Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015
I wanted to share this link with you. It was so encouraging and freeing for me. I cried all the way through this article (which isn't really saying a whole lot at this point because yesterday I cried that Kevin wanted to do hot dogs in the fire pit...don't even ask...I'm a crazy person right now). Truly though, this article blessed me so much. May it also bless you.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
I thankfully have had pretty amazing energy the last couple of days, so I thought I would actually make some food instead of the catch as catch can kind of meals that have been happening around here lately. I will share what works for me.
Thursday, April 02, 2015
We are finishing up our 24th and final week of our first year in Classical Conversations this week. I thought I would write up a quick review of it to help other families perhaps decide if it is right for them or not.
Our community was in its first year. I also was a Foundations tutor. My three oldest, ages 10, 8 and 6 were in it all year. We added my 4 year old at semester. My 10 year old was also in Essentials. Community Day is 1 day a week. The Foundations students, ages 4-11 meet for 2 1/2 hours. There is an hour lunch/recess. Then students aged 9-11, who are optionally and additionally enrolled in Essentials meet for two more hours. The younger siblings attended a child care on campus. You can opt to not be in Essentials even if you are old enough, and it's possible to only be in Essentials if you don't want to do Foundations. I would recommend you only do that, however, if you already had a good grasp of the three cycles CC goes through.
The morning flies by, with a half hour each of Fine Arts-ranging from learning about the orchestra and composers, famous artists, drawing lessons to practicing the tin whistle (similar to a recorder), Science, introducing New Grammar (seven subjects, referred to as grammar as elementary schools used to be referred to as grammar schools), Presentations and Review.
The Essentials time is divided up into basics of the English language, like diagramming sentences and identifying sentence parts, learning to write well, and math games.
When I first heard about Classical Conversation in our area, I immediately wrote it off. When I began homeschooling I read copiously about the different methods of learning and styles of homeschools. I could not envision myself as a classical teacher by any stretch of the imagination. It seemed much too structured and linear for me. I am much more of a relaxed, life learning type of person. Or so I thought then.
I watched a couple of friends dive into it and saw how it benefited their families. Last summer I attended an open house and saw a model of a Foundations class at a couple different age levels in action. I thought we would give it a try, mostly to help one of my children have a consistent peer group and to have someone ELSE be in authority over another one of my children, at least for a few hours a week. I didn't have a real grasp of the Classical Method yet, but I thought it couldn't hurt.
|The men walking on the moon is one of the boys' favorite parts of our time line song. |
The children stuff themselves inside a space capsule when we visited NASA.
An example in my own life: One of the 'pegs' in our timeline song is 'Otto von Bismark unifies Germany'. I had never heard of him before or understood how key this was in the history of the world. We are of German descent on both sides. We were at our local German Heritage Museum recently and I was fascinated to discover more information about von Bismark and how his reign directly affected me because of affecting my ancestors! I probably would never have even noticed his name if it weren't for Classical Conversations. Incidents like this happen regularly to all of us because of this program. Even my four year old will randomly point out things he is applying from learning these basics during CC, and he was only in the actual class for 12 weeks.
|One of our history sentences this year was in regards to the U.S. astronauts walking on the moon.|
Brielle tried it out on our NASA visit.
It is hard to describe all of the benefits we have gained from being a part of CC, but I hope I have given you a good overview of what we experienced and piqued your interest so you do your own research and look into it further.
|how we typically do school|
Thursday, February 26, 2015
I've been a mama now for 10 1/2 years...expecting our sixth little Farm Fresh Blessing. I should be used it by now...and yet sometimes I'm afraid.
I'm afraid I'll never have a house clean for longer than twenty minutes.
I'm afraid things will always move around seemingly of their own accord. I'll forever be finding hairbrushes on the floor and never knowing what happened to my orange handled scissors and my flour sifters will always be taken out to the sandbox.
I'll always wake up to the sound of people fighting.
I'll never go a day without someone crying.
Mopping will only happen because someone spilled something.
Someone will always be touching/pushing on/grabbing at/pulling on/poking at/sitting on/kicking (from the inside) me.
I'll never again have an uninterrupted thought.
I will be repeating myself ad nauseum for the rest of my life. I will be repeating myself ad nauseum for the rest of my life. ISAID, I will be repeating myself ad nauseum for the rest of my life.
I will constantly have to think about what we need when we leave the house; will this outing coincide with a hunger time, do I need snacks, do I have extra bundies/diapers/outfits/wipes, does everyone have shoes, does everyone have a coat, do we need waters? Et cetera, et cetera.
Someone will always be peeking in on me in the shower.
Someone will always be bluntly commenting about my body.
I will forever feel crowded.
I'll have to listen to other people screaming for the rest of my life.
I will always be stepping over small socks strewn in a swath of other disembodied and discarded clothing, toys and sundry other household items.
I will never be able to do just ONE load of laundry.
People will be making their birthday wish lists nine months in advance and talking about them in great detail every single day... forever.
No one will ever again say to me "I wuv you so mutz, Mama."
I will never ever be woken up at the crack of dawn by someone asking permission to open my curtains, "betuz I just wanted to share the sunrise wif you, Mama."
No one will ever again fold their long limbs into my lap saying, "I just need a snuggle."
I won't have anyone to rock and breathe.
No one will ever again come banging into the house leaving the door ajar smelling of fresh air and little boy.
bodies to clothe in handmade creations.