We're taking a bit of a breather from our oh-so-GRUELING academic schedule this week, as I planned way back in August when it looked like life here in Stalag 13 would proceed at its tidy, humdrum pace. I had this lovely vision: Six weeks on, one week off! Off to pursue projects of our own choosing, all day every day! Topping it off with a few days at the beach!
Two trips to Boston.
Available travel funds and Daddy's vacation days, vanished.
So, we adjusted a bit. We're taking Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as our Selah.
Time to paint outside on the patio, serenaded by Classics for Kids.
Time to engage in a Family Reading Challenge.
Time to let the comic-book drawing and wild games of pretending proceed unhindered.
And time for Mom to take stock.
What's worked for us over the past six weeks:
1. Classical Conversations. We love our fabulous CC group! Each child has responded differently to the most school-ish endeavor we've ever undertaken, but all have soaked up huge amounts of new material like eager sponges and have begun to make new friends -- including me. Let me just put it this way. Even though I spend every Tuesday being a sort of "room aide" for my ADHD-labeled child, even though I have moments of wanting to dive under the table, I still go home feeling happy and cherished. Very mysterious.
2. Daily checklists. For the older two children, in page protectors, to be marked off with dry-erase markers. Includes exercise and chores.
3. Bible (Our 24 Family Ways) and BrainPop videos/quizzes for the iPad in the morning.
4. All About Spelling. My third grader and kindergartener are using Level 1 together, since the older one needed a bit of remedial spelling. I love that this program integrates a variety of learning styles,
5. IEW Poetry Memorization. Ian and Eliza have both already memorized six poems in the past six weeks. Caroline has a couple under her belt as well. IEW gently introduces poetry memorization by starting with short, witty poems.
6. Science. We're working our way very slowly through Exploring Creation With Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day