(October 12 – October 16, 2009)
Our school week will see the heavier loads on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as those are the days that ds is at Mother’s Day Out so that dd and I have less interruptions. Each activity is designed to take only 10-15 minutes at the most as this is one of the defining characteristics of a Charlotte Mason approach to education.

*Please feel free to leave your comments or questions below. I always love learning from other people!*

Planning Day

  • Music Appreciation – Free Reading: Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin, by Lloyd Moss. (Another Caldecott Winner – we seem to be on a kick with those lately. This one is about the different instruments of the orchestra – beautifully descriptive phrases about each highlighted instrument makes you almost hear the instrument. Great introduction to the different sections of the orchestra.)

School Day

  • To Start: Pledge/Calendar/Weather
  • Natural History: Record our observations of the Monarch caterpillars we’re rearing.
  • Memory Work: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Phillipians 4:8 (NLT)
  • Bible: “The Young Hero and the Horrible Giant” (David and Goliath), from The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones, pgs 122-129.
  • Phonics: Review Short Vowel Sounds, idea from Better Phonics and Beyond in 5 Minutes a Day, by Lisa Deters, pg 9.
    • Fill in the vowel sound for each of the following words: “a” words: b_t, t_p, p_n; “e” words: h_n, n_t, b_lt; “i” words: w_n, p_g, sw_m; “o” words: d_g, kn_ck, p_t; “u” words: c_b, r_n, t_b
    • Read the words aloud being to sure to correctly pronounce the short vowel.
    • Place each complete word in a chart under the correct category of “things you can do”, “kinds of animals”, and “things you can use”. Can any words be used in more than one column?
  • World History:
  • Literature: “The Lion and the Mouse”, Aesop’s Fables (Milo Winter Edition).(Also found online here.)
  • Math: Place Value – watch this video, then do pg 184 in Brain Quest Grade 1 Workbook, by Lisa Trumbauer.

  • Geography:
    • Chapter 6 of Paddle to the Sea, by Holling C. Holling.
    • Fill in another square of our Paddle to the Sea Story Board with a picture depicting this chapter and a one sentence summary on the back.
  • Poetry: “Looking Forward” and “A Good Play”, from A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson. (during Tea Time)

Library Day

  • History – Additional Reading: Pocahontas, by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire. (One of the “Additional Readings” suggested by AmblesideOnline.org for Year 1.)

School Day

  • To Start: Pledge/Calendar/Weather
  • Natural History: Record our observations of the Monarch caterpillars we’re rearing.
  • Memory Work: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”Phillipians 4:8 (NLT)
  • Literature: “Shepherd Boy and the Wolf”, from Aesop’s Fables (Milo Winter Edition).
  • Literature:
    • Read “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, from Tales from Shakespeare, by Charles and Mary Lamb.
    • Use barbie dolls, puppets, and stuffed animals to ‘act out’ the story as we read along. There are too many characters with unfamiliar names in this story to be able to read it off the page alone. Following along with the puppets and barbies, Kate was actually able to understand the story and then retell the major points after we were finished reading.
  • Math: Place Value, from Brain Quest Workbook: Grade 1, by Lisa Trumbauer, pgs 185-188.
  • Phonics: Digraph ‘ch’, from Brain Quest Workbook: Grade 1, by Lisa Trumbauer, pgs 23.
  • History:
  • Natural History: Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery, by Ellen Stoll Walsh. (during Tea Time)
  • Composer Study – Free Reading: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mozart Finds a Melody, by Stephen Costanza. (during nap time.)

Field Trips/Nature Study

  • Nature Study: Nature walk at the park across the street from Mercer Arboretum.
  • Math – Free Reading: Bean Thirteen, by Matthew McElligott. This cute little book about 2 bugs and their quandry over what to do with the ‘unlucky’ bean thirteen is quite cute and has some great math concepts incorporated, too.