Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Classical education is a part of how we home school. We adore Charlotte Mason’s methods of teaching these subjects and use short lessons whenever we can. We love reading classic stories and great literature and find great joy in learning classical languages. For the past 2 years now both my DS15 and DS 8 have been studying Latin. I studied it in high school myself and can appreciate how wonderful it truly is.
Learning a new language is daunting to say the least, teaching it is downright scary. I was so blessed to be able to use Classical Academic Press this year for my boys and put them into a different level for their second year. We have been using Latin for Children A and Song School Latin which are wonderful products and I encourage you to read the reviews at TOSCrew. I have received another blessing from Classical Academic Press in the form of Latin Alive, my DS15 Latin for high school.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Big IQ Kids is a mastery based program and children can not move forward in the program until each level is mastered. Your kids can customize an Avatar that interacts with them throughout their lessons. The avatars guide them in learning the lessons and cheer them on during tests. Each lesson is hosted by a virtual tutor who instructs your child within the lesson program.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
I was able to get a couple shots of our study of France last week.
We had a great time doing our French Lunch complete with cheese, bread, hot chocolate and Crepes!!! Yum!
We worked on our paperquilling and thaumatropes.
Working on our notebooks
Tiny Tot School
Something new I just did today. I am sure if you have littles you are familiar with Chica Chica Boom Boom. Here is our alphabet tree. What do you think?
We also went for a walk around the block since it was such beautiful weather and brought the camera along but alas my batteries were dead, sorry!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Apologia Press has come out with a new line of Christian worldview curriculum. The What We Believe curriculum series of four books: 1) Who Is God? 2) Who Am I? 3) Who Is My Brother? and 4) What on Earth Can I Do?. TOS Crew members received the first book in the series to review. As a HOD family we were so psyched to get this book since B-Rad will be needing it for school in a few short years.
Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him?, by John Hay and David Webb,is part of Apologia’s ministry to help parents like you and me equip our children to discern and stand up for truth.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Ok I don't know about anyone else but I always hated math and was awful at it. We have used in the last 2 years MEP (a lot like Singapore Math, which we will be using next year, but used in England from Hungry), Math U See Beta and Gamma, ALEKS, and Ten Marks along with fact review in various forms (timed tests, computer programs, oral reciting, multiplication squares, wrap ups, etc.). I have a 9th grader doing Algebra who has greatly improved his facts memorization and 3rd grader who has gone from tears over any math problem to waking early and doing his math on his own and doing it well. I myself over the last two years have by teaching my boys noticed my mental math ability to be increasing and I am making connections I never got in my school days. It is awesome I am learning right along with them. I was so blown away last night as I realized I am raising at least one child to whom I have taught multiplication, me the math hater!! And he loves it!! I am so humbled by this realization.
Monday, March 07, 2011
I have a love of reading, my children do not seem to share this passion for books. I really struggled with teaching my middle child how to read. My main problem was that I could not remember HOW I had learned to read. Oh sure, I knew how to decipher words and sound things out, what I didn’t know was how often a word needed to be repeated to be cemented into my son’s brain.
I am still trying to improve C-Man’s fluency with reading so I was more than excited to try out The Reading Kingdom. An online subscription based program for teaching children ages 4-10 to read and write using the computer keyboard and monitor.