I’m not sure where the summer went! Our spring and summer seemed filled with sickness and hospital stays and doctor’s appointments and it just flew by. Suddenly, August was here and I felt the urge to start collecting and ordering the books and supplies we’d need for school this year.
I’ve been slowly implementing a Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling over the last 2 years and part-way through last year, I switched over to Ambleside Online. We’ll be continuing with AO this year. I love that pretty much all of the behind-the-scenes work has already been done, and by ladies with so much knowledge and experience. Ambleside covers the majority of the subjects we’ll do: Bible, History and Tales, Geography, Natural History, Literature, and Poetry, along with the riches, such as art study, composer study, and hymns.
Tobi will be doing Yr 2, and Annie will be doing a modified Yr 1. She listened in to some readings that I did with Tobi for his Yr 1 last year so we won’t repeat those ones this year, such as Paddle to the Sea. Josiah wants to do more school this year so I’ll be reading some Yr 0 books with him.
The kids have been thinking about what handicrafts they want to pursue this year. Annie has been working on needle felting for a while and she wants to continue that. She got this kit for Christmas last year and has been enjoying making the animals in it. She also wants to learn to sew.
Tobi wants to learn knot tying and whittling. Both of these skills cross over a bit to his Scouts activities.
We’ll be following the Ambleside Online schedule for artist study (Mary Cassatt, Giotto di Bondone, and James McNeill Whistler) and composer study (Antonin Dvorak, Medieval Era Music, and Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf) this year.
We started using Ray’s Arithmetic for math last year and the kids are enjoying it. I like that there is no busy-work, that it was inexpensive, and that multiple children can use the same books at once. Tobi likes that he can do it mentally (he doesn’t like writing things out if he doesn’t have to.) I sometimes use Khan Academy to supplement.
I’m not entirely sure what we’ll use for French yet. I signed up with Mango with my local library and we’ll try that out.
So, that’s pretty much what we’ll be doing this year! I’ll talk more about my plans for this year’s Morning Basket in another post soon.
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