fall term, part 2 review

I wanted to make sure I shared our fall term, which ended way back in November just before Thanksgiving. This fall term, part 2 lasted eight weeks (totaling 12 weeks for the educational year) and man, were we ready for our Thanksgiving break!


Circle Time for ALL:

  1. Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy
  2. Bible Memory: Exodus 20:1-17 (the Ten Commandments) & The Nicene Creed
  3. Catechism: the Children’s CatechismThe Westminster Shorter Catechismthe Heidelberg Catechism
  4. Poems: The Fool's Prayer (Patricia, Benjamin & Matthias); Persevere (Jonathan & Elizabeth); Singing Time (Abigail); The Little Man Who Wasn't There (Emily); Ooey Gooey & Celery (Katherine).
  5. Shakespeare: Julius Caesar (memorizing lines & listening to it while we read along)
  6. Folk Song: Billy Boy
  7. History & Geography: National Anthem the Southern Border of the United States + we listened to several of the podcasts about Martin Luther from 5 Minutes in Church History
  8. Plutarch: Marcus Cato the Censor using The Plutarch Project, Volume One
  9. Read Alouds: Little Pilgrim’s ProgressPoetry for Young People: Henry Wadsworth LongfellowReformation Heroes; Augustus Caesar's World
  10. Composer: George Gershwin (we listened to Rodeo & American in Paris)
  11. Artist: Winslow Homer (Home Sweet Home Snap the Whip)

Mama's Assessment of Circle Time: this part of our day has become a habit for all of us. YAHOO! We need to build in review next interval.


Reading Aloud for ALL:

  1. Ember Falls by S.D Smith
  2. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  3. Poetry for Young People: Henry Wadsorth Longfellow by Frances Schoonmaker

Afternoons for ALL: I think the habit of filling our afternoons with handiwork, music, reading, outside time & projects went well. I won't lie & say we had no screen time but we definitely worked towards less of it. Our beautiful southern fall weather helped to call us outside! The constant hustle & bustle makes this mama tired, so I need to think through how to have some down time while allowing the older children the freedom to use their afternoons. Nature study still didn't happen with consistency on Friday afternoons. Actually, it just didn't happen much period. I think I need a support group for this. This is definitely an area I need to grow in!

Mama's Assessment of Afternoons: I need to think through nature study & ways to hold myself accountable to getting it done. Maybe Fridays are not the day for this? Benjamin needs to find a handicraft to work on & mama needs some down time to recharge!


Little's Hour: (Katherine, age 4; Josiah, age 2; Timothy, baby) mostly just play & reading picture books with lots of walks & "helping" do some chores. It's grand to have time just with these little folks... even if it's crazy busy & messy. 


Young Ones Lessons: (Abigail, age 8 & Emily, age 6) we continued our loop of Bible memory, phonics (Primary Language Arts + reading aloud for Abigail), copywork, math (we use Singapore Standards but add enrichment activities), history, map blobbing, mapwork (following our readings) & AO reading + narration from year 2. They both do their music (Agigail: piano; Emily: violin) after a different part of the day. I decided to switch to using AO for their history & we have all loved the readings, in particular Our Island Story! Abigail especially enjoys adding things to her history timeline.


Here's a list of what they read during our Fall Term, part 2 (remember, most of AO readings are spread out for a LONG period of time so nothing was finished this term but we did begin a few new ones):

  1. The Burgess Animal Book for Children
  2. Tree in the Trail
  3. Parables of Nature
  4. Understood Betsy
  5. Little Duke
  6. A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys
  7. A Child's History of the World
  8. Our Island Story

Mama's Assessment of Young Ones Lessons: I still need to be more consistent with map blobbing. I've delayed adding in spelling for Abigail & instead am working on reading with her plus copywork. I'm happy with Emily's progress with narration, as she seems to be paying better attention to readings.

Middlings Lessons: (Elizabeth, age 9 & Jonathan, age 11) together, we continued our loop of Bible memory, math (Singapore Standards), science experiments, writing/grammar (mainly 1 written narration per day + Language Lessons for Grammar Students: Fable & Song), copywork or dictation & reading aloud to mama, as well as going over any Latin from their co-op class. We dropped reading aloud Age of Fable. Both children continued to work on their independent lessons: history & Latin for co-op, mapwork from various readings + learning to draw the USA (Draw the USA), science (Physics, form 2), music (violin for Jonathan & piano for Elizabeth; both have lessons once a week), free reading for half hour & AO readings + narration from year 5. They started their Book of Centuries as part of their keeping but I think they only added one entry. That's okay- I suspect this will become more consistent next year when they transition to AO history.  Here's a list of what they read during Fall Term, part 2:

  1. Storybook of Science
  2. Wild Animals I Have Known
  3. Magnets- FINISHED!
  4. Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell- FINISHED!
  5. The Story of Inventions
  6. A Child's Geography: Explore the Holy Land
  7. King Arthur & His Knights of the Round Table- FINISHED
  8. Free Reads (which means they do not have to narrate to me me nor are the assigned what to read when; its sometimes "fluff" and I'm good with that): Puck of Pook's Hill (FINISHED!); The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (audiobook).

Mama's Assessment of Middlings Lessons: I'd still like to see more careful work (penmanship, spelling, detailed illustrations) in their written narrations/keeping journals but I did hear more through oral narrations, which is even more important for them right now.


Upper Lessons: (Matthias, age 13 & Benjamin, age 15) they continued their loop of independent work during the day, meeting with me most afternoons for narrations (1 written per day & the rest oral) & any help needed with grammar or Matthias' math. Eric continued to meet with them for logic & Benjamin's math. In addition to written narrations, they began their Book of Centuries. They also continued to write about a current event for science & history most weeks. Their studies include personal Bible reading & journaling + a Romans Bible study from co-op with our Pastor, math (ChalkDust), Biology & Physics science & experiments (this guide for biology; this guide for Matthias physics; this guide for Benjamin's physics), Spanish (co-op), writing & literature (co-op), grammar (Jensen's Grammar), logic (Matthias: Art of Argument; Benjamin: will begin next interval), history (co-op with Daddy as teacher: Christendom), mapwork from various readings + learning to draw USA (Draw the USA), music (Matthias: piano with lessons each week), free reading (at bedtime) & AO readings + narration. Matthias got a red-footed tortoise, which is perfect as a nature study!


Mama's Assessment of Upper Lessons: Spanish class at co-op has been a struggle for both boys. We need to work on study habits & simply (but not really simple) put in the hours to get it done.

Patricia: (age 17) her dural enrollment classes for her second session of the fall semester where Freshman Composition II US History. It was a very challenging session, with the need to learn how to better manage her time. However, she continued to do very well, acing all four classes in her first semester. In addition, she studied music (piano & mandolin at home + she teaches Abigail piano), math (ChalkDust), ACT prep, art & assigned reading. Here's a list of assigned reading that she journals & we (usually) discuss (the girl reads way beyond this list!)- none of them are finished yet:

  1. Rob Roy
  2. State of the Arts
  3. Economics in One Lesson
  4. Lectures in Calvinism