Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Teaching the Trivium...?

I Enjoyed this poem and also enjoy this website!

This site is a wonderful resource for Classical Homeschooling. Lots of Latin and Greek resources as well as logic. Something in which I could definitely stand some lessons!

I am very interested in Classical Homeschooling...I think at the moment I am struggling with how it should look. In some ways it doesn't seem much different mainly because of the age of my children. It IS different in that we are learning Latin, but beyond that, we still work on writing, handwriting, phonics and basic math although, I am not sure that he is really ready for math beyond addition and subtraction at the moment. Fact memorization may be as far as we go with that...still looking into this area. The Bluedorns talk a little about this in their book, Teaching the Trivium, regarding teaching younger children higher math concepts. It was very freeing to me to read that younger minds may not be able to grasp mathematical concepts as well as an older one might. I felt like I was beating my head against the wall every day trying to teach him a new math concept. Most of the time, he understood the concept, but teaching him the symbols that represent the concept just did not stick. We decided to take a breather and I am thankful for it! This book is a good read (though, I have yet to finish it...lots of information to process), I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Some thoughts about Layers of Learning

A few post ago I talked about sharing Layers of Learning, a curriculum that I would compare to Tapestry of Grace in it's layout. I was looking over Unit 1.3 (the unit we decided to review) this morning and noted some things that I really appreciated and wanted to share. I plan on starting this unit later this week or beginning next week. And will share a full review afterward. This is the intro to the Unit...


This is part of a series of units in the Layers of Learning program for a well rounded education. We cover the subjects of history, geography, science, and the arts in a systematic and logical manner. We don't cover absolutely every bit of the knowledge out there, but we hit on the most important things and give a scope and sequence.

The units are intended to be used in order as the basis of a complete curriculum (once you add in a systematic math, reading, and writing program). Alternatively, you can use the units as activity ideas to supplement another curriculum. Each unit has material to cover about two weeks of learning, but units can be stretched or shrunk to fit your interests and schedule. Ultimately there will be twenty units in each of four years.

Beginning in 1st grade you work through the units, then once you hit fifth grade work through them again, this time doing different or more difficult assignments and reading more extensively. In ninth grade you begin the sequence again. At each level you should expect increasing amounts of outside reading and writing. High schoolers in particular should be reading extensively and if possible participating in discussion groups."

If you have used Tapestries or even just tried the free first three weeks that they offer, you know that they have a booklist that they follow, loosely in some cases, in others not so much depending on worksheets that are provided. For us, it really isn't an option to buy a whole gaggle of books. Grant it, you can buy them discounted from others who have used them and are finished, but it still adds to the cost. So when we went through the first three weeks of Tapestry, we went through our local, small town, library. I think we found two...maybe just one. All the rest we had to ILL (inter-library loan) which still cost less than buying the whole bundle of books, so I was okay with that. However, in order to do this on a regular basis, I really have to be on top of my game, organized and well planned. This doesn't usually happen...I wish it did. I know it would make my life easier. To the point. When I was looking at Layers of Learning I saw that before the list of books, they have this:
Search for: ancient Europe, ancient Britons, megalithic Europe, Europe-history, Stonehenge. A hard to find subject, check encyclopedias for information.

So, if I don't find the books required for the unit, I can search my library for these titles. Nice.

I also noticed this movie on the list...

The Wonders of God's Creation: Planet Earth movie from Moody video: Often sold as part of a three volume set, tells the Christian/Creationist view of the earth.

I was glad to see this; 1. because I do take the creationist standpoint and 2. because I had been trying to figure out if there was a Biblical approach to this curriculum or not. This of course, does not mean that there is a Biblical approach, but it does weave in opportunities. It may just mean that they are presenting differing viewpoints which, in my opinion, is good also.

Layers of Learning button

I am going to try link this up with Trivium Tuesdays on Living and Learning. We'll see how that works...I am learning as I'm going along with this blog!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Quick update!

I realized last night, as I was crawling into bed, that I credited the wrong blog in my last post. While 3 dinosaurs is equally wonderful, I remembered that it was this post, at Royal Baloo, that has the arctic animals unit which couldn't have come at a better time. Whoops! I also noticed today that she has some new free Star Wars kindergarten packs, which I am sure my son will be more than exited about. (He has been planning a Star Wars play with his friends for a couple months now ;-) ) So, I have corrected my error, but I do not want to take away from 3 dinosaurs. She has also shared some wonderful gifts as well. So check her out too!

and here is a link to Royal Baloo. Royal Baloo

I highly recommend that you check out her entire site. She has graciously shared so much. She has printables for tots all the way to first grade.

On a side note...have you heard this? I absolutely love this collaboration!

Enjoy this day that He has made!

Until next time friends...

Thursday, May 2, 2013

More Blessings

Royal Baloo This is a blog that God completely blessed me with when I was wondering how in the world I would be able to homeschool and work at the same time. Last August, when school officially began, my son decided he wanted to study the arctic and the antarctic. It might seem like a strange time to study a cold, icy, snowy place, but why not? So we went to the library and found a few books. I wish I could remember what they were, but it has been a while. I know that mistakenly found one in the non-fiction about flying reindeer! I remember praying. A lot. I turned my computer on and found this in my e-mail. A gift! Not only did I praise God for his goodness, but I was also able to show my son how God answers prayer! Double gift!