Thursday, September 30, 2010

How to Improve Your Writing

Well, I am not a real writer. But, I am a teacher and so I want to improve my writing. I found the article 10 Ways to Seriously Improve Your Writing very helpful. It is more for the professional writer, but I still gleaned a few nuggets.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Joyful Parenting?

Peter Leithart has a wonderful post called Joyful Parenting. How can you be joyful when parenting is so much work? Sometimes "the kids join up in ever-shifting alliances to torture one another." Dr Leithart is the father of 10 children and has many helpful things to say on this topic. Check it out:0)

Monday, September 20, 2010

LA over at Habits For A Happy Home

If you are interested in some great language arts curriculum, check out my review over at Habits for a Happy Home. Have a great week!

Friday, September 10, 2010


Well, the main thing that is going on in life right now! So, I thought I would do the typical "What we are doing for school this year" post. Here goes!

Aiden is in 2nd grade. Alex is in 1st grade. Riley is 4 and beginning to learn to read. Remy is 2 and very busy :0)

The Picture Smart Bible
Topical Memory System
Reading chunks of the bible with Daddy

We are still loving Sonlight! This year I am doing Core 2 (World History part 2) and P 3/4 (Fiction Fairy Tales and Fun for Riley and Remy). We especially love the Geography Songs that come with Core 2. They are great!

I am not using A Child's History of the World from Core 2. I am continuing on with Story of the World Book 2 instead.

I am not joining Classical Conversations, but I am going to use much of their memory work this year. The boys love stuff set to music and little ones memorize so easily! I am reading The Core by Leigh A. Bortins (founder of CC). She said that when her two older boys got into high school they wanted to delve into some deeper literature. They were hampered because they did not know the the context of these works. Basic science facts, history markers, math facts etc give a strong base in each subject. From there you can learn more of the hows and whys. With her younger two she made a point of having them learn many of these basics. She writes about how invaluable it was. I wish I had a better knowledge base, so I am happy to work something like this in for my boys. I'll learn it too! I got:

CC Cycle 2 Audio CD
CC Cycle 2 Memory Cards
Vertias Press History Cards and song CDs
Vertias Press Bible Cards and song CDs

Ordianry Parents Guide to Teaching Reading (I still love this book)
The Complete Writer Level 1 and 2
First Language Lessons
Italics Handwriting
Dynamic Literacy Word Builder
Spelling Power and Activity Task Cards This I will start about half way through the year.

I thought I would never do it, but...
Saxon 1 and 2
I'm not doing all the little extras, but I do like it so far.

Noeo Science Bioligy 1
This comes with many DK, Usborne, and other great books, AND the kit with all the experiment ingredients in it!

Artistic Pursuits (I LOVE THIS!)
This has received wonderful reviews. I ordered it with the art kit that includes all the needed supplies for the year for one student. It has worked fine for all the kids so far. There are just a few things that you would need multiples of.


Discoveries in Music: Melody Lane
(The boys love the video)

The boys are interested in Chess so I am wanting to teach them this year. But, I have to learn myself!
Lastly, I got these two books to help me think of good "field trips" and activities.
101 Places You Gotta See Before You Are 12
101 Things You Gotta Do Before You Are 12
I have loved these two books so far. And, it is a good reminder for things to show the little boys too. Aiden and Alex have seen many of these things, but Riley and Remy have not!

We usually start school around 9 and we are done with the majority of school by noon. We have a lot on the list, but many of the things only take a few minutes. We usually have some reading left to do in the afternoon (or we can do it at bedtime).

Well, there you have it!