Friday, January 25, 2008

We're Still Here

We're still here, we just aren't doing anything worth posting. Ha
We are just doing basic school. It is too cold to do much else.

We are reading a couple of fabulous books though!
God's People: Stories from the Old Testament by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Children's Book of Heroes by William J. Bennett

Caughrean's writing is so vivid! G just hangs on her words.
And I love the message of the Heroes book. Before each story, Bennett states a heroic quality. Qualities I want G to learn. So far we have, Hero's use their brains and Hero's use Self Control.


Anonymous said...

Good to know you are doing well. I have a different Bennett book similar to the Heroes book. I need to dig it up.

BTW, I just saw your sidebar note about your Kindergarten Curriculumn. Wonderfully simple list. :)

Trivium Academy said...

you asked what I'd use for first grade...I do have ds3 waiting in the wings so I'll share what I think I'll do with him. Things with a * are what I've used with Camille.

Bible: Explorer's Bible Study, Beginnings I* (20 min)
Math: Horizons Math 1* (30-45 min)
Reading: Sing, Spell, Read & Write K/1, if need be Explode the Code*, How to Report on Books Grades 1-2 (Evan-Moor)* (30min -1 hour if I add read-alouds)
History: Tapestry of Grace, Year 1 Redesigned, Lower Grammar focus (30 min)
LA: Language Lessons for the Very Young (15-20 min)
Life Science: home-grown based on living books* (30 min)

That's it unless he needed something else for reading. I wouldn't start spelling or grammar in first grade at all, not until the child is reading on a 3rd-4th grade level with proper inflection and appropriate confidence.

Language Lessons for the Very Young is on its way to my house so I can ascertain whether I need to use it with Camille to cover concepts or not.

:) It'd be about a 3 hour day when it's all said and done. I would still do poetry memorization but it might be within Language lessons for the very young's program instead of picking my own.


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