Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m working on living a slow, intentional life. It’s hard in the busyness of life, but I’m going to try super hard. A true hygge lifestyle.
I’m learning to trust the environment that I have cultivated and the Brave Writer/Wild + Free philosophy. I also bring some of my education and experience to the table and try to use free resources to plan lessons. I have come so far in how we homeschool and I LOVE where we have landed.
The boys and I will be starting Number the Stars and using the Brave Writer Boomerang novel study. I love these because they teach mechanics, parts of speech, literary elements, spelling/phonics, etc through context of good literature.
- They will begin with copywork: a passage from the book. The second through fourth days they will do dictation with the passage, hopefully improving their spelling, mechanics, and grammar through the practice.
- We will talk about how dialogue can be used in the opening lines to “hook” the reader. We will find more examples through our reading.
- We will learn a bit about the main characters and a bit of history.
- We will discuss the location of the ending punctuation inside the quotation marks. I will point it out multiple times throughout.
- We will read pages 1-34.
For Tuesday Teatime, we will read Thanksgiving Poetry and do some activities.
Karis will do Bible and Language Arts on her own, and the boys and I will read some chapters in The Action Bible.
All of the kids will read independently for 30 minutes.
Karis will be doing a unit about Thanksgiving for junior high kids, and writing is throughout the unit. There are 16 lessons, so she will have to work hard.
This week she will:
- Fill out a KWL chart and virtual field trip
- Analyze artwork
- Discover the resources that she will be using for research
- Begin research using graphic organizer
The boys will:
- We will do the virtual field trip and KWL chart with Karis.
- I will read 2 picture books about Thanksgiving. One is more of a “true story” (1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving) and one is more of the story that we hear most of the time (The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving). We will compare and contrast together.
- We will also compare and contrast the Wampanoag’s daily life vs the Pilgrims using a chart.
- They will do an original writing using Roll a Story resource.
Math U See
Ethan is still working on corrections and I’m sure that will take all week. I will be working with him on this and we will watch the videos together.
Levi is moving on to the next book: Delta. For now, he will watch the video and do lessons A and D each day.
Karis will be finishing Epsilon this week and moving on to Zeta. She said she thinks she will speed through that because she did a lot of that when she was in school.
The boys and I will be focusing on Nature Studies in the month of November. Karis will do this with us + her own science (Master Books General Science 1, Weather).
We will be using Project Wild for Nature Study.