2018-19 Week 2: Composer/Artist Study

So I was crazy inspired by this set of videos by Sonya Shafer.  She pretty much broke down the Charlotte Mason education into five succinct points.

A little tangent:

Genius! I wish someone had done this for me back when I started reading about Miss Mason. I was incredibly lost when I visited Ambleside Online. I love and appreciate AO…but I froze when I saw ALL THE THINGS and wondered how in the world I could possible do it all with my boys.  Thankfully, I found other resources that made better sense to me. Oh, to have these videos though. If you’re curious about CM or wondering how to get started…where to start, you should seriously consider watching these five short videos. Don’t even watch them on the same day. Give yourself some time to digest each one individually.  And suddenly…..it won’t seem so intimidating.

Ok, back to my inspiration. Our composer and artist studies were found lacking this past year. It wasn’t fun. It wasn’t organized. It wasn’t encouraging or inspiring or really anything but a burden for me. I kind of gave up on both. Then I watched the video on adding five things to your weekly schedule. BOOM! It made perfect sense to me. Super easy. Don’t overthink it. And here we are.

This trimester’s composer is going to be Scott Joplin. I chose him for a few reasons. For one, he fits the time frame we are currently in (American history) while waiting for our ancient history materials to arrive. I think the boys will enjoy his music. They weren’t super impressed with last year’s selections. And I was inspired by my daugher-in-law’s American Literature high class. She’s making a great effort to share more than just the typical “dead white guys” with her class. I love it. I also want the boys to have a broader experience with American history and music. Plus when we do start the ancients, there won’t be a list of composers for us so we’ll just stick with modern composers for most of the year.

Same with our artist study. We are going to start the year with Jackson Pollock because who can pass up splatter paint art?! Seriously. I think this will be a much better introduction into art than some of my previous choices. We will have fun with it for sure.

We also added back a poetry study this year. We are going to stick with one of last year’s poets since we didn’t get far….Edgar Allen Poe. We watched a fun little video of The Raven as well as a short bio on video before listening to another video of Christopher Lee read the whole poem aloud. One of my boys immediately came up with a few lines of his own for a Minecraft parody of the poem. I can’t wait to share his completed work!

We used YouTube videos for much of our learning in these three areas. I’ll link a few of the videos we loved below.

Jackson Pollock:

Scott Joplin:

Edgar Allen Poe:

On to our weekly report….

You know when we’re getting back into our school routine? When I don’t have many pictures to share because we were just on a roll! Ha! I didn’t take many but we did have a fun field trip at a local pizza place on Thursday. The kiddos were able to make their own pizza…and while those baked, we had a little pizza dough fun. Then, of course, the kids ate their creations.

Other than that, it was business as usual.  Our busy season is starting up again…a lot of baseball and soccer and co-op classes. Summer has officially ended for us!

Week 31-33: Computer meltdown.

I haven’t been blogging because a nasty virus attacked my laptop at the end of last month.  I couldn’t even get it to turn on!!  Our desktop is a super slow ancient dinosaur and doesn’t do well with blogs.  My stepson who is finishing his degree in computer programming offered to fix my laptop for me and now it is as good as new!! 🙂

The last few weeks have been pretty busy.  Co-op classes are still fabulous, and baseball practice x2 is in full swing.  I have to admit, not near enough schoolwork was accomplished so we are hitting it hard for the next couple of weeks.  I have tried and tried to start the Apologia Botany study with no luck.  I just can’t seem to fit it in!  We got away from our workboxes again, and of course that is the root of our problem.  I can’t believe how well the workboxes *work* for us!  …..when we stick to them.

I did make one BIG change for Kaleb.  I purchased the whole set of Math Mammoth through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op last month.  We have officially ditched Saxon’s younger years.  Still love Saxon 54 and above, but SO glad to be rid of K-3.  Kaleb is breezing through MM 1 right now, and we are working on memorizing math facts and skip counting.  He loves MM just as much if not more than Saxon and I really like it a lot better too.  I know a lot of people like to supplement MM with Saxon, Singapore, and others, but I think we’ll just stick with the one program for now.  My plan is to introduce Saxon 54 in the 3rd grade so until then we will just supplement with fun math games and living books.

OPG and ETC are going well as usual.  He is working through ETC 2 1/2 right now and will finish it soon.  We have spent some extra time with the vowel pairs in OPG just to make sure he has them down.  We finished through Lesson 91 this past week. 

Nathan is finally finishing up Math 65.  It has gone a lot slower than I thought, but he is doing SO well.  We agreed to take the month of May off from math and start in June with Math 76.  MM Fractions is still going well and I hope to have it finished by the end of the summer.  Then I think we’ll use MM 5 & 6 as a review alongside Saxon.  I’m thinking about getting Life of Fred after that.  I think he would love some FUN math!!

We are slowly creeping through the ancients.  We aren’t doing as well as we should here.  I’ve moved to a two day a week schedule and it is working better, especially with co-op being on Friday.  I plan to have the same two day schedule with Botany when we get back into it.

Nathan has been taking some time off from R&S English.  We’re getting back to it this week though. 

Gabriel has been working on counting to 20.  He skips 13 and 17 every time!!  🙂  He’s getting there though.  We are {finally} getting back to ABC I Believe this week.  He has also been enjoying his preschool activity bags.  I really need to make some more for him!  I would love to find another swap to join.

Drake amazed his daddy this weekend by counting to 5 and saying a good part of the alphabet.  I love how spongy little kids are!!!  🙂 

I think that is about it.  We have spent an insane amount of time outdoors.  Charlotte Mason would be proud!  The weather has been so nice lately.  I have several pictures to share!!  I will catch up on those at the end of this week when I have a little more time. 

Happy Spring!!!