(October 26 – October 30, 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

  • Literature – Free Reading:
    Swimmy, by Leo Leonni.
    We love Leonni books, and this is no exception. Kate was really intrigued by the illustration style – he used sponges cut in different shapes to paint with. Would be great to do a craft with sponge painting along with this book!

School Day

  • Here’s where I tell you one of the things that I love about homeschooling…

    FLEXIBILITY.

    It turns out that we had company coming over this week and we REALLY needed a solid day of cleaning to make the house presentable again. So, instead of stressing about school today and trying to figure out how to fit in the ‘normal’ schoolwork with a full day of cleaning, I decided to put off until Thursday all of our ‘formal’ schoolwork and just allow today to be a day of learning about how to clean a house. Kate was a real trooper and really did help most of the day, doing dishes, picking up toys, and putting away laundry. The way I see it, she will be living on her own someday and need to have her own cleaning skills honed by then. 🙂 So, today, was one of those days…
  • Literature – Free Reading: Nobody Laughs at a Lion, by Paul Bright and Matt Buckingham. (Really cute book about a lion trying to find what he’s best at. Great way to teach that we all have unique strengths and differences and that just because someone might be better than us in one area, doesn’t mean we don’t have our own unique thing, too.)
  • Science: Watch Sid the Science Kid: The Bug Club DVD during nap time.

Library Day

  • Literature – Free Reading:
    Mars Needs Moms, by Berkeley Breathed.
    Do any little children truly appreciate their mothers? This book reminds us all what moms are really good at and why we should appreciate what we have. Because on Mars, they don’t have Moms, they grow like potatoes from the ground… So sweet.

School Day

  • To Start: Pledge/Calendar/Weather
  • Reading Log: We’ve started a reading program called Book It!, where Kate sets a monthly goal of how much she wants to read (either pages, time, or number of books). At the end of the month, if she’s reached her goal, she gets a coupon to Pizza Hut for a free personal sized pizza. She’s set a goal for November of 20 non-school books.
  • 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: Adam and Eve’s First Sunset, by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.
  • Literature: “The Farmer and the Stork”, from Aesop’s Fables (Milo Winter Edition).
  • Geography:
    • Chapter 8 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.
  • Natural History: A Tree is Nice, by Janice May Udry.
    • Complete “How We Use Trees” mini-book.
    • Discuss and diagram the Oxygen–>Carbon Dioxide Cycle between plants and animals.
  • Literature: “How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin” from Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling.
  • Foreign Language: Watch Signing Time!: My Favorite Things DVD during nap time.

Field Trips/Nature Study

  • Literature – Free Reading:
    Tortoise and the Hare Race Again, by Dan Bernstein.
    “Ever since the lazy hare lost The Great Race, he has had trouble getting any kind of respect… Meanwhile, the champion tortoise is sorry he ever beat the hare. He can’t stand all the attention, and wants to go back to his quiet life at the shell station… This hilarious send-up of Aesop’s fable is filled with high jinks and pun fun.”