Catholic Charlotte Mason Homeschool – Year 3 – Term 2
Timing worked out perfectly for our finishing up our term using Ambleside Online Year 3 – Term 2. We were doing exams the week before Christmas! This was a great stopping point and we spent the rest of that week and the following two weeks on break. The kids and I needed the break and we will begin again today with term 3.
Here’s our recap of Catholic Charlotte Mason Homeschool – Year 3 – Term 2
After taking a month and a half off over the crazy holiday season, I am feeling refreshed and ready for the new year. Life was getting a bit overwhelming so a break let me spend my extra time with the ones that need me most, my kiddos.
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.
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 Lapbooksand it was a great chance to dig a little deeper into those great inventors from history.
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.
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.
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.