(December 14 – 18, 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

  • Poetry – Free Reading:

    Amazing Peace, by Maya Angelou.

    Gorgeous book. Gorgeous illustrations. Gorgeous poetry – like I expected anything less from Ms. Angelou. This Christmas poem was written for the 2005 White House Tree Lighting ceremony and celebrates the promise of peace in the holiday season.

    As a side note, the book we checked out also included a CD of Ms. Angelou reading her own poem. I’m generally a fan of listening to authors read their own work; however, this particular rendition didn’t do it for me. I’m not sure she had the book in front of her while she was reading, because there are several pages of the book that you have to flip through quite quickly in order to keep up with her pace. Because of that, I feel like we missed out on some of the beauty of the poem and the illustrations of the book. We’ll read it again, more slowly to enjoy the message of the poem and stare a little longer at the detailed illustrations.

School Day

  • To Start: Pledge/Calendar/Weather
  • Reading Log: Record non-school books Kate’s read for the reading program called Book It!.
  • Memory Work: “God became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” John 1:14 (My mix of The Message and NLT)
  • Spirituality: “He’s Here” (Birth of Jesus), The Jesus Storybook Bible, pgs 176-183.
  • Language Arts: Learn some of the parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective). Do an online madlib together.
  • History:
  • Literature: “A Raven and a Swan”, from Aesop’s Fables (Milo Winter Edition).
  • Geography:
    • Chapter 11 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.
  • Math:
    • Read Money Madness, by David Adler.
    • Discuss the ideas of bartering and how money came into being.
  • Poetry: Selected Poems from A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson. (during Tea Time.)

Library Day

  • Literature – Free Reading:
    The Princess Who had Almost Everything, by Mireille Levert.

    A book about a princess who is constantly bored. Finally her parents offer her hand in marriage to the prince who can keep her attention and amuse her. The prince who wins her hand was most clever, indeed. But, I won’t spoil the ending by telling you how he does it. 🙂
    Needless to say, this would be a fun book to read if your little one has been complaining of boredom recently. Who knows, it might even give them an idea or two to try for themselves…

School Day

Field Trips/Nature Study

  • Literature – Free Reading:

    Gaston, the Green-Nosed Alligator, by James Rice.

    A fun, Cajun rendition of the Rudolph story only with an alligator. This book has been in my family since I was a little girl since both my parents are from Louisiana. So fun to find eccentric Christmas stories instead of the same ones over and over. 🙂