schedule, and even having the quizzes graded online at no extra cost.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
I’m still trying to figure out my 8th and 9 grade students course work. I have a general idea (sort of, it keeps changing) but haven’t purchased anything (thankfully since I keep changing my mind).
I have our 2015/2016 line up but no pictures or our new books. I haven’t ordered much. In fact I don’t have any of our books right now.
5th Grade: Lance
- History: Elementary World History-You Report from Master Books.
- Science: Elementary Anatomy: Nervous & Respiratory Systems Parent Lesson Planner from Master Books
- Grammar and Bible: Elementary Bible & English Grammar Pack from Master Books and Shoelace LA 3A 3B
- Spelling: Sholace Spelling
- Latin: Prima Latina or Dynamic Literacy
- Math: TT4 & 5
For 7th grader: Ethan
- History: Elementary World History-You Report from Master Books.
- Science: Elementary Anatomy: Nervous & Respiratory Systems Parent Lesson Planner from Master Books
- Writing: IEW All Things Fun & Fascinating: Writing Lessons in Structure & Style, Revised Edition
- Spelling: Phonetic Zoo Level A
- Grammar & Bible: Elementary Bible & English Grammar Pack from Master Books and possibly Skills for Language Arts
- Latin: Latina Christiana 1
- Math: TT finish 6 and start 7
8th Grade: Brent
- History: either ACE PACEs or SOS
- Science: either ACE or SOS
- English: either ACE or SOS with Grammar Revolution
- Spelling: Phonetic Zoo A
- Math: Unlock Math PreAlgebra
9th Grade: Caleb
- Not sure. Still deciding between MFW, HOD, and SOS
- Grammar: Grammar Revolution
- Math: Teaching Textbook Algebra
10th Grade: Annette
- Hearts for Him Through High School: World History which covers Living Library, History, Health, English & Literature, and Art
- Writing: One Year Adventure Novel
- Science: Might go with SOS
- Math: MUS Algebra
- Art: Lifepac or might stick with HOD’s choice
12th Grade: Joshua
- American History ACE PACEs
- U.S. Civics ACE PACEs
- Economics ACE PACEs
- English ACE PACes
- Grammar Revolution
- Math CTC Math
- Electives: Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care, Maintenance, and Repair Paperback Homeschool Kit (3rd Edition)
- and:Speech using ACE
- and Business Computer Information Systems Lifepacs
As you can see I'm still making decisions.
If you are interested in reading what others are using please visit As You Walk Along the Road's blog! Have fun reading!