Somebody took his gnome.
We had such a great day yesterday. We kept to our key subjects. The little ones played with math using the gnomes and gems. The gnomes led to the bigger kids finding the box that the gnomes tree fort was packed away in. We finger painted. That was great fun. The conversations in my kitchen were priceless. We made caramel apples. We first tried to make homemade caramel, but without a candy thermometer it went from awesome to burnt in a matter of seconds. That led to a trip to the grocery store for packaged caramel and a candy thermometer. We will conquer homemade caramel one of these days!!
We are in the sixth week of our school year. I am evaluating what is working and what isn't.
Of course all of Amelia's items we pretty much ditched. It just wasn't working for her. She was willing to do the work but I could see it just wasn't clicking with her. We are now just reading more and "playing" with math. She is working on a phonics workbook and we are following the Alphabet Path. And of course crafts.
For the most part I am happy with the choices for Catherine. Math is an everyday occurrence, I have also added the manipulatives. I have lightened up on the workload for her as far as how often she is doing each particular subject. We ditched the phonics workbook, she didn't need it anymore and it was just busy work. She has turned into an incredible reader. At the age of six the words she can pronounce and her comprehension is amazing. I really want to encourage this so I want to make more time for reading for her.
For Patrick and Mary Jane math, science, and history are keepers. The science and history are great spines. I am not happy with the Language Arts aspect of their curriculum. The workbooks are overkill and just silly busy work. So I am researching and thinking about the best approach for them. Again I am so drawn to Charlotte Mason's methods. I am not sure why I fight it. Maybe it is because I don't feel sure of how to implement it or if I am doing it correctly.
Julia is enrolled in the cottage school and is doing great! I compare her education to Joe's and the difference is amazing. The difference is between a child who loves to read EVERYTHING and a child who will only read when he has to. There is a huge difference in how these children express themselves on paper, from their spelling to their grammar.
Anyway, I have much more to say about this but the natives are restless so it is time to hit "publish". No time to link to anything also. I will be back soon.
Have some fun today!!