God above all things...
How we must Rest in God Alone above all Things
THE DISCIPLE. Above all things and in all things rest always in the Lord, 0 my soul, for He is the everlasting rest of the Saints.
Grant me, most dear and loving Jesus, to rest in You above created things;(Rom.8:19) above health and beauty, above all glory and honour; above all power and dignity, above all knowledge and skill ; above all fame and praise, above all sweetness and consolation; above all hope and promise, above all merit and desire ; above all gifts and favours that You can bestow and shower upon us; above all joy and jubilation that the mind can conceive and know ; above Angels and Archangels and all the hosts of Heaven; above all things visible and invisible ; and above everything that is not Yourself, 0 my God...meditate on the rest here.
How often do we put ourselves above all things??? What do we think God will say to us upon arriving in heaven about how we have loved??? I have been pondering this recently and wanted to post it here. I enjoy reading through Thomas a Kempis' Imitation of Christ as it really grounds me in my daily struggles to lead a holy life amidst the chaos of family life.
There is always some good food for thought in his writings...care to share how you place everyone above self and manage to keep everyday holy amongst the strains of everyday life? Would love to hear your thoughts on how you manage prayer and holiness in your every day :)
What new recipes have you tried lately?? I will be sharing a weekly recipe that has worked well for our family and our busy schedule. It might be something for Sunday dinner to share with family and friends, or just a simple weeknight meal for busy moms looking to feed the family something delicious and healthy.
Homemade Meatballs ~
These are our very favorite meatballs to have with spaghetti, or for yummy mouthwatering meatball sandwiches. Here is a fail-safe recipe I have used for ages from Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking ::
"Meatballs and Tomatoes"
1. Trim away the bread's crust, put the milk and bread in a small saucepan, and turn on the heat to low. When the bread has soaked up all the milk, mash it to a pulp with a fork. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
2. Into a bowl put the chopped meat, onion, parsley, the egg, the tablespoon of olive oil, the grated Parmesean, and a tiny grating of nutmeg - about 1/8 teaspoon - the bread and milk mush, salt, and several grindings of the black pepper. Gently knead the mixture with your hands without squeezing it. When all the ingredients are evenly combined, shape it gently and without squeezing into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Roll the balls lightly in the bread crumbs.
3. Choose a saute pan that can subsequently accommodate all the meatballs in a single layer. Pour in enough vegetable oil (I have used olive oil as well) to come 1/4 inch up the sides. Turn on the heat to medium high and when the oil is hot, slip in the meatballs. Sliding them in with a spatula will avoid splasing hot oil out of the pan. Brown the meatballs on all sides, turning them carefully so they won't break up.
4. Remove from heat, tip the pan slightly and with a spoon, remove as much of the fat as floats to the surface. Return the pan to the burner over medium heat, add the chopped tomatoes with their juice, a pinch of salt, and turn the meatballs over once or twice to coat them well. Cover the pan and adjust the heat to cook at a quiet, but steady simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the oil floats free of the tomatoes. Taste and correct for salt and serve at once.
Ahead-of-time-note :: The dish can be cooked entirely in advancee and stored in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for several days. Reheat gently before serving.
What is your favorite method of cooking, crock-pot, oven, stovetop, microwave (gasp). I have jumpstarted my crock pot for autumn and I'm so happy. It does such a splendid job, without alot of prep or stress. Why don't I use this everyday??? Stay tuned for next time.
Thanks for sharing your recipes and answers this week :) Bon appetit!
Outside my window- It's a mild day, a little breezy, but nice and sunny.
I am hearing- Legos being built in the boys room, yes they have been resurrected after months of dormancy...does that happen at your house too?? Also the trains have come back out, most likely because I mentioned I am going to try and sell the whole lot :)
I am wearing- Black leggings, an orange ribbed knit tee and a soft grey wrap cardigan much like this one pictured in the top middle.
I am pondering- How it's possible that I have a 16 year old, a 14 year old, a 10 year old and a 7 year old....what happened to my babies???? I guess the recent birthday of a certain boy now 14 has made me a little nostalgic for those littler kid days...There's never been a nicer 14 year old boy though, I'm just sayin' ;-)
I am reading- A new novel by Jane Gardam, well it's not new, but new to me - Crusoe's Daughter. It's starting out fine...we'll see how it goes. Also perusing several bread baking books as I so enjoy the art of bread baking :)
From the kitchen- Day 2 on my three day bread that I have been doing for the past month or so. You do an easy yeast starter on day 1, add whole wheat flour and salt and oil on day two and day 3 you shape and bake. We prefer long loaves as opposed to boules. It's absolutley delish, especially toasted!! It's called Ed Behr's Country Loaf taken from one of my old standby cookbooks - The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. Such a great book!
Living a lifestyle of learning- Listening to lots of Haydn for music study right now, mostly in the mornings as we are doing something else, but especially if we are learning about a new piece we really enjoy these radio shows from Classics for Kids.
Living the Liturgical Year- Celebrating the month of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary with as many daily/evening rosaries as we can fit. We have been so blessed by having a devotion to Our Lady in the rosary. We pray that God will continue to bless our family through this ancient devotion.
Around the house- Keeping in place our afternoon quick tidy!! This goes a long way for my sanity when it gets hectic and busy during the week. Everyone does a little something for about ten minutes or so, and voila, tidy house for the evening :)
What we are creating- Lots of watercolor pictures, seasonal drawings and photography.
A few plans for the rest of the week- Beginning to work up end of term exams as we are nearing the completion of Term 1 around the end of the month. I am looking forward to doing these as in the past we have not done any "official" exams, but I have always liked the Charlotte Mason exams, so here we go!
A picture thought I am sharing-
Many blessings in your week ahead!
This year I am really trying to have doing art a bigger focus in our life. It has been going pretty well so far and I thought I'd share a few things this week. These art projects were lately inspired by the wonderful ideas from Patty at Deep Space Sparkle. She has such easy to follow lessons & ideas that are readily doable with a minimum of supplies necessary for most projects. LOVE that!
A few weeks ago we were on a Blue Whale kick and thus resulted these very blue pieces :: We loosely followed the ideas for the whales in this 3 Ingredient Art plan. We chose to do a wet watercolored background rather than the tissue paper collage background, although I really like that one too. (Next time ;-)
After we ventured around with the whales for a bit, we dove into a Coral Reef study that of course led to looking at scads of pictures and videos of tropical fish, coral reefs, and such. Here is some fun postcard artwork that my crew created, and are still working on casually when the inspiration arises :: These pieces were influenced by the tropical fish lessons in this set, also at Deep Space Sparkle. Rather than do another larger size watercolor, we thought postcards would be fun and different.
Sean-Paul's Fish (not a postcard)
I thought these turned out really well, and gave everyone an opportunity to do some great sketching before using the watercolor paints. We used pan paints for this project, although we really like wet watercolor paints too. The postcard size was fun too as it gave them some perspective in creating smaller pieces rather than one large painting. Good stuff!!
In terms of art appreciation and picture study, our focus this term has been on Vermeer. I am using these combined art and music appreciation plans by Harmony Art Mom to include Haydn into our days as well. I know she calls this a "mini-unit", but it is truly meaty enough to glean some great art and music appreciation for several weeks up to a couple of months depending on interest. We happen to be very interested in Josef Haydn as Seamus has learned and performed all three movements of Haydn's Cello Concerto in C very adeptly and so we love to hear pretty much anything by Haydn ;-)
I hope these ideas inspire you to do some fun art with your kiddos and view and listen to some great art and music. Many blessings in your week ahead!
The questions we are pondering are:
What place do you see writing have in your high schoolers education? Do you use a writing program? What approach do you use? Which ‘tools’ did you use in the younger years that helped prepare your high schooler to write and prepare them to join "the Great Conversation"?
Speaking of The Great Conversation:
The tradition of the West is embodied in the Great Conversation that began in the dawn of history and that continues to the present day. Whatever the merits of other civilizations in other respects, no civilization is like that of the West in this respect. No other civilization can claim that its defining characteristic is a dialogue of this sort. No dialogue in any other civilization can compare with that of the West in the number of great works of the mind that have contributed to this dialogue. The goal toward which Western society moves is the Civilization of the Dialogue. The spirit of Western civilization is the spirit of inquiry. Its dominant element is the Logos. Nothing is to remain undiscussed. Everybody is to speak his mind. No proposition is to be left unexamined. The exchange of ideas is held to be the path to the realization of the potentialities of the race. (exerpted from 'The Great Conversation', by Hutchins)
What place do you see writing have in your high schoolers education?
Writing definately plays a large role in our homeschool in the highschool years. We write in pretty much every subject in some form or another. Not all assignments or projects are lengthy compositions, but a few meaty writing assignments each term set the groundwork for better writing style and ease of mastery in this essential part of learning and self-education. Another form of writing or composition is oral narration which we use regularly in conjunction with written work.
Do you use a writing program?For highschool we have relied heavily on The Little Brown Handbook, this is a very nice volume of writing instruction and information for a highschooler (or anyone for that matter). We have not used the workbook, but it could be useful for someone I am sure :) We have also used Element's of Style. Another resource that I had forgotten about, but which I was recently reminded by Charlotte Mason Help is the Guide to Grammar and Writing site, very helpful!
What approach do you use?
Forms V and VI. (High School) "In these Forms some definite teaching in the art of composition is advisable, but not too much, lest the young scholars be saddled with a stilted style which may encumber them for life.” (CM Vol. 6, p. 193)
Our approach is relaxed and somewhat flexible. I have not held to any hard and fast requirements for our writing projects as I believe that if a child is willing to write and has a desire to write, they will write much and write well. Especially with my first highschooler, Violet, this has been the case. She enjoys writing and the process of it, so it comes more naturally to her than say her brother, who is an excellent writer when he puts his mind to it, it just doesn't come as naturally to him as his sister. It could also be a case of 'what's the point' for particular assignments for him. He would rather make up a comic strip or a poem about something he has read or learned about rather than write an essay. So, this is where the flexibility comes in for us, I let him, and he has produced some delightful poetry, comics and whatnot for some of his writing assignments! C'est la vie, dit moi!! And we most clearly used a Charlotte Mason approach to writing and composition which leads to the next question...
Which ‘tools’ did you use in the younger years that helped prepare your high schooler to write and prepare them to join "the Great Conversation"?
In terms of 'tools' we used lots and lots of reading good literature, reading aloud good literature, listening to good literature (you get the point) then narrating these gems orally at first, then beginning to write narrations around 9-11 depending on the child, and finally full blown essays, compositions and critical papers. Grammar forms and all areas of language arts can be learned within this framework of reading, narrating and writing. Good spelling is attained by constantly seeing correctly spelled words within literature, and Copywork and Dictation lend very well to learning proper punctuation and correct grammar use. This has been a good model for us and has carried us well into the highschool years for Writing and Composition work. We are always learning though and can't wait to see what others have to share in this realm.
Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of the carnival, there are sure to be some great posts!!
Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken is always captivating when read aloud. We enjoyed analyzing this one with Violet recently and comparing it to other of Frost's poems.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same...
Read the rest at the above link at poets.org or you can listen as well with their nice audio feature. Find other great poetry at No Water River. The full schedule for Poetry Friday can be found at the Kidlitosphere site here.
What a great time we had on our early Autumn campout with some great friends this past week. They happen to be the parents of our goddaughter, and such a delight is the whole family.
Here are some great photos of our mini-campout at Wallace Falls State Park.
This tree has seen better days, but pretty cool upturned.
This is for my friend Patty, I'm sorry I scared you pointing out this beauty of nature ;-0
A super time was had by all. Did you camp out this summer at all, what's your favorite spot?? Do you like mountains or beach?? Many blessings in all your adventures and travels in the upcoming year!
September is in full swing and we're having a beautiful Indian Summer here in our parts. Considering we really had no summer, we'll take what we can as long as it lasts ;)
We just returned from a super fun camping trip with friends at a lovely spot not very far from home. Great hiking, a beautiful lake to splash in after our hike, not to mention the super good times around the campfire, can't wait for the next one!! (more pictures coming soon).
These two young bucks nibbling to their hearts content in our front yard, which I might add is rather fussy and not really what I would consider deer fodder, but hey, who can be picky in suburbia, it's their turf too ;-)
Matthias on our first night camping, "Hey dad, did you know we can download something called Open Star Map onto your phone to look at the stars anywhere? We can map the stars right over our head right now."
Dad, "Let's do it!!" (It's now on both our androids ;-)
This was very cool, can't wait to try it out at home on our next perfectly starry night :)
Sean-Paul is on a Mrs. Piggle Wiggle stint. It's always hysterical to read these aloud, I enjoy them every time. Other recent favorites we have savored many times over the past few weeks: A Mother for Choco, The Wolf's Chicken Stew, Growing Vegetable Soup, My Car (love the pics in these Byron Barton books), many Dr. Seuss books, Hedgie's Surprise, Where the Wild Things Are, The Story About Ping.
Seamus and I just finished reading aloud The Shakespeare Stealer and The Buffalo Knife, found this one in Books Children Love, one of my favorite booklist resources. We just started Sign of the Beaver last night, love this one, hope he does too :) He's also on a Redwall kick reading and listening to the series. Right now he's on Salamandastron audible. For American History he's finishing up Pocahontas (a Childhood of Famous Americans book), next up will be John Adams. Also he's reading and narrating from This Country of Ours and The New Americans.
Matthias is reading Far North and recently finished Moccasin Trail. Up next with be Captured by the Mohawks. He is studying American History this year and enjoying America's Last Best Hope (got this at a steal as a two book boxed set for $4.95 on amazon, score!!), America As Seen by it's First Explorers and snippets of Christ and the Americas.
Violet is hard to keep up with in terms of a reading list, but here are a few tidbits I spied on her shelf over the last month: Sierra Jensen (Christian Romance series) by Robin Jones Gunn, Backwater & Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer, Warhorse (for bookclub), Green Glass Sea (WWII novel), Violins of Autumn (also WWII inspired), The Guardian Duke and Kisses from Katie (inspired by a youth group volunteer project she is participating in this year).
Me ~ I just finished A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voight and Off Balance Mary Sheepshanks (really enjoy both these authors currently). I am just dipping in to the 4th Tillerman book called The Runner and found a delicious relic on my daughter's shelf that she acquired from her grandmother, Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge, yippee!!
Hope your Autumn is in full swing, what have you all seen, heard and read lately???
I was thrilled to be included in the first Homeschool Highschool Carnival. I haven't participated in a carnival for such a long time, this just seemed a perfect one to join as we are in the thick of homeschool highschool, with not one, but two highschoolers this year, WOW!!
The request for this kick-off carnival starts with some questions:
The Wide View.... How does your family’s ‘big picture’/goals/educational philosophy affect/guide your planning and translate into what your highschoolers do on a daily/weekly basis? Do you generalise or specialise?
Well....our wide view has always included the backbone of a Charlotte Mason education. So this also correlates with our educational philosophy and definately guides us as we plan and organize for any given school year. With highschool, this big picture view plays out perfectly as we are finding much joy in Charlotte Mason's methods. My planning has been made much simpler as I tend to plan off of delicious booklists, rather than curriculum guides and textbooks. The living books are truly the best part of homeschooling at any age, but for highschool, they reign supreme. I have chosen to share part of our highschooler's booklists to give you an idea of some of the living books we are using this year.
Here is a look at some of Violet's books for this year 11th grade (focus on Ancients)~
As you can see, we are focusing heavily on some Great Books selections this year. Violet has wanted to do this for a few years, and now is the time to indulge her :) I am following the suggestions by Susan Wise Bauer from The Well-Trained Mind. She lays out a very doable great books program for highschoolers and would be very beneficial preparation for any student interested in pursuing a Liberal Arts education such as offered at Thomas Aquinas College. We are not neccesarily leaning in that direction, yet, but it's nice to have some options.
For my second and newest highschooler, Matthias, and yes he is truly only an 8th grader age-wise (shh, don't tell him that), he's been doing highschool work for the past 3 years in Math. So we're calling this school year his 9th/10th grade school year :)
A brief look at his books and work for this year (American History focus) ~
These are just a smattering of his first quarter books, his list is pretty extensive for this year as there is so much good reading for this time period. He keeps saying history isn't his favorite subject, but every morning I see him with his William Bennett book looking pretty into it ;-)
As to the question of whether we generalize or specialize, I would say that we do both! For my oldest highschooler and my only girl, we are gearing her studies towards the literary and exploring different writing styles. Poetry analysis and a study of many Great Books this year will enable her to delve into some living works that have tested time eternal. She's very pleased with her workload thus far, I am too :)
In regards to Matthias and our approach to his highschool years, it is very geared towards the practical and his intention to immerse himself into anything and everything computer technology! Aside from his extensive reading list for the year he will be applying himself to four courses at an online technology school learning advanced skills in engineering design, digital arts, and 3-D art modeling, all on the computer. I can't wait to learn right along with him!!
Because we generalize and specialize it's gives us flexibility in our year to tweak and hone subjects as we need to. Sometimes with a big picture view it's hard to know just how it will all play out with a particular student/child, so by keeping things a little more general we are able to figure out which parts of our schedule we can truly specialize. It also gives them more ownership of the materials they really want to delve into deeper and cover subjects to suit their style and learning ability. Love that!
I hope this gives you all a lovely snapshot view into our plans for homeschooling highschool. We are very happy with our decision to continue home educating through the highschool years and can't wait to see what others will share in this great Carnival of Homeschooling Highschool!
Many blessings in your year ahead!!
**Just a note to add here that if anyone is interested in seeing Violet's or Matthias' complete booklists for the year, I'll be happy to send you a pdf copy to see how I plan out their year :) Many thanks to Jen @ Wildflowers and Marbles for her booklist planning sheets, they are indispensible to my planning for highschool!!
Love the imagery in the Poetry of Percy Byhsse Shelley...
To a Skylark
Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!
Bird thou never wert,
That from heaven, or near it,
Pourest thy full heart
In profuse strains of unpremeditated art.
Higher still and higher
From the earth thou springest
Like a cloud of fire;
The blue deep thou wingest,
And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest.
In the golden lightning
Of the sunken sun,
O'er which clouds are bright'ning,
Thou dost float and run,
Like an unbodied joy whose race is just begun.
The pale purple even
Melts around thy flight;
Like a star of heaven
In the broad daylight
Thou art unseen, but yet I hear thy shrill delight,
Keen as are the arrows
Of that silver sphere
Whose intense lamp narrows
In the white dawn clear
Until we hardly see—we feel that it is there.
Read the rest of the poem here.
Lots of great poetry at the round up over at On the Way to Somewhere!!
Okay, so I usually grab a few new-to-me cookbooks every few times at the library. I really enjoy looking through cookbooks and especially in order to peruse them for possible purchases or gift ideas. I have discovered some new favorites and thought I'd share them here.
The first one up is The French Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone. It's a beautifully photographed cookbook with lovely and very doable french recipes. And I love the slow-cooker aspect, very mom-friendly.
Here's a recent recipe I served my family on a warm summer evening ~
Chicken Salad Parisienne
1 Herb Roasted Chicken (recipe included in book) or a convenient Rotisserie Chicken from the market
6-12 small waxy potatoes such as yukon golds or red new potatoes, cooked and quartered
8 oz. green beans or french beans cooked/blanched
2 T, capers, rinsed and drained
Easy Vinaigrette (see below)
Lettuce leaves (I used a baby lettuce mix)
3-6 hard cooked eggs, peeled and quartered
1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
Dice chicken into bite sized pieces, discarding skin and bones. In a bowl, combine chicken, potatoes, green beans, and capers. Drizzle with half the dressing. Arrange the lettuce leaves on a serving platter. Pile the chicken mixture on top. Garnish with the eggs and tomatoes. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and serve.
Easy Vinaigrette :: 6 T. extra-virgin olive oil, 2 T red wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, or fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp. dijon mustard, salt and freshly ground pepper. Combine all ingredients in a bowl or jar, whisk or shake until combined. Taste for seasoning, serve.
Another delightful find is Tyler Florence Family Meal by none other than Tyler Florence ;-) Okay, so this one I have checked out before and loved, but never got around to trying anything as I had to return it too fast. It was obviously a hot item at the library checkout!! There's so much to be said about this wonderful compilation of recipes, he's nailed it on this one for sure. I have loved many of his other cookbooks, but this one is by far my favorite. It'a a titch overwhelming, as there are so many good recipes in this one. It's definately a "cook-your-way" through kind of book plus lots of good reading in between the recipes about his career and life in northern California, but I started out easy and small with his Chile Relleno Rice, HELLO, seconds please!!!
Here it is :: Chile Relleno Rice
2 cups cooked rice (once I used white, another time organic brown basmati = both delish)
2 cups sour cream (I used 1c sour cream, 1 cup greek yogurt)
1 can condensed chicken soup (I made my own based on the recipe in Make it Fast, Cook it Slow - email me if you want that concoction ;-)
2 - 7oz cans diced green chiles
2 1/2 cups diced Monterey Jack cheese (dice on the smaller size)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cook the rice according to directions (do a day ahead if you like). In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice, sour cream (and yogurt), soup mix, chiles, and cheese. Mix thoroughly and season with salt pepper. Spread the rice in prepared baking dish and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until lightly browned. Goes great with any of your favorite mexican main dishes, like tacos, burritos or enchiladas. Could also become a main course with the addition of cooked cubed or shredded chicken breast. By itself, however, it's a true winner!!
Another lovely discovery and swoony cover, is the Macrina bakery and cafe cookbook by Leslie Mackie. I can't believe I've never been to this bakery, it's a world legend apparently. Such a sheltered life I lead, HA HA! Really, have just been too lazy to try it. Judging by the cover, it clearly looks like a place to visit, if not just to gaze at all the goodness going on there :)
I haven't tried any of the recipes in this one yet, but I'm drooling over the Guatemalan Hot Chocolate Bread (yes, I know, wipe your mouth) and the Cherry Almond Scones which sound very proper and utterly delish! The Bacon, Leek & Gruyere Quiche has also caught my eye. My kids love quiche, so perhaps I can tempt them with this more french version for a little culinary flair :) I'm sure I can get Violet to give something a try in the pastry department too. If you have this book or have been to one of the Macrina Bakery and Cafes I'd love to hear your experience and thoughts.
What's cookin' at your house this summer??? Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend friends :)
Never thought we'd get this far. Wanted to think it was going to be great. And guess what? IT IS great! We absolutely LOVE homeschooling highschool and I have a Junior to be and a Freshman/Sophomore this next year who can say they love it too.
There's not alot of great information out there about homeschooling for highschool unless you are using a planned curriculum or if you're doing all of your classes online from another institution. But we have found a really great balance of some online coursework, some independent work and tons of great discussion/dialectic studies to carry us on our journey through the high school years thus far, all in a very Charlotte Masony kind of way.
I have been enjoying a nice homeschooling highschool series that Karen Edmisten has been writing. You can view Parts I - IV here. I too have recieved random questions about how things are working for us and how we chose to go about homeschooling highschool, so this may morph into multiple posts....we'll see how it goes :)
The main question that keeps popping up in my email is "What are some of the things that worked for you in your highschool at home?"
So what worked for us (keeping the disclaimer in mind that this may or may not work for you or your potential highschoolers...)
1) Stick to a regular schedule, ie. breakfast at roughly the same time each morning, begin studies, work to lunch, eat lunch, complete chores and finish up any school work or projects/labs not completed in the early part of the day
Now in reality this worked really well for my highschoolers as they were efficient enough to finish most of their work before we broke for lunch. There was usually always some stuff to finish up after lunch like Biology labs for Violet and some computer tech projects for Matthias, but most days they were done by lunch.
2) Have a set of yearly goals mapped out with flexibilty built in for adding classes mid-year if desired.
This was especially helpful for us to have the year pretty well mapped out ahead of time, but as our year progressed we decided we wanted to tweak and add in a few extra classes for Violet. She really appreciated being able to work them in to her schedule and they filled in some gaps that we thought were missing for her in the literature and history department.
3) Leave enough time in your day to have discussion time with your highschoolers.
This is HUGE!! These are some of the best years to have really good discussions with your teens. I may have whined about driving to and from Violet's ballet classes everyday, but boy were they a haven for great discussions. We both really appreciated this time together and I know it not only enhanced her learning and understanding of certain aspects of her studies, but it was so beneficial for me to see where she was heading with her thinking and how she totally absorbed certain material, and of course the work that was drudgery. We brainstormed during this time alot as well as to how we could make certain work a little more tolerable :) Ditto with Matthias, I have learned so much from him about computers and tech-y stuff just by chatting with him about it everyday. And of course having him show me all the really cool stuff he can create on his computer - WOW!!!
4) Books, books and more books, more specifically Living Books!!
We really wanted to avoid textbooks for highschool if we could help it and so far we have been very lucky to have scored on some really great living books. I purchased very few texts and if I did it was for Math (Algebra & Geometry) and for Biology, but even then we really only referenced the text occaisionally. We found most of what we needed online or in the library.
I am so grateful to the many highschool and planning oriented posts up at Wildflowers and Marbles. Jen has done a great job of putting together some incredible ideas for planning and scheduling books, etc for highschool (and the lower grades too). If you have an interest in how to schedule books for highschool, check out this pdf here Wildflowers and Marbles (link to scheduling books pdf) or her new site called The Paper Stuff - it's all available for your perusal, and thanks for sharing it all Jen, it's awesome!!
I have also benefitted greatly from the many posts at Harmony Art Mom regarding what has worked for her highschoolers. Do check out her site, not only for great highschool posts, but her art ideas art top notch!!
Well, this did get a teensy bit long-winded. I'll pop up some more ideas and perhaps list a few ideas of what we're planning for this next year (starting up in just a month or so). Thanks for stopping in and please leave a comment or question that you may have or that you'd like to know more about homeschooling highschool! God Bless!
Joining in with an addition to Poetry Friday this week over at Check it Out!
Shakespeare's Fairy poems just seem synonymous with summer and my children have certainly been "over hill, over dale, thorough bush, thorough brier" lately, enjoy!
A Fairy Song by William Shakespeare
Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
Poem courtesy of Shakespeare's page on Poemhunter.com
Have a blessed weekend friends :)
I have too many of them at the current moment, all but for good reason.
I recently read The Virginian by Owen Wister on my Kindle. I really enjoyed it. Was a pre-read for Matthias and am not sure whether I'll have him read it next year or not, but it's definately worth a look in the later teen years. Violet will probably read it soon.
I just finished The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. An exciting fast paced book of which they made a movie, eons ago, but the book contanined many statistics about the commercial swordfishing industry that the movie left out. All in all a pretty good storyline alltogether, considering it was based on a true event.
Currently, I am reading China Court by Rumer Godden. It's starting out well and I truly enjoy her writing style.
And in no particular reading order, here is one of my stacks (some already read) ::
*Blackwater by Eve Bunting *Read in about two hours, then passed to Violet!
*Above and Beyond by Susan Bonners *Read this one in a quick afternoon as well, Seamus should like it.
The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood ~ Might be our next read aloud!
The Journal of Sean Sullivan (A Dear America Book) ~ Pre-read for Seamus
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech (Violet said this one was really good).
The Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjean ~ Adorable little collection!
Homecoming by Cynthia Voight
Picking up the Pieces by Mary Sheepshanks
A New Song by Jan Karon
Lessons from Blackberry Inn by Karen Andreola (always love to read her stuff)
Here in the Pacific Northwest we are calling this month June-uary!! Yes, we have had more rain and cold weather since the beginning of June than we normally have all month long, sans the cold. Yesterday was lovely, a scorching 71 degrees, but sheesh, we were back to grey skies and rain for a better part of the day, and it's supposed to be like that all week. When does it end, I ask?????
Okay, I'll quit whining now and say, happy summer to all of you who are experiencing lovely weather and balmy temps, somewhere....
(My little monkey, Sean-Paul)
We are officially finishing up Violet's 10th grade year this week. Our school year has gone very well, I can whole-heartedly attest to loving homeschooling high school. And I have a very happy student to boot! Her brother Matthias will join the high school ranks this fall (although he's already doing high school work in math and computer science and excelling).
Violet will also perform in her final year end recital for ballet this weekend, so very exciting stuff here :) She's also geared up for a very fun summer school intensive at a local school that features many of the PNB company performers as instructors!
I have been busy planning our next year's lessons and dreaming of tropical shores, of which I probably won't be able to visit anytime soon as we are just getting into baseball tournament season here, yikes!! (That is if it will ever stop raining).
A couple of updates :: I am so pleased to let you know that the 2nd edition of Mondays With Mary is in publication as we speak, so hope to have a link for the new edition up very soon. Thanks for all the prayers and encouragement regarding this 2nd printing, it will be well worth the wait as Margot (Hillside Education) has added some very special features!! Many thanks again for all your support!
Sean-Paul is officially reading. He is very happy to be finished with the Pink and Blue Reading series and is finishing up his favorite Seton reader this week!
Seamus is plowing very quicking through all the Redwall series books by the late Brian Jacques, so far his favorite is Taggerung, both to read and to listen to :: of note, the audios of these books are hands down some of our favorites listenings CDs!
I know it's been almost a month since I last posted friends. Life takes on it's own pace and mine is not akin to heavy blogging these days! I am sure glad you popped in to read and catch up! Would love to hear from you and find out what you're up to for the summer. Got a good reading list compiled??? I'll try and share mine soon. I'm doing alot of pre-reading and catching up on books that I've put aside for a while.
Please also pray for a very special little new baby that has graced our family. She was born on June 11th to a beautiful family of 3 (now 4). We are Godparents to this sweet little baby girl named Elsa. She is perfect and her family is very special to us!!
Happy summer friends and be back soon! Many blessings and prayers for you all!
Not only is it Mother's Day, but it is also the beautiful Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, otherwise known as the 13th of May! Wishing all the beautiful mother's out there a lovely day filled with joyful praises from your family. May Mary our Mother keep us always in her care.
Mary has produced, together with the Holy Ghost, the greatest thing which has been or ever will be - a God-man; and she will consequently produce the greatest saints that there will be in the end of time. The formation and the education of the great saints who shall come at the end of the world are reserved for her. For it is only that singular and miraculous Virgin who can produce, in union with the Holy Ghost, singular and extraordinary things. ~ St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary No. 35
God Bless you and Happy Mother's Day!