Home Schooling

Cultural Literacy?

My pop-culture illiterate daughter trying to explain to friends which songs she is playing for her next concert: Lucy: I don’t remember the name of it, but it’s something about rocking somebody… Morgan: “We Will Rock You”? Phil: No way. [Because it’s a symphony, after all. It has to be more classy than that!] Lucy: …

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The Good Times

This is why I like us all being home. I’m making lunch and packing up to go visit Jacob this afternoon. Lucy is practicing violin, working between piano, YouTube videos, and her metronome to get it “just right.” I walked by the art room, and Samantha (who could not, would not read this time last …

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Homeschool Highlights

Lucy and her friend were practicing multiplication tables this morning (not my idea – I love having extra kids around sometimes!) and they decided it would be fun to make it into a Go Fish! game.  So they did.  And spent half an hour or so playing 6 Times Table Go Fish. Just caught Clare …

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Quotes of the Week

Thomas: “Penguins aren’t poisonous!” Agreed. Lucy: (not in the same conversation) “I think college just slows you down.” In her defense: they were playing The Game of Life. Not sure they’ve ever made it far enough to see the difference between the pay scale for the lawyer vs. the mechanic. Anyway.

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The Courage of Sarah Noble: Lucy’s book review

🙂 You should read The Courage of Sarah Noble.  You should read it because it is about a little girl named Sarah Noble and she goes into the woods with her father to build a house near Indians.  She had to leave the rest of her family behind because there wasn’t enough room to bring …

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A Lion to Guard Us: Lucy’s book review

This book is about three little children.  There names were Amanda, Jemmy, and Meg.  They sailed on a ship to go to America and to find their father in Jamestown.  Their father had a door knocker that people thought was made of gold.  Dr. Crider is a doctor that helped them get to the boats …

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Trumpet of the Swan: Lucy’s book review

I liked Trumpet of the Swan.  You should read it.  It is about a swan who doesn’t have a voice, but gets a trumpet and learns how to play it. The swan’s name is Louis. Louis’ dad robbed a music store to get a trumpet. It is also about a little boy named Sam.  Sam …

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Of spiders and schoolgirls

I just have to say, I am so glad we are homeschooling.  Lucy informed me last week that the picture books I had been getting from the library were “getting boring”, so I thought, “fair enough- we’ll move up to the 3rd-5th grade reading list.  I started her with Charlotte’s Web.  She is reading it …

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Week two: bees, birds, and blueberries

So it took us a full week to get the last week’s post functional. But there it is. (And then it took almost a full week to get this one functional…we’re actually almost done with C now…but more on that later.)  So these are would have been kind of back-to-back, but hopefully the kinks are worked …

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Week 1 on the Alphabet Path: The Letter A

Well, we are “officially” starting “homeschooling” here at St. Catherine’s Academy. (Our non-public school is officially registered with the state now.  That was the easiest thing Craig has ever done!)  I’m borrowing the “curriculum” from Elizabeth Foss.  Heavy on literature and saints, and everything else follows behind.  So the idea is that we follow a little boy, …

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