- On March 23, 2015
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Not on the farm front, but on the school front. We visited Classical Conversations weekly co-op in Champaign, and were pleased with it. One day a week, kids meet with their grade and a tutor during the morning, where they review and reinforce the week’s memory work, and then do enrichment for the various subjects. Older kids can stay for afternoon classes.
At home, Mom and/or Dad are responsible for reinforcing the memory work (at a minimum). Beyond that, the family chooses how to approach math, handwriting, religion, and language arts.
Next year, our curriculum will consist of:
Classical Conversations memory work (7 tidbits each week, covering 161 points on the timeline)
Math–probably Life of Fred + lots of playing with manipulatives. Singapore Math involves a lot of reading, and I end up getting in the way of Eli’s learning. If I’m going to be that involved, I may as well use a text that works with how he thinks.
Handwriting–still not sure, but I am tempted to try SmithHand, which was recommended by a reader at LikeMotherLikeDaughter.org. It claims, “SmithHand Manuscript Method has been designed to train beginning writers to make simple letters in a way that prepares them for the SmithHand Cursive Writing Method. Instead of having to be “unlearned,” our manuscript method actually prepares students for cursive writing by teaching the proper principles of letter formation and slant combined with physical comfort.”
Religion: I like to read Eli Bible stories (and just start over when we get to the end of theNew Testament). Additionally, we will use the Catechism for memory work.
Language Arts: First Language Lessons and Writing With Ease by Peace Hill Press (Susan Wise Bauer) have been a pleasure to use this year, and have had the added benefit of giving us ideas on what book to read to the kids next. We will continue doing this, just one year up.
Piano: Weekly in-home lessons from the lovely Nelly Matova paired with a regular dose of Tiger Mom have helped Eli cover quite a bit of material in his first five months on the bench.