Here’s a sneak peak into our Catholic Charlotte Mason Year 2 – Term 2. We just finished up this term and are began term 3 this past week.
Here’s a recap of Year 2 – Term 2 in our home. You can view our Year 2 – Term 1 here.
New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect. A time to look at all the things we’ve done and tried, what worked and what could have been better.
As I am reflecting on the past year, I thought I would share those things that worked and didn’t work for us in the 2016.
We homeschooled over the summer so we are almost finished with our Charlotte Mason Year 2 Term 1, but I thought I would share with you what we have used for this term. We use Ambleside Online with a Catholic twist. I have added and subtracted a few things to make them more fitting to our faith and have really loved the way it has been working for our family. Here’s a peek into our curriculum.
As you probably know, we homeschool year round. So planning and organizing our homeschool for the year, begins around Christmas. This allows me to plan the entire next year and be ready to begin it when we finish the previous year.
Basically, over the Christmas holiday when my hubby is home a bit more and there are more down days, I take a few days to focus on the next year’s schedule. This year we were in the middle of Year One of Ambleside Online and so I was scheduling out my Year Two of Ambleside Online over the break.
We need structure.
Our family works so much better with a set daily structure. In order to make this easier on us all, we continue to do school throughout the summer.
Art instruction has been something I’d been hoping to add into our homeschool, but I hadn’t found a program that I loved. Up until the past few months, I had been using online worksheets and random activities/projects to teach the kids art instruction. When I was selected to review the art curriculum, K-3 Book One from ARTistic Pursuits Inc., I was over the moon!
The next week I found out I had been chosen to review ARTistic Pursuits Inc.… seriously, timing is everything!
We started with the first lesson. It was broken down into two parts. First they looked at a famous artwork. I actually found the artwork online and printed it 8.5 x 11″ for each of them so they could study it on their own. I loved that this was very much like our Charlotte Mason Art Study. There were some questions to answer about the photo and we had a nice discussion about the work and the composition (foreground, background, framing, etc.) The kids had fun exploring the artwork and discussing it as well.
Our discussion lasted about 15 minutes because the kids were very observant and loved sharing their thoughts on the painting. There were four kids doing the discussion so everyone wanted to have their time to speak. If there had only been one or two kids doing the discussion, I assume it would have taken much less time.
After we did the art study, we moved on to the project. I loved that it gave a very open-ended direction and showed how to use the materials. The kids were able to imagine and create whatever they wanted to express themselves. This is something very important to us. We want the kids to have a bit of direction but not be stuck drawing only a dog when they want to draw a pig. Art is about interpretation and making it your own, not a cookie cutter piece of work.
The kids did a great job and were so proud of their work!
I love that the ARTistic Pursuits Inc. curriculum meshes well with our switch to a Charlotte Mason style. The combination of art study and a related project was a great way to make it interactive for the kids and memorable. And it can be used from preschool through high-school, so if you love it you can stick with it throughout your homeschooling years!
We used the curriculum with kids ranging from 4-7 years old and everyone enjoyed, participated and had a great piece of work to show at the end! I would highly recommend this art program for a homeschooling family. We have done a few projects from the book now, and have had a great experience with all of them!
Want to find out more about this great art program. Check out ARTistic Pursuits Inc. on Facebook.
And read some other great reviews of the program by other great bloggers on the Schoolhouse Review Crew!
I can’t believe it, we finished our second year of homeschooling last Friday!
The kids and I are ready for a little break and I feel like we accomplished a lot over the last year.
We started the year with lessons of mostly workbook activities. The kids were not loving school time and were getting extremely frustrated with the amount of workbooks we were using. I felt something wasn’t working and so I started rethinking our plan. I had been feeling a call to use Charlotte Mason’s ideas especially the living books more. And after researching, reading and praying, we made the switch to Ambleside Online after Christmas. I used our Christmas break to rework the schedule for Year One so we could fit it into the last 4 months of our year and be able to start Year Two over the summer (slowly) so that we would get to Year Three sometime next year and be caught up at Year four the following year. Fitting Year One into a few months was a lot of work, but the living books were amazing and the kids were always asking for more which was in complete contrast to the previous few months.
Here is a look at what we used in our second year (first/second grade).
Horizons (First Grade – Mister Man, Second Grade – Little Miss) – beginning of the year
Math-U-See – (Beta) – Second half of the year – this change proved to be one of the best decisions I had made. Mister Man was excelling at math and Sunshine was struggling, so I pulled Sunshine back to help her grasp the concepts better and Mister Man kept excelling. A few weeks after the switch, Sunshine started loving math and was excelling as well! I am so very glad I decided to make this switch!
Mystery of History – Volume 2 – This just wasn’t working for us.
Story of the World – Volume 2 – Better but still not what I was looking for.
Burgess Bird Book – Loved this book!!!!
Apologia Exploring Creation – Flying Creatures of the Third Day– This was a great reference for the Burgess Bird Book.
Northeast Study – We went through the states in the Northeast one by one, reading books about each, eating their famous food and locating them on a map.
Paddle to the Sea – We read this and loved it! As we read we mapped Paddle’s journey from Canada, through the Great Lakes and down the St. Lawrence River eventually to France.
First Language Lessons – (Level 1 – Mister Man, Level 2 – Sunshine)
Copywork (Bible Verse and from readings)
Redwall (AudioBook – from the library)
A Child’s Garden of Verses – Robert Louis Stevenson
When We Were Very Young – A. A. Milne
Now We Are Six – A. A. Milne
Artistic Pursuits – Book One – Review Coming Soon