Yes. My kids still have plenty of time to hang out with friends and play at the park, pool and anywhere else we might want to go that day.
A few months ago, we ended our Ambleside Online Year 2 studies. After a few weeks off, we began Year 3 slowly. While we do homeschool year round, through the spring and summer we take it a bit slower to enjoy the weather and fun activities. What would normally take one week we are doing over two. This allows us a lot of extra time to enjoy a bit of a break and still have a structure in our days.
This year has also given us a chance to slowly transition into more independent work for both kiddos. At seven and eight years old they are both proficient readers. This slower pace is a great way to let them take on more of the readings themselves.
This is a great transition, but it does take a bit more work on my end in preparing Ambleside for the week.
Back to the Classics Challenge 2017
Book with a Number in the Title – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, was recommended by my husband. It is on our Ambleside Online schedule for year 5 as well, so it was both a free read for me and a preread in preparation for the kids.
As a Catholic family, it’s important to us that we have good resources for our children that highlight our faith. There are many Catholic books out there, but these are a few of our favorites right now.
My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving and not just for the amazing dinner. While the turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes are delicious, it’s sad to think that the meaning behind Thanksgiving has become lost in the commercialism of the holiday. For this reason, I think it is extremely important to teach our kids about the real reason we celebrate Thanksgiving and the history of our country. Homeschool Legacy has made this a bit easier with their Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims micro-study.
One of the main things that struck me when we began our Charlotte Mason educational journey was the beauty of putting yourself in the story of a well written book. Reading should transport you. If you can find yourself experiencing the moments you are much more likely to remember them as well.
With this truth in mind, I was excited to review a few of the newest books brought to you by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com.
If You Were Me and Lived in…Ancient China: The Han Dynasty
We did take some time and read through two of the books during our mornings and this is what has prompted them to look closer at the others. The two we have read were If You Were Me and Lived in…Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 4) and If You Were Me and Lived in…the Middle Ages (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 6).
The kids really enjoyed the pictures and story and it was a fun easy addition to our studies. We broke each book down over a week (or two in the case of the Middle Ages). We only read a smaller portion each day so the kids could soak it all in. However, Sunshine and Mister Man loved hearing about life during those times periods and were always asking to read a bit more.
One of the great things about these books is that they use the present tense “you”, throughout the book which makes it easy for the kids to relate to the story and time period. The glossary in the back was a great addition, it was nice for them to be able to find a meaning without having to pull out the dictionary.
The If You Were Me and Lived in…Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 4) was a fun addition to our readings about Pocahontas and Lief the Lucky. It was also a great way to head into the Thanksgiving season.
As we are discussing the Middle Ages through history the If You Were Me and Lived in…the Middle Ages (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 6) was a good easy addition to our history studies. The kids enjoyed seeing and hearing about the Middle Ages in a laid back fun way.
Overall, I thought the books were good additions to our studies, but they were definitely not the living books we are becoming accustomed to. That being said, it still was a nice addition and a way to add interest to the time periods. With the full set including 8 books, it should be easy to find a book to work with the time period you are studing at the time.
If you’d like to read more reviews about the Carole P. Roman books you can do that here:
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.