Catholic Charlotte Mason Homeschool – Year 3 – Term 1

Catholic Charlotte Mason Homeschool – Year 3 – Term 1

Catholic Charlotte Mason Homeschool – Year 3 – Term 1

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We finished our Year 3 – Term 1 of Ambleside Online about a month ago. Better late than never right?!?!? As with the previous years we added a Catholic twist. Here’s our recap of year 3, term 1.

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Faith Building and Your Tween – Weave Your Word in Me Review

Faith Building and Your Tween – Weave Your Word in Me Review

As we are entering the tween years, it is becoming very clear to me that there are so many issues that need to be discussed as they begin to question, understand and yearn for answers. Some of them are easier than others, but they are there and we need to lead the way.

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Digging deeper into our faith is one of the many ways we can lead our children, especially tweens into a better relationship with God. So I was excited to have the opportunity to review Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 by Kid Niche Christian Books with my tween daughter.

What is Weave Your Word in Me

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Weave Your Word in Me is a bible curriculum made especially for tweens (those sweet girls in 4th -6th grade). The study has 2 units with 36 lessons for you to work through with your daughter, classroom, prayer group, really any Christian setting.

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The first unit focuses on God the Father and the second unit on God the Son. Each lesson has bible readings and questions to help your tween understand the readings more deeply. Weave Your Word in Me works with many translations of the bible as well, KJV, ESV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, NABRE. Each lesson also includes a prayer guide and an answer key.

How we Used Weave Your Word in Me

My daughter and I worked through a lesson 4-days a week. After our normal religion lesson we would work on Weave Your Word in Me for 30 or so minutes. We talked about what we read and we discussed the questions together. We even had a few chances to dig deeper into the Catholic Church’s teachings on certain issues.

Our Impression

 

After using the  Weave Your Word in Me bible curriculum for a few weeks I found it easy to lead and be led to dig deeper into God’s word, while also taking it a step further to make it fit more into our Catholic faith.

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I did not think it was leaning too much to any particular faith base, but I did find multiple opportunities to read and understand how the Catholic Church differs from other faiths, such as in baptism and reconciliation.

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The background information was very well written and made the lesson easier to understand. Sunshine, especially enjoyed the timeline of Jesus’ death and Resurrection. It made it more clear to her the events of those few days and that clicked for her understanding as well.

 

I was disappointed that it was just a ream of paper 3-hole punched. I put it in a binder, but I felt it would have been nicer if it had been coil bound or bound in some other way. The binder took away from the beauty of the book itself.

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The illustrations were beautiful, however, there were a few that bordered on frightening. We did not use the workbook as a workbook, instead we choose to discuss and work together through the questions and activities. My daughter is not a sit down and write an answer type of girl, discussions work much better for her understanding, but this was easy to adjust for our needs.

Overall, I would recommend it to parents of tweens who want to work to guide their daughters and sons into a better understanding of God’s word and hopes for us all.

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Looking Closer at the Great Inventors with the A Journey Through Learning – Review

Looking Closer at the Great Inventors with the A Journey Through Learning – Review

We’ve been taking learning a step further with lapbooks lately. It’s been a good way for my older two kiddos (8 and 7) to learn to do research and find the facts. While lapbooking is not a normal thing for our Charlotte Mason environment, I don’t mind adding in a bit of research when they are having fun doing it as well. We had the opportunity to use the The Greatest Inventors lapbook from A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks and it was a great chance to dig a little deeper into those great inventors from history.

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Learning our ABC’s – Crafty Classroom Bible ABC Notebook Review

Learning our ABC’s – Crafty Classroom Bible ABC Notebook Review

We are just beginning the alphabet with Sugar Plum who is two years old. We are taking a letter a week and doing fun activities to learn the letter and the sound it makes. One of her favorite additions to our letter learning is Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook from The Crafty Classroom.

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Watching Shakespeare and Relishing the Moments

I never would have dreamed of reading Shakespeare to my kids when they were so young. My call to homeschooling and delving into the beauty of living books, has opened them (and me) up to a wide range of ideas, authors, and a taste for great literature, not to mention a love of history and science.

I’m pretty sure I had never seen or heard any Shakespeare until I was in high-school. My son however has been listening to me read Shakespeare (and has read a bit on his own), for a few years now.

He’s seven. Almost half of the age I believe I was when I was exposed to the Bard.

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Homeschool In the Woods – Lap Booking Made Easy – Make-A-State Activity Review

Homeschool In the Woods – Lap Booking Made Easy – Make-A-State Activity Review

My kids love geography. It’s actually something they beg for each day. This year we have been studying the United States, one state per week. We have almost finished each of the individual states and my kids will soon be picking a few states for an in depth report and presentation. One way I am considering doing these reports is through a more hands on approach with lap booking.

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Lap booking is a great interactive way to place the facts about a topic into a contained report. Home School in the Woods is a great resource for many different lap book projects, and we were lucky enough to review their Make-a-State Activity which is part of their Activity-Paks series.

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Confidence Boost – Science for Every Teacher Review

Confidence Boost – Science for Every Teacher Review

I love science, but I don’t feel I understand it enough to teach it well. Luckily, my kids are still young so I have a bit of time to start digging deeper before the big chemistry, physics etc., will need to be taught. Knowing my lack of understanding has led me to begin reading and learning on my own now; so that I am prepared when we hit the big science topics. Novare Science & Math offer a multitude of science books and I was lucky enough to have the chance to review Science for Every Teacher.

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Science for Every Teacher was written to help all of us that are not quite as confident in teaching science as we would prefer. The book leads the teacher into a better understanding of Physics, starting with Scientific Knowledge, through a multitude of topics ranging from atoms, momentum and simple machines, to pressure and buoyancy and geometric optics. The great thing about the book is that you could read it through, then reference it again and again while you are teaching specific topics. Novare Science for Every Teacher

The chapters have a list of goals and a quick synopsis of the chapter, before the chapter itself begins. This gives a good overview of what you will be learning during that section. I thought the chapters were written in an easy to understand way, the pulled block quotes, definitions, tables, figures and examples were very helpful in my understanding of the topic. I also loved that the chapter ended with an “Ideas for your classroom” section. This will be very helpful when we begin studying these topics in our classroom, as I am always looking for fun ways to incorporate new topics.

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While I haven’t had a good chance to test the information I’ve read in the book with my teaching skills, I have found that I am noticing things in my day-to-day life that I can understand much better. While I remember learning a lot of the information that is discussed in the book, there are so many things I had forgotten or had never truly understood. I have found that the explanations, examples and figures have been very helpful with my understanding of these ideas.

I would definitely recommend Science for Every Teacher to anyone who wants to get a better grasp on the topics they will be covering in their Physics classroom. It is a great refresher and a way to get you started on your understanding so that you can pass that onto your students. It will be a great addition to the books we will be using in the later years of our homeschooling journey. I plan to keep it within reach throughout, so that I can reference it quickly, when any questions arise.

If you are past physics, you’ll be happy to know that they are working on books for Chemistry and Earth Science now. In the meantime, Novare Science & Math has some other great resources for Earth Science, Introductory Physics, General Chemistry and more. Their teachers resources section has many great books and tools for helping you teach science in a way that your students will understand, because you understand!

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My next purchase will be the Teaching Science so that Students Learn Science book and I am excited to add the additional titles of the Science for Every Teacher series as they become available.

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Braving History with Rush Limbaugh – Rush Revere Series Review

Braving History with Rush Limbaugh – Rush Revere Series Review

In years past I have listened to a lot of Rush Limbaugh. I didn’t always agree with him, but I appreciate his strong opinion and how he can push me to think through the things I believe to gain a better understanding.

I remember when he began the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series. At the time my kids were only 5 and 3 so I knew it would be a while before they were something they could dig into. Imagine my excitement when I was given the chance to review the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh this year!

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