Here is my tween, trying her hand at a Civil War period dress.
We haven't actually begun to cover the Civil War yet. We are still plodding along the Oregon Trail and studying the California Gold Rush. But since these costumes will take a while to come together, we will sew as we go. Meanwhile, a Westward Expansion Lapbook is in the works. Who knew history could be so much fun!
When the link to Homeschooling on a Shoestring was published, there was some discussion about the overview of teaching styles. A friend of mine, who happens to be a very talented artist, was curious about the Waldorf Style. We hadn't heard of it before, at least not under this label. According to the post, it is a teaching style that integrates head, heart and hands. It involves art, faith and lots of hands on activities. While there are many elements of Waldorf philosophy that are not compatible with our Classically Catholic teaching style, we have occasionally borrowed ideas to make our curriculum more colorful and whimsical. Follow this link to Serendipity for free downloads of creative lesson plans and charming stories about fairies and gnomes that will make language arts and math the favorite subjects of the day. Since the author is all about keeping it Catholic, you will also find stories of the saints beautifully woven into the presentations. I imagine our summer will be fi…
Summer time! Yessss!!!
The formal "text" books will be shelved and my desk will be decluttered. Does this mean "school's out" for the next three months? Of course not. My children will tell you that it never ends around here. Our school is not confined by a building, a schedule, or even a routine. Like our faith, it is ingrained in our lifestyle. Certainly we will vacation when we can, swim as often as possible, and attend the fun summer events. But we will also make some music, finger paint, sketch the beauty of creation, bird watch, and take leisurely walks to the river and swampy areas to collect specimens for identification. Perhaps we will perform another play under the oaks and read every worthwhile book in the library- that wasn't assigned by Mom. Maybe we will crank out some old fashioned ice cream. Who knows?
Everyone has picked out a special notebook for journaling this summer, and Mom is no exception. I will spend time learning a few…
Our family is experimenting with homemade lap books to organize and showcase projects this school year. We have used resources such as History Pockets in the past, but there wasn't an edition available for our current unit on Medieval history. While searching the Internet for a substitute, I came across some interesting lap book ideas. For instance, Mrs. Darlingdesigned a Multiplication Lap book that makes math drills both visually appealing and more exciting to review.
Here is another example of a Earth Science Lap book from Peakmore Academy:
There are also some great ideas in The Big Book of Books.
The kids love crafting homemade displays to highlight special studies done throughout the year, then showing off their creativity when grandparents visit. We may even return to the idea of hosting an annual open house to display their handiwork for family and friends. It provides a forum for my students to make oral presentations, recite memorized poetry, and display well written ess…