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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Books For Moms – Mother’s Day Treats

Books For Moms – Mother’s Day Treats

I have taken a bit of a break from my Back to the Classics Challenge to read a few great mothering books.

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I’m a sucker for books written about parenting, but motherhood is my favorite. I love that I can completely relate (most of the time) and that they have me laughing and crying throughout. There is something special about the bond of motherhood.

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Catholic Charlotte Mason Homeschool – Year 2 – Term 2

Catholic Charlotte Mason Homeschool – Year 2 – Term 2

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.

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Reading the Classics – Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

Reading the Classics – Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

Since having kids, reading has been one of the many things I wish I had more time to do in my day-to-day. This past year, I happened upon the Back to the Classics Challenge on Books and Chocolate. Because it was too late to try and be a part of the action in 2016, I decided the next year, 2017, would be my year to start the challenge.

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Catholic Charlotte Mason Homeschool – Year 2 – Term 1

Catholic Charlotte Mason Homeschool – Year 2 – Term 1

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.

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Homeschool Curriculum 2015-2016 Recap

I can’t believe it, we finished our second year of homeschooling last Friday!

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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).

Math

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!

History

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.

Living Books

Science

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.

Geography

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.

Religion

Finding God

Our Island Saints

Grammar

First Language Lessons – (Level 1 – Mister Man, Level 2 – Sunshine)

Spelling

Spelling Workout – Level B

Writing

Copywork (Bible Verse and from readings)

Handwriting Without Tears – Cursive

Literature

Parables of Nature

Aesops Fables

Just So Stories

Tales From Shakespeare

Blue Fairy Book

James Herroit’s Treasury for Children

Stuart Little

Homer Price

Indian in the Cupboard

Mary Poppins

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency

The Family Under the Bridge

A Christmas Carol

White Fang

The Borrowers

Pinocchio

Redwall (AudioBook – from the library)

Poetry

A Child’s Garden of Verses – Robert Louis Stevenson

When We Were Very Young – A. A. Milne

Now We Are Six – A. A. Milne

Ambleside Poetry – Year One

Foreign Language

Song School Latin

Art – Picture Study/Artist Study

Da Vinci

Monet

Art – Drawing/Process

Artistic Pursuits – Book One – Review Coming Soon

Music – Artist Study

Mozart

Beethoven

Books Books Books – Booklist – April 2016

Books Books Books – Booklist – April 2016

April Booklist

Here’s what we have been reading in April. Enjoy!

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Read-A-Louds

The Borrowers – We finished this a few weeks ago and we all loved it. We had a lot of fun pretending there were borrowers in the house and talking about what they were taking for their homes.

Pinnochio – This is our latest read-a-loud. We are all loving this. They have seen the movie but the book is so much richer and more interesting than the movie and we are all noticing that as we read. We should be finishing this one up next week.

Morning Time Reading

Our morning time still consists of the same books and we are loving them all still. Morning time and evening reading time are our favorite times of day! The morning time books are: Parables of Nature, Blue Fairy Book , Just So Stories, Tales from Shakespeare, James Herroit’s Children’s Treasury, and Aesop

Poetry

AmblesideOnline Poetry: Year One – The kids are loving this poetry as much as the others and I have been loving reading poetry daily with the kiddos.

Picture Books

Muddy Paws Busy Day – Finger Puppet Book – This is sure to get a laugh with the finger puppet. Sugar Plum cannot get enough.

When You’re Not Looking – This is a funny book that is extra large and colorful which is great for Sugar Plum.

Read Alone – Kiddos

Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims – Mister Man has been loving the Clyde Robert Bulla books and this one has been especially fun for him, as he made the connection of John Smith with our reading of Pocahontas. It was so fun to see the connection come alive for him. He thought it was the neatest thing to have them intersect!

Riding the Pony Express – Mister Man loved this one as well. The Bulla books have been quick easy reads that both kids are enjoying right now.

Star of Wild Horse Canyon – Sunshine is reading this at the moment and loving it. She struggles to finish a chapter book I think it may be that she gets bored but it seems like she gets started and is excited to read them and then just abandons them half way through. We are working on this and one way is that I am doing more of the picking of books for her and the Clyde Robert Bulla books are easy reads and less intimidating than the ones she was getting about horses from the library. I’m hoping this will help in her book choices later on and the ability to finish a book. So far she has loved the few that I have picked out for her to read.

Audio Books

Redwall – We just finished this one (all the books in the series). The kids loved it! Such a fun adventure story with great characters and the reading was wonderfully done!

History

We are still loving  Our Island Story and we added in Viking Tales which have been a lot of fun too. Both kids are loving these which makes reading about history much more fun!

Pocahontas– This is another one the kids thought they knew the story from the movie but loved the book and the illustrations are beautiful as well. The connections the kids are finding in other books has been a fun extra to having read great books about history.

Religion

Our Island Saints – We are on the last saint right now, and will be finished next week. We’ve learned a lot about the saints and will continue our saint studies next month, but until then it will be the Bible for our religion readings.

We officially finished AmblesideOnline Year One studies this week and will begin Year Two studies soon.

What’s on your reading list this month?

Books Books Books – Booklist – March 2016

Books Books Books – Booklist – March 2016

Our reading continues and we are loving every minute of it! Here’s what was on our booklist in March.

Booklist – March

Booklist - March 2016 - Modern Momma Musings

Read-A-Louds

White Fang – We finished this…. Finally! It seemed like it continued on forever, but Mister Man loved every bit of it so it was well worth it! Sunshine was ready for it to be over about half way through. I loved it as well. I kinda wish we would have waited a few years, but they followed pretty well and understood, so I think it was a good read overall.

The Borrowers – This we started mid-way through the month, we should be finished with this next week. We are loving this book, it’s an easy, quick, fun read that was great to start after reading White Fang. This is my favorite part about reading, we can be tranported into so many different worlds in a matter of days!

Morning Time Reading

Parables of Nature – We are still loving this book. Hearing the kids narrate the story and tell me the lesson of the story is sometimes funny… I need to start writing them down. I would love to read them again years from now!

Blue Fairy Book – Still loving these. There’s nothing like a good fairy tale to start the morning!

Just So Stories – These are both kids favorites. They are the perfect length to keep them interested and they have so much fun trying to figure out what the story will be about.

Tales from Shakespeare – Mister Man is still asking daily for “More Shakespeare” – I love that he is loving Shakespeare!

Booklist - March 2016 - Modern Momma Musings

James Herroit’s Children’s Treasury – We’ve almost finished this and I am actually kinda sad. Sunshine has LOVED this book, it has given her even more interest in being a veterinarian. I haven’t told her yet, but I downloaded a collection of his stories on her kindle…. it’ll be a great surprise when she finds it!

Aesop – I had been reading this from my Kindle but I just bought the hardback version and I am loving it! I definitely recommend this as an actual book! The illustrations are beautiful and there is something about being able to hold and read the book that the kids are loving as well.

Poetry

When We Were Very Young – We just finished this and the kids actually read the poetry for the last few weeks. They did so great, even keeping a good rhythm and reading slowly so everyone could understand.

Booklist - March 2016 - Modern Momma Musings

Now We Are Six – We also finished this one in March. Another one that we all loved. A.A. Milne has a way with words and we loved the fun poems and illustrations.

AmblesideOnline Poetry: Year One – We are just starting this. So far we are loving it as well. I think we are all just enjoying poetry!

Picture Books

Tickle Time– Yes another Sandra Boynton, this one is fun because Sugar Plum is starting to anticipate the tickling. She gets a big smile on her face right before I go in for the tickle. Adorable!

Booklist - March 2016 - Modern Momma Musings

Sassy – Baby Sees – Sugar Plum loves seeing the waving illustrations of family members. But she especially loves the mirror in the back of the book. This has been a great book to make her smile and practice waving.

Make Van Gogh’s Bed – This was a purchase I made because I wanted to expose her to famous art early on. This has been a hit from the beginning. She loves the interactive touch, feel, move, etc..

Read Alone – Kiddos

John Billington: Friend of Squanto – Mister Man started this and read it in a day. He absolutely loved it. As soon as he finished he was asking for another one from the inside cover. Luckily I had one more Robert Clyde Bulla and he started that one.

The Sword in the Tree – This is the other Robert Clyde Bulla I happened to have. He is about halfway through this one, but I am guessing he will have it finished in a day or so. He seems to be enjoying this one as much as the previous so I may be purchasing some more soon (the library does not have any of his books).

The Hundred Dresses – Sunshine really enjoyed this book and has been referencing it randomly since she read it. Always a good sign with my less eager reader.

Audio Books

Redwall – I decided to get an audio book from the library for car rides. This has been a wonderful addition to our day. The kids are quiet, it keeps them from bickering and they are enjoying the story all at once! Score on so many levels!

Literature Study

Billy and Blaze  -We had a great time working through Billy and Blaze for a literature study with More StoryTime Treasures. It was a fun book and the study guide helped us look closer at the book, grammar, and more.

Geography

We just finished Paddle to the Sea for our Geography the kids loved this book!!!! In fact, Sunshine wants to make a boat and send it on the river to see what happens. So we may be making a boat this week. I love when books make an impression like this one did. Next week we plan to watch the videos of the book as a fun easy Geography lesson!

History

We are still loving Fifty Famous Stories and Our Island Story. I did buy the softcover versions of these, I am not sure I needed them, but it does make it easier to find the next reading, especially in Fifty Famous Stories, since we are skipping around the book a bit.

Buffalo Bill – This is our newest bio and we are loving this one as well. I’m learning all kinds of information as well!

Religion

Our Island Saints – We are on the last saint right now, and will be finished next week. We’ve learned a lot about the saints and will continue our saint studies next month, but until then it will be the Bible for our religion readings.

That’s what we have on our bookshelf this month. This will be the final month for our AmblesideOnline Year One studies but we will move right into our Year Two studies following so it should be an easy transition. We plan to take Year Two slowly over the summer. The beauty of homeschooling year round is we have a nice schedule and structure throughout the year (something my kids thrive on), we don’t lose anything over the summer and we can take vacations and breaks whenever seems fitting. Yet, a few more reasons we love homeschooling!

What’s on your reading list this month?